A Bit About Me

This list was first done on June 25, 2005, which is the date of the original post. I tried to leave it as much alone as possible but also use it to make a sort of “About Me” page. I will mark with an * anything I change.

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Oh, before I forget, I need to ask someone, is it true that after you have made 100 blog entries you are supposed to do one that is “100 Things You Didn’t Know About Me?” I mean, I have passed that point a while ago. This entry appears to be number 118. Then when do you have to do it again, at 200? Why not 265? “265 MORE things you didn’t know about me???” Believe me, fans, friends, fiends, foes, blogophiles and just plain folks; you do NOT want to know 365 things about me. Well, I guess I could start a little thing on the side that would have a different factoid about me every day.

For instance, let’s see, Okay, let me try this. Since I’m doing it in Word I can just highlight and delete it if it sounds stupid. Or just leave it up and give everyone something to laugh at.

100 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Herb:

1) I like Western stuff. Oops, you might know that one, unless you are new here or don’t actually know me. I guess this can be our introduction.
2) I like my coffee “hot and black as the hinges of hell.”
3) I will fearlessly tilt your pinball machine when you are over 100,000 and about to beat my record but then I will be very sorrowful and repentant for the next 27 years until I find out you haven’t forgiven me anyway.
*4) I like to play Civilization I, II, III, IV, V.
5) I like to play chess.
6) I am a rotten chess player.
7) I mean a really, really rotten chess player.
8) I skipped Third grade.
9) I hate math.
*10) I only read the funnies in the paper. I read the funnies online now.
*11) I only subscribe to the papers for the funnies. I no longer subscribe to the papers.
12) My perfect breakfast is 3 extra large eggs, over medium, 4 pieces of bacon, 4 slices of toast, a large glass of milk, a large glass of orange or cranberry juice, and gallons of coffee.
13) This is one of the reasons I am fat.
14) I usually have cold cereal with milk.
15) Or McDonald’s # 3 breakfast, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit, hash browns, and coffee.
16) I love lasagna.
17) I love Garfield.
18) And Snoopy.
*19) I love German Potato Salad.
20) I have a rejection e-mail from an online magazine.
21) I get discouraged easily.
22) I get encouraged just as easily.
*23) I have a “Yoopers” coffee mug. Gave it to a friend of mine who is a big Yoopers fan.
24) I don’t like giving out a bunch of personal information to total strangers.
25) When I have to give out personal info to strangers it makes me grumpy.
26) This is about as personal as you will likely get.
27) I never intend to offend anyone.
28) I often offend people.
29) I can even offend myself.
30) I shouldn’t get so offended so easily.
31) I get really mad really easily and fly off the handle and say the first thing that comes out of my mouth.
32) I almost always regret this.
33) Sometimes I don’t regret it even a little bit.
34) I love English.
35) I love Shakespeare.
36) I have a terrible head for the mechanics of business.
37) I like intelligent critiques of my writing.
38) I enjoy helping others with their writing.
39) Oftentimes others know more about writing than I do.
40) One of my best buddies is ugly and his feet stink.
41) I once kicked him out of my house because his feet stunk so badly.
42) I have read the “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” at least 42 times.
43) I have read all five books in the H2G2 trilogy at least a dozen times.
44) I have read the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe.
45) And all of Sir Arthur’s “Sherlock Holmes” stories.
46) I am working on all of Shakespeare.
47) I am a Louis L’Amour fan.
48) And “Hank The Cowdog.”
49) I don’t understand why a preposition is something a sentence can’t end in.
50) I can’t believe you made it this far down this list because I am really bored.
51) I love puns.
52) I had goose bumps and nightmares when I finished reading “1984.”
53) I think everyone in the world ought to read it.
54) And “Fahrenheit 451.”
55) And “Have Spacesuit Will Travel”
56) And “Dandelion Wine.”
57) I don’t like photos of myself.
*58) My computer is five years old. This computer was on sale and is a bit wimpy, but it works.
59) These entries are getting shorter and shorter because I can’t think of 100 things that might interest anyone.
60) I have every note, card, or picture that any Sunday School child has ever given me.
61) Some of these people are adults now.
62) This is taking a lot longer than I expected it would.
63) I like to try new things as long as they are explained to me well.
64) My favorite sandwich is Pastrami and Swiss on Rye.
65) Or Corned Beef and Swiss on Rye.
66) I am not superstitious about the number “6” and won’t change my order at a restaurant if the total is $6.66.
67) I do believe in the Mark of the Beast.
68) I believe the King James Bible is the Word of God for our time.
69) I don’t always live by it as I should.
70) I am a rock, I am an island (just checking to see if you’re still here.).
71) I despise e-mails that spread Urban Legends.
72) Or think I am stupid enough to believe them.
73) I just hate stupid people, I think they ought to have to wear a sign that says, “I’M STUPID” so you won’t bother with them.
74) Sometimes I need a sign.
75) I have friends who should have permanent tattoos that say it.
76) Knock on wood that I am not superstitious.
77) I am also not superstitious about the number “7” and was at a camp meeting on July 7, 1977 when God was gonna come. He didn’t. He will when he wants to.
78) I should have graduated in 78 instead of 77.
79) I think retro fashions are hilarious.
80) I’m glad I saved all my ties.
81) I love Altoids.
82) I think Charles Dickens is the author who comes closest to imitating real life.
*83) I think Charlie Daniel’s Soapbox is a must-read http://www.charliedaniels.com/soapbox.htm as is his “Open Letter to the Media from March 4, 2003: http://www.charliedaniels.com/soapbox-2003/soapbox-2003-030403.htm
84) I hate TV.
85) I hate Hollyweird.
86) I hate Madison Avenue.
87) I love old-time radio shows, especially the comedies but can’t decide between Fibber Magee and Molly or Abbot and Costello.
88) Tom T. Hall tells some good stories.
89) I believe capital punishment is appropriate for some crimes.
90) I don’t believe abortion is ever appropriate.
91) I don’t care if you think this is a dichotomy in my nature.
92) I think pink would be an ugly color for a gun.
93) I like “Big Band” music.
94) I love my new car (Thanks Margaret).
95) I LOVE Coca-Cola.
96) And Coca-Cola paraphernalia.
97) And milk straight from the cow.
98) And Wisconsin Cheese and Butter.
99) My favorite Bible books are Ecclesiates, Job and Acts.
100) I am happy to be done with this list.


Addendum as of 05/06/2020:

It’s kind of interesting to me that one of the most popular entries here is actually my “About Me” page. It was one of those 100 things about me posts that you’re supposed to do after you’ve made your first 100 posts. I got to thinking about it, especially after a couple of people said it was the funniest “about me” they had read in a long time or ever. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about that, but the list was done kind of tongue-in-cheek and it was intended to be both informative and humorous. Then I began to wonder, has anything changed? If I had to do it over again, what would change? I mean, this is post number 573 and when I hit post 600 do I have to add 500 more things? Or when I had hit post 500, was I supposed to stop and add 400 more things? Believe me. Please take my word. You do not want to know 600 things about me. Besides, if I add more archival stuff into the blog on the dates it was supposed to be in there, the numbers would be off. In fact, that original entry was number 118.

Now, all of that out of the way, how accurate is that list? I mean, it was originally done in 2005 and re-posted when I switched my blogging software back to WordPress. So, I found a couple of things that were kind of outdated, but nothing real extraordinary.

On question 4 I would have to add Civilization 6, even though I don’t play very much at all anymore.

On questions 10 & 11 I would have to say that while I don’t subscribe to any newspapers any longer I do subscribe to 2 comics pages, Comics Kingdom and Gocomics.

Question 19 doesn’t require an asterisk. I have always loved German Potato Salad (the way my Grandma and Aunts made it).

Question 58 is kind of problematic because computers come and go.

For question 83, Charlie Daniels’ blog is at https://www.charliedaniels.com/soap-box now.

And that’s about all the changes in over 15 years. Does that mean I’m consistent or boring? Or both?


* EDIT/ADD 5/19/2020:
You can read a little bit more about me on my main website’s Resume Page. I feel the Curriculum Vitae page is the kind of additional information that some people might want to read. Curriculum Vitae


43 Comments

  1. I added a comments section. I didn’t know there was not one on this page.
    Also, in my addendum I missed:
    number 43, I have read all SIX books in the H2G2 trilogy and yes, I think the sixth is canon.
    number 92, I would still shoot a pink gun.
    number 94 is like number 58 in that cars come and go, too.

  2. I have been blogging for years and I have never done any type of numbered list of “things about me”. So, I would say, No, no it is not true. 🙂

  3. Hey, Herb. I wanted to let you know that for some reason, WP won’t let me comment on some of your blogs. Don’t know if it’s a glitch, but thought I’d give you a heads up! I hope this comment finds you well and in good spirits! Have a great second half of the week! 🙂

    • Thank you so very much. I think it may be a problem with the WPReader but I don’t know. I appreciate the heads up, though and have a couple more things to try if it isn’t working yet.

  4. Thanks for dropping by https://wdfyfe.net/ You’ve got some cool things going on here. I’m totally surprised that a bunch of stuff on your 100 list would be on mine if I wasn’t so lazy. I’m too busy contemplating “old dogs and children and watermelon wine.” cheers

  5. I think I am a million years late but this was so funny to read! 😂😂😂 It made my night better! 😂😂
    And did you redo your blog? It looks great! 😊😊

  6. 42) I have read the “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” at least 42 times.

    Excellent! You truly are a hoopy frood, Herb!. Here’s a challenge for you 🙂

    On the subject of why your ‘About Me’ page is one of the most popular on your site; my theory is it may be to do with the fact that there’s a prominent ‘About Me’ button front and centre on your blog’s home page, and another link up top that says ‘A little bit about me’ (suggesting that it may offer some information that’s different from the bland ‘About me’ information) — two bites of the cherry, as it were. And as the bulk of your content appears to be presented (currently, at least) chronologically — with 65 of the 66 pages of that each hidden behind its own click — your other content can’t compete with the ever-present ‘About Me’.

    I would suggest considering the addition of alternative views of your other content. For instance, a ‘Top Posts & Pages’ widget somewhere (prominently) on your home page, or a ‘random post’ button (see my post ‘The blog-driven time machine‘ for more information on that). This might help to level up the playing field for all those worthy articles of yours that are languishing in the doldrums.

    And now, I’m going to visit a random post on your site using this link here. See you later… err… earlier… err.. whatever! 🙂

    O.0 This is rather a long comment. Sorry about that. I’ve also probably put too many links in it, so it’s likely to end up — quite rightly! — in your moderation queue. Here’s hoping you don’t trash it 🙂

    • I only try to trash spam comments, but, yes, I found this comment waiting approval. I really appreciate your comments and will give them some thought. I haven’t been working very diligently on the blog, especially the “real” site. So many people I know seem to use the WordPress reader that I kind of got discouraged about using widgets and things. I appreciate it and I will start thinking about it differently. Thanks again for stopping by and for the info.

  7. I haven’t read the last two as often because what I would do is re-read the entire series each time a new book came out. Since Eoin Colfer was asked by Douglas’ wife and daughter to write it I think the sixth one counts.

  8. You are quite an interesting soul Herb 😁, tonight I plan to watch a Bugs Bunny Cartoon, A little rascals short and Buck Privates followed by Abbott & Costello Meet The Killer.

      • I own all their films bro. Every last one, I own lobby cards for some of their films, I have an autographed copy of Lou’s on first by his daughter author Chris, I love the radio show and have practically every routine memorized. My all time favorite film is Who Done it.

        • I have a lot of their routines memorized as well. I want to read his daughter’s book. I read a different biography of the team and was always impressed by their decision to keep their act clean. “You can embarrass people into laughing but they won’t come back. We wanted people to feel like they could bring their friends to come see us.” I probably hacked that quote but it was kind of their philosophy.

  9. Just read this. Very interesting. I wholeheartedly agree on the coffee. Black and hot. In fact, it goes straight from the coffee maker to the microwave so I can heat it even more. Also, agree on Dickens. No one has ever transferred the vagaries of real life to the written page as well as Charles. Also, what’s the deal with the preposition rule? Whoever came up with it needs a good talking to.

  10. Herb, you and I may have been twins separated at birth … and nine years and a couple states, and you are disgustingly more handsome than me.
    Except I don’t play pinball or Civilization, I never skipped any grades (even though the teachers wanted me out of school ASAP),
    your perfect breakfast would feed me for three days, so I am not fat,
    my articles have never been rejected (nor submitted),
    I have never heard of “Yoopers,”
    my best buddies smell better than me (one of the criteria for being in my circle),
    I’ve only read Hitchhider’s Guide four times (the sixth book was NOT written by Doug; only used some of his notes),
    I have read all of Shakespeare and only a couple of Sherlock Holmes,
    never heard of Hank the Cowdog,
    I got bored at 39 but have nothing else to do today,
    have not read Have Spacesuit Will Travel (adding to my list),
    my wife buys me a new computer to annoy me just when I get comfortable with the one she bought last,
    I never taught Sunday School,
    find the KJV is okay for Shakespeare fans (and I grew up on it) but loses people who understand the ESV better,
    I threw all my ties away except for three that I keep for funerals or in case I win a prize and need to wear one of my two suits that I have worn twice in the past four years (two funerals, no prizes),
    not a Charlie Daniels fan except for a couple of his gospel songs (his How Sweet the Sound album was pretty cool),
    I don’t drink soda since a one-year Nazarite vow in 1999-2000 and gave it up,
    and besides “our favorite” books of the Bible, I would add Philippians.

    Now, I am trying to get the coffee stains off my computer screen.
    Any advice would be appreciated since they only showed up when I came to your Home Page.
    Now I tried HCl, and the screen is melting. Guess my wife will have to buy me a new computer again.
    ❤️&🙏, brother, c.a. 🤠

  11. You are great. I just want to say I always thought passing through was a Sackett. I assumed it was common knowledge until I was showing my son about the books. He is 12, the same age I was when I started reading them. Stumbled upon your page. Hope all is well

    • Hi John! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Louis L’Amour was a great author and a good one to hook a young person on.

  12. I am (was) hesitant to add a comment here because until I add this one, there are 42 comments. But, DO NOT PANIC! and do not lose your towel.

    Yes, your 100 things list is the most entertaining one of those I have read. Mine was pretty boring, I think. Mostly, I included actual real authentic genuine things about me along the lines of favorite color and places I have visited.

    Thank you for the great read!

    ~Ed.

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