Well I’ve been blogging for just about a month now. And I hope that you all have enjoyed my stories so far. More is definitely to come, but before that I thought I’d give you all a chance to learn a little bit more about who I am. So for this post I’ve put together 10 random (but cool) facts about me. Not all of these will be travel related, but some will certainly come up again in later posts. And you all can get a better picture of the man behind the stories. So here we go, 10 random (but cool) facts about me, and these are in no particular order.
1. I’m a United States Marine
When I was 18 years old, less than three weeks after graduating from high school, I boarded a plane to San Diego to attend Boot Camp. After three months of Hell I earned the title of United States Marine. Which as of today is still one of my greatest accomplishments. I then went on to complete four years of service as an administrator aboard MCAS New River in North Carolina. The Marine Corps was perhaps the most defining chapter of my life. Much of who I am as a person today is a result of my service. Though I didn’t see myself making a career out of the Marine Corps, I was definitely glad that I had served. Not only did I learn some really cool shit, but I also learned a lot about myself. And as you might have noticed, I may tend to swear in my posts. But that’s just me speaking Veteran. Yes, we swear a lot!
2. I once fought in a cage fight, and won!
Martial arts have been a part of my life since I was a teenager. I started off doing karate, but eventually found my way to doing MMA. After about a year’s worth of MMA training I decided to test myself in the cage. I ended up pulling off a decisive win by knockout in less than a minute of the first round. I was very pleased with my victory. Though I have not fought since then, but I still do martial arts training regularly.
3. I’m a huge anime fan
Yes, I definitely have my geeky side. And that comes in the form of watching anime. What I like about anime is that many series have very great story lines. Also they have intense action sequences that just simply can’t be done with live action shows or movies. My favorite anime series include the Dragonball franchise, Attack on Titan, and One Punch Man.
4. I hold teaching licenses in two different countries
I have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Which allowed me to get certified as a teacher in my home state of Michigan. Once I decided to move to England I applied for qualified teacher status there as well, and was granted it. Though I don’t intend to be a teacher for the long haul, I feel that these are good qualifications to have.
5. When I was a kid I was a local chess champion
This was back in my middle school days. Every so often my school’s chess club would hold tournaments at a local restaurant. I ended up taking home a couple of 1st place trophies. But I haven’t played in forever, so if I ever were to sit at a board again with another player I’d probably get my ass kicked.
6. I’m a scuba diver
Though having only logged 16 dives so far, I’ve been able to obtain a few certifications. As of now I hold NAUI certifications as an advanced scuba diver, dry suit diver, and shipwreck diver. My favorite diving activity would have to be shipwreck diving. I had a chance to explore some of the wreck sites in Lake Superior, and that was a great experience. I’ll tell more about those in later posts! Some of the places where I really want to go diving include Palau to dive some of the World War II wrecks. I also would like to explore shipwrecks in the Caribbean. And the deep blue hole near Belize also caught my interest.
7. I love to read
Reading wasn’t always much of a hobby of mine. But while I was living in The Gambia I had a lot of time on my hands. This caused boredom to easily set in, so I started to read a lot in order to pass the time. My family also sent me a Kindle so I could have more titles to choose from. By the time I finished my Peace Corps service I had read 50 books. My favorites would have to include Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. I also really like Clive Cussler’s Fargo Adventure novels. So action-adventure is usually my genre of choice. But I’ve also read a good variety of other things. Such as Dante’s Inferno and even a few of Nicholas Sparks’s novels.
8. I once ran a marathon
While I was in the Marine Corps, some of my fellow Marines at my unit had ran the Marine Corps Marathon. After they told me about their experiences I thought about doing it myself. So I started training for it. During training I suffered from an knee injury and thought that I’d have to bow out of the race. But with some good rest and recovery I was able to get back on track. And I successfully ran all 26.2 miles of the marathon. It was a great physical accomplishment. And I as very pleased with myself for having done it!
9. I carry my bucket list in my wallet
I’ll share what’s on it in later posts!
10. I’m an archaeologist
Well I guess aspiring archaeologist is what I should probably say. Field Archaeology is what I’m currently studying for my Master’s degree in England, and I’m almost done! What I find most fascinating about archaeology is that I get to search for things that have long been lost to the world. Though it can be tedious and boring at times. I get very excited whenever I unearth an artifact and become the first person to pick it up in hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of years.
So there you have it. 10 random (but cool) facts about me! I hope you enjoyed this post and the chance to get to know me a little bit more. Do you resonate with any of these facts about me? Leave me a comment and share anything that we might have in common. Thank you for visiting my blog, have a great day!