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Random Facts About Mike.

Who am I? How did I get here? What am I doing? Many Internet authors are familiar with each other through their writing, but what does that actually tell you? Do my articles describe my greatest hopes or darkest fears? Do my writings reveal my values and core beliefs?

You won't learn any of that stuff about me by reading this, either. You will learn a little about me, however--my purpose in writing this hub. I wish to describe myself in general terms so you might know what type of person I am. I wanted to take a moment this evening and tell you a little about who I am, what I like, and how I feel about things--but I won't. I couldn't determine how best to do this, and ultimately decided to simply write down random pieces of information about myself. None of this is useful information, but it isn't really meant to be. And so, in no particular order of importance:

I wear a size 9 shoe, my waist is 36 inches, and my collar is 16 inches.

As a child I was ambidextrous, and was forced to choose a hand in grade school. I selected my right hand after asking what the other kids were choosing.

I prefer a shower before bedtime to showering when I get up in the morning.

My sister took me to Liza Minelli movies when I was young.

I’ve owned a Buick, a Pontiac, a Mercury, a Ford and a Mitsubishi—not in that order.

When I fall asleep on my back, I have nightmares about vampires.

I once had an alias.

I have experimented with self-hypnosis.

I worked for one company for 23 years. In that time, I had nine different direct supervisors. More recently, I have had three supervisors in a five month period. (Is it me?)

I painted a nude self portrait as a college student and don’t know where the painting is any more.

I think I have seen ghosts.

I’ve had an ambulance called for me.

I like to dress well.

I don’t like to shave.

I have secrets I would like to reveal but am not able to.

I enjoy champagne. Even cheap champagne.

In my life, I have dated a woman 9 years older than me, and another woman 25 years younger than me.

I've never been married, but I have proposed to women.

I am afraid of snakes.

I’ve used a Ouija board.

I usually stick with juice for breakfast.

I took a badminton class in college.

My favorite book is “The Godfather”. My favorite movie is also "The Godfather".

I went to a Catholic grade school, where I became convinced nuns could turn invisible.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate mint.

I rented a house from a witch, who let herself in while I was at work to cast spells.

I like to vacation in Las Vegas.

I like to watch college and pro basketball, pro football, men’s boxing, and women’s tennis. I am indifferent to hockey and baseball, and have no interest in golf.

I have a Legend of Zelda game that I’ve played for over fifteen years.

I most like music by the Moody Blues and Pink Floyd.

I have attempted astral projection.

I enjoy seafood.

I enjoy fondue.

I have recently developed a liking for shoes, and now buy shoes to cheer myself up. When shoes fail to lift my spirits, I look for sport coats on sale or belts.

I used to prefer Pepsi to Coca-Cola, but I switched sides and now prefer Coke.

I own 11 different recordings of “Jesus Christ, Superstar” on CD.

I am sometimes afraid to talk on the telephone.

I used to play basketball in the parks and gyms in town, and I had the best hook shot in the city (or even the state...). Maybe I still do.

I’ve owned my watch for over 30 years.

I think I need glasses.

I like to draw and paint.

I have attempted to write books several times, and have almost finished them.

I had a crush on a teacher in high school.

I weighed less than 125 pounds when I graduated college.

I weigh more than that now.

I enjoy high school reunions.

I have maintained good relations with my parents and my sister. I was on good terms with my brother before he passed away.

I am allergic to eggs, beans, and some nuts.

In grade school I created a cartoon character called “Marvin the Hippie”.

I prefer Star Trek to Star Wars.

I wear mock turtleneck shirts with sport coats.

I like to receive Christmas cards in the mail.

I collect things, including magnets, buttons, books, CDs, and DVDs.

I cried when my mother told me the story of Bambi.

I took debate in high school.

I’ve had birds poop on my head.

Every painting in my home was created by someone I know personally.

I have had blackouts where I could not account for blocks of time, but was apparently conscious.

I enjoyed the television show “Dark Shadows” as a child.

I enjoyed the television show "Charmed" as an adult.

I try not to use profanity, but don’t always succeed.

I enjoy superhero movies and television shows.

I've gotten haircuts from the same person for over 25 years.

I like to get massages.

I draw while talking on the phone.

I visit my parents at least once a week.

I think I'm a good person.

A 2012 Update

There is little I can add to this irreverent article, but I wished to take the time to address the quality of comments I received in response to my work. There seemed to be something about the simple honesty of my article that reached people, and the responses I received in return showed depth and candor. It was nice to see.

This article was originally intended as a way to introduce me to other HubPages writers, and the many people who read the work offered on this site. It became an oddly shaped mirror, offering glimpses of my psyche to anyone out there willing to read. The reflection might have been slightly warped, but it was a true image. This is me. I want you to like me, of course, but I want you to also be sufficiently interested in me to read more of my work. That is the goal of every writer--to be read.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

All these trivia and random facts about you add up to one thing, you seem to be a very interesting person. Welcome to HubPages and I shall look forward to more hubs from you. Nice to meet you Mike! :D


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Interesting


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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks for the comments, I am glad to see folks found the trivia that comprises my life interesting and (hopefully) amusing.


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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Notes about my waist size--I'm pushing to get to a 34 inch waist by New Year's! Wish me luck!


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ODDJOBSMOM 7 years ago from North (Minnesota)

I like real people, you're in! even though you've been here longer than I have.


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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks, OddjobsMom. I like to keep it real here as much as I can, and read hubs from others who like to do the same. It's a good club to be in.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Love your honesty, Well done on writing an unique hub.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

jayjay40, I appreciate your reading. I wrote this long enough ago that I should probably go through it and see if it all still applies! Thanks for finding me here.

Mike


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Mike Lickteig, Nice interesting hub! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

DeBorrah, thank you for reading. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Have a good evening.


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

Very entertaining hub! Dreaming about vampires when falling asleep on your back is interesting, and I thought it was funny about you believing that Nuns could become invisible! We share the same favorite ice-cream flavor =) I look forward to reading more from you!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Cheryl, thanks for visiting. Yeah, the vampire thing is weird, and it's not just nightmares, it's always vampire nightmares!

Chocolate mint ice cream is without a doubt the best.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it.

Mike


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

What does expensive champagne taste like? I prefer a shower before bedtime. I try not to use profanity, but don’t always succeed. I got a haircut 40 years ago and didn't like it. I had a crush on a teacher in high school (and grammar school). I have secrets and I can't shut up. I’ve had birds poop on my head (one was the Foo bird- if the Foo $#i!$, wear it). We have a lot in common but- that Chocolate mint ice cream is just crazy!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Micky, it's been so long since I've sipped expensive champagne that I'm not sure I remember what it tastes like, but I admit I like cheap champagne, also. Foo bird, huh? 'kay. We do have much in common, chocolate mint ice cream or not--and I thank you again for visiting so many of my hubs. I greatly appreciate it.

Take care, my friend.

Mike


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hello Mike - Discovered you through a comment you left for someone. Your Home page was interesting and I thought this was an interesting, unusual, and fun way to approach a Hub. Even though it has been three years, I thought I would respond anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Many of your statements struck me as interesting, but I confined myself to responding to just a few of them.

My favorite book is “The Godfather”. My favorite movie is also "The Godfather".

Great book and movie. My book would probably be “The Green Kingdom by Rachel Maddux. A favorite film…don’t think I could ever pick just one, maybe a top 20 or 30. I will restrict myself to a handful of films from various genres for now: Lawrence of Arabia, Children of a Lesser God, Beckett, Dead Poet Society, Grand Canyon, The Hunt for Red October, The Mission.

I most like music by the Moody Blues and Pink Floyd.

Good music and I like both groups. Recently I have been listening to Fleet Foxes, Dessa, Elbow, Mumford and Sons, Dead Can Dance, Adele, Sons of Sylvia, The Black Keys, Apocalyptica, and Nickel Creek.

I like to draw and paint.

I cannot draw or paint, but I have incredibly talented Polish immigrant grandparents. I have done several hubs on their painting, batiks, and sculpture. They were very talented, really. I know lots of people say that about their family members, but this time it happens to be true. Really. :)

I prefer Star Trek to Star Wars.

Of course you do, and so do I, and so should everyone else. ? What is wrong with people who prefer Star Wars, anyway? I believe I have just become a curmudgeon. Oh well, Star Trek is without question, the superior of the two.

Every painting in my home was created by someone I know personally.

The same is true of about 60% of the art in my home (paintings, batiks, and sculpture), most of them are works by my grandparents, but I teach history at a University and I regularly visit the graduation ART shows of my students and occasionally buy one of their pieces. The remaining 40% of the art in my house (there is no blank wall-space, more like a small gallery) was acquired in years when I had no money for art. I picked up old frames cheap at the Good Will and Salvation Army and bought really classy art calendars and voila! An art collection!

I visit my parents at least once a week. I think I'm a good person.

You are definitely a good person.

My father passed away December 2010, but I spent every other Saturday with him for years and years. I would have done the same for my mother of course, but she died when I was 25 years old and trying to figure out how to be a good mother to my three small boys. She was a great role model. I miss her still.

Thank you. This was oddly and unexpectedly therapeutic for me. Again, thank you.


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Mike Lickteig 4 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

phdast, thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. Let me first apologize for the length of time it took for me to respond. It was not my intention to be away for long periods of time here. I read and enjoyed your comments, even if I didn't find the opportunity to reply until now.

Your comment was equal parts humor, introspection, beautiful moments of honesty and insight, and ultimately, clarity. I can only hope that my original article, written with a relative lack of focus, is worthy to be on the same page as your response to it. I appreciate the depth and candor you offered here. It was nice to read.

Thank you. I am overjoyed that you found meaning in my simple words. That's all any writer can hope for.

And... definitely Star Trek over Star Wars.

Thanks again.

Mike

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