Over 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a long time, without further ado, edits or further pontification, here it is…

  1. I was born in Mexico City (D.F.). Some call me a Chilango.
  2. I came to the US (unwillingly at first) when I was 15. I had visited earlier when I was 12 for a couple weeks.
  3. I am now a U.S. Citizen.
  4. I trained in Karate  for 2 1/2 or 3 years as a kid. I’ve had super strong abs ever since.
  5. I was around 5 or 6 when I learned to ride a bike. My uncle and or cousin made the bicycle from scratch.
  6. I bought my first domain in 1996 rakxzo.com which I still own. I didn’t realize the potential of making money online until ten years later.
  7. In 2006 I set a “master plan” in motion to be independently wealthy by the time I retire. It’s slowly taking shape. It has a way to go.
  8. I failed at having a net-worth of 1 million dollars by age 30. (note: 3/17/2014 This has been corrected and a plan is set in motion to reach it soon)
  9. My blogging experience began in 2002, it wasn’t good or important until 2005 and then again in 2007.
  10. I made my first website in AOL, then geocities, then I in 2001, with Frontpage. It was online for about 7 months until I switched ISPs. I learned about hosting my own site quickly after that.
  11. I am on almost every social network that has ever graced my screen. Provided it isn’t junk or spam.
  12. I have an awesome younger sister. She’s my unsuspecting mentor. She blogs at Traveling Mango.
  13. I first took a breath in this world on August 6. Thirty-five years earlier Hiroshima had been annihilated.
  14. I don’t believe in God. I am spiritual. This is not a contradiction.
  15. In 2005, I once lost 45 pounds in 3 months, when I got tired of being overweight.
  16. In Highschool I weighed 140-150 depending on the sport I was playing.
  17. I’ve played computer games since I was 2 or 3. Atari was my first console, I also played with Intellivision. I now have a mostly-unused PS3.
  18. I stopped playing videogames a few years ago when I realized my financial goals weren’t going to accomplish themselves and I was spending way too much time playing video games
  19. I’ve played soccer with a coconut, old juice cans, gallon-sized milk containers, on a dirt field and barefoot. Trust me, nothing beats a soccer ball, socks and cleats.
  20. I ran around on Estadio Azteca field once as a kid. Maybe I didn’t, I’m not so sure anymore. 
  21. I once devoted 3 – 8 hours a day playing World of Warcraft. I have only memories to account for that time; really good memories.
  22. I once read: “Fear the man that doesn’t fear God.” I live that, both as a man that doesn’t fear God and I pay attention to who’s fearful of God.
  23. I love beautiful websites. I find them difficult to build.
  24. I spend 9 – 16 hours a day in front of a computer of some sort. Its my job and passion.
  25. I have brown eyes.
  26. Matias y El Pastel de Fresas was my favorite book as a kid; I want my kids to have a copy, but its out of print.
  27. I have anarchist tendencies. I question everything and often come across as defiant. I don’t care.
  28. I have visited three countries so far; I intend on visiting every continent.
  29. I type about 75-90 wpm. I can break 100+ if I practice for 11 days straight.
  30. For almost a year I ran a few of websites hitting 100-300K PV/month. I made about $46.00 from them. I spent over 1K.
  31. The education I got from running my own sites was worth more than 1K.
  32. I don’t have kids. (update, see #133)
  33. I learn from doing and practicing; I hone by reading and discussing.
  34. I don’t like politicians.
  35. I love books.
  36. By age eight I had been to more museums than most people will visit in a lifetime.
  37. For three years or so I was part of the youth leadership in a Christian church in the field of apologetics.
  38. I learned all the reasons to know that God doesn’t exist.
  39. I’ve read the Bible 3 to 5 times, depending on how you count it, but I’ve never been able to read Psalms from beginning to end.
  40. I have visited over 18 of the 31 states in Mexico. I’ve visited 7 states in the US and 2 major cities in Canada.
  41. I have never been to a professional Football (NFL/AFL) game.
  42. I don’t think that we give enough credit to our educators.
  43. I don’t think most of our educators are capable.
  44. I don’t believe in victim-less crimes. There shouldn’t be laws against them; thus they shouldn’t be called crimes.
  45. I believe in doing the right thing above all else.
  46. I can be persuaded with facts and reason.
  47. I don’t believe in miracles or luck or in the Rapture.
  48. One of my favorite movies is Stand by Me; another is The Thomas Crown Affair; I have a top 10 list so there’s 8 more.
  49. I’m a good swimmer. I took lessons for 3+ years as a kid.
  50. I’ve swam in the open ocean, off a boat, with dolphins, and in rough weather and in dangerous waves; I almost drowned in a pool at age 4.
  51. I used to experiment with food a lot; my sister and I made scrambled eggs with strawberries one time.
  52. I’ll eat almost anything; I’ve eaten crickets and ant eggs, in addition to cow’s brains, tongue, eyeballs and other parts I do not want to talk about.
  53. I can’t lie; my body betrays me in way too many ways.
  54. Most “reality TV” isn’t real; more importantly it sucks at entertaining me.
  55. Among my favorite writers are: Orwell, A. Huxley, Michael Ende, Dean Koontz, Neruda, Garcia Marquez.
  56. I enjoy watching Man vs. Wild, I prefer Survivorman, I’m getting into Dual Survival now.
  57. I grew up with books; they have been a constant in my ever changing life.
  58. I once had a decent auto-detailing business; before detailing cars was popular. It burned down in a fire; I have worked in corporate ever since.
  59. I met my wife at the pool; she was my neighbor.
  60. I fell in love with wine shortly after I fell in love with my Wife.
  61. I’ve been blogging for years, yet nobody reads my blog. (except for you guys reading this list). I don’t care. Edit (2014) This is starting to get traction, so thanks for all of you that keep coming back to read my stuff!
  62. I hate standardized tests; I do well in them.
  63. If I seem like I question everything, it is because I do. Understanding things is embedded in my DNA and I can’t help it; I also know this annoys people and think that’s too bad.
  64. I *also* hate when drivers don’t use their signals!
  65. I am not good at sugarcoating stuff; nor do I want to become good at it.
  66. I had an iPhone, am a secret Blackberry fan and currently have an affair with my EVO Android phone Galaxy S4.
  67. I own a number of computers; some run OS X; some run windows; a few run Linux.
  68. I believe strongly in symbolism and interconnectedness.
  69. I like debating, either side of a good argument.
  70. I enjoy walking my dog; but prefer to ride my bike with him alongside.
  71. I have a lot of patience. It’s bad when I run out of patience; fortunately only a small handful of people have ever seen that.
  72. I once owned over 145 domains; I’ve cut back down to 86 60. Only about a dozen are public
  73. I’m always learning more html, css, and other tools for what I love doing. computer stuff.
  74. I can usually fix it; or know who/how can do it.
  75. Blackberry 850 Picture

    The first Blackberry device, the 850. Something like the grandfather of the iPhone.

    I had the first Blackberry in late 1999, early 2000. The 850 model, email, AA batteries and 2-way text FTW. Pagers are so 1999! I’ve had every blackberry model since and up to the Curve when I switched to an iPhone.

  76. I am not shy or humble; but I should be more of both.
  77. I’m a Mac and a PC and a Penguin too.
  78. I’m at home on the command line.
  79. I use Vi.
  80. I love to watch the Discovery, History & Science Channels; both the brand named ones and all related to the topics.
  81. I started cooking meals for others when I was seven.
  82. I love cooking.
  83. I love to hear people’s amazing life journeys.
  84. I put two bullies in their place as a kid, by myself. They stopped being bullies.
  85. My uncle and cousin taught me to fight for myself.
  86. I feel terrible when we cook crab or lobster at home; if they’re alive.
  87. I love seafood, especially shellfish.
  88. I was allergic to shellfish; I fought the allergy by eating a shrimp burrito or bowl once a week for over a year until the allergy went away. Rubio’s enjoyed having me as a customer for that time.
  89. I drink 6-12 sodas, 100-200 beers, 12-30 bottles of wine and lots of tea and juice each year, and I try to balance that out with about 2300 pints of water.
  90. I have looked at an average of 35 websites a day somedays is over 80, this I know since StumbleUpon started counting but the real number is probably much higher. When I tell you “I’ve seen that already” I’m not just 1-upping you or pissing in your parade, really, I’ve seen that.
  91. I paid attention to academics in school. I did sports and read a lot. I am better because of this.
  92. I am the oldest of two.
  93. I love watching movies. No, really. I do. I’ve watched pretty much all three-or-better stared movies on Netflix.
  94. My first cat was named Guadalupe. I thought it was the funniest thing. Guadalupe is generally a name associate with a Catholic idol in Mexico and most of Latin America, called “La Virgen de Guadalupe” or “Guadalupe’s Virgin”. Her nick-name was “Lupita”
  95. Double ROFL. Our second cat, a kitten we kept from one of Lupita’s 2nd litter was named “Lolita”, together they were Lupita & Lolita.
  96. My grandfather died of emphysema; he was a 3-pack a day smoker until my sister was born when he quit; apparently it was too late. 15 years later it caught up with him. I miss him.
  97. I am often ahead of my peers and industry when it comes to trends in technology.
  98. I would rather eat a steak than an ice-cream sundae; everytime.
  99. I am a huge animal lover. I can read animals well.
  100. I’ve read the 48 Laws of Power and The Art of War; I believe in many of their teachings.
  101. I think I like thrift stores and antique shops but I really loathe them.
  102. I am bilingual; and can properly write in both languages.
  103. I want to be trilengual.
  104. I love music, and one day I’ll learn how to play at least one instrument.
  105. As a child, I was afraid of a black gorilla that lurked in dark closets; he disappeared when I was 11 or 12.
  106. If I never had another piece of chocolate I would not miss it.
  107. If I could do my life over, I would do it all the same except with more intensity.
  108. I *also* believe the truth is always enough.
  109. I am a terrible dancer; I still dance.
  110. I want to own a supercar, specifically a customized M5, 850i, S6 or S8, a Lotus, or a 12 second Hummer, but any supercar will do.
  111. I trust and respect everyone I meet, until they break that respect or trust.
  112. I care very little about what people think of me or what the status quo is.
  113. I have never been picky about food; it’s hard to understand why others are.
  114. I *also* think most people think of me being argumentative. I think its one of my best traits; most people will disagree. I’m passionate, blunt and I believe in truth and will stand by that. I’d rather be passionate about things than acquiescent.
  115. I try and do too many things for too many people way too much.
  116. *Knock* on wood, I’ve never been driving in an accident. I intend to never have a driving accident while I’m at the wheel.
  117. I’ve never played a role-playing game offline; like D&D.
  118. I can recognize almost anyone I know by a quick glance of their butt or a split-second of looking at their walk. Not sure why or how, I think everyone has a weird ability like that.
  119. I can read people’s intentions easily.
  120. I get how men wearing a pink dress shirt is trendy; I still won’t.
  121. I am reconsidering the last point after attending one of Joel Bauer’s seminars. The pink tie might just be the compromise we’re lookin for.
  122. The closest I ever came to wearing pink is a pink-accented tie during my Vegas wedding; because she requested it.
  123. I used to do crazy things like jumping off a 3rd story balcony to a pool on a bike. Or walking through a snake infested swamp, knee deep. When I went back to these places as a young adult I couldn’t believe it. I could have died many times. Seriously.
  124. I have nice and expensive clothes; I usually leave them in the closet.
  125. I’m a dog AND a cat person.
  126. I’m an autodidact.
  127. I have a dog named Picasso.
  128. I believe movies should be judged on 1. story line, 2. execution 3. production quality. NOT on subject matter.
  129. Social Media, The Cloud, Web 2.0, are all trendy words to describe nerdy stuff. I don’t like the terms but I embrace them because they serve their purpose. To classify, categorize and explain in simple terms.
  130. Some videos make me laugh, some make me cry, I go back to them every once in a while
  131. Because they inspire me, to be happy, cheer up, do more with more people.
  132. Because they take it to “the next level
  133. I had my first kid on December 6, 2012. Her name is Claire and she’s awesome.
  134. When I think of my late grandfather I think that he would have loved the internet.
  135. Technology is awesome and I’m a child of the technology era and I love it.
  136. Ever since early High school days I’ve pulled all-nighters on a regular basis. It’s easy for me to stay up all night and work on servers, websites or some other project.
  137. I hate long voicemails. If you go over 30 seconds or so, I just delete it. Seriously. Leave your name number and a brief description of your reason for calling. I will call you back, otherwise you’ll be ignored.
  138. I had a radio spot for almost 2 years. Yeah, like real radio. I talked about social media, technology, privacy and business online. I learned a lot and it was a great experience.
  139. I get grief from everyone in regards to #136. But I also read that we should let our bodies decide. I feel great before, during and after.
  140. … (leave me a comment asking for more!)

That’s me through tidbits of information. Thanks for reading!

Congratulations, you found a Quest:

I also started putting a list together of all the people I’ve found that created their own list. That’s a separate post, and it’s just a list of lists from people’s random facts.

This post was inspired by tons of other good posts out there like it, here’s a few of them. On any of the items above where I said “I also”, chances are that I borrowed the idea from one of these lists:
A few other lists that served as inspiration.

  • Edited 03/17/2014 – Changed #61 My traffic is growing!
  • Edited 11/21/2012 – Added a couple more, we’re at 136!
  • Edited 7/27/2011 – couple additons, couple of removals & corrected some spelling mistakes.
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  1. says

    Great list Oscar. I knew a lot of these, could have guessed others, but definitey learned some new ones. I’ll help change #40. Nothing like being there.

  2. says

    Great list Oscar. I knew a lot of these, could have guessed others, but definitey learned some new ones. I’ll help change #40. Nothing like being there.

  3. says

    Cool David, I need to clean up the list a bit. Found some spelling and grammar error. Then as I do some of the things that haven’t been done, like going to a pro football game… I’ll cross those off. I will try to go once this year.

  4. says

    Cool David, I need to clean up the list a bit. Found some spelling and grammar error. Then as I do some of the things that haven’t been done, like going to a pro football game… I’ll cross those off. I will try to go once this year.

  5. says

    I love this, was it difficult to think of so many things about yourself, I’m sure I could not do it lol -
     BTW – I don’t quiet understand –  22 after reading 14 and 38 :) 
    Thanks for letting us into your world ;) 

    • says

      So glad you enjoyed it Michelle. Really it took me a long time to write this post. I used evernote for a long time to gather about 30 of these, then I moved it into WordPress as a draft and kept adding things over a month or two and eventually released it. It changes regularly and I inted to make it a 1001 things… but all in due time.
      As for the seemingly conflicting points on 22, 14, 38 and even 37… they would deserve their own post to explain. What exactly is not clear? I can try to explain but otherwise this response could turn into a full essay. :)

      • says

        Ah well that makes sense Oscar, I knew it wouldn’t be an easy task.   I don’t want to get into a deep theological discussion but two state that you don’t believe that there is a god – and the other says fear the man that doesn’t fear god, and that you live by that, but if he doesn’t exist how can we fear him?  I assume its more “the saying” rather than what it means.  Just being picky I guess lol :) 

        • says

          Being picky is good, it clears things up. The thing where I say I live it both ways is that I don’t fear God (because well, I don’t think he/she/it exists), and the other way is that at the same time, I have a higher level of respect/fear for someone else that also doesn’t fear God vs someone that does. They’re less predictable, and often have more on the line. But yeah, this could get really deep if we wanted to. Maybe good for another post or email. :)

  6. says

    Self reflection; the toughest subject of all. I adore how you made yourself vulnerable to your readers, even though I am sure you will say “I don’t care”, lol ;) But seriously, great post!

    • says

      Thank you Stacey and yes, you’re right about the vulnerability index on this post. And you’re also right about not caring. I like to be transparent as much as I can, like I told Michelle above, it took a long, long time to come up with this post. Not only did I feel awkward making it all about me, but I also thought of how people would perceive me after reading it. It took me a while to build up the courage to post it.  I got over the fact when I  came to terms with who I am, what my DNA is and what I want. Then it was clear that I just had to share my experiences –if only in a glimpsy kind of way– with my readers. And in a way, writing this post also taught me a lot about who I am, where I am, and where I want to go. I intend to keep adding to it. Last update was 2 days ago. I took a couple things out, reworded some others and added a few.

    • says

       LOL, thank you. I thought it was funny too. I grew up in the coast so they were always around, and sometimes we were not allowed to play in school grounds so our balls would get confiscated if we brought them to school. The next best thing were the cans and bottles, and after that the coconuts.

  7. says

    Interesting! We share two favorite authors: Dean Koontz (I like his early books best) and — Gabriel García Márquez  who says “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” 

    You do a good job of remembering. 

    • says

       I love Garcia Marquez! And I’m glad to find someone else that does, as great and influential as he is, most people don’t know about him at all. I had to read him in highschool for AP Spanish and I really liked him. I’ve yet to see the movies that have been made based on his books. Not sure if I want to. And Dean Koontz is great too, I really got into it when I read Watchers and realized that it all takes place in places I’ve been to and so I felt a connection, and I love how detailed he gets in his writing without being boring.

      • says

        The movies aren’t as full as the books. I do want to watch “Love in the Time of Cholera” again for the beautiful scenery. I lived in OC most of my life and enjoy reading Konntz’s books located there.

  8. says

    That’s a lot of insight, Oscar! We share a lot of traits in common. No wonder we keep crossing paths. 

    Out of curiosity, when did you move to the US? 

    • says

      Thank you Jeff, what are some of the things we’ve got in common? And like I said in #68… we are connected in some ways and I’m glad to keep running into you. We should grab a beer sometime, outside of scheduled and structured events. I came here in 1995 when I was 15.

    • says

      Thank you Joanne. I’m glad you liked the list. I think our school system if failing us miserably so its up to us to develop our own learning skills and teach our kids how to learn. Exploration and curiosity are dampened by curriculums, status quo and political correctness. Unschool them for sure! that’s the only way they’ll really learn the ropes of life.

  9. says

    Wow. I was thoroughly engrossed by this. Reminds me of the Facebook meme that was going around a while ago – 25 random facts. I think I still have it somewhere. Your insightful list has inspired me to create one. I feel like I know you a little better after reading this. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Thank you Suki! I’m glad I kept you interested. We should try to revive the FB thing! LOL I think I remember seeing it around before, it might have even inspired me. I’m also glad I was able to give you a little insight into who I am. I hope you write your own too. It’s a good exercise on self discovery and affirmation. 

  10. says

    Oscar! I don’t know if I can do 100 things about me and you made it look easy. Plenty of material to discuss over wine or sangria. I want to know the museums you visited, which were the most memorable, why and has it affected your creativity and thinking over time. I also missed that 1 million by age 30 mark and as often as people associate me with leadership somehow I do better dishing out ideas than implementing them for financial happiness. This point in life my passion is with photography and working with people. wish you lived nearby to do an interview and photo shoot! You’re not the average guy and probably have something interesting to offer people that may never read this list ;)

    P.S. My first car was a Monte Carlo. The name was Betsy because that’s what my Dad said to all of his cars. Guadalupe, haha!

    • says

      Nakeva! Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t easy at all. But I’m glad it seems like it was. Definitely these would be great topics for chat over a good bottle of wine. I’ve been to most major museums in Mexico City, a few in other cities. about 3/4 of the ones listed here: http://www.allaboutmexicocity.com/museums.htm I got to go to the Museo de Arte Moderno when I was a kid to take classes in all types of art, that hands-on experience sparked my love and appreciation for art. My mom worked for the art department in one of the newspaper so I also got to be around interesting artists, and photographers. She was good friends with Manuel Avarez Bravo (www.manuelalvarezbravo.org). So I was lucky to always be surrounded by good art.I love photography too, I was really into it a couple years back and have had to cut back on how much time I spend on it since I started building my business more and more. I might revive my photography website in the next few weeks though – ifoundpix.com – Where do you live? It would be cool to hang out and chat some more. BTW, I think you misread the cat post. I was talking about my cat, not car, but I have heard that people name their cars too, Betsy is a great name. LOLLook forward to chatting more with you.

  11. says

    LOVED this, Oscar! Loved the variety, the way you write and the vulnerabilities exposed. We should really chat sometime; we have a bit in common.

    • says

      Thank you Debbie! I’m glad you liked it. I had to keep it bouncing from place to place to try to keep it a bit interesting. And yes, lets chat some more soon, I think we could have a good time sharing interests and stuff. I really enjoyed hanging out last time, even if it was short and really empireavenue-related.

  12. Alison Stripling says

    It’s a good thing I read this after we met. If it was the other way around, I’d cower from any possible blunt comments. But the truth IS always enough!

  13. Epkilmer says

    I liked that I knew most of these things (except the techinical jargon…that is still and probably always will be beyond me).
    EW

  14. Ramesh Shankerlal says

    It is a great and worth reading, List….i like it….Thanks for the share!

  15. says

    Great list, Oscar! Love it! Oh! I’ve been thinking about creating one for myself called “I love…” Well.. may be one day.. :)
    Great to know you better! Cheers!

    • says

      Hi @facebook-1013873996:disqus Thank you for your comment! – You should start it, this took me the better part of a year and then some to compile. I would just do a few every once in a while into an evernote until I had a good amount, then I just sat to add more. I’ve been adding more once in a while. 

  16. Anne Thomas says

    Cool, and you happen to have the same birthday as my husband, easy to remember.. will I?

  17. says

    Love this list. I’ve had it open on my desktop for a few days reading a bit when I had a chance. Feel like I know you better :) My dad & my uncle are NFL refs, I’ll see if I can get us some tickets so you can check that off your list :) 

  18. says

    Thank you very much for sharing this.  It’s not very easy to put yourself out there for most.

    Best I learned out of it…….My son Mathias was born on 8/6 as well.

  19. Liga Greenfield says

    Great list Oscar, and after reading it I feel that I REALLY like you, though I have never met you!

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