I’m just a dude who decided to make a website to document his life. I’ve always had an interest in structure and organization and this has been a convenient platform for me to stow the fleeting bits and pieces that have composed my existence. Every so often I like to reminisce on old content and draw from it inspiration for the future. Maybe you will too.
You can connect with me via e-mail.
Age 0 to 4: Watched a lot of Sesame Street.
Age 5: Broke my left arm at a friend’s house. Was too embarrassed to show my battered self at pre-school for our Thanksgiving party the following week.
Age 6: Beat my first video game (Home Alone for Sega Genesis). Spent most of my time playing with Transformers and glued to the TV mashing buttons.
Age 7: Liked to pretend that I was Michael Jordan while shooting hoops in our gravel driveway.
Age 8: Completed 100 addition and subtraction problems in under 5 minutes. Watched my friend Paul fall in the stingray tank at the Baltimore Aquarium. (Haven’t been there back since.)
Age 9: Thought that I was a thug and bullied kids for a year. Hung out with all the future criminals of my class.
Age 10: Sold my first item on eBay (a counterfeit Royal Blue Peanut the Elephant Beanie Baby). Realized then that I would never want to get a real job.
Age 11: Got further in alto saxophone music lessons at school than anyone previously, all taught by my Pop-pop.
Age 12 to 13: Awkward middle school phase, concentrated on schoolwork and listening to
ska bad music. Was a member of Six Foot Smurf.
Age 14: Most valuable player for my middle school hockey team (as goalie). Played my first (and only) solo on sax during a jazz band concert.
Age 15: Gave up hockey. Decided I wanted to become a Pokémon master.
Age 16: Won a trip to San Diego for the Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships.
Age 17: Created the deck the placed 1st and 3rd in the 2005 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships. Broke my left arm again, this time while working at Target and got workman’s comp for a few months. Quit after it ran out.
Age 18: Made 1st varsity doubles for the Great Valley High School tennis team and was named “all area” by the local newspaper for doubles.
Age 19: Started studies at St. Joseph’s University. Never really knew what I wanted to major in, but biology sounded interesting. Broke edge.
Age 20: Got the hell out of biology and into chemistry. Began my denim addiction and string of failed business ideas. Worked at a kid’s shoe store over the summer with my good friend. Supplied all my friends with liquor I raided from my great-aunt’s house when she died. Survived the night when the Phillies won the World Series.
Age 21: Held down the rainman suite (Merion Gardens B-601) with my buddy Rich. Almost dropped out of school before my senior year. Started my first actual website and long-term business, SixPrizes.com.
Age 22: Created this weblog. Graduated from St. Joe’s with a degree in chemistry. Got lost on my way to a job interview, finally showed up half an hour late, couldn’t name one adjective to describe myself, and shockingly was not hired.
Age 23: Spent most of my waking time trying to grow SixPrizes. Launched PkmnCards. Wasted all my money trying to eat a raw food diet thinking it would give me magical powers. (It didn’t.) Did once run a sub 20-minute 5K though.
Age 24: Caved on veganism after about a year. Was mostly broke after paying off my student loans and didn’t do anything fun aside from working out and trying to get big.
Age 25: Saved money. Discovered the work of Ray Peat. Almost invested all my money into PPCoins. Almost won the Powerball. Was funny on Twitter a couple of times.
Age 26: Went to a sick monster truck rally where Doug Danger taught me the danger of drugs.
Age 27: Made it out alive (unlike the other greats — Morrison, Cobain, Bonham, et al.). Got a new steed (road bike). Still slow. Played way too much Hearthstone. Renounced my sports fandom.