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Who is The HUBS?

If you are reading this list, that means you have come here to learn some unknown and obscure facts about me.  Some of these facts are so obscure even my wife does not know.

I will tag some other bloggers and hope they will post some sort of list that will reveal some interesting, random, or obscure facts about themselves.  This is a great way to know someone a little bit better.

1.  I was born in Taiwan, but I am Chinese - not Taiwanese.  I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese.  I speak English with NO accent...maybe a slight New Yawk City accent.  Anyone that meets me in person can't believe I can speak fluent Chinese.  I normally bust out the Chinese at the Chinese restaurants to order those special menu items that white people never see and would never eat.  Yes, it really does exist.  You can't just ask for the Jellyfish and Pig Intestines in English.

2.  I love television and films.  I went to USC and NYU Film school, so I have watched and learned all about Film and TV production.  I learned to speak English watching all those 70's-80's shows.  I was a latch key kid.  Today, most people don't know what that is, but it basically means you went to school by yourself, you came home by yourself and watched TV all day long until your parents came home from work.  I thought this was great, with Carol and Mike Brady, Maggie and Jason Seaver, Claire and Cliff Huxtable, and Elyse and Steven Keaton and all the other great parents on TV, why did I need any parents in real life??  I thought those shows were great and had a sense of morality.  Not sure any of the Real Housewives would be a great example of parents today.  I do watch them as well.  Yes, I am guilty and feel dirty after.

3.  80's New Wave music is my wheel house.  If a song comes on the radio that was in this era, I can name that tune in 4-6 notes.  NO JOKE.  I can't name all the bands, but I will try just off the top of my head.  Depeche Mode, OMD, A Flock of Seagulls, Ah-Ha, The Cure, The Smiths, Erasure, Simple Minds, The Psychedelic Furs, UB40, U2 and so many more.  I was NOT a Van Halen, Twisted Sister kind of kid.

4.   I am a cheap bastard.  I know, everyone that knows me and that has read my blog or my wife's blog knows this is no secret.  I want to share some weird ways I like to save money.  Not all of them will work or is for everyone, so take from it what you will.

When I pump my gas, I always stop when it clicks automatically - never rounding off to the next dollar - because you are not getting any more gas by pumping anymore. 

When I prepay for gas with an exact amount, I always leave the lever in the ON position while I take the hose and raise it up to get any remaining gas in the hose.  I am sure I have saved tens if not hundreds of cents doing this. 

5. I like to get my haircuts at Great Clips.  Why?  Because they are cheap and do a fairly good job.  I always use a coupon.  If one does not come, I just wait.  Sometimes my hair is so over grown my wife calls me a Monchici.  Yes, I do resemble that Monchici doll.

6.  I hate to read and write.  I am a visual person.  I don't really read books or write very much.  Ever since Jen with her blog and book has taken off, I have been doing more reading and writing.  Most of my reading is done on the computer.  I do lots of research...on anything and everything.  I read lots of websites, blogs, magazines and journals.  Books...not so much.

Shameless plug: The last book I read was "Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat."  I had to read it because my wife wrote it and it is funny as hell and it talks about the 80's Christmas.  My favorite.

7.  This is the last fact and super cost saving tip I am leaving.  I pee in the shower.  Don't be grossed out.  It is natural.  I do it to save on water.  If you can't get with this idea, you are killing our planet one unnecessary flush at a time.  I will admit to even holding my pee until I can get into the shower to pee.  That is how committed I am to saving our planet.  I am no tree huger, but if I can save 2-4 gallons of water ever day by peeing in the shower, I will do my part.

That is all.  I can't think of any more things to say.  I hope you know me a little more and understand me a little more.  Here are the other bloggers I hope will do this as well.  Since I am new to this, these are all people that I know through my wife.  I hope you will check out some of these other people as well.  They are in NO particular order.


  1. Funny, I'm reading that exact same book! I think you and Farmer Bob really should get together as he is also the cheapest bastard I know. Unless it is farm related, then we magically have more money than Johnny Depp. I will do it, but only because you were sweet enough to ask me to.

  2. The Theme Thursday posse did this a few weeks back! It was fun!

  3. I pee in the shower too! I heard it helps kill athletes foot germs, not that anyone in our house has athletes foot. Maybe my activities are the reason our feet are fungus free!

  4. I was a latch-key kid in the 80s, too. My brother (22mo older than me) and I would let ourselves in, cook some hot dogs & Spaghettios or Spam and watch Top Cat, Muppet Show, Godzilla, and so on, then traipse around in the woods with our friends until the cow bell was rung for dinner. Ahhh...the good old days.

    Also: the fact that "Monchichi-esque" is one of my favorite ways to describe someone and now I know that you can achieve that look makes me your new biggest fan.

    I'm still catching up from storm shit here in NJ, but once I get back on my feet, I promise to follow through on your tag.

  5. This was awesome - especially that you WAIT for the coupon. If i lived closer, I'd rummage through your mail and take the coupon just to see how long you'd wait. Dammit why do you have to live so far?
    I am so going to accept your challenge..but not today. One thing about me - I never do today what I could do tomorrow.
    Thanks for the laugh. Also, thanks for introducing my family to Gangnam style. We've been suffering for months because of you.
    xo DG

  6. Awesome blog! I wish I could talk my hubs into something like this. We've been married 23 years and I just found out last week that he doesn't like crutons. Who knew!?

    I did kind of an "about me" blog in May 2011. Here's the link if you want to check it out.

  7. Crazy crazy 80s music new wave fan. Still have old erasure, level 42 stuff on my iPod. And I pee in the shower too to save money. Nothing wrong with that. And I don't know how many times I've been told,"gosh you hardly have any accent at all!"