Revealed: Contest Results!

Just like Derek unleashed Magnum, I'm revealing pieces of myself to you...

On Monday, I posed the challenge of guessing which three random facts were indeed true about my my life. My purpose in doing so was to lightheartedly give everyone a glimpse into the randomness of what I like to call “My Life”. Three months ago, I wrote a letter. But this week, I wanted to be even more random.

So, without further adieu, the winners of said “7 Truths/3 Lies” contest are…. Matthew, Michael, John, Donald, Duane, Michelle, Kevin, Jennifer, and David. That’s right fine folks, we have a 9-way tie! While no one was able to guess all three correct “truths”, these ladies and gents guessed 2 of 3. Virtual Fist Bumps (or #KnucklePunches as my daughters would say) all around!

Here is my commentary and explanations:

1. I am so clumsy. I have broken the same toe on my right foot every year for the last 4 years.
False: I’ve never broken a bone in my body. I have, however, stubbed my right foot’s big toe every year for the last four years playing New Years Day flag football due to wearing cleats one size too small. So, yes: every year for the last four years my big toenail has gotten black, fallen off, and re-grown back. It is nasty every single time. (Note: I purchased new cleats a couple months back per my wife’s ultimatum).

2. While in Amsterdam, I was chased by Red Light District police officers at 2 o’clock in the morning.
True: While in college I spent three of my spring breaks on missions in Amsterdam. It was great. One year (2003, I believe), me and a couple folks got chased by a couple Dutch Po-Pos late in the evening. Apparently, video camera recording is frowned upon in that part of town.

3. The band I started in high school, Prehistoric Vader and the Phenomenon, sold 103 albums over the course of 8 glorious months.
False: That would have been a sweet name for a band, right? The closest I got to being a rockstar was performing Oasis’ Wonderwall at a youth center in Amsterdam during one of our trips. I can’t count leading worship as I’ve never worn skinny jeans and a fedora.

4. My great-grandfather was a silent-film movie star from Las Cruces, New Mexico.
True: I remember finding this out at one of our family reunions. Along with being an Assemblies of God minister, he was a bona fide movie star. In other words, I’m practically royalty in the eyes of The Academy.

5. I wasn’t the most popular “Dustin” at my elementary school. That title belonged to none other than Dustin Diamond.
True: That’s right, folks–Screech himself went to Zion Lutheran school in Anaheim, CA. I even have a few yearbooks laying around somewhere in my parent’s attic with his goofy picture in it.

6. I am childhood acquaintances with Jessica Alba. In fact, we “went out” as third graders.
False: I did grow up in California, but I didn’t see or interact with many celebrities. Unless you count the time I met MacGyver (RDA, himself) at a Kings’ game. See, I told you I was royalty.

7. I can recite every single lyric by heart from the Foo Fighters’ iconic sophomore album “The Colour and the Shape”.
False: I wish this were true. This album is Top 3 of all time for me. I remember when it was released at the end of my Freshman year in high school. Loved it then, love it now.

8. Three years ago, my brother and I flew out to New York as part of a final casting decision for The Amazing Race. Sadly, we didn’t make the final cut.
False: Every year I say to myself that my brother and I should fill out an application. I swear we would not only do really well, but I think we would also appeal to the casting directors (opposites, goofy, etc.).

9. I gained notoriety in college for being the guy who wore a bathrobe to class (yes, I was “The Bathrobe Guy”).
False: Sadly, no. We did have a “Bathrobe Guy” in college, though. He was in my Real Estate class. I found his wardrobe fascinating.

10. My second car was a old, restored ice cream truck. Regretfully, I could never get the music to play on the sound system.
False: Now this would have been awesome, but I’m actually still on my second car right now. Had a ’91 Jeep Cherokee in high school, and have a ’01 Jeep Cherokee right now. My next car will be a minivan. Fail.

There you have it folks — a little glimpse into my life. How about you? Care to do a 7 Truths / 3 Lies yourself? Let me know and link up if you do. I love some randomness!

If you had to be childhood acquaintances with someone, who would you choose?

46 Comments

  • Michael

    May 4, 2011

    I really wish the band had been true.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      me too, just by the name alone we would have sold over 100 records

      Reply
  • moe

    May 4, 2011

    I would have loved to been acquaintances with Osama Bin Laden. Seriously, I would be tweeting photos of us and selling them to the press.

    “here is me playing with cars, here is Osama decapitating toy soldiers”

    “here is me playing hide and seek. That Osama, I can never find him”

    “here is me yelling, “to infinity… and beyond”. Here is Obama yelling, “Jihad”.

    Yup. That would have been great!

    Reply
  • Sandy Sandmeyer

    May 4, 2011

    Darn, I was wrong all the way around! I don’t know that I’d have wanted anyone famous as a friend growing up. My friends were all pretty cool and we’re still friends all these years later.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      cool friends make everything better :)

      Reply
  • Jim F

    May 4, 2011

    Love these two post – made for fun reading. I used to play this as a game with youth groups when I was a youth pastor.

    I would choose Jack Bauer as my childhood acquaintance – although I might not be around to talk about seeing as everyone around him always died other than his daughter.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      dude, jack bauer would be an awesome friend!

      Reply
  • Jay Cookingham

    May 4, 2011

    Bob Dylan….I might have gotten in one of his songs!

    Reply
  • Ben

    May 4, 2011

    Ah dangit, I missed this one. I’ll bite on the 7 truths / 3 lies, maybe friday.

    Childhood acquaintances? Honestly?

    Any of my e-brothers, and I think Moe and I would have torn some ess up.

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    • Moe

      May 4, 2011

      You got that right. The world ain’t ready for that yet. Not yet. Soon!

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      Moe was such the troublemaker growing up… might be a risky choice, ben. :)

      Reply
  • Arny

    May 4, 2011

    Ha!!!! I knew it!!!…I don’t even know anything about you …but you can’t make up stuff about Dustin Daimond!!! lol… So Fun!

    Really Cool Game

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      ha, thanks Arny. Mr. Diamond himself… yessir!

      Reply
  • Michelle

    May 4, 2011

    Sigh..MacGyver. You know he was in Stargate which my husband used to watch religiously. I got kind of hooked on it. Then I started having weird dreams about Richard Dean Anderson. Now he’s kind of old and fat. At one point, I dreamed he was my dad or something weird like that. So then I posted a blog about how MacGyver was my Dad. That was awhile ago and I no longer have the post as it was on another blog that is now non-existent, but it was pretty funny. And Screech…another show I used to watch religiously. That kid is just weird. I don’t care about his hollywood fame, you are way cooler than that Dustin.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      yeah i was awestruck when I saw richard dean anderson… loved that show!

      Reply
  • Adam

    May 4, 2011

    I wished it would have been an old ice cream truck…

    I fear my next car will be a minivan as well.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      The minivans are a comin’!

      Reply
  • Tony Alicea

    May 4, 2011

    These two posts were stout sauce. Great idea dude. I feel like we’re pretty much best friends now.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      thanks, tony. wait? we weren’t bffs already??

      Reply
  • Michelle

    May 4, 2011

    Thanks for sharing. That was fun. Still think the ice cream truck would have been awesome.

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      maybe as a mid-life-crisis car? maybe?? :)

      Reply
  • Lara Knight

    May 4, 2011

    Hey! Tom and I knew Bathrobe Guy in college. He was in the Demosthenian Literary Society with us. His name is Bill Lee and he dated a girl named Rain Bough. There are certainly some good stories about him. Nice blog by the way. :)

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      Lara, that is hilarious. I remember he always had some good/interesting insights when he spoke up in class as well… :)

      Reply
  • Marlee

    May 4, 2011

    Hahahahahaha! This was awesome Dustin. You made me laugh out loud with some of these and I needed that. I think my favorite is the “Bathrobe Guy” – seriously that would have been sweet.

    And…I’m an Amazing Race junky and say the same thing every year about my husband and I. We are total opposites and I know the casting directors would eat up our crazy antics. Every year I say we should do it and every year we don’t. Looks like we need accountability partners in that area. ;)

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      Let’s do it. You and your hubs will submit an application, and me and my bro will… Let’s just hope both our teams get selected :)

      Reply
  • Jon

    May 4, 2011

    Wow…I was so off. You really thought of some great lies :)

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      i like to think of them as half-truths… :)

      Reply
  • David Miles

    May 4, 2011

    Dustin Diamond. I spent many a Saturday morning watching Dustin Screech it up on Saved By The Bell. I have to admit I’m a little jealous. haha

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  • John

    May 4, 2011

    Sweet. I kinda won something. Well, recognition. But that’s something and I’ll take it!

    Reply
  • Melissa Brotherton

    May 4, 2011

    What a fun idea, Dustin! :)

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  • Joseph

    May 4, 2011

    This was very creative. Fun Game. I’m afraid I don’t have anything that interesting to share. I mean you went to school with Screech. lol

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    • Dustin

      May 4, 2011

      LOL….I have to admit, that one is hard to beat (especially since we share an awesome name :)).

      Reply
  • Bryan Thompson

    May 4, 2011

    Dustin, I think I was wrong on all three counts. No fist bumps for me. :(

    Reply
  • Jason Hughes

    May 4, 2011

    This was really cool Dustin. I always love to learn more about fellow bloggers, but this takes it to another level. Very well done!

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  • Lizzie

    May 5, 2011

    Haha, this was fun! I got some of them. I may have to do this myself at some point…

    Oh, for your question of who you’d like to be childhood acquaintances with, I think I’d choose C.S. Lewis or someone cool like that.

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    • Dustin

      May 6, 2011

      One things for sure… you would probably have learned a lot. :)

      Reply
  • Alex Humphrey

    May 5, 2011

    Haha! I was way off! That’s really cool though, Dustin. Thanks for this!

    Reply

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