100 Things About Me

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Inspired by my online friend Ro, here’s a few facts about yours truly:

  1. I’m terrible with names
  2. Yes I was in the John Denver fan club
  3. I was a paperboy
  4. I make art, all the time. You probably do too.
  5. I have a 3rd Dan black belt in Jukido
  6. Yes there are bad questions. There are lots of bad questions. But we can learn from them.
  7. I have been diagnosed with depression
  8. I am susceptible to shopping comas (I hate malls)
  9. There have been times in my life when practicing meditation was not optional
  10. My favorite Philosophical Idea is David Hume’s Soft Determinism
  11. I hold a 1st Dan in Tang Soo Do
  12. Online surveys say I should be a Quaker
  13. Dualism – really?
  14. I subscribe to Morning Buzz, by my twitter friend Joanna Piacenza
  15. I post a useless fact to social media everyday
  16. Yes, I’ve worn a dress before
  17. I was born in New Britain, CT
  18. I can never remember how many Ts are in “New Britain”
  19. People know me by my laugh
  20. I’m a cat person
  21. The name Andrew means manly
  22. My favorite asanas are Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) and Rajakapotasana (Pigeon)
  23. I’m not a cilantro guy
  24. The one piece of advice I try to live by is “If I’m trying to make a point, I’ve gone too far”
  25. I used to be the Ello community lead for @Ellozen
  26. Hell and brimstone fundamentalist Christians get me riled up
  27. My favorite poet is e.e. cummings
  28. I’m a Buddhist Teacher
  29. I think everyone should read Dan Dennett (you don’t have to agree with him, but please read him)
  30. My last name (Furst – yes, that’s funny every time) means prince (or someone in the prince’s entourage). In Germany, A prince is more like a governor.
  31. I make a mean chocolate chip cookie
  32. I think as we get older we naturally gravitate toward poetry, photography or other forms of deep listening.
  33. I have a degree in Philosophy
  34. I live in Massachusetts, but I don’t have a Massachusetts accent
  35. Sarcastic – yup
  36. I am a technology management consultant
  37. I have restless leg syndrome (no fun)
  38. I spend too much time on the computer
  39. One of the most formative experiences in my life was being in a band. It’s running your own business. Running your own business makes things very real.
  40. My kids are way cooler than me
  41. Morality is subjective – there I said it.
  42. Pie? – Oh Yeah.
  43. I’ve watched the entire “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series twice
  44. I miss going to Acadia National Park every year
  45. I tend to approach problems by using the Buddha’s middle way (when I have the wherewithal to stop and think)
  46. I drive too fast
  47. The first rock album I bought was Boston, by Boston
  48. I love the concept of a militant agnostic – I don’t know, and you don’t either
  49. I traced my family genealogy back to Adam & Eve (Setting aside, for a moment, that I don’t believe in Adam & Eve)
  50. It’s amazing the effect that a guitar has on a woman
  51. My favorite color is yellow
  52. As Buddhist, I’m technically a non-theist, but I cheer for the atheists
  53. I’m on a huge hawaiian shirt kick right now
  54. I played bass guitar in Ant Farm, I mostly play guitar now
  55. I’ve only had to use my martial arts fighting skills once – nobody was hurt (badly).
  56. I had a college roommate named Al (his real name is Eric)
  57. I don’t chew gum
  58. I’m a big Audible user
  59. If someone younger than me asks for advice about life, I’m inclined to disappoint them. My experience is that we don’t learn from other people’s experience.
  60. I have, and this is a quote from my children, “an evil Santa Claus laugh”
  61. I wear jeans and sandals to work whenever I can get away with it
  62. I’ve got a fake book of songs that I bring to parties and play on guitar. If you want a copy it’s here.
  63. The TV show King Fu is terrible to watch now
  64. Chai (double dirty – that is)
  65. I’ve done lots of bad things in my life
  66. I thought musicals were stupid when I was a kid. Then I acted in a musical and “got it”
  67. Alcohol? – Yes – Gin (Hendricks nowadays)
  68. I’m a terrible salesman
  69. Who’s my best teacher? My wife
  70. I am 5 degrees from Kevin Bacon – Through my friend Callie Beaulieu
  71. My favorite philosopher is Daniel C Dennett
  72. Oh excuse me, your dualism is showing.
  73. Yes, I eat meat
  74. I have blue eyes
  75. Yes, there are bad ideas. There are lots of bad ideas. But we can learn from them.
  76. My first company was named Sina, each letter came from the initial of a member of my family
  77. I graduated from UCONN
  78. Best advice I’ve gotten about religion – “most of what religious people do is minding other peoples business”
  79. I like chocolate (no – I really like chocolate)
  80. I play music by ear
  81. If I think about the sun, I get a sun burn
  82. 2 cats, 1 dog
  83. I’m terrible with money
  84. Where do I think I will retire? – Maine or Western Massachusetts
  85. I’ve worked for myself for most of my career
  86. I’ve never been to Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, or North and South Dakota
  87. When people ask me how I became interested in Buddhism, I have to admit it all started when I watched the TV show Kung fu when I was a kid
  88. I try not to give advice to new parents
  89. I change my mind all the time
  90. My Blood type is AB +
  91. My son insist “I’m not actually all that bad”
  92. I think Praying Mantises are cool (my #virtualsangha friend Ro does not)
  93. order a latte with some pumps of chai at Starbucks (it’s cheaper than a double dirty chai – but its the same thing)
  94. I used to teach hatha yoga
  95. My full name means manly prince – not sure if that is accurate
  96. I’m overweight
  97. I’m 6′ 1″ (I used to be 6’2″)
  98. I was in several bands in my twenties, the most successful was Ant Farm
  99. I wrote two books – Western Lights – A Collection of Short Essays on Buddhism and Clouds Tell Us: Poetry at the Intersection of Nature and Our Humanity
  100. Is the glass half empty or half full? – It’s full – half air, half water.

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Andrew Furst
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Andrew Furst

Author of two books, Poet, Meditation Teacher, Buddhist blogger, backup guitarist for his teenage boys, lucky husband and technologist
Andrew Furst
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