7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know (and might not care) About Me

I’m not one to usually participate in these trends but since I haven’t posted anything in a while, this is a good excuse to get into publishing again. Ryan Graves hit me with this and then contacted me directly letting me know. So, I feel a little obligated. I promise, this won’t be a regular habit and I apologize in advance for the atypical lameness that follows. If you’re not interested, feel free to just disregard this post.

Otherwise, this is the last day of 2008 so cut me some slack.

  1. I used to dream of flying. Some know that I recently jumped out of an airplane, which was by far the most amazing thing I think I’ve done in my life. But, most don’t understand why. As many kids do, I used to dream that I could fly, and my favorite dreams were ones where I was skipping from treetop to treetop around my childhood neighborhood.
  2. I was puke-free until I was 30 years old. It’s not a pretty thing, but I was honestly proud of it. It got the best reactions when I told people this little known fact. Then I had 2 bad nights with some kind of sausage and 1 bad night of cheap beer when I was 30 and 32.
  3. I used to Scandanavian dance. It’s not something I’m proud of, and yes, it was because I liked a girl. Probably one of the more embarrassing things I’ve done for a girl in my life. But, I must admit I had fun practicing. Although, performing in front of people felt (and was) silly.
  4. I started my first “business” when I was about 4 or 5 years old – counterfeiting. I don’t remember this too well but my mom tells me I used to cover coins with paper and diligently rub pencil shavings over the top of it. When I was done, I would take the paper to my neighbors and try to sell it to them for whatever the coin itself was worth. I think I made about one dollar, but it was obviously sympathy/cute-factor money. Too bad that cute factor wore off.
  5. I had a goal to make $1M before I was 30 years old. I started this goal when I was 15 and (obviously) have not succeeded yet. I change the timing and the amount, but the goal persists. It’s now $5M before I’m 35.
  6. I have one brother who is mentally handicapped. He’s awesome and he says the most hilarious things.
  7. I started and operated a business when I was 19 years old that did $500k in revenue per year (legally). I didn’t understand tax deductions, hiring employees, or outsourcing so I eventually gave it up because I couldn’t make it profitably expand. I ran it out of my dad’s house, where I lived at the time.

Ok, so you’ll never get that 20 minutes of your life back.

Normally, with these things, we’re supposed to tag a few more people to get them to write posts like this. Although it is interesting to read some people’s personal articles, I’m not going to pass it on. If you want to read more, head back to Ryan’s post and read the other people’s posts who he tagged or search Google for more like this.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

6 Comments on "7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know (and might not care) About Me"

  1. Ryan Graves says:

    Awesome work Nate. Love it.

    It’s not a waste by the way.

  2. nate says:

    Thanks Ryan. :)

  3. Amber says:

    You’re right – I didn’t know those things! Thomas and I are impressed that you raised your goal from $1 to $5 million. Inflation?

  4. nate says:

    Thanks Amber (and Thomas). No, the goal for $1M was set back when I was about 15 years old. At that time it was a pretty generic goal. Now it’s very specific, because at an extremely low (well, in typical conditions) interest rate, $5M gives you $60k/year just living off the interest. I figure I can live on that for quite some time and if I live on less than that, then inflation won’t hurt us that bad. That’s the reasoning.

  5. Cool post, always nice to learn a bit more about online personas.


  6. David Bruce says:

    he he… from a copywriter stand point (a SALES copywriter)
    “Too bad that cute factor wore off.”

    from where I sit (as a peer of yours) I really don’t think the cute factor did wear off.

    cute sells
    (and I venture to say that you already knew this, but it’s not politically correct to say that out loud, which is why I just said it for you)


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