Hey there! My name is Mark Struczewski. This is my website (unless you are reading this on Facebook or something).
If you think you know me, I bet you don’t know me as well as you think you do. Here are 15 things you (probably) don’t know about me. And as far as the picture is concerned, see #11 below. Yes, that’s me. Sans the goatee and a few years!
- I am blind in my left eye. I was born that way. I have zero vision in that eye. The nerve between my eyeball and brain never developed. This is why I hate 3D movies – you need two eyes to see 3D. By the way, when you see me, always look in the right eye…my left eye is like a teenager – it does what it wants.
- I shave my head every morning. Yep. Every morning. I used to use clippers on my head but when I got down to “00” and it wasn’t close enough, I decided to go all the way in 2003. I’ve never regretted it. I only wish my head would get the memo. I actually get a 5 o’clock shadow – on my head!
- I was born in North Chili (Western New York) but moved to Houston, TX in July 1997. I absolutely love living in the country, er, state of Texas. Yes, it gets really, really hot in the summertime…but we don’t have to shovel heat. I love it down here.
- I am an only child. This was the proverbial blessing and curse. I got lots of presents (because there was only one of me) but I had no one to blame things on (Mom and Dad never bought my blaming the cats or the dog!).
- I graduated from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Computing in 2001. It took me 12 years but I worked full-time and had a family so I only went part-time. I actually finished my degree via distance learning.
- I’m an avid runner and MTB rider. I used to ride my bike all over my hometown back in New York but got away from it down in Houston. But that changed in January 2013 when I purchased a mountain bike. I took up running in August 2014.
- I’m an evangelical Christian. That means I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and believe that the Bible is 100% accurate. Jesus is the only person I love more than my beautiful bride, Michelle.
- I’m learning Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Why? Because I want to. Do I need another reason? One of my goals is to become conversationally fluent in both languages. But that’s a ways off! LOL By the way, I use the app Memrise to learn these languages.
- I only drink water and Kool-Aid sweetened with Sucralose. My last Diet Coke was in November 2013. I also don’t drink alcohol. I just don’t like the taste of it. Yes, even in France (see #13).
- My favorite group is Hillsong Australia. I don’t even remember how I discovered them or why I fell in love with them, but I am so glad this happened. They are awesome.
- I was a radio disk jockey for several years. I was an on-air personality as well as a board operator (meaning that I would run the board – play commercials and make sure the station stayed on the air – for baseball games and talk radio shows).
- I was a volunteer EMT and firefighter. I was an EMT in my hometown and got to be on the ambulance with my Dad (who was a driver) and a firefighter in a Houston suburb. I’ve seen my share of blood and fires. I had to quit because of #15.
- I won a $13K trip to Normandy, France in 2009. Entered a contest ONCE (name and email address only). Yes, on the Internet. I won’t waste time trying to convince you I won because Michelle and I went in June 2010. This is why I have fallen in love with the French culture and their beautiful language. I may live there for a short period of time one of these days. Who knows?
- I used to be a professional photographer. I entered the field when you still shot film. But one of the ways I promoted myself was to speak to groups…which was my real love. So, I ditched the camera and became a speaker.
- I suffer from something called vestibular nerve disorder. Yeah, I’d never heard of it either before I was diagnosed. I fell on some black ice in New York. Feet to head in less than a second. Scary stuff. Took the doctors nearly three years to diagnose me. What it means is that I have zero balance. I don’t drink but I couldn’t walk a straight line if I ever got pulled over (though I’d love to see the look on the police officer’s face when they gave me the breathalyzer test and it came back with a big, fat zero). The only reason I can ride my MTB bike (#6) is because my memory recalls me doing it before the injury. The doctors said that if I wasn’t a rider before, I would not be a rider now.
Hopefully, you know me better than before you started reading this.