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Sunday, September 27, 2009

We interrupt this program…

    Recently I received the Kreativ Blogger award from La Jenno. With it, I am supposed to thank the person who gave it to me so La Jenno at The Life and Times of La Jenno, thank you so much. Also, I am supposed to tell 7 things you may not know about me. I have had a tough time the last few days grappling with how to do this in my blog. Did I want to go 7 serious things or 7 fun things. I wasn't sure. I decided to go with 7 serious things. I originally didn't feel it was appropriate to post this in my blog as I try to keep it more a story blog then a blog about me but in the end I decided to post it because after all, I am technically the Innocent Owner of the title and I am truly honored by the award coming from La Jenno. Keep in mind, this was a very long time ago but was huge factor in shaping who I am today. So here are 7 things you did not know about me.
  1. I was a junkie in my early years. Sharing needles and all.
  2. I was homeless for awhile (see above) living under an overpass near Angel's Stadium in the Santa Ana River bed
  3. I was arrested for trying to purchase drugs, turned out to be a police officer
  4. I was on all the local news for trying to purchase the illegal drugs from an officer during a big sting operation. Must have had 100 phone calls on my machine the next day.
  5. I got Hepatitis C from sharing needles with a person who ended up dying of AIDS. I didn't get AIDS but the version of Hepatitis C I got was the worst possible version.
  6. Two years ago I went through a treatment for a year to attempt to get rid of the Hepatitis C. It was rough and very little chance it would work on my version of the disease. It nearly killed me, literally, but I refused to stop the treatment. Finally, they had to stop treatment a month early fearing I might not make it through due to the complications I was having from all the side effects. I won the war. I beat all odds and have been clear of the disease for two years and my liver is coming back quite nicely.

  7. I am neither regretful nor embarrassed of my past. It made me who I am and I am proud of myself.

    Finally, I am supposed to pass this award on to someone else. Without further ado, I pass this on to one of my favorite story tellers by far, Hunter, who's blog The Time Crook is a fantastic mix of stories. Fiction, poetry, crookery, his imagination seems limitless.


  1. i think you're a brave fighter. it's inspiring to see how you turned your life around to the positive side.

  2. Mike, your story is truly inspirational. And I commend you for sharing it.

    Thank you so much for passing along the Kreativ Blogger award. Things are a little crazy at the moment, but I'll definitely come up with my list of 7 and post as well.

  3. Wow, those are surprising facts. I am glad that you were able to overcome your past to become who you are today!

  4. Thanks for sharing your story, I'm glad you chose to go with the serious list rather than fun facts, although I'm sure that list would also be interesting. This was very inspiring!

  5. Surprising facts indeed, but ever so glad you've decided to share them. Whether this be a story blog or not, it would be absolutely nothing without you... and it's a pleasure and honor to be sharing the stories and ride with you.


  6. Wow, its amazing that you are so brave to share part of your life in this blog - its good that you did. You fought through your troubles and came out victorious at the end. It really is inspiring.

  7. The Time Crook sent me. And he's a deserved winner. He told me to say both of these things...Actually that's a lie, he only told me to say the first.
    Nice blogging, by the way.

  8. Thanks everyone. I appreciate all your comments. You all inspire ME. Plentymore, your comments are as funny as your posts. Anyone not reading your blog is missing out buddy.

  9. Mike, I thought I left a comment ealier, I must have forgot to wait for the letter thingy.
    We have quite a bit in common.

  10. I just gave you the Superior Scribbler Award. Come by my blog and pick it up. Why? Because I like your blog. :)

  11. Mike,

    Congrats on your awards. Your most definitely deserving of all the recognition. Very inspirational post by the way. I look forward to more! Well done.

  12. Wow those events are amazing - what a great post as well.

    Congratulations on the very well deserved award

    Kate x

  13. @Bob - Bob, who hasn't done that. :)
    @Leeuna - I'm speechless, thank you so much
    @Tom & Kate, thank you for your kind comments

  14. Great post. All of us have done things in our past that might not have been the best idea. That doesn't make us bad people, especially if we grow into smarter, stronger people because of it.