So not really sure what to write about so I’m just going to write about my childhood. I grew up in a small town about 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati called Hooven, OH. I lived there most of my life, I’d say for at least 17 years before I joined the military and left home.
It was an alright town. Not much to do or many friends there but it was okay. All of my friends lived in Harrison where I went to high school, about a 15 minute drive so I didn’t really do anything with my friends during the week which I’m sure contributed to my shyness of not being social during the week.
Like most kids nowadays, I spent most of my time playing video games after school during the week and on the weekends I wanted to leave my house as much as possible so I always went to my friends’ house, either Greg or Keegan. They were the best friends I’ve had and still are today, along with a few others I met in the military.
Looking back on it, I would have considered myself socially awkward in a way. Simply because I was always the shyest person in the room, unless I was with my friends. I never really talked or socialized much. I think that was because I never did anything after school. I had no brothers or sisters to interact with. I can honestly say that I have never been bullied, not once.
During high school, I was shy, but I was also friendly with everyone I talked to. I raced cars during my time in high school so I would have some people come watch me race, or just ask how I did that weekend. Jocks, nerds, all the stereotypes would ask how I did. So I never really had an issue with school, other than the fact that I hated to do school work. I was the type of kid that if I didn’t finish homework during school I wouldn’t do it. It wasn’t until the army that I grew out of my shyness and became more social. It’s night and day compared to how I was in high school though. I am still a little shy today, if I’m put in a situation where I don’t really know anybody. But it’s nothing compared to how I was back in school.
My parents got divorced when I was like 3 or 4? I don’t even remember honestly. Shortly after, my mom met my now step-dad, Rob. I was too young to understand at the time of what was happening. I have no memories of my parents’ divorce. Which is a good thing I guess. I still went and saw my dad every weekend. My parents were very civil when it came to custody and child support and all that. My mom let me go with my dad whenever I wanted or whenever he wanted to get me. She never went to court to raise child support. And when I started racing, my dad was always back in the pits with us working on the car. I’d say my mom and dad had a civil relationship only because of me. They didn’t want to constantly be fighting in front of me and all that so they put their differences aside and were very mature about everything.
Other than racing, I had a pretty boring childhood looking back on it. I’m having troubles trying to think of things to write! I did have some good times at my friend’s houses. The weekend before I left for basic training for the army Keegan’s parents threw a going away party and I got so wasted that I puked all over their brand new theater chairs, crawled to the bathroom, puked on the floor next to the toilet, not in it, and passed out in the bathroom until someone carried me to the couch where I finished puking. It was a disaster. But it was something we always talk about when I go back home.
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