Greetings strangers.  Here are 20 random facts to help you get to know me:

  1. My name is Mike Brister.  I am 44 and I live in Los Angeles with my husband, Danny, and a bunch of cats.  

  2. I was born in Jacksonville, FL and have since lived in Odessa, San Antonio (very briefly), Houston, Orlando, Las Vegas (twice) and Los Angeles. 

  3. I once went for a ride in the Goodyear Blimp.

  4. I met my husband of 20 years in an America Online chat room (back when that was a thing) on Christmas Eve.

  5. I'm a lifelong theme park nerd.  I've worked in various capacities for Disney, Universal, and Six Flags.

  6. Although I'm not really superstitious, I rarely let the radio or TV volume stop on 13. 

  7. I've spent most of my adult life doing high tech theater work, but in school, I studied art and music.

  8. I've had a pencil lead buried in my right leg above the knee since Middle School. 

  9. Somehow, I spent the first 7 years of my career working as a professional puppeteer for companies including Sid and Marty Krofft.

  10. I created a code cipher in high school that some friends and I would use to pass secret notes. I still know and use it today. 

  11. Over the course of 6 years, I operated the computers that made acrobats fly through the air on 3 different Cirque du Soleil shows (Mystere, LOVE, and IRIS).  

  12. I can draw pictures upside-down as quickly as right-side up.  I do this at meetings or when playing drawing games for the benefit of people on the other side of the table. 

  13. I currently work as a theme park control system designer for a company in Los Angeles called Thinkwell Group.

  14. Though I have been most of my adult life, I prefer not to be called by my last name. 

  15. I helped break a Guinness World Record.  It was for most people on stilts at once (which has since been beaten). 

  16. I was a geek before it was cool.  Way before.  Sigh.

  17. In various capacities, I worked on episodes of The Amazing Race, American Idol, American Chopper, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve, a bunch of commercials, and the movie, Worlds Away 3D.

  18. Humans have one of two types of earlobes: attached or detached.  Due to a minor birth defect, I have one of each. 

  19. I love the smell, but I hate the taste, so I have never had a single cup of coffee in my entire life.

  20. I'm a fan of lists.

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