I'm just following the crowd here. Also, I like to write list-based blogs, so shut up and stop judging me. Anyway, I'm no one super special here on DToid (I'm only moderately to semi-special), but I do love this community, and I like the idea of letting everyone in on some personal stuff for those who are interested. So, here it goes.
1. I spent 10 years as a professional wrestler.
Okay, so this is probably the one thing that most DToiders know about me if you've read any of my blogs in the past. I just recently retired due to life happening, also, extreme back pain. I was blessed enough to step in the ring with some childhood heroes, as well as some of the best wrestlers in the world today. Without question, my favorite moment of my career was wrestling Tatanka back in 2007, dude was completely awesome. At one point in time, my future looked promising, but then some backstage stuff happened and I became disillusioned with the wrestling business and sort of lost interest. I no longer enjoyed traveling all the time when I could be sitting on the couch playing videogames with my wife. So really, it was life, back pain, and loss of interest in the lifestyle that caused me to make the decision.
Fun fact, I once had a street fight match and used my Powerglove as a weapon. No one in the crowd understood it.
Anyway, like I said, I retired recently (October to be exact), and it was probably the best match of my career against my best friend. Here it is if you wanna take a gander.
2. I work at my church.
If you asked me three years ago where I thought I would be today, the answer would not have been "working at a church." I'm the head of media for Faith Chapel Ministries based out of Bethel, Ohio. We're a prophetic ministry, although a lot of people probably know it better if I referred to it as a 'charismatic' church. I'm not here to debate religion with anyone, because this is a videogame site, but I'll just say that I have reasons for believing what I believe, and I'm thankful for the path I've taken to get to where I am. Don't believe in God? That's cool, bro, I still love you.
3. I have a podcast.
Yeah, this is a cheap way to plug my podcast, but shut up, this is my blog! It's called the Error Machine Podcast, and while it's centered around videogames, most of the time it's just my two best friends and I making fun of each other. We have a second show we do every week that's not limited to games, and it's more free-form. We're not huge or anything, but everyone that has listened to it and reached out to me says they really enjoy it. Here's our most recent episode...
4. "TheDustinThomas" is a reference to Boy Meets World.
The Simpsons is by far my favorite show of all-time, but Boy Meets World comes in at a close second. TheDustinThomas came about when I was wrestling a random show in La Porte, Indiana for a buddy of mine. They asked for my gimmick name, and I didn't want to use the normal one I had been using, which was Muldoon. So I was trying to come up with one, and I remembered the episode of Boy Meets World where Cory joins the wrestling team, and his nickname was Cory "The Cory" Matthews. So I called myself Dustin "The Dustin" Thomas. I did it just as a joke to make my friends laugh, but it eventually caught on and I started wrestling under that name from then on.
5. I once ate so much pizza that I literally couldn't stand upright.
I spent most of my life being overweight, it wasn't until 2010 that I finally decided to take care of myself and started properly dieting. However, I still let the inner-fat kid shine through on occasion. One day, a bunch of friends and I went to a Cincinnati Reds game, and followed it up by going to Cici's Pizza (which is a pizza buffet for those of you who don't know). I don't know how much I ate, but if I had to guess, I would say I was somewhere in the area of 15 pieces of pizza, 10 breadsticks, and 3 helpings of dessert. By the end of it, my stomach was so full and I was in so much pain that I literally could not stand straight up. I felt like if I tried to, my stomach would rip open and I would die. So the only way to take care of it was to waddle to the restroom, hunched over, and force myself to throw up. Binge and purge, baby! Speaking of throwing up...
6. I used to have an eating and body image disorder.
Binging and purging was something I did consistently. That's right, I used to flirt with bulimia. It wasn't an everyday thing, but any time that I would allow myself to have a "cheat day" on my diet, I would go completely overboard, and then I would hate myself so much that I forced myself to throw up. It was all part of a bigger issue I had called body dysmorphic disorder. It's a body image disorder, and you can read all about it here.
I had spent my entire life being overweight, and all I wanted was to be in shape. I wanted abs. That's all I wanted in the world. So when I finally had the abs I had long desired, I still wasn't satisfied, or rather, I was completely unsure of myself. I was constantly bugging my friends by saying "Do I look okay? Does it look like I've gained any weight? Should I eat this? Do you think I look any leaner? Are my arms getting smaller?" and so forth. I was constantly checking myself out in the mirror, not for vanity, but for confirmation that the old, fat Dustin wasn't coming back. I was working out 8 times in six days, and wasn't eating nearly enough. So I went from being unhappy about being overweight, to being unhappy about feeling too small, and in the professional wrestling business, I had to be lean but HUGE, and I couldn't get there because I never knew how to put on weight the right way. Luckily, I've gotten out of that, and I look better than ever, and to go along with that, I feel better than I ever have.
7. I've worked at almost every major retail chain.
Here's all of the retail chains I can think of off the top of my head: Best Buy, GameStop, Circuit City, Wal Mart, Sears, HH Gregg, Elder-Beerman/Bon Ton, Dick's Sporting Goods, Target, Blockbuster, GNC...and what's sad is that I know there are more, I just can't think of them because they all kind of run together in my head.
I went through a period of time in my life where I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, so I just jumped around from job to job, hoping to find something full-time and never did. Even though I liked some of them (Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods were both pleasant experiences), I wasn't able to make anything more out of them than part-time. Probably didn't help that I'm not a good salesperson (except when I worked at GameStop), or that I primarily worked in the receiving department. I've worked a lot of crappy retail jobs in my day, and I'm glad I don't have to do it anymore.
8. 3-time! 3-time! 3-time! College dropout.
When I graduated high school, I just went to college because I felt like I had to. I didn't know what I wanted to do, so I just went with exercise science simply because it was the only thing that interested me at the time. So, after one year and failing my math and nearly failing my history class--which is strange because I love history--I decided to take a year off. I had just started training in wrestling and my idiot brain told me "Just drop out for a year, in six months you'll be with the WWE!" Yeah, that didn't happen.
I didn't even know this was a Kanye album until I did a Google search for "College dropout."
So one year became four years. At that point I was going through a really rough time in my life, and I knew I needed something to take my mind off of everything, so the two things I decided to do was focus on getting in shape (as previously mentioned) and get back in college. This time I was going for radiology. It wasn't something I really wanted to do, but it would have been a great career. The problem was that only one school in my area offered radiology, and there was a waiting list of two years to get into the program after you get your basic curriculum classes out of the way. So I jumped around between majors a lot. I went from radiology to English, back to radiology, and then I again dropped out because I had become so frustrated with the waiting list.
Then, one more time, I gave it another shot and discovered a major that really interested me: Multimedia journalism. I thought "Hey, I'm already a good writer, and the multimedia stuff is stuff I actually want to learn." Best part was that I already had all the basic courses for it done, so I only had a year before I would be finished. But then I couldn't get financial aid for some dumb reason, and I took that to be a sign that maybe school isn't the right thing for me.
9. I once quit a job by leaving a cake on my boss' desk that said "I Quit" on it.
I've written about this on my personal blog, and it's one of the more popular things I've ever written, so if you want a ton of details about why I hated this job, you can read it here.
Long story short, I worked third shift at a 24 hour gym for nearly four years. In four years, I was never given a single cent of a raise, no paid time off, was not paid for overtime, and the list goes on. So when I was finally financially able to go without having a job for a bit until I found a new one, I decided that I was finally leaving that place. So I came in for a normal Friday shift, but before I did, I bought a cake and wrote "I Quit" on it, along with a very detailed note about how much I hated that place, and left it on my boss' desk for him to see in the morning. I did absolutely zero work that night, and I wish I could have been there to see the look on that evil man's face when he read that letter.
10. I've never eaten a hamburger in my life.
I grew up a very picky eater. Some of the foods I love now I would never have eaten as a kid. I pretty much subsisted on hot dogs, Little Debbie brownies, and Pepsi throughout my childhood and teenage years. But even though I've grown out of that, I still will not eat a hamburger. Let me rephrase that: I've taken a bite of hamburger, but never swallowed a bite. I just can't do it, I think ground beef is disgusting. I love steak, which is from the same animal, but I can't do burgers.
I remember one time as a kid, my mom made a pizza for us, and she put pieces of hamburger on it and told me it was sausage (another beef product I love). I took one bite, spit it out, pointed at it and said "That's not sausage" before putting the plate down and walking out. My mom had betrayed me...I eventually forgave her though.
You may notice that most of those blogs are somehow related to pro wrestling. Why? Because I spent 10 years as a professional wrestler before retiring in October 2013 due to back injuries. I actually wasn't too bad.
A bit about me? Well, obviously I love to write. It's not a paying gig yet, but I'm certainly trying to make that happen.
I'm a happily married man, and my wife is smokin' hot.