I am going to take this opportunity to share a little bit about my life, rather than that of others in sports. Please read this blog as it is my 200th Blog on FanNation (woot 1/5 of the way to a 1000!)
A Little Bit About Me
For those of you who do not know my name is Craig Johnson and I am an 18 year old senior that will be graduating from High School on Saturday June 14, 2008. I was born on January 17, 1990 in Warwick, Rhode Island. I live with my mother, father, and my brother Dan "Don" Johnson, oh yeh, and my stupid dog Misty, a yellow lab that doesnt like to play, doesnt like water, and doesnt like anything that most labs do. When I was 4 years old my family moved from Warwick to North Kingstown which is about 20 minutes from Newport and 30 minutes from the state capitol of Providence. I enjoy weather, photography, sports, music, and video games.
Now as I have hit 200 blogs in just over a year, I look back at my career here at Fan Nation, but more importantly, I look back at my high school career, which is where I was introduced to the fantastic site. I would consider myself to be a pretty good student as I am in the Top 75 of my graduating class of 355. I leave high school with a 3.65 GPA and an Inductee to the Rhode Island Honors Society.
As a high school athlete, I have dedicated myself to the sport of running. For those of you who shun runners because it is not a "sport" why don't you go to a track meet, or even try running 6, 8, 10, or even 14 miles at one time as I do. I have had a great career in running, which has had its ups and downs. I run Cross Country (XC) as well as Indoor and Outdoor Track. The "Ups" include winning Freshman States in all three seasons my freshman year, winning XC States my Junior year, and winning Outdoor Track States my Junior year. In addition, I have been a part of a team that has not lost a indoor, or outdoor divisional track meet in my high school career. My sophmore year I was 64 at JV XC States, the following year as a Junior I was 23 at Varsity XC States, and 13 this year. Now for the "Downs". I have had a tough go of things every year except freshman year. In my sophmore year I missed the all of the XC season (except for JV States) with a stress fracture in my SI joint [in the hip] where the doctor says he had never seen a stress fracture there before. In my junior year, I missed all of the Outdoor track season with a stress fracture in the L5 Peticle of my spine. This past year, I missed the second half of the Indoor season with a high left ankle sprain with a partially torn tendon in that ankle. And not that it really matters, but now that my running is done for a few weeks, I broke my toe yesterday. My PR's (Personal Records) include a 16:28 for XC5k, 15:57 for RoadRace 5k, 9:12 for 3k, 4:07 for 1500m, 2:43 for 1k, 1:59 for 800m, 1:29 for 600m, and 53.6 for 400m. I have also ran a 10 Mile race in 59:43 which averages out to be 5:58 per mile. My fastest Mile time is 4:36. Someday I would like to run the Boston Marathon.
In the fall of this year I will be attending Lyndon State College in Vermont to study Meteorology. Ever since I can remember I have always been in love with weather and I enjoy sitting on the front porch waiting for the "Perfect Storm." Anyway, I plan to pursue a career in Broadcast Meteorology where who knows maybe you'll see me on TV someday. I would also like to spend a few summers in the Midwest chasing tornadoes, or perhaps in the Southeast experiencing the absolute beauty of a Category 5 Hurricane.
I love traveling. In my life I have been to Florida three times. Each of the times I went to Disney because that place is the bomb. I have gone a Disney Cruise which took me to the Bahamas which is a beautiful place. I have been to Canada, all of the Northeast, as well as Mexico, Germany, and Australia. If you ever get the chance to go to Australia, take it, you will not be dissapointed.
In case you don't know, I am a diehard New England Sports Fan. I am one of those persons who sticks with his teams through bad and good because I believe that you should be a fan of your hometown team, and not be ashamed of them. Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots, Revolution. I love watching all of them play. In addition, I enjoy watching Track Meets, International Soccer (Chelsea FC is my favorite Premier team), tennis, F1 and American Le Mans racing (I don't enjoy NASCAR). In addition to that I occasionaly enjoy college sports, but often find that they only time I really care about college sports is during March Madness or Bowl Season.
What else can I share with you....hmm.
Ah, entertainment. I love music, and I listen to almost anything. As I write this blog I am currentley listening to the new album by Nine Inch Nails titled The Slip. There is a free download availabe on his site, let me know if you want the link. I enjoy almost everything from Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Metal, Classics, Electronica, Techno, and even some Rap. Let me be clear that when it comes to Rap I only like specific artists. I am NOT a fan of ghetto rap such as 50 Cent, T-Pain, and the other ones like them. I do however like Dr. Dre, Nas, Ludacris, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco. If you want to hear some cool music I would suggest Quantic or Medeski Martin and Wood. You name it, I will probably like it (just not Country).
As far as movies go I am a huge fan of action thrillers. My favorite movie of all time is Boondock Saints. I have a movie collection of over 100 DVDs. The last movie I watched was Gone in 60 Seconds, which is what I fell asleep to last night. Currently my favorite TV shows include Deadliest Catch, Intervention, Last Comic Standing, and ER.
I own an XBOX 360 and a Wii. The Wii is pretty cool, but my first love when it comes to video games is the 360. The games I have for XBOX are Skate, MLB 2k8, Guitar Hero III, Forza Motorsport 2, and of course, Grand Theft Auto IV.
I could keep going but I am going to wrap this up now.
I would like to thank everyone who has been there during my stay so far for Fan Nation. Thank You to all of those who read my blogs, SIFS, those that have made MLB Picks Tournament and NFL Picks Tournament a great success. I now will leave Blog Number 200 with a picture of me running the High School Mile at Yale University.