|#31: Alen is a very picky eater.|
At restaurants, he chooses what to order based on how many things he has to ask to have removed from his meals.
|#30: Alen has only ever owned 2 pieces of jewelry:|
A gold chain (stolen in high school) and his wedding ring.
|#29: Alen misses his mama.|
She passed away on Friday, October 22, 2004.
|#28: Alen is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers|
He will never hop on another team's bandwagon. Even when the Lakers lose, he remains loyal to his favorite team.
|#27: Alen dreams of one day owning his own business and working for himself.|
Unfortunately, none of his previous attempts have gotten off the ground... yet.
|#26: Alen has an amazing memory for useless info.|
However, his mind never seems to have room for the important stuff.
|#25: Alen is still getting used to being a father.|
Even after 7 months, it hasnt quite set in.
|#24: Alen changed his first diaper on Aug 12, 2008.|
(It was "Number 2").
|#23: Alen is 2nd to last of his cousins to have kids:|
His cousins' children's ages range from newborn to 21 years old (as of 5/08).
|#22: Alen has visited or lived in 18 of the 50 states:|
Hawaii, Washington (State), California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Virgina, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.
|#21: Alen loves hearing from old friends.|
(So drop him a line!)
|#20: Alen is always right.|
Once he thought he was wrong, but it was a false alarm.
|#19: Alen strongly dislikes all salads.|
Many people interpret his hatred for salads to mean that he hates all vegetables, but this is not the case.
|#18: Alen's mother had 21 brothers & sisters.|
She was #3. The oldest is in their 70's and the youngest is in their 30's.
|#17: Alen has an irrational fear of dogs.|
Once completely unable to be in the same room with a dog, he is now able to hide his fear of canines in public.
|#16: Alen did not attend his 10 year high school reunion.|
He also did not go to his senior prom or homecoming dance (both by choice, of course).
|#15: Most people can't spell "Alen" on the first try|
The most popular guesses he receives are Alan, Allen, and Allan. But some people even try Alyn, Allyn, Alin, and Allin
|#14: Alen has lived in 12 different places in his life.|
BREAKDOWN: 7 apartments, 4 houses, and 1 condo.
(2 of those apartments were in the same building)
|#13(!): Alen has cut his own hair since 2004.|
He paid for his last barber-given haircut on Friday, November 7, 2003 - 2 days before his wedding.
|#12: Alen has only gone "Trick-or-Treating" twice.|
His mom forbid it. Only after heavy insistance by his father was he allowed to go at age 5, then one more time on his own at age 15.
|#11: Alen's favorite part of his trip to the UK was finally meeting his British cousins for the first time.|
He even got to meet & hang out with their children, which was also a big highlight of his trip.
|#10: No one cares about basketball in England|
Alen was very disappointed to learn this during his trip to the UK in July/Aug 2006, but decided to keep his disappointment to himself.
|#9: Alen has suffered 2 broken bones in his life.|
When he was 10 yrs old, he was struck by a car while riding his bike across the street & broke his left wrist (his fault). When he was 13, he had his left-hand ring finger slammed in a door by a neighbor girl he nad no business flirting with (also his fault).
|#8: Alen once had his driver's license suspended for 6 months and didnt even know it.|
He only found out when the DMV sent him a notice informing him that his license was being reinstated.
|#7: Alen avoids confrontations at all costs.|
Most of the time, what he ends up with instead is usually far worse than whatever he was trying to avoid in the first place.
|#6: Alen has had 11 jobs in 13 years (as of 3/08).|
He has been fired once & laid-off once. His longest job lasted 2.5 years, the shortest one lasted only 4 months.
|#5: Alen's parents were born & raised in Jamaica.|
Sadly, he has only been there once when he was a baby.
|#4: Alen has never eaten a plum.|
He also has never eaten a pear, a beet, or a turnip.
|#3:Alen has never owned a brand new car.|
His newest car was 4 years old when he bought it,
his oldest car was 16 when he bought it.
|#2: Alen grew up as an only child.|
He now has 2 (much younger) half-sisters,
but nobody ever mentions the "half" part.
|#1: It took Alen forever to finally put up his website.|
Seriously. Way longer than it should have.