10 Things about Brant Bukowsky
10 Things that most people do not know about me
- Even though I did not play football in high school, I played Division III football at a small school in Chicago for one year (back-up punter and free safety). I went back to Mizzou since they were paying for all of my education through the Bright Flight and Curators scholarships.
- I have walked on Fire (twice).
- I broke my collar bone in high school, so I missed most of the basketball season. While injured, I tried out for the school play and got the part of Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream.
- When we started ShowMe Tickets, I got a job at Imo's pizza as a delivery driver to get some "guaranteed income". The first night I worked 4 hours and made $3 total (seriously). I decided that night I would never work for anyone again.
- We were early adopters on ebay and used PayPal quite a lot. In 1999, PayPal was seeking funding and they asked us to invest since we were one of their bigger customers. We thought about investing a small amount, but declined. Three years later they were bought out for $1.5 billion by eBay (doh!).
- I have skydived, SCUBA dived, flown a plane, completed several triathlons (short course), run a few half marathons, and hit a hole in one in golf.
- The dean of the college of education and I did not get along. When I graduated, he used my resume as an example on how NOT to do a resume. He did this for years after I graduated and would display it on the projector pointing out what not to do. (I guess it is a good thing I have never had to use a resume to get a job.)
- In high school, I put on free magic shows for organizations like the Girl Scouts and retirement home (I have a couple of card tricks that would blow your mind).
- While in college, my brother and I bought a house. A couple of weeks later I bought a new car. Three months later, they both got hit by a tornado.
- To propose to my wife, I had her do an "Amazing
Race". I gave her clues and she had to perform certain tasks
including a geocache that
took her to Napa Valley. It covered 3 states including a stop at
the Grand Canyon.
10 a) I didn't know what type of ring to buy her, so I went into a jewelry store and asked for their cheapest diamond ring. After confirming (multiple times) that I could exchange it and dealing with a confused salesperson, I ended up giving her that ring when I proposed. The first question I asked her after she said "Yes" was, "Do you like the ring?" Her answer of "Yes" (demonstrating her love for me since the ring was pretty ugly) earned her a $100 credit towards the real ring. I then asked her a series of other questions about me and my family. For each question she answered correctly, she earned more money for a nicer ring.