MadTrippin

The Amazing Race Meets National Lampoon’s Vacation

About Andrew

Andrew
(This is a pretty old picture and I feel compelled to mention that it was taken prior to beginning Triathlon training.  I’ve lost a few pounds of fat and put on a few of muscle since then.)

Stats
Age: 34
Marital Status: Married for 12 years
Children: Emma (9) and Noah (5)
Schooling: Winona State University – BS Marketing
Housing: Own a single-family house in a Minneapolis suburb
Career: Internet Marketing – NorthernTool.com / Kotulas.com
International Travel Experience: Israel and Italy in 2008
Triathlon Experience – My Triathlon Birthday was July 19, 2008.

Fond Memory Of Gabe
When Gabe was a Freshman in high school, because of his freakish AP classes, was forced to eat lunch with the Juniors and Seniors.  He didn’t really know any upper classesmen, so he would sit with me and my idiot friends.  Anything that could be put in Gabe’s ear would end up there – ie. potatos, frosting, jell-o, ice cream, etc. etc.  Good times, good times. 

I may have forgotten to mention that we didn’t really get along back then.

Questions People Ask Me About The Trip:

Are you Jewish?
Nope.  Our parents just gave us this great opportunity to take this once-in-a-lifetime trip and we hopped onboard.  Israel is a historical force to be reckoned with.  If you live in a house that was built in the 1800s in the U.S., you think it’s old.  In Israel, we’re talking about hundreds and even thousands of years old.  Plus, although constantly disputed throughout history, it’s the convergence of 3 big religions.

Do I know someone in Israel?
Again… No.  *Refer to previous answer.

Aren’t you worried about your safety?
Not really.  There are risks in any kind of travel – domestic or international, cars, planes, trains, motorcycles, skateboards or even just walking down the street.  Yes it’s the Middle East and bad things happen there from time to time, but tourist are rarely (if ever) targeted.  The tour group we’re going with has been doing this for years without incident.

Are you going to tell people you’re Canadian?
Seriously?  I don’t think so.  Does everyone really hate American’s that much (maybe they dislike the U.S. government)?  I doubt it.  No I’m not going to try and dress like a European.  I’m going to wear my tennis shoes (that’s gym shoes for those from Chicago) and my baseball cap. 

Am I really going to Israel to secretly train in Krav Magga (Israeli martial arts)?
Alright… So nobody has actually asked me that (maybe some of the guys back in the office?) and I’m not, but it would be pretty cool (not to mention crazy).  I saw it on Fight Quest right after I decided to go on the trip.  It’s pretty much the fighting style you would use if your life depended on it – truly no holds barred.  After telling Gabe about Krav Magga, he took to using getting “The Krav” as way to say getting hit in an inconvenient place (if you get my drift).

One Response to “About Andrew”

  1. Melissa said

    You may not try to dress like a European, but you brought your man-purse, right?

    So, I noticed that Gabe didn’t share a “Fond Memory of Andrew”. How could he not have a fond memory of you? You’ve always been so nice to him!

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