Not that you care but...
I was born in 1964 in Independence, Kentucky. I am the youngest of six children born
to a great set of parents, Joe and Margie Brungs.
The early years were filled with whiffle ball games including the infamous "night
game". Well, it sure seemed like a good idea at the time... My buddies
and I decided that it sure was a shame that nightfall spelled the end of whiffle ball for
the day. Time to learn the electrical procurement business. We scoured each of
our houses for every extension cord, flood light, and high powered light bulb we could
find. Off to the side yard we went, climbing trees to get as much height as we could
for the lights. By the time we were done, we had the best lighted field on the
street... Okay, the ONLY lighted field in the neighborhood. The game was a blast and
life was great. Well... until Mom and Dad came driving down the street... the field
beckoning them like a spotlight. As they tried to make their way into a dark house,
they discovered that our procurement of light bulbs had few limits. And to think I
I attended Newport Catholic High School and graduated in 1982. This is where Jet Lag
was born. Jet Lag, one of the finest air bands to have graced the planet, was made
up of Ed Habel, Harold Waibel, Dennis Steffen, and me. While the tour dates have all
but vanished the friendship amongst the band members remains solid. Oh sure... we
have had our "incidents". Harold starting fights in the bowling alley
while the rest of the band hid by the pinball machine. Ed being
"de-underweared" at the Brass Ass as the rest of the band looked on in
amazement. Oh and don't forget Dennis on the fateful trip to Dayton, failing
to protect the rest of the band on the visit to The Todd. As we entered the
"adult" establishment, we were greeted by a really gnarly amazon woman who
responded "Oooo men... grab 'em". Oh sure, looking back, that should have
been a signal for us to leave but no... we just had to stay to watch the show. While
Dennis disagrees, the rest of us are pretty sure that one of the dancers was Dennis'
aunt... the unattractive one at that !!! But hey... the place was real nice. I
mean, I love taking a leak in bathroom where the door opens up right onto the stage. Being
able to simultaneously take a leak and talk to the dancer isn't such a good idea after
all. Go figure !!!!
On the dating front, things were shaky at best. My first date was with a girl who
I believe later became a lesbian. Hey !!! That is not my fault. I
followed that smashing success by going to the minor leagues and dating a freshman when I
was a senior. Oh yea.... that's a good idea. That did not last very
long. But in late 1982, I finally met someone right who would later become my
I attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated in 1986. At the College of
Applied Science, I received my Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering
Technology. While I did well, I would never want to repeat the process. But it
was there that I developed another great friendship. Tony Schutte and I really
helped each other through the tough days of college. We both agree that without the
other, making it through would have been really tough. While we don't get together
as much as either of us would like, the friendship is a solid one that will last
forever. After graduating from UC, I went to work for Controlware.
Controlware has been a great place to work.
Oh sure... the early years were a killer. Not that I mind spending the better part
of two years in an aircraft facility in Wichita Kansas but... I have learned a lot
over the years and again developed another great stable of friends. One in particular has
really become like a brother. Gregg Wood is one the most talented people I know and
I do consider him to be like a step-brother even though he keeps breaking my stuff.
At least he knows how to fix it though. Also, I cannot fail to mention my previous
boss, Jeff Hanna. Jeff has also
taught me alot and become a good friend and a great golf partner, specially since his car
was big enough to hold the T.V's we won in Chicago.
MaryBeth and I have been married for 10 years now and we have two great kids, Lindsay and
Meredith shown below:
And what is the perfect Christmas gift for even the smallest Bearcat fans... Well...
I have taken it upon myself to prove that I was born with a 30 year warranty. Since
turning this magical age, my body has been breaking down left and right. Luckily,
MaryBeth forgot to mail in her registration card when we got married so she's stuck.
Some of my better breakdowns are listed below:
Torn patellar tendon - right knee
Severely twisted ankle - Should you here and feel a pop when you twist
an ankle ?
Chondromalacia patella - left knee
Tendonitis - both knees
Tendonitis - left wrist
Tendonitis - right thumb
...to be continued, I'm sure...
Well... that's all I got right now. Fascinating... I'm sure. I know what
you're saying... "I laughed, I cried.... Hell of a sight.". I promise to make it
better in the future. No... really.... I promise !!!