7 Things You May (or May Not) Know About Me

Tuesday, Jan 6. 2009  –  Category: Musings, Songbird

… I was tagged!  (by way of @SaraD (blog), who came from @sogrady (blog), and an undoubtedly longer (and more famous) path from there…)

So, 7 things you may or may not know about me….  I believe in open communication and transparency… especially when I’m drunk, so it’s hard to think of seven things I haven’t blabbed about (whether I should have or not) previously…

  1. I was investigated by the FBI.  A story I’d rather not get into on a webpage, but will instead save for some other time when we’re having a drink.  (Hah, the rules don’t say I have to get into details… but suffice to say, it involved AT&T, a phone system exploit and Fry’s Electronics.  Plus I was like 12 at the time.)
  2. Between the ages of 8 and 20, I refused to eat avocado believing myself to be allergic to it.  Within my first two weeks of arriving in the states, I had avocado twice (once raw, and once in guacamole).  I threw up both times.  I fully believed myself to be incapable of eating avocado for the next 12 years until I accidentally ate some guac in a carne asada burrito in Rosarito, Mexico on a long drive for tacos.  God bless Rosarito.
  3. I used to run a bulletin board system (BBS) way back in the day.  It was called “The Nebuolic Cheese”, and it ran Waffle and had a UUCP feed from sbay.org.  That’s right… you can send email VIA THE INTERNETS.  It was awesome and amazing and here’s my proof. (It’s an old sbay.org guide, with my BBS as the example map entry).
  4. I was expelled from high school.  This one involved an Apple Macintosh computer lab, a system administrator who stupidly had a wall mirror behind his desk, and a high school student who happened to have an assigned seat facing the mirror and who learned to read passwords in a backwards keyboard.
  5. I saved every college rejection letter I got (and I got quite a few…. I was only accepted into one college, see #4 above).  I took them to UCSD with me and everytime I got stressed or hated school I pulled them out for inspiration.  To this day I still have them.  No, I don’t look at them anymore.
  6. I have an absolutely awful sense of direction.  If we’re lost, don’t look to me to be any help unless I have my iPhone on me and am getting reception.  What’s worse is I don’t actually care.  I’m quite happy to be lost and wander around aimlessly.  I blame this on living in San Diego for 6 years.  You don’t need to have a sense of direction because you always know where the ocean is (thereby knowing which way is West).
  7. My hair was permed in the 3rd grade.  Really.  I don’t know why, my mum wanted to do it.  The embarassing photographic proof is at my parents house somewhere.  I think I threw it in a closet.
So there you go… I hope those were entertaining at least.  So here are the rules (again, by way of SaraD & SOG):
  • Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged.
I hereby tag:
  1. Geoff Arnold (@geoffarnold), blog – because he has been my mentor in work and in life, and is the friend I would most describe as a wise sage. Geoff responded!
  2. Patrick Finch (@patrickf), blog – because he has a skill I covet: managing to tie pretty much any topic back to football, plus he’s like a good writer and stuff. Patrick responded!
  3. Tim Foster (@timfoster), blog – because though I only met him in real life once, I feel like I stalk him via his blog, he’s a super nice guy, and am intrigued to see if there is an evil side to him. Tim responded!
  4. Ryan Tomayko (@rtomayko), blog – because he sits next to me at work and is automatically intriguing because he is the first person I met outside of a large corporation who knew SOG.
  5. Esther Ko (no twitter! OMG!), blog – because she’s a great writer and should blog more.
  6. Mark Finkle (@mfinkle), blog – because his blog has one of the best domain names I’ve seen, and I don’t actually know if I’ve seen him blog personal stuff before and wonder if he would.  Plus I haven’t seen this meme on PMO yet. ;-) Mark responded!
  7. Brian King (@brianking), blog – because I keep meaning to ask him what ‘pogovor’ means and I’m trying to double my chances of getting this meme to cross onto PMO.

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4 Comments to “7 Things You May (or May Not) Know About Me”

  1. Ted Mielczarek Says:

    This is probably the most fascinating meme that’s floated around yet. Even if it does remind me of a chain email. :)

  2. Sara Dornsife Says:

    LOL. I remember a series of text messages from you in the middle of the night when we were both in Brussels. You were drunk and lost and somehow thought that I would know where you were and how to direct you to your hotel. Yeah, that didn’t happen. How did you ever find your way to your hotel?

  3. Elijah Grey Says:
    1. You read my ham as spam and deleted it. In the newer of the two last.fm posts, I tried two different times putting a screenshot of how badly messed up the interface looked in Windows (first two failed because you have tags disabled in the blog) and when I tried just linking to the image, all of my comments got deleted.
  4. Stephen Lau Says:

    @Sara I ended up wandering around for about 20 minutes and found a bar. I figured I’d stop for a drink and maybe directions and ended up running into a bunch of Moz folks. serendipitous no doubt :)

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