Just a Day in My Life

38 Random Things About Me

In lieu of content, here’s a meme that I swiped ruthlessly from Tim Pratt’s blog.  He did 52 things, but I’m too tired to come up with that many.

  1. When I was a kid I was scared of the dark.  I still am, and sometimes when Jennifer spends the night elsewhere, I turn on all the lights in the house.
  2. Also when I was a kid I used to draw a series of comic strips about cats and dogs with superpowers.  The strip was called Superpets, which was my mom’s suggestion.
  3. I’ve taken lessons for two different musical instruments in my life.  First, I took piano lessons when I was a kid, but I made my mom let me quit because they were at the same time as Land of the Lost.  And after college I took some fiddle lessons, for which I paid a pot of home made split pea soup.
  4. To this day I still enjoy watching people play the piano or the fiddle.
  5. My grandmother tried to teach me how to crochet, but I never managed to make anything more than a long, long crotched string.
  6. When I started UC Davis in 1986 I was going to be a physician specializing in neuroprosthetics.
  7. …and yet I went through about a dozen majors in my first two years of college.  I settled on philosophy because I had to choose something.
  8. I’ve tried to be a morning person.  But, really, I’m a night person, and I hate mornings.
  9. Both of my grandmothers died of cancer, but my own fear of cancer predates either of their diagnoses.
  10. I hate cleaning bathtubs.  I even prefer cleaning toilets over cleaning bathtubs.  Go figure.
  11. Mary Anne, all the way.
  12. Micronauts were my favorite toy when I was a kid.  I never got into Transformers, though.  Weird, huh?
  13. When I was a senior in high school, I wrote a fully functioning calendar and contacts program, including its own API, in BASIC on a computer with only 32K of RAM.  Then I didn’t bother with computers again until about 1994, when I wrote my first web page.
  14. Favorite snack as a kid: salami and peanut butter on a Ritz cracker.
  15. I have never, ever wanted to be a sports star.
  16. My hands and feet are disproportionately large for my body.  I think I was supposed to be a much taller man than I am.
  17. I’ve studied four different language to the point of conversational proficiency in my life: French, Spanish, German, and Japanese.  Now I can’t speak any of them.
  18. I had a huge crush on Kathy Coleman (you know, Holly Marshall from the original Land of the Lost), just like every other male in my age group.  I saw her at Dragon*Con last year, and she was still smoking hot.
  19. Denise Crosby is the only celebrity I’ve ever made an idiot of myself in front of.  No really.
  20. I have a tattoo of a Celtic dragon on my right upper arm.  When I was choosing a design, I found one that I thought was really, really cool off the web.  But then I realized it was a white supremacist site, I couldn’t bring myself to use the design.
  21. I hate olives.  But I love olive oil.
  22. The first IQ test I was allowed to see the results of put my IQ at 165.  The next one I saw put my score at 180.  I think the truth is probably a hell of a lot lower, though.
  23. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know how to read or write.
  24. I still miss my Grandpa.  Apparently he used to hang out with William Saroyan and Ernest Hemmingway.
  25. When I was 9 or 10 I was convinced I could build a time machine.  I was going to send my sister back to the time of the dinosaurs.  My mom wouldn’t let me finish it, though.
  26. The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was The Sword in the Stone.  And the first time I saw Star Wars (back when it was just Star Wars, not Episode IV: A New Hope) was at a drive in movie theater.
  27. I keep forgetting that 27 is not a prime number.
  28. I honestly can’t believe you’re still reading this.
  29. I’ve never been scared of vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, or any other kind of monster.  Ghosts give me the willies big time, though.
  30. I enjoy fishing but I haven’t been for close to twenty years.  Anyone want to go fishing?
  31. I remember that I inherited a set of carving tools from my great-grandpa when I was a kid, but that I wasn’t allowed to play with them until I was ten.  But I cheated once when I was 9 and started playing with them and then I cut myself on my thumb.  I still have a scar.
  32. My friend Chuck and I wanted to start a band when we were in grade school.  We were Hot Dog and the Mustards.  When I tracked down Chuck again online about ten years ago, he had no idea who I was.  That made me sad.
  33. I think that more than anything else I am scared of dying alone.
  34. My parents didn’t let me read anything by Stephen King until I was 16 years old.  But I snuck my mom’s copy of The Dead Zone to school anyway.
  35. I love splashing in tide pools.
  36. I’d like to go see the elephant seals at Ano Neuvo again sometime soon.  Anyone want to go with me?
  37. I really miss playing Dungeons and Dragons.
  38. I sure was into dinosaurs when I was a kid.  I should write a story about dinosaurs.