Ten Things…

tagged me with this a few days ago. I’ll get him for that. :)

Rules: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. No tagbacks.

First, my victims:

  1. I like golf. I mean, I really like golf. I am nearly perfectly obsessed with the sport. I suck mightily at it. One of my annual pleasures is the Memorial Tournament practice rounds, where I have had the pleasure of exchanging a few words with Barbara Nicklaus, giving John Daly a light, and nearly getting run over by Bush Sr’s Secret Service golf carts.
  2. I have worked with computers my whole adult life. I despise working on my own. I mean, *really* despise it. My thinking is, I do this shit for a living, I don’t want to have to deal with it at home. So, my computer hasn’t had a serious hardware upgrade in seven years. 700MHz AMD Duron, 256Mb RAM. Yeah.
  3. I spend a lot of time wondering what I want to do when I grow up. :)
  4. I have a severe and almost bipolar love/hate relationship with my creative side. It takes about six months for me to admit that something I did didn’t suck. A little longer to admit that it might have been okay. Some of the Vanguard stuff I did (and co-did, with ) in the early ’90s, I might even say wasn’t bad or even pretty good.
  5. I am right at this moment working on the ‘million roses’ level of We ♥ Katamari. The controller knobs are held in place by hair ties. It’s up aroudn 102,000 right now.
  6. I really really really really really wish I had the ability to be organized.
  7. I once saw Donnie Iris in concert. It was 1983, that’s the only thing I have to say in my defense.
  8. If I had to pick one dream job (other than being an idly rich dilettante living off investment income), it would be professional golf writer.
  9. Knitting is an extremely addictive hobby.
  10. This is not the life I expected for myself at 43 years old. Whether that’s good or bad, I won’t know for sure until I’m seventy, probably.

2 comments so far

  1. argh_jim on

    Should I mention that the computer I purchased in Jan, 1998 had better specs than this? Probably not….

    …and if it makes you feel any better, I have no idea who Donnie Iris is. And I’m too lazy to look it up.

  2. thattallguy201 on


    … but I don’t even *know* 10 people with LJ’s. Even five would be pushing it. :) So I’ll just reply here…

    1. I am addicted to reading. I read all the time. The last time I counted, in 2000, I had over 1400 paper books. I have the entire Gutenberg collection on DVD and hundreds of other e-books, although there is some overlap between the paper and the electronic libraries.

    This is not new. On my fifth birthday we were on vacation, driving out west, and my mother said to me, “Look, there’s the Grand Canyon” — I looked, said “Yep,” and stuck my nose back in the book.

    2. I love nuance and subtlety in language. I thought that Darmok was one of the best ST:TNG episodes simply on account of its creativity in designing a radically new means of communication. Similarly I love well-crafted text of any sort — from poetry to newspaper articles, most of both of which are shit but every now and then you get an Ogden Nash or an Edgar Allen Poe.

    Sadly, I can’t write creatively. If I have an idea or a message to deliver, I can craft it well — I am sufficiently narcissistic to enjoy reading my own writing most of the time, even technical white papers — but coming up with that idea is the hard part.

    3. I love to teach. Technical training has been at least part of my job description for the last 15 years, and even when it’s not there explicitly it’s something I do almost automatically. The first times I ever taught, giving seminars on computer topics at college (you were there for some of them, Dan :) ) I knew I could be good at it. I considered teaching even before that, before I had picked a major, but my mother — a teacher for much of her life — discouraged it, on the grounds that teachers didn’t get treated well. I don’t regret it, having had an absolute blast as a consultant, but am reconsidering it now as a possible path after my Masters. I don’t think there would be any reason I would ever go for a Ph.D. except that I’d need one to teach at a university.

    4. I’ve been to more operas than rock concerts. Actually I’ve only ever been to one rock concert: Paul McCartney. Free Skybox seats at the then-recently-renamed Boston Garden. I’ll never forget it, and neither, I’ll wager, will the girl I shared the tickets with. :D

    5. Without motivation, I am lazy to the point of immobility. Entire sentient races may rise and fall in the dirty dishes in my sink between washings.

    6. Other than one-off special live events like the Super Bowl, I may never watch broadcast television again. I find that my entertainment needs are more than adequately met with Bittorrent and occasionally ReplayTV.

    7. Larry Wall would think I have the makings of an excellent programmer.

    8. I once billed a customer for a pair of green silk boxer shorts, printed with little penguins singing Christmas carols. Not only did the customer not object, it was their idea — though to be fair I don’t think they knew about the penguins.

    9. The people who bought my house from me didn’t buy it for the same reasons I did. I loved the privacy and wind noises from all the trees around me. The new people cut down most of the trees. [sigh] Oh well, my next house will have more. (Not that I know what or where my next house will be — just that that’s one of the requirements.)

    10. States I have *not* visited in my adult life: Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Hawaii. It’s possible, even likely, that I hit a couple of those Plains states when I was young on car trips out west — but I had my nose in a book.

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