Having recently been tagged by Ξ, I present seven little-known facts about myself. The official meme is “7 interesting things about me”. I can promise that these seven things are indeed about me, but I make no guarantees about the interesting part.
- I was born and raised in L’Étoile du Nord, moved to the desert with less than 10 inches of rain per year, then to the mountains with over 100 inches of snow per year—both in the southwest—then became a Cornhusker for a while, and finally settled here in the 11th state.
- I taught myself to juggle when I was eight. I used golf balls (not something I recommend to first-time jugglers), and somehow managed not to break everything in my parents’ living room. I graduated college with 3 credits in juggling (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced), and I can now juggle 4 balls or 3 of just about anything else (though not chainsaws—why does everyone always ask me that?). My favorite performance was passing knives and (lit) torches simultaneously with my instructor at our spring show.
- I celebrated my birthday on 06/06/06 and nothing bad happened.
- I am a video game geek. My first system was the venerable Atari 2600 (I still have it). I played Karateka on my Commodore 64 (where I learned how to program in BASIC). I believe that Day of the Tentacle is one of the greatest computer games ever made. I downloaded the shareware version of Doom using Kermit, saved it to a 3.5″ floppy disk, and copied it to the server at my high school. I wanted to bring Aeris back, too.
- I am 51% nerd and 68% pure.
- I love to play poker. I’m not into Hold ‘Em as much as I am dealer’s choice games. My favorite variants are Do Ya?, Black Mariah, Two-Card Guts, and Screw Your Neighbor. Note: When playing poker with a bunch of mathematicians, the question, “Man, what are the odds?” tends to interrupt the game while the odds are computed.
- I am a cruciverbalist. I do the New York Times crossword in pen (even on Saturdays), and I used to do the Monday edition without the Down clues. I once played a single game of Text Twist that lasted more than 4 hours. I’ve played Word Whomp more than 10,000 times. Sadly, I still stink at Scrabble.
There you go. Feel free to jump in with your own “7 things” in the comments. If anyone wants to learn how to juggle, stop by my office.