Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

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I was tagged by Scoble, so here’s my five things:

I was the valedictorian in high school. I’ve always been achievement-oriented, even before gamerpoints were invented, and school was no exception. While I let some of that perfectionism go in college, I was very academically competitive in high school. I can’t say it wasn’t rewarding - it got me a free ride through college.

I never wanted to be a programmer. This was on my “about” page for a while, so you might or might not know this. I originally wanted to be a 3D graphics modeler, not a programmer. Through some unfortunate misunderstandings on the part of guidance counsellors, I ended up getting a Computer Science degree. I’ve grown to like it since then, finding the art in problem solving. Plus, it pays the bills.

I’ve driven the DeLorean from Back to the Future. When I was young I went to Universal Studios with my family and one of the special effects demonstrations had the DeLorean from Back to the Future in it, showing how they made the effect of the car flying through the air. It was actually the one they used in filming, too. I got picked from the crowd to sit in the driver’s seat and “drive” the car while they green-screened in the flying effects. The flux capacitor was going behind me and all the gauges were running in the car, just like in the movie. It sounds dumb but I remember it like it was yesterday and still think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I even have a small scale model of the DeLorean on my desk at work.

I won several spelling bees in grade school. I was huge into the spelling bee thing back in grade school, and did pretty well at it. Not good enough to make it to nationals or anything, but pretty darn good. I have a box of trophies in my attic to prove it. I even gave the spelling test to the class in fourth grade rather than having to take it myself.

I can’t stand newspaper or dryer sheets. Like, near phobia-level. I don’t like how newspaper leaves newsprint on your hands or the film that dryer sheets leave on your fingers when you touch them. When I lived alone, I never used dryer sheets; now that I’m with Jenn, if I find a dryer sheet stuck inside one of my shirts I make her pick it out. Thank goodness the stupid junk-mail paper that gets delivered to my house monthly comes in a plastic bag so I don’t have to touch it when dumping it in the recycle bin. I know this is going to prompt people to leave newspapers and dryer sheets all over wherever I go because people will think it’s funny and not actually take me seriously, but I really, truly, can’t deal with it.

There are probably actually like 100 things I could put on this list but most are either dumb or things you probably don’t want to know, so we’ll skip that. Instead, I’ll tag some folks I’d like to hear from: Aaron, John, Steve, Jason, and Wayne.