Susan Wu tagged me and I am supposed to come up with 5 things you don’t know about me. The problem is that with all the interviews and whatnot, all sorts of things have already been said. Usually, I can pull out stuff that folks don’t expect, like “I’m fluent in Spanish” or “I have a degree in poetry,” but nowadays, this stuff is stuff all you regular blog readers know.
So this is hard. Um.
- I dropped out of junior high school. Not for very long — like two, three months maybe. I was living in Barbados at the time, and I just stopped going. Eventually, a doctor said I had mild depression and prescribed a bunch of vitamins and sunshine. I went back to school, took the finals and passed them, and got flunked on a couple of classes on general principle. Kinda ruined my high school transcript.
- I have never had a traffic ticket. It’s not because I am an amazing driver, I assure you. In fact, I didn’t learn to drive until late — Kristen had to teach me when we were in college. Damn, I could have used that one as a separate item. Oh well.
- My first job was making sandwiches at Subway. You do not want to know how the tuna is made. I worked for a Louisianan manager who used to bring in homemade gumbo for us to eat on the breaks. He was also really into Marilyn Monroe. Once, he asked me to run the late shift alone, and we got unexpectedly hit with a gigantic crowd — like, line out the door — and I didn’t manage to run the register receipts every hour. He never asked me to run the place again.
- I am fleet of foot. Or used to be, before I had this counterweight in the midsection. In grade school for a little while I held a school record for my grade in hurdles. In high school I tried out for the track team but it conflicted with my school magazine editorship so I dropped it.
- We used to breed rodents, during grad school. We started with hamsters, and had both the regular goldens and the Russians, plus one lonely Chinese hamster — I’ve never seen another one. We then acquired a gerbil, then many gerbils, then were inundated in gerbils. For a while there, you could go into most pet stores in central Alabama and find black gerbils with the distinctive white band around their paws, and know where they had originated.
OK, now I am supposed to tag five people. Susan wanted the meme to infect the gaming world. Hmm. What criteria to use…? I pick Kim Pallister. Scott Jennings. Tobold. Yehuda Berlinger. And… Matt Mihaly.