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Five Things

March 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Oh, Robert.  I had hoped, since this blog is relatively lightly read, to escape this — but I’ve been tagged by the Five Things meme, and will not shirk.

Five Things You May Not Have Known About Me:

  1. I am teaching my 15 1/2 year old daughter to drive.  Nothing at work is stressful anymore.
  2. I worked three summers during college as a telephone solicitor.  I earned a year’s worth of “spending money” in two months each summer.  By the time I was 20, I was possibly the best telephone solicitor in the state of Utah.  I sold circus tickets, season tickets to a professional volleyball team, light bulbs, garbage bags, and I forget whatall else — sometimes for charity, sometimes not. 
  3. I am known at Digipede as the guy who does NOT program, and I was never a professional software developer, but earlier in life I was definitely paid to program.  As a significant part of my job as an economist at PGE, I wrote FORTRAN for money.  I liked it, and I was good at it, but not great — fast, clever, but sloppy.  I learned to do other things.
  4. I have an almost unbelievably poor sense of direction.  Despite carefully reading a simple subway map in New York this week, I got off two stops too early — and it was 15 degrees outside and blowing hard.  Today, I could not find Page Mill Road in Palo Alto — and I have been on Page Mill Road three million times in the past 21 years.  I have learned to work around this near-disability, but it’s damned inconvenient (and frequently amusing to passengers in my car). 
  5. I can do this:

I will respectfully decline to pass this on; I think we now know five too many things about way too many bloggers.

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