Jack Vinson has tagged me to tell the world 5 things that most people may not know about me. It is more of a challenge than I thought it might be, trying to figure out what I’m will to share and what people may be interested in knowing. But here goes.
- I have lived/worked/vacationed in 37 US states (plus the District of Columbia) and 18 countries outside the US including North America, Europe, and Asia. My wife and I spent our first anniversary riding gondola’s and checking out the history of Venice. Very nice.
- I attended The Wall – Live in Berlin performance at Potsdamer Platz in July 1990. Though the early part of the concert was plagued with technical difficulties, the overall experience was amazing. Not the least of the experience was the trip to Berlin: a route that showed about 8 hours on the map ended up taking nearly 20 hours. Though Allied Checkpoint Charlie had already come down within Berlin, we spent nearly 10 hours in line trying to get through Checkpoint Alpha. I also had the chance to take hammer and chisel to the Berlin Wall and break off my own souvenir of the Cold War.
- I’m a dog person, big dogs. For pretty much my entire married life (going on 20 years), we’ve had at least one (usually two) dogs in the house. We currently have two Old English Sheepdogs, and have had another Sheepdog and a Bouvier des Flandres along the way.
- In high school, I worked as a summer camp counselor. This is where I really picked up my love of all things outdoors, such as rock climbing, caving, canoing, etc.
- In college, I was co-leader of my fraternity’s award winning float building team for the annual St. Pat’s day parade. The theme was cartoons / animation, we won with Disney’s The Jungle Book.
To pass this along, I tag:
Update (21 Dec): Watching Jeopardy this evening I thought of something else that I should have put here, but just didn’t think of in time.
I took the contestant test for Jeopardy once, 7 or 8 years ago. Now, I usually do pretty good playing along with the show, so I thought to myself, “No problem.” Ha. HA HA!!
If I remember correctly, there were 10 questions on the test. Two of them I knew, two of them I thought I knew (I didn’t), and the rest I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. I was almost embarrassed to tell anyone how it went, but when I did most reacted with, “But you do so well when you play along.”
Talk about a humbling experience.