Five Things You Don't Know About Me

Five (More) Things You Don't Know About Me

As Mr Roling pointed out, we've done this one before , but since I've been tagged twice now , I'll play along. Here are another 5 things you probably don't know about me:

1. I hate to travel. With a passion. Part of it is anxiety (see my previous 5 things), but part of it is just that I hate being inconvenienced, and the process of getting on an airplane and flying somewhere is basically several hours of unavoidable inconvenience. My wife, on the other hand, loves (practically lives) to travel. I've told her that if someone develops the ST:TNG Holo Deck, I'd be perfectly happy to visit places virtually. She's not terribly impressed with that idea...

2. I used to be able to whistle (musically) in the back of my throat, without opening my mouth. Imagine how annoyed my teachers got when they heard whistling but none of their students seemed to be responsible.

3. I walked onto stage at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, as one of roughly 100 voices in a choir singing the Brahms Requiem, on crutches - while wearing a tuxedo. The night before, I'd been at a standing-room-only keg party and someone knocked a cement (yes, really!) fire hydrant over onto my foot. And no, I don't know why anyone would have a cement fire hydrant to begin with, much less leave it in a place where someone could knock it over, and then invite several hundred of their closest friends to come over and pour beer down their throats.

4. I'm nocturnal. Absent the need to wake up and go to work every morning, I will stay awake until dawn and sleep until the afternoon. Despite my well-known liberal tendencies, however, I do not suffer from burns when I touch a cross. Nor do I turn to dust in sunlight, though I admit it's tough to be sure because I don't hang around outside on bright days very often.

5. I read through every book in my elementary school library in about 1 1/2 years (3rd grade and the beginning of 4th). We had reading time every day, and we could go to the library and get new books whenever we needed to. It was a pretty good sized library for a grade school, with hundreds of books. I read them all. Every book. Including the encyclopedia. And the dictionary. What can I say? I was bored. I would sit under a table in my classroom and read, while the teacher was going over things (invariably, things I already understood). The teacher complained to my mother (also a teacher) at parent/teacher conference time, and Mom replied, "I sent you a perfectly polite little boy. You caused this problem. You fix it." In other words, quit boring my kid to tears...