Things you probably don’t know about me

Here’s a list of things you probably don’t know about me. It’s in no particular order.

  • I was born and lived my entire childhood in Massachusetts.
  • I have a master’s degree in economics, for what it’s worth. I’ve never worked as an economist.
  • I am a certificated private pilot, with an airplane single-engine land rating. It took me almost eighteen months and over eighty hours of flying before I completed my checkride.
  • The CIA probably has a file on me.
  • My original concentration in college was French. I abandoned it before the end of my first year.
  • I went to a school where they called a major a concentration.
  • I had a starter marriage. It ended in 2005.
  • I married again in 2008. In addition to my lovely wife, I now live with an orange-brown tabby cat named Russy.
  • My first computer was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. My parents bought it for me for Christmas. I think I was about ten years old. I taught myself to program it.
  • My first trip to Europe was a tour to Paris with my high school French class in 1989. It’s still one of my favorite places.
  • I once had a pen pal from Mexico City. I haven’t heard from her in over 20 years.
  • I lived in Montpellier, France, for about a year. I could speak French pretty well when I came home. I’ve forgotten much of it since.
  • Since graduating from high school, the state I’ve lived in the longest is Virginia. The city I’ve lived in the longest is Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Watching Pope John Paul II celebrate the Midnight Mass of Christmas on television in 2002 inspired me to start attending Mass regularly. I didn’t follow through on the inspiration until five years later.
  • I can’t stand beach pizza.
  • I once got directions in Zagreb, Croatia, by being able to speak German.
  • I created my first web site in 1994 after learning some basic HTML. It was essentially a blog of my trip to Europe from that summer. If I ever find the file, I will re-post it.
  • I’ve published articles about SQL Server in magazines you’ve probably never heard of. One article was translated into Russian and Korean and republished.
  • I’ve set foot on only two of the seven continents.
  • The first word I learn in any language is almost always beer. The second is usually coffee.
  • Four years ago I won $20,000 playing a $5 left-right in keno. I used the money to pay off my remaining student loans. I’ve never won more than $5 playing keno since.
  • I can’t pronounce a French “r” unless I’m whispering.

2 thoughts on “Things you probably don’t know about me”

    1. I don’t think either is worth a trip. If you forced me to eat one, I’d probably choose Tripoli’s.

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