Saturday, July 28, 2007

8 Random Things About Me

I have been tagged by the author of Goldie's Gabs to post . Okay, fasten your seat belts.


1. MUSTARD IS FOR HOT DOGS: When I was very little, my Uncle Walter showed me the best way to get the last drop of condiment out of a jar. He cut up a Kosher hot dog and tossed the pieces one by one into an almost-empty mustard jar, then he screwed the cap back on and shook the jar. I still remember the smile on his face while we shared the yummy taste of hot dog pieces all coated in French's Classic Yellow.

2. SPELLING BEE CHAMP: When I was in elementary school, I won the school spelling bee and came in third in the regionals. As a result, I’ve become a spelling snob. You would, too, if spelling was your nerdy claim to fame at an early age. Years later, I still beam with pride when I find a typo no one else has noticed.

3. ENGINEER WANNABE: In junior high, I dismantled an old radio that belonged to my Dad. I was fascinated with how it smelled, how it looked and how the glass tubes fit inside the box. I wanted to see if it was possible for me to assemble it after I’d taken it all apart. Yes, I somehow managed to remember where everything went...and it still works, too.

4. SALES CONTEST WINNER: In high school, I was very active in Junior Achievement, winning sales contests and attending events. I have an old baseball cap filled with pins and a cheesy trophy on the mantle. Back then, the only gender available for the salesman of the month body was male. The JA counselors jokingly said they’d knit a tiny dress for the trophy if, on the odd chance, a girl actually won. Nope, I never got the dress...as if I ever cared.

5. GUINNESS BOOK OF WEIRD COLLECTIONS: When my husband and I were first married, we referred to artificial coffee creamer as "liquid Naugahyde," in reference to the mostly-unidentifiable ingredients and yucky taste. As a joke, we started a collection of "liquid Naugahyde" labels from our travels, mounted in a magnetic photo album and captioned as though we were wine connoisseurs. For example, one caption read "An amusing little creamer without breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption."

6. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO: I was active in Toastmasters International for several years, as an officer and a winner of evaluation and humorous speech contests. I remember trying my darnedest to stop one of the event organizers from replacing the male with a female figure on a trophy I had just won. Look, I had competed and won against both men and women, so why did it even matter? The whole concept of having a definitive gender on one's trophy, when it's not relevant to the competition, still escapes me.

7. STAND-UP COMIC: One Saturday night, I sat in the audience of a comedy club thinking, "These guys aren’t so clever. Heck, I can do that!" During the comedy Renaissance of the 1980s, I was a runner-up in the Southern Colorado Comedy Competition, which aired on local cable TV repeatedly. People would come up to me in grocery stores and laugh...which was most disconcerting until I realized I didn’t have a booger hanging out of my nose. They had just seen my act on TV.

8. HIGHER EDUCATION IS FOR FUN: My high school aptitude tests pointed to either engineering or computing as a career path, but I preferred instead to major in performing arts as an undergrad. Later on, I was drawn into the computing world, eventually earning a Masters degree in computer resources management, then writing articles and books about the Internet. My daughter will be a senior in high school this year. No matter which path she takes in college — whether it's musical theater, vocal music, graphic arts or something totally unrelated — I'll cheer her on. After all, what's an education worth if you don't enjoy it?

Now it's time to "Pay It Forward," by tagging the next group of folks. I hereby pass the meme torch to the following people, in no particular order:

  • Tracy Ruggles, author of reinventnow
  • Chris Duke, author of EdTechatouille
  • Bill Johnston, author of Red Plastic Monkey
  • Joi Podgorny, author of her eponymous blog
  • David Ward, author of Wired@Home.blog
  • Brent Spore, author of I Bought a Mac
  • Lee Lefever, author of Common Craft
  • Sheldon Chang, author of The Social Wave Blog


  • ~ Kim

    1 comment:

    Goldie Katsu said...

    Very cool stuff. I love the variety of what you've done and your Naugahyde labels collection. Thank you for continuing the meme.