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You've probably seen that "Blog Tag Thing" going around where people are asked to share "Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me."
I've been "tagged" by David Armano and Andy Nulman. I usually blow off stuff like this (especially chain letters), but -- hey! -- this time I'm game, so here goes (it was actually fun to think about):
1. I hitchhiked over 30,000 miles when I was in my late teens and early twenties. Mainly in the US and Canada, but also in Europe. I did this because I didn't have much money, and also because it was a great way to meet interesting people. From truck drivers and cowboys to traveling salesmen and wandering hippies, it was an education in human nature. This was back in the 60s and early 70s when people would pick you up.
2. I once held my breath for 3 minutes and 2 seconds. I did this when I was a senior in high school. A bunch of football players dared me to prove that swimmers have greater lung capacity than they did. I graciously gave them a demonstration!
3. My first child, Athena, was born exactly 33 years, 4 months and 0 days after I was. What's the big deal? That's exactly one-third of a century. Historians say, "As a rule of thumb, there are three generations per century." Well, I guess I nailed that one down to the hour!
4. When my son, Alex, was 8 years old, we watched every single episode of Twilight Zone together. When I was a kid, Twilight Zone was my very favorite TV show (it ran from 1959-64). Watching it again with my son was a great bonding experience. Plus, you're never too young to learn about Cosmic Irony. He's twenty-two now, and we still talk about it. Our favorites: "Walking Distance," "The Eye of the Beholder," and "To Serve Man."
5. I was the announcer of Stanford Men's Swimming meets from 1997-2001. It was great fun to "call" the races, and to get the crowd excited. Also, this gig gave me the opportunity to meet some great swimmers (and coaches) including a number of Olympians and future-Olympians.
But enough about me! Time to pass the meme. I "tag" the following five people to share five things we probably didn't know about them (I hope they're all good sports):
- Maggi Dawn Maggi Dawn Maggi's an Anglican Priest and Cambridge University Chaplin; formerly a musician and song-writer;
- Diego Rodriguez Metacool IDEO designer and Stanford d.School faculty member;
- Matt Jaunich Sharkride Videographer; formerly at Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency;
- Jonny Baker Jonny Baker English record producer, teacher, and alternative worship designer;
- Kathy Sierra Creating Passionate Users Passionate metacognition student, and idea person extraordinaire.