25 Things About Me

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[ I resisted for a while, but after spending more than an hour reading friends’ “25 things” on Facebook, I’m sold, and feel obligated to contribute to the meme 🙂 – Adam ]

  1. I had never seen snow coming from the sky ‘til college (grew up in S. California, went to school in the midwest).
  2. I have not eaten fast food in a decade, except for In’N’Out and (rarely) Subway.
  3. I started studying music at age four, wrote my first song around age six, and have always had perfect pitch (which is both a blessing and a curse).
  4. I began e-mailing in 1987, before there was a public internet (on Prodigy Online Services) and was (I’m embarrassed to admit this) a forum leader on AOL in the early 90’s so I could avoid the high per-hour charges.
  5. Except for a friend’s wedding in Canada, I had never ventured out of the U.S. before age 27.
  6. I’ve now been to more than two dozen countries.  Found the friendliest people in Brazil and Denmark, best food in France, best ocean in Australia…
  7. I got a D in “Arranging [music] for Wind Ensembles” from a professor who was angry that I ditched a review session to do a 30 hour Dance Marathon.
  8. I conducted a (small) orchestra for dozens of performances of the quirky, awesome musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
  9. I ran my own singing telegram business in high school.
  10. I ran a web server (O’Reilly’s “Website”) in my grad school dorm.  I think I spent more time with that and other geek playthings than with my (often very very boring) law school books.
  11. I love a cappella music… both the serene and the hard-hitting kinds and everything in between.
  12. I am Google’s only Search Evangelist, named such largely because my boss (who recruited me) couldn’t think of another title for me to put on my job application. I actually focus on webmaster outreach and I still love my work.
  13. I was apparently viewed as somewhat of a slacker/loser by my law school colleagues and an amiable and savvy networker by my business school colleagues.
  14. Even though I love chatting with, learning from, hanging out with people, I am far more introverted than most people realize.
  15. I have always really really wanted to be taller. Only recently have I more or less made peace with the fact that we shorter guys suffer real discrimination. Can’t do anything about it, have to move on.
  16. I LOVE food. I’m trying to tone up a bit, and believe me, I’m far more delighted to rachet up the exercising and dancing vs. forgoing “sinful” foods like dark chocolate and gelato.
  17. I have composed dozens of songs, but not much of anything in the last decade. I recently bought (expensive!) music notation software to encourage me to get back into the composing world.
  18. Yes, I’m a geek, but I’m mostly interested in how technology makes us more productive and (genuinely) brings us together socially. The latest-and-greatest-shiny-thing doesn’t move me.
  19. I used to have horribly awful posture, and now I just have mildly bad posture. Still trying to work on it.
  20. I learned most of what I know and love about lindy hop from two teachers who moved far away and now openly have divorced themselves from the dance world. This still makes me very sad.
  21. I was voted “Most Studious” in my HS senior year (despite rarely studying), sharing the award with a girl I had a massive crush on (who, last I heard, dropped out of college).
  22. I have traveled internationally a ton for work and am grateful for the professional and other opportunities this has given me, but few believe me when I emphasize the stressfulness and un-glamorness of it.
  23. I only keep up with one TV show (“LOST”) and don’t even own a TV.
  24. I’m probably one of the few straight guys who loves musical theatre, enjoys step aerobics, doesn’t drink beer, and yawns at the thought of car shows and football games.
  25. I recently discovered yoga and now love it. My lower back initially protested, but has now seen the light, too :-).
4 comments… add one
  • I love Lost too! It’s the only show I watch.  I didn’t know you could email in 1987!!!!

  • This 25 Things Meme has become really famous. I guess for one reason. We love to know the informal us.

    Although no one tagged me, a few days back I shamelessly went ahead and completed my 25 Things Meme on my blog. And was surprised by the result. So many things I had forgotten or have not taken notice off till now.

    It was nice reading the 25 random things about you Adam. As for #6, come to India sometimes, and you would find hospitality. It’s a promise 🙂

    Take care and keep smiling.

  • Adam May 23, 2009

    ARE, yep, there was e-mail before the internet.  Private networks, aka BBS’es.  And online services like AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy.  ‘twas quite the wild west back then, and sometimes the *expensive* wild west.

    Tony, yep, it’s infuriating.  Still can’t believe we have to wait more than half a year now!

    Heartbroke, you do have a lot of thinking to do, but you might want to look inside yourself because I’m betting you know what to do ;-).  With that said, my other advice would be to take a deep breath and post on a more relevant thread. 😉

    JohnT, it’s more beer for you!  You should be thrilled.  And on the music thing, yep… we both need to find time.

    Rajtilak, I *have* been to India.  Photos here ;-).  It was a great visit, despite sadly getting to see so little of the country, and I hope to be back again.

    Mikefast, glad to hear others have discovered and are really enjoying yoga.  And personally, I wish my favorite instructor taught more than once a week!

    Ryan, I never held much stock in those “ZOMG!  BAZILLIONS OF HOURS OF PRODUCTIVITY LOST!!!1”  People need a mental break, and they’re either gonna look at a sports page, take a smoke break, send an e-mail to a friend, chat with co-workers, or *something*.  Maybe that something is writing a FB note (though I wrote mine off of work time, just to clarify :-P).

  • FaceBook Hater Nov 25, 2009

    Facebook is going to be the downfall of our society (I’m only partially joking)… People are become so invested in their “online identity” that they are losing touch with reality and real relationships with other people that are the basis of the human experience.  Call me old-fashioned, but i’ll take a phone call, or even an e-mail from a friend any day over a “FB posting”.. bleh. ba-humbug!

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