I’ve been offline (read: access to dialup only, which is close enough to offline) and discovered today I had 950+ RSS articles to read. Amongst them, was Coty Rosenblath’s link-blog (often includes Ruby related links) and his “Five things” article. At the end, in little font, was my name.
Thusly tagged, here are five things you don’t know about me:
- My wife was my next door neighbour (the “girl next door”).
I lived in a house of four single males. The previous tenants were a pair of females, who had moved next door at the request of the landlord who owned both properties. The two females never got their mail redirected, so it kept piling up at our house. They were attractive, fun females. Of the four men in the house, I was the only one that took their mail over to them. I got to marry on of them.
- I was the last person out of a burning building
I lived in a residential dorm during my first three years at university. After a big party, a girl left her bedspread on her heater and then spent the night in someone else’s room. The bedspread caught on fire and her bedroom – on the top floor of the building – and the fire spread into the roof and destroyed all the top floor bedrooms. My room was on the floor below, but I was unconscious enough from the effects of the fire to not hear the alarms. Nice firemen found me asked me to leave. I got my picture in the newspaper leaving the building.
- I picked up the shortened name ‘Nic’ during university
First year students in our university residential dorm are given hand-drawn nameplates for their doors by the older students. There were too ‘Nicholas’s on the one floor. The other one got ‘Nick’, and I got ‘Nic’. I liked it a lot after looking at the nameplate for a whole year.
- I have an attention span of about two weeks for new projects
My parents picked this up first: every two weeks I’d bring home books from the library on a new topic, or future career path. The librarian said “there is no one else in the school who reads so many non-fiction books”. As an adult, a short-term, intense focus on new interests/projects, means I learn and explore many things. But if its not finished within two weeks, then it might never get done. For example, I have 20+ blog articles and many open-source projects that I’ve started but never released.
- I love pizzas
A pizza is a wonderful format for consuming other meats and vegetables. I want to buy a pizza stone for the oven so it toasts the bottom of the base. Yummy.
Here endeth the lesson.