- I have a Bachelor of Science in Science from Penn State. It took me 8 years to get it. I spent the first three and a half as an Aerospace Engineer, then decided that I didn't like engineering... or at least all of the busy work. If I could have been a theoretical scientist and played with wind tunnels and studied laminar flow all day, life would have been perfect. But that's not what happened. I took 8 months off from school and worked for the university as Assistant Director of Student Programs and Services at Penn State DuBois. I was 20, had an office, a secretary and a university vehicle... and I was making $5/hr. When I went back to school, I was an education major. Unfortunately, my adviser missed a class that I was required to have to get into the ed program, and so I didn't get in. So I started working full time, and going to school part time until I had the credits necessary to get my BS in Science. So by Penn State Decree, I am a Scientist.
- I was born with an under bite. You can barely tell if you look at the icon there. In third grade I was taken to the orthodontist (Dr. Chu) and spent a year (24 hours a day) with a palate separator, lower retainer, braces, head gear, rubber bands running from the braces out to the chin cup attached to the head gear... oh yeah, I was the s3x@y (fucking semagic spell checker won't let me type "t e h"). After another year of just wearing it all at night, I was declared "Under bite free" and released from head bondage. However, my dentists still get freaked out because my mouth isn't symmetrical. The bite on the one side is different from the other.
- I have a metal plate and six screws in my left arm. Shortly before my 32nd birthday I slipped on the ice on my front steps and broke my arm so bad that they had to open it up to put the bone back in place. No, it's not magnetic. No, I don't set of metal detectors (but the wands do pick it up). And it's about time that I confess that I knew about the surprise party for my birthday the next day. I was hiding in my bedroom as you all arrived, and when you were all there, I snuck down the stairs, opened the front door, slammed it, then came upstairs and pretended to be surprised. No one even noticed I wasn't wearing shoes. :) But I enjoyed the party anyway. Even though I couldn't drink because of the vicoden.
- I'm 6'0" tall, and I drive a Miata. I like my Miata. No, it's not too small for me. Yes, it annoys me when people ask how I fit in it. I'm not THAT fat.
- I was one of the winners of the LA County Multiple Sclerosis Read-A-Thon when I was 7. I got to go to lunch with Henry Winkler and get a tour of Paramount Studios (along with 9 other kids). The Fonz was wearing a cardigan. I was... surprised.
- I am a professional Improv performer and trainer. I got paid to do weekly shows in Boston (and around New England), and I taught BUTTLOADS of people how to improvise at the Training Center, some of them are even on my friends list.
- My first national television appearance was in October of 2004 on The Learning Channel's Perfect Proposal playing (of all things) a Photographer. My photography icon is a screencap from that appearance. However, I actually appeared in the audience of a national talk show hosted by Richard Bey in 1989-- but I didn't have any lines for that one.
- I've been to Nepal twice. I've thrown up in a dirt alley in Kathmandu. I've ridden an elephant. I've been in the Himalayas.
- Most of the people I know in San Jose, I met through the internet. The majority of them I met through PernMush, (text based on line roleplaying set in Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels) where I played a character named A'lex who rode a Bronze Dragon named Nraith. I was active on the game from 1997 to 2003ish. Ahh... memories. If you go to the website, I also did all the graphics for it.
- I'm allergic to penicillin and bee stings. The former gives me hives, the latter makes me swell up and die. I've always been allergic to penicillin, but I only became allergic to bees after my second black widow bite while I was in high school. Bee stings hurt less.
And there you have it.