My 25 Random Facts From Facebook

For those who aren’t connected with me on Facebook, there’s this thing going around where you get tagged in someone’s 25 random facts, which means you’re being asked to respond with yours. If you know me, you know that I’m not all that comfortable revealing things about myself, so it took two tags before I reluctantly decided to do mine. It ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated, so after all that effort, I thought I might as well share it here too.

1. I was born in Hong Kong, but my dad moved us every few years, usually to a different country. “Home” is not a concept I really understand. Where I am is where I am.

2. My parents spoke several languages and my first language was Cantonese because of where we were living at the time. I didn’t speak English until I was 3, and my parents tell me I didn’t realize it was English. They say I often started a sentence in one language and ended it in another. I often dream in languages I don’t understand.

3. I play the guitar once in a while to relieve stress and look for inspiration, but not well. I used to play really well when I was teenager, but life happened and my Martin D-28 spent most of its years since in its case. I almost sold it on eBay twice.

4. My ambition is to be able to play “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” by Francisco Tárrega before I die.

5. I sang in choirs and theater all through high school and college and met my wife in community theater years later. (Ever wonder what the geeks in Silicon Valley do when they’re not at work? They wear tights.) I haven’t sung a single note in almost two decades.

6. I spent 21 years in the computer industry before giving myself permission to pursue a career as a photographer.

7. My first serious camera was my dad’s Asahi Pentax Spotmatic, which I got when I was about 15. For the life of me, I don’t remember what I did with it.

8. I have tested ISTP, ISTJ and INTJ in the Myers Briggs. Don’t know why it isn’t consistent.

9. I’m a scuba diver with over 1000 dives.

10. I swam competitively in high school.

11. I’ve had some formal training in the kitchen. I’m not a bad cook.

12. I got a black belt in karate when I was 15. I don’t practice.

13. I’m an aspiring novelist who can’t find a story.

14. I love good sci-fi (rivets, not dragons).

15. I have a fear of heights. Not proud.

16. I have driven from coast to coast twice. Next time, I’m bringing a camera.

17. I respect and support other people’s rights to their religious beliefs, but I just can’t find it within myself to place my spiritual faith in a man made construct.

18. I worship coffee.

19. I worship red wine.

20. I worship good jazz.

21. I worship passive income. Took me too long to learn about the concept, so I’m making up for lost time.

22. I’m neither a PC nor a Mac. I look forward to the day when the browser becomes the desktop and the OS is irrelevant.

23. I don’t subscribe to the notion of traditional breakfast foods. It’s not unusual for me to heat up last night’s dinner and call it breakfast. I didn’t even used to eat breakfast until my doctor told me to.

24. I had just moved to the Bay Area when the ’89 quake happened.

25. We’d just moved to Maui when the last big quake happened. (Is there a pattern here?)