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25 Random Things About Me

February 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments

1. I haven’t lived in one city for longer than 3 years since I was 16 years old.

2. I don’t have a 5-year plan, just a simple new years resolution to be able to do business in Chinese by April 2010.  我没有五年的打算,只有一个简单的新年的打算在四月2010以前能用中文做商务。

3. Over the last year I flew on 10 new airlines, saw 4-5 new countries (depending how you count), and ate a few more new animals than I care to count or admit.

4. I don’t spend money or miles on business class for fear I’ll become accustomed to it.

5. I have called Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, Seattle, and Shanghai home, in that order.

6. I speak English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Chinese.

7. Airports can be my most or least favorite places in the world, depending on the circumstances.

8. Last year I spent New Years Eve watching a rat scurry by while waiting for the painfully slow G line in Brooklyn.  This year, I found myself in Otaewon and Hongdae, Seoul, land of heated subway seats, where the people shout “Kimchi!” instead of “Cheese!”.

9. I don’t like putting punctuation inside the quote or using one space between my sentences, even though I think they’re the right thing to do.  I find intricacies of the apostrophe intriguing, most notably in differentiating between singular and plural possessive of Jill and James’s (is it both of theirs, or only James’s?), odd-looking forums of the plural possessive like my friends’ house (where my two friends are roommates), and newer contractions such as sync’d or sync’ed or synced.  I hate when my iPhone auto-corrects its to it’s.

10. I am clearly moderately OCD.  I try not to let the compulsions get to me, but have been known to enjoy reorganizing spaces from time to time.

11. I’m confident, but walk a fine line between extroversion & introversion.  The latter is non-obvious and a personal challenge.

12. My most valuable possessions are my friendships.

13. The people I work closest with recently anonymously described me as passionate, driven, smart, creative, positive, friendly, direct, adamant, emotional, and persistent.  The last 4 can be double-edge swords and I’m working on them.

14. Professionally, I’m motivated by a combination of happiness for myself and those around me, and the ability to have a large, game-changing impact.  When I can’t overcome conditions that prevent either one, I move on quickly.

15. I get bored quickly, but value commitment and loyalty.

16. I believe in the American Dream.  I’m overwhelmingly impressed by China’s ability to execute.  I believe that individual freedom, national unity, happiness, peace, and stability aren’t mutually exclusive, and over time we can learn from each other.

17. I’m a bleeding heart liberal, but I like to shoot guns, and I support our troops.  Living in China has recently changed my views on 1) minimum wage and 2) the value of strategic diplomacy in foreign policy.

18. My favorite music is from The Postal Service’s only album, Give Up.  It makes me feel oddly inspired, creative, and emotional.  It’s playing right now through my Windows Home Server+iTunes+AirTunes-powered home audio setup.

19. I taught myself to code in C and Pascal when I was 12 so I could mod my BBS, a moment of 1337ness only to be surpassed by my the modding of my IRC server years later.

20. My palms sweat.  Almost always.  It’s a condition experienced by 2.8% of the population for which I’ve tried sleeping in drug-coated surgical gloves, electric-shock therapy, and ~30 Botox injections, multiple times.  Short of trying a lung-deflating, nerve-snipping surgery, I have given up.

21. My favorite food is Cheesecake.  I am certain this is because when my Mom was pregnant, she ate cheesecake with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  When I was little, we would bake Oreo-crusted cheesecake together and I would take them to school for my friends.

22. I had dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, turtles, iguanas, snakes, and fish growing up.  The 55 gallon fish tank in my bedroom, my pride and joy of the day, was destroyed in 1994 Northridge earthquake.

23. I am a morning person.  I prefer waking up at 5am to pulling an all-nighter.  I find watching a sunrise to be a special experience.  I wake my friends up at 9am on Sunday to get brunch.  If you’re a good friend, I’ll wake you up at 8.

24. I find comfort in the presence of others.

25. My Mom, Dad, two sisters, and the rest of my family are the most important thing to me in the world.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andrew Inman // Mar 14, 2009 at 1:43 am

    How was China changed your view on minimum wage.

  • 2 forresty // May 26, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Same (or almost): 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 24, 25
    and a bunch of other similarities..

  • 3 WishyAnand // Oct 24, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hey I sent you a message on Linkedin. I also had the sweaty hands issue and have a site on it that is very comprehensive. I got the surgery you talk about, but the feet became worse. Still somewhat pleased with the results. I live in Bellevue and got to your site via my increased recent interest in the frequent flier world.

    Anyway, we should discuss the HH more.

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