Monday, November 29, 2010

Getting to know me - 25 things (Facebook)

Back in February 2009, there was a chain letter going around on Facebook where you were asked to post things about yourself so your friends could get to know you better. I decided to reproduce it here.
This being almost 2 years later, I chose add some commentary where appropriate.

Here we go, enjoy...



OK, 25 things. I normally don't do chain letters but this one has a nice overall purpose - getting to know your friends better.

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Here goes:

1- I love to sleep, but I'm comfortable both working early in the morning or late into the night. Trouble is when I do both... :-)

2- I once walked home from work after an all-nighter in the office - 7.5 Kms. Felt like a lot more...

3- I love current events, especially global/national politics and economics. 2008 was great in the sense I followed news on US election, Canada election, the whole economic crisis, etc....
[ 2010 - Interesting things throughout: Middle East conflict, sovereign debt crisis, recently the WikiLeaks Cablegate, ... ]

4- I lost a ton of money on the stock markets in 2008. I'm a long-term investor, so I'm not too worried, but it's painful nonetheless.
[ 2010 - recovering, but still not where I was a couple of years ago ]

5- I am immensely proud of my brothers: one is a diplomat and the other on his way to becoming a brilliant academic.

6- I love golf but I play it terribly. I do have a goal of improving though.

7- I really enjoy puns and wordplay and keep trying new ones often, much to the despair of my wife and friends who end up cringing at some of them. "Why do the french only eat one egg? Because one egg is an oeuf..."
[ 2010 - the love of puns helped me name this blog... :-) ]

8- I like to spend time alone and reflect on things, from the trivial through the "big questions".

9- My favorite type of dessert is anything cold/chilled and moist - think chocolate mousse, ambrosia, etc...

10- I used to love movies but now that I'm not the target demographic anymore I can't watch half of them.

11- I've never done drugs or gotten majorly drunk in public.

12- I try not to dwell on things too much, but I often daydream about going back in time and "fixing" things -  middle school, high school, college, whatever. Never mind I dislike stories that involve time travel because of the obvious paradoxes.

13- I'm economically/fiscally conservative - small government, lower taxes, ... - but socially very liberal. Kind of a strange mix.

14- I'm kind of stuck in 80s/90s music.

15- I get distracted easily, so I'm quite interested in self-organization/productivity/... I read GTD and follow many of its principles. My inboxes are usually zero or very close to it, but the to-do list is big, of course.

16- I love to understand technology, but I'm becoming impatient at taking time for the little things - building a new PC for example. Nowadays I'll probably just buy one and use my time to do something else.

17- I love quotations - it is my way of using someone else's eloquence to say what I think.

18- My home office is a mess, and no matter what I do it keeps reverting back to this state after a few days.

19- I often get emotional when watching corny displays of heroism, altruism or adversity in movies. Think "Independence Day" (I memorized the President's speech), "Pearl Harbor", Armaggedon (I really wish they would relase the audio track of the president speech without the "that's your daddy" part in the end) and such...

20- I have a deep admiration for the United States and its founding principles. The past administration made that a very unpopular position to take.
[ 2010 - Unfortunately, I think the current administration is/was popular but is not doing well. ]

21- I believed there was enough evidence to suspect there were WMDs in Iraq and that the invasion was justified. The aftermath was - and is - a complete mess though.

22- It took me 10 tries to get a full driving license in Canada. 7 tries for G1 exit and 3 tries for G2 exit. That's what 10 years of bad driving habits do to you. Only 1 ticket in almost 20 years though...

23- I want to learn French, Mandarin and Spanish.

24- I love mountains. One of the most beautiful sights I've seen was flying close to Mt.Rainier near Seattle.

25- I'm a bit claustrophobic. I have an irrational fear of caves.

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