Five things you didn’t know about me

The latest craze sweeping the series of tubes is “5 Things”, a sort of chain letter in which victims participants are supposed to list 5 things that others may not know about them, then pass the baton on to some other people. Thanks to Charles Robinson, I got tagged. Without further ado, five things you probably didn’t know about me:

  1. My first “real” job was at L & N Photo, working for a man named Harry Green. I was 10, and earned the princely sum of $1/hr for doing odd jobs. I usually spent the money on superballs from the Winn Dixie next door, since I couldn’t actually afford any of the equipment there. Thus began my lifelong interest in photography, sadly unmatched by any actual talent.
  2. My 10th grade English teacher once wrote on my report card that if I would only get over my fascination with technology I might someday make a good writer. Perhaps he was right 🙂
  3. As a lance corporal in the Marine Corps, I once had to give an impromptu brief to General Al Gray, who was then Commandant of the Marine Corps. Fortunately my nervousness didn’t show, the brief went well, and I got a meritorious promotion to corporal out of the deal.
  4. I’ve never been snow skiing, snowboarding, or anything related. In fact, the first time I saw snow (that I can remember) was at age 15 at the YMCA of the Rockies with Aunt Betty.
  5. I love fixing mechanical things like engines. In high school, my dad and I rebuilt a VW Super Beetle, a ’73 Chevy pickup, a ’57 Chevy Bel Air coupe, a ’64 Corvette, and a Cessna 210 (OK, we didn’t rebuild it, but we worked on it a lot.) My favorite part of being in the Marines was learning to fix helicopters, and I’m eagerly looking forward to helping my sons learn some of the same skills.

Now, the fun part: I get to pick the next set of victims. I nominate Tim (whose new blog I can’t find), Jim, Devin, Arlene, John (but first he’ll have to fix his blog), and Jonathan.

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