50 Things About Me (a partial list)

Today is my 50th birthday. To mark the occasion, here’s a list of fifty things about me, in the order that they came to mind. (Except for spelling/punctuation/grammar, I have made no attempt to edit any of the items.)

  1. I am full of contradictions.

  2. I find it difficult to ask for what I want/need.

  3. I often expect more of myself than other people do.

  4. I’m rarely satisfied with the end result.

  5. I still mostly learn about new music by reading about it.

  6. My musical tastes rarely have much in common with those of my friends.

  7. I tend to avoid conflict/confrontation, but am pretty much unstoppable when I get angry enough.

  8. My favorite TV show when I was a kid was Get Smart!

  9. I was one of those people who started buying CDs before I actually owned a CD player.

  10. I have some food allergies/intolerances, but I’m mainly just a picky eater.

  11. I will always buy the best possible tires for my car.

  12. I have finally reached a point in my life where I no longer worry about my caffeine consumption.

  13. When I was in college, I used to stop at Tower Records every day.

  14. I have been taking photographs of one sort or another since I was in grade school. (Extra: Formats/cameras I have used: Polaroid Square Shooter, 126, 110, 35mm, 120, Polaroid Spectra, Polaroid SX-70, digital.)

  15. I will always prefer cats to dogs. Not only do cats purr, but no cat ever tried to attack me while I was on my paper route.

  16. I named my first cat Van Dyke, after Dick Van Dyke. (My second cat was named Squeaky, after Squeaky Fromme. Plus she meowed a lot.)

  17. I am my own harshest critic.

  18. I don’t often say what I am actually thinking.

  19. I rarely go clothes shopping. If something doesn’t have stains, holes, or tears, and still fits, that’s all I need.

  20. I didn’t buy my first new car (the one I currently own) until just before I turned 40.

  21. I find it much easier to be friends with women than with men. Beyond that, most women terrify me..

  22. I don’t relate to my friends’ parents any differently now than I did when we were kids. If I was shy around them then, I’m shy around them now.

  23. Celebrating is difficult for me. I’m always worrying about when things will go wrong.

  24. Our culture’s fascination with sports alternately baffles and disgusts me.

  25. If money were not a concern, I probably wouldn’t live much differently than I do now. Except I might spend more money, perhaps try more things.

  26. I always have a hard time getting the job. Once I have the job, I’m fine.

  27. In 1984, I bought a beta hi-fi VCR because it was supposed to be superior to VHS. It wasn’t. (The VCR itself was solid as a tank, though.)

  28. I’m still trying to find the right balance between letting things happen and making things happen.

  29. I like mowing the lawn, but I still hate doing yard work.

  30. I was good at bowling when I was a kid, but stopped when I started having problems with my ring finger. To this day, my mom still thinks I gave it up because I didn’t want to do it any more.

  31. The movies I’ve seen the most times in theaters are Silver Streak, Star Wars (the original), The Big Chill, and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence.

  32. I’ve been to college three times.

  33. Despite my general preference for solitude, I’ve never been completely comfortable with being alone.

  34. My sense of humor is often dry, but I’ve got a definite silly streak.

  35. In 1975, I went on a March of Dimes Walkathon. We stopped at a 7-Eleven somewhere around NE 130th & Roosevelt Way NE to get something to drink. While we were there, a girl recognized me from school and said hello. We talked for a couple of minutes before I had to go. To this day, I cannot remember her name—and, to this day, it still bugs me that I cannot remember her name…

  36. I hate camping.

  37. My favorite thing about living in Tokyo was going to the record shops in Shibuya on the weekends. The usual circuit was Wave, Disk Union, Frisco, Tower Records, HMV.

  38. I started getting buzz cuts in 1997. I haven’t bothered with regular haircuts since.

  39. Despite having had no real musical training, I bought my first synthesizer, and started composing my own music, in 1988. (I stopped in 1998, after my equipment was stolen.)

  40. I have rarely had any serious ambition beyond happiness.

  41. I am better at doing things for other people than I am at doing those very same things for myself.

  42. My favorite color used to be blue. These days, I gravitate more towards green. In my design work, oddly enough, I often prefer red.

  43. My favorite beers are Guinness Extra Stout, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

  44. I don’t cook much, but I am good at making chicken soup.

  45. The only time in my life I’ve ever felt truly independent and capable was the time I spent living in Tokyo.

  46. I’m both too generous and too selfish for my own good.

  47. I’m deeply skeptical of religious belief, and organized religion in particular. Churches are organized by, and made up of, human beings—which means they are subject to all the failings of human beings.

  48. I tend to assume that other people will discount me because of my flaws even when they have shown no actual signs of doing so.

  49. I went to University of Washington football games with my father for years—but I still don’t particularly understand the rules of football.

  50. I don’t know if I’m a good listener, but I’m definitely a patient listener.

(16 March 2013)

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