52 Things About Me

Yesterday was my 52nd birthday. Unusually for me, I was out and about most of the day, so I never got around to posting this—a list of semi-random bits of trivia, in the order that they came to mind.

1.  I used to have a teddy bear named Elmer.

2. I read my first book without help when I was four years old.

3. I named my first cat Van Dyke, after Dick Van Dyke.

4. My imaginary childhood friends were two ghosts, named Boo and Oo.

5. In elementary school, one of my nicknames was Mr. Professor.

6. The first 8-track tape I ever bought was David Bowie’s Pin-Ups. To this day, I still prefer the 8-track running order.

7. My first concert was David Cassidy at the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1972. (Yes, there was a girl involved.)

8. The first CD I ever bought was ABC’s The Lexicon of Love.

9. I used to have a large collection of terrycloth socks in a variety of colors.

10. I was 13 when I smoked cigarettes for the first time. (I don’t smoke now.)

11. I was 16 when I had sex for the first time.

12. I bought my first new car shortly before my 40th birthday. (I still have that car.)

13. I first started keeping a journal when I was 24.

14. I registered my first copyright when I was in high school.

15. My first computer was a Yamaha C1/20.

16. I lived in  Tokyo for five years.

17. I didn’t get married until I was 40.

18. I married the first woman I had sex with (albeit 23 years later).

19. My first job out of college mostly involved editing VCR manuals.

20. The VCR that Frank Cross’ brother gets as an Xmas present in Scrooged is one of the models for which I helped edit the manual.

21. I used to own New Order’s Substance compilation on DAT.

22. I used to record original music (and noise) under the name Tinty Music.

23. In addition to the albums (cassettes) I released my self, I have had recordings included on four compilations released by other labels.

24. I have had a few of my paintings displayed in galleries (as part of group shows).

25. I still own the entire Twin Peaks series (which I bought in Tokyo) on laserdisc.

26. In Tokyo, I used to spend Saturdays making the rounds of record shops, mostly in Shibuya.

27. When my grandfather died, I drove straight to the funeral home, despite having neither an address nor directions.

28. I have lived with anxiety and panic attacks for almost half of my life.

29. I have been to a Japanese funeral.

30. Purely by coincidence, my two cats (Trixie and Lucy) have the names of 1950s sitcom characters.

31. Before I decided to get my Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Language & Literature, I was a psych major.

32. I hate cilantro.

33. I had my tonsils out when I was 22.

34. I have never broken any bones.

35. I used to have a Japanese credit card. (It had the logo of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team on it.)

36. Get Smart was my favorite TV show when I was a kid.

37. I hate rollercoasters.

38. I can’t smoke marijuana—it makes me anxious.

39. I like to put french fries on my hamburger.

40. In 1984, I voted for Bill the Cat and Opus for President and Vice-President. (I could not in good conscience vote for Ronald Reagan, but I didn’t think Walter Mondale was up to the task, either.)

41. I have never seen any of the Star Wars prequels, Jurassic Park movies, Lord of the Rings movies, any movie with Whitney Houston in it, or Jerry Maguire. I refuse.

42. I once saw Douglas Adams at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus. On the subject of 42, he said that you can know the answer, or you can know the question—but you can’t know both.

43. I’m an introvert.

44. I found my first grey hair when I was 27.

45. I have not travelled by air since 1992.

46. I once took a date to see Fatal Attraction on Valentine’s Day.

47. INFP.

48. I am allergic to corn syrup.

49. I have Associate degrees in audio production and graphic design.

50. I can write backwards.

51. I do not practice or subscribe to any religion.

52. When I was in junior high school, I had cat scratch fever.

(14 March 2015—posted March 17)