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Sunday, July 8, 2007

8 Haphazard Facts About Me

I've been double-tagged as it were, or tag-teamed perhaps, by RPM at Evolgen and Lim at Fresh Brainz. I am therefore obligated to post 8 random facts about myself. Being as there is no pre-existing list of facts about me to used a randomized method of selection, these will be haphazardly chosen from the recesses of my memory. The not-so-fresh part of my brainz. Here are the rules:

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.

2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

5. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

And here are your haphazardly chosen facts about me .

1) I never ever thought of working in science at any point in my life prior to 2002. I actually never really considered college for that matter, My cumulative high school GPA was... lets just say less than 2. I had intended to work in music either on the rockstar end or the audio engineering end. I actually have a vocational degree in audio engineering and worked in a recording studio in the Bay Area (you can tell which end i was better suited for?). I hated the industry and decided to go community college.

2) Though born on the Illinois side of the QC, I spent 14 out of my 19 years in the QC on the Iowa side. I am proud to say I'm from Iowa, though I will die before I ever live there again. I have a shirt that says "Iowa: Our trees bend north because Minnesota sucks".

2) I went to 5 different colleges before getting my Bachelors of Science in Evolution and Ecology from University of California at Davis. Scott Community College in Iowa, Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona, Vista Community College and Monterey Peninsula College in California and UC-Davis being the last.

3) In contrast for my love of the Invertebrates, I detest earwigs and will not hesitate to kill one. I kindly release everything else (except ants) outside my back door and co-exist with spiders in the hopes they eat the other bugs.

4) I worked the culinary industry for 5 years and still love to cook. I cook everyday for my beautiful swedish wife. She has cooked occasionally in the 8 years we've been together, but only rarely. In fact, she can hardly even eat out anymore because she says she prefers my cooking.

5) I was suspended from school in 9th grade for throwing a smoke bomb into a garbage can in the band room. I was also suspended in 8th grade for drinking an airplane bottle of scotch I stole from my parents liquor cabinet in the boys bathroom. Stupid 6th grader ratted us out...

6) I'm not alcoholic, just a drunk, but a happy one! I very much enjoy the evening (or lunch) drink or three. In fact, I am making aquavit as I write this.

7) Even though I am a marine biologist, I have never SCUBA dived. Just an intro-dive at the Great Barrier Reef. I want to but couldn't afford the gear and other expenses. I will get certified one day though. But I have been down to the bottom of the deep sea in 2 different submersibles, the Alvin and the Johnson Sea Link.

8) I'm covered in tattoos, though none are invertebrates I hope to change that in the future. I've been thinking about getting tattoos of all the species I describe.

Thanks for attention, it went on a little longer than I intended. As somewhat of an exhibitionist, I do like to talk about myself. The buck stops here as I don't think I know anyone who hasn't been tagged yet and I abhor chain letter/emails and wouldn't wish it upon anyone else. Consider me an evolutionary dead end if you will.


  1. Wow, a rock star biologist who plays with submersibles, can cook up a storm and has a hot, Swedish wife.

    *sheds a crystalline tear of envy*

  2. I wouldn't quite refer myself as "hot". hehe... But we do make beautiful children.

  3. Phew, so I suppose a love of invertebrates excluding earwigs is possible after all. After having one fly onto me, I am kinda tempted to write about that inexplicable ability though...

  4. Hi Cameron, anything is possible! Earwigs are vile creatures and should be exterminated and excluded from everything invertebrate.


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