Mike Smith has tagged me, so in keeping the meme alive, here are "Five Things You Don't Know About Me"
1. Won the parade - I was born in Cincinnati, OH. When I was 7 we had a 4th of July parade in Pleasant Run Farms (between the corn fields or something). The Reds were probably the best team in baseball (Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Sparky Anderson, Davey Perez, etc). My mom contacted the Reds PR people, got a bunch of team paraphenalia and helped me transform my bike into a two-wheel version of the Big Red Machine. During the parade, I was asked to come to the front and lead. I found out at the end that I had won the best design - the prize was gift certificates to White Castle. I distinctly remember feeling on top of the world.
2. Closet junk food addict - As a pretty active person, I try to eat appropriately. Low fat, plenty of carbs and protein. We have very little junk food at my house. I have a weakness though - I can't control myself around junk food. Sometimes I feel like I am living in the Larry Groce masterpiece. One of my sisters has a closet at her house that is literally like being in a candy store. On more than one occasion, I have gorged myself, gone on a major sugar high and crashed so low that I have to nap on the couch. If there is a new hire in my building, I search him/her out because they usually have several boxes of Krispy Kremes on their first day. Once at an SF Giants game, I bought a box of 5 Krispy Kremes and *ate them all*. Urrrpp
3. Love almost any kind of music - I listen to a ton of music, from a wide variety of genres. Thanks to a borrowed subwofer, I can drive people crazy, even if they are five offices away. I listen to cheesy emo, alternative, metal, rock, pop, soul and R&B - rap is notably absent. Freely admitting that I'm dating myself, my Number One is still The Only Band That Matters (and yes, I think almost everything after London Calling was crap)
4. First car - OK, I'll just come out and admit it. My first car was a Ford Pinto. There, I said it.
5. Life goal - While I was in grad school, I taught several undergrad classes (all related to technology). Upon graduation, I made a mental note to remember how much I enjoyed it and vowed to someday get my PhD and become a professor. The stars haven't aligned properly just yet but hopefully someday they will (Note to the Maestro - irrational exuberance did have something going for it there)