5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

My new friend Isabel Wang tagged me with Jeff Pulver’s latest blogosphere craze. I’m assuming that if I break the chain, I’ll contract some hideous disease, so without further ado, here are some things you might not have known about me:

1) When I was growing up, I was labeled a disruptive influence. In comparison to my well-behaved, straight-As sister Caroline, I got mediocre grades and was always the one the teachers warned each other about.

2) I am a huge military history and hardware buff. Together with my old friend Alvin Fu, we must have watched every war movie that ever existed. I can still identify nearly every plane, ship, and vehicle in the US military, and in most cases, tell you the defense contractor(s) responsible and operational history.

3) I once took a baseball bat and went after a friend for damaging some books that I loaned him. My friend JP from Geometry class had borrowed some of my science fiction books (can’t recall all of them now, but one of them was my Stainless Steel Rat omnibus edition), and returned them folded, spindled, and mutilated. Fortunately for JP, this happened while a bunch of friends were over, and they prevented me from doing any harm.

4) Continuing my history of violence, in the 7th grade, I made a bomb threat to my science teacher. She had developed quite a grudge against me for all the times I had embarassed her in class by correcting her errors, and when she finally had a chance to take revenge, she went for it. We were taking a test, and I zoomed through it even more quickly than usual. As part of her pettiness, my teacher didn’t allow me to read or leave the room after finishing, so I had to twiddle my thumbs while I waited for my classmates to finish. When she finally called time, I was horrified to see that the test had two sides, and that I had only finished one. When I asked for 2 minutes to finish the other side, she gleefully refused. So naturally, I told her, “Watch out for car bombs.”

Thank goodness this took place in 1987. Today, I’d probably be expelled. As it was, I had a stern lecture from the principal, and an offer of voluntary counseling, which naturally, I refused.

5) I am a fan of country western music. One of the presets on my car’s radio is set to 95.3 KRTY. Alas, today’s country is too poppy for my tastes. We need to bring back George Jones and Merle Haggard!

3 thoughts on “5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

  1. Do you think Rev. Ted Haggard’s fall from grace was really because he was tired of Merle being the most badass Haggard in America?

  2. The Stainless Steel Rat stories were among my favorite sf novels that I read in high school. That was quite awhile ago, now.

    Great; now I’m going to have to find them and read them again….

  3. Gabe:

    I think Merle decided he’d had enough, and brought Ted down.


    Harry Harrison has cranked out a ton more Stainless Steel Rat books since you last read them…some are uneven, but even an uneven Stainless Steel Rat book is still rewarding. There’s even “The Stainless Steel Rat Goes To Hell.”

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