I’ve Been Tagged!
It looks like this little game of blog tag that Jeff Pulver started has meant that Ken Camp, Peter Csathy, and Luca Filigheddu all tagged me–at least that I know of so far. With that in mind, here are five things people online may not know about me:
- Right out of college, I did IT for a now-defunct company that employed recruiters who sold both internal and external candidates into various IT jobs. I myself was “whored out,” as I lovingly called it, into a company that I ultimately ended up working for doing a job I never thought I’d do–phone support.
- My hyphenated last name was the result of me losing a best 3-out-of-5 coin toss with my wife. No, her name isn’t hyphenated and the kids have her last name.
- I am originally from Santa Cruz, California. Aside from the four years I moved to Hawaii and went to high school, I lived in the Bay Area until 1998. After that, I moved to Washington state where I have lived in both Spokane and the Greater Seattle area–rather opposite in terms of geography and politics. Despite having lived outside of the Bay Area for nearly a decade now, I have managed to remain employed by companies with a Bay Area office and been able to work from home all that time. I consider myself lucky.
- My online history goes back 2 decades. I first got online in 1986 using a 300 baud acoustic coupler modem hooked up to an old Apple II+. In fact, that acoustic coupler used to respond in kind when I played Hardball! and a few other games. The handle I had back then: KC, sometimes KC Smith if I needed more characters or a last name. 10 years ago, PhoneBoy became the handle of choice.
- I earned my first dollar singing on stage with my father when I was three. I did try and experiment with a guitar and piano when I was a little older, but unlike my father and many other geeks, I didn’t seem to have the musical aptitude and/or didn’t feel like working at it enough to get anywhere with it. Although, to this day, when presented with a piano, I try and play a few songs that I haven’t seen sheet music for, yet manage to work out the melody for. Maybe there is something there…