My friend bFlat tagged me with a rather daunting challenge: to share seven weird and/or random facts about myself. Here goes nothing. 1. In the summer of 2004, I worked for the first time ever as a camp counselor in the grand state of Minnesota. While there, I came across a pair of suspenders in the costume shop that I decided would be fun to wear. I ended up keeping them. A few months later, I found some suspenders for sale at J.C. Penny and bought them. Even now, four years later, I wear suspenders nearly every day. Not out of necessity to hold up my pants, really. They're just extremely comfortable, and feel like a part of me.
2. Upon first impression, I rarely come across as the type of guy who would be really into punk rock. Some high school buddies got me into the scene, and I've been into it ever since. But just because I don't spike my hair, and I'm incompetent on a skateboard, doesn't mean I can't rock out with the best of them.
3. I'm one of the few people my age who's never once taken a computer course. Somehow, I escaped ever taking even a basic class in middle school or high school. I didn't even take a typing course. A very early Mavis Beacon taught me how to type when I was 14, and I gradually became a self-taught computer nerd. I never saw that one coming.
4. At one very misguided point in my life, I wanted to be a cartoonist. I say 'misguided' not because I lacked a sense of humor or at least some creative drawing talent, but because I had no direction other than I wanted to be a funny cartoonist. At the time, it took me two panels of nothingness to figure this out.
5. Most of the people I grew up with hated Albuquerque and hated New Mexico. I was born and raised here, went to college here, and only just recently moved away for grad school. It's been so nice to be back for the summer, though, as I love it here. I love my desert, my mountains, and my green chile.
6. Bizarre as it sounds, one of the most liberating things I've done in my lifetime was going skinny dipping. It's all Minnesota's fault. It was a beautiful night, the lake was inviting, and I was in the company of friends and we'd all been, um, drinking. 'Nuf said.
7. I started blogging completely by accident. At first, I was part of an online discussion group, and I later started a blog that ended up being an outlet to vent and to keep my thoughts organized. About a month after I started community blogging, I abandoned the discussion group. Then, almost two years later, I created this website. Oh, the things we end up doing without ever planning to. But boy, is it worth it.