Thanks, Martin. I need a mental break, so I’ll play along. Here are five things you didn’t know about me:
- When I was about a year old, I reached and pulled the cord of a coffee percolator from my high chair, which came crashing down on me resulting in a number of severe burns. To this day (almost forty years later), I still have some traces of burn scars on my forearms.
- When I was 11 years old, I worked as probably one of the youngest volunteers on Capitol Hill for U.S. Congressman Newton Steers during school vacations. At the time, I commuted solo by bus, train, and subway from the suburbs into downtown Washington, DC. I can’t imagine allowing someone that young to do that these days.
- I was academically dismissed from the University of Maryland, College Park (due to lack of attendance). To get away from school for a bit, I joined the US Navy before the semester ended; however, I spent the first two years of my enlistment in schools, such as Naval Nuclear Power School. Ten years later, I completed an AS in Applied Science & Technology (Nuclear Engineering Technology).
- I’m a licensed amateur radio operator (N3KNQ). Attending hamfests growing up I saw electronic social networking transition from radios to computers.
- I almost suffered a “career limiting move” by accidentally slamming into (and almost knocking over) Bill Gates while exiting the infield at Safeco Field following the Microsoft Company Meeting in 2000.