Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me. Or, “Tag, you’re it.”
Five things you might not know about me:
1. I’ve lived and worked overseas a lot, and at least a year in Germany, Ukraine, Belgium, and Turkey. (All the while working for the same employer.) I’m currently living in Germany again. Oh, I almost forgot about the couple of years we lived in Okinawa, Japan, as a kid.
2. Before I was addicted to WoW I was into genealogical research. This was spurred by my grandmother telling us that we were related to Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. I traced my family back to the Immigrants in the 1600’s, solidly, and then even further back following traditional lineages. And I learned a lot about history, from the Middle Ages clear back to the Ancient World as the lineages traced back to Alexander and beyond. And living in places like Turkey I was surrounded by the stuff.
3. My first car as an Audi NSU Prinz1000. A wankel rotary engined car that looked a lot like a BMW 2002. It was a horrible car, but my college dormies, this being University of Maryland’s Munich Campus, Munich, Germany, loved getting rides to the area’s monastery which featured some damn good beer. And when I first got that car, 12th grade at the time, I did the grown-up thing and tried to touch up some rust spots. I wound up using about six different shades of the same burnt orange, and it still had a couple rust spots on it.
4. I had failing math grades in elementary school and had to take summer school to make it up. I failed 10th grade geometery. Proofs made no sense, though I know they’re supposed to. I failed english tests, but passed with C’s because I could bluff them with my writing. Before I graduated from high school I was nominated into and entered the Talented and Gifted Program. The school’s brightest kids. As I sat there, their last meeting of the year, graduation only a few weeks away, I thought to myself: “Cool. Hey, wait. Look at these guys. … Wait a minute. Hey, she’s cute.” Then I grew up and became an engineer with the Government. A Professional Engineer to boot.
5. My collection of antique daggers from the Caucuses, Kindjals, it pretty much museum grade stuff. One piece, a small sword, was crafted for the son of an officer in the time of Csar Alexander III. I bought it when I heard a Ukrainian military officer was looking at it too. I figured better me than him.