10 More Things You Didn’t Know About Me

10 More Things You Didn’t Know About Me
This post was previously published. It has been updated.

A couple of weeks ago I updated a post called “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me.”  So I thought I would update another 10 things post.

  1. I am a classically trained musician, who occasionally still performs in public. I have been playing flute since I was 9, and I spent a year in college as a music performance major. Until I figured out I wasn’t good enough to make a living at it. I used to do events, but while the money was good, the people are crazy. I still play from time to time, but copyright laws that govern streaming have made it difficult to find music that will comply – because even if the composer is long dead, the people who wrote the editions are not.
  2. I once broke a toe playing Scrabble. No kidding. It was my turn, and I had to use the restroom. I tried to take out the door frame with my little toe. The door frame won. This was one of the things that I realized was directly a result of my dyscalculia – an inability to judge where my body is in space.
  3. I detest shoe shopping. A friend of mine usually is the reason I shop for new shoes…she notices I need new ones, and we go shopping. During the summer I live in Birkenstocks and flip flops with arch support.
  4. I don’t like peaches with the fuzz still on. I think it’s a texture thing. I have to peel them.
  5. My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I first read it the summer before grade eight, and I read it at least once a year. I never tire of the story, the character development, or Austen’s way of exposing the inconsistencies present in her characters.
  6. Single reed instruments grate on my nerves. Clarinets, saxophones all get me. I suspect there is something about the overtones. Double reed instruments, like oboe, English horn and bagpipe, I love.
  7. I do have a strong spiritual practice, and I do not talk about it. People who know me know about my spiritual practice, but acquaintances do not. I find that the United States, for all its supposed freedoms and tolerances, still has pockets of entrenched closed-minded “if you don’t do things/believe like  us you’re going to Hell.” I happen to live in one of those areas, and so I simply do not talk about it. The reason this aspect of my life never appears on the blog is because of that reticence in my daily life.
  8. I love unsweetened iced tea. This will probably be a mystery to those outside the South of the United States. Let me explain to the rest of the world: Americans take hot tea and serve it over a glass of ice. It is very refreshing. To those outside the South, there is an added feature: Southerners serve “sweet tea” which to me tastes like a glass of sugar mixed with a few ice cubes and a drop of tea. I prefer unsweet, or “Northern” tea. But then, I am a Yankee.
  9. I really like what I do as a job. I work a full time job in data engineering. I love what I do. Moving huge amounts of data from one place to another, transforming it as it goes, is immensely satisfying. I also like optimizing queries for fun.
  10. I spent one year as a high school math teacher. We’ll call it a midlife crisis that caused me to get a teaching license, take a 66% cut in salary and put up with an abusive boss. I loved the students. I hated the principal (see abusive boss). It was the hardest job I have ever done, physically and emotionally, but mentally it left me brain dead. After one year, I decided I wasn’t going to deal with the abusive boss anymore, so I went back to my old job (which I love). I will probably go back to teaching at the college level in my retirement.