The latest meme going around is this Blog-Tag thing (you basically list five things that people don’t really know about you, and then “tag” five people to continue the chain). So, I guess it finally made it around to me — Thanks John.
Anyway, here are five things that you may not know about me.
- Although most people that know me know about my Who Wants to be a Millionaire appearance a few years back, it wasn’t my first appearance on a television game show. In high school, I was on our local television quiz show, Academic Challenge. We came in third place (out of three teams). Ouch.
- My senior year of college, I worked as a snowboard instructor at the local hill, Greek Peak. Lessons at the time were “free” (included with your lift ticket), and I was only tipped once during the whole season. But, I didn’t really care since I got a free season pass.
- I got started in networked computing in 1986, when I signed up for an account at the Cleveland Freenet. My friend Ryan and I used to send email to each other and then call each other hours (or sometimes days) later to report when the email arrived. Good times.
- I dj’ed one radio show with my friend Audris. Mike usually hosted “Ithaska” on WVBR Saturday nights, but he had to study for a prelim or something, so we hosted it instead. I had no idea what I was doing, and when someone called in requesting a “shout-out for Mark”, we obliged by literally shouting out.. “MARK!” on the air. I was never asked to host another show.
- On February 18, 2000, my friend Korby and I circumnavigated the Bay Area on public transit. It was a non-trivial task to accomplish at the time — the trip took over 12 hours and spanned 10 different public transit systems. Kept abreast of our progress via Blackberry, Pius documented the day online. Six years later, I finally posted the pictures. Korby is also known for instigating the “hey, it looks like we can drive to Alaska” trip.