Yesterday I got tagged by Craig, who runs GeneaBlogie, with the “5 Things” meme/quiz thingy. I am to disclose five things my readers probably don’t know about me.
1. You may recall my mentioning that I am a lawyer, but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that this is my third career. Coming out of college, I was at first a geologist, doing ground-water remediation. While doing that work I got bit by a creative bug, and gave it all up to become a professional actor on the stage, and eventually a producer of theater and dance shows. It was out of the business side of that career that an interest in the law developed.
2. I am a published poet, though I haven’t written anything new in that genre in many years.
3. 13 months ago I weighed 70 pounds more than I do right now. I was quite skinny back in law school, but the early stresses of this profession and a knee surgery that laid me up for a while helped me build some terrible eating and exercise habits. There was no secret to the weight loss, nor the keeping it off: merciless self-denial, calorie counting and lots of exercise.
4. My other hobby, aside from genealogy, is coaching youth sports - baseball and soccer. I am a licensed soccer coach, but truth be told I prefer baseball. I also prefer recreational leagues to competitive leagues, though I coach in both. As a child myself I partcipated only on the periphery of such things, and never with much enthusiasm - I was far more bookish than athletic. But I have a lot of fun with it now, and love working with kids. If it paid as well as lawyering, I’d love to teach elementary or middle school.
5. I didn’t buy a car of my own until I was in my mid-30’s. It’s not that I hadn’t owned cars up to that point, it’s just that I was somehow able to talk people into giving me old cars for free, and managed to keep things on the road long enough until I got my hands on another one.
I am also supposed to pass this on to 5 other people, but almost every blog I read in this corner of the blogosphere has already participated, so the buck stops here for now. But I encourage you to do what I did - follow the meme back to Craig’s blog, and use it to bounce around the genealogy-blogger scene. You’re bound to find something you didn’t know was out there.