15 Fun Facts About Me You Probably Didn’t Know Before
In order for you to trust me for projects, consulting or teaching, you need to know who I am. I was challenged recently to be more open, personable and authentic. To give you more of an insight into me, to go ‘beyond the bio’. So I brainstormed a list of fun facts I don’t share all the time. It turned into a BIG list of quirky info. So, there’s fun fact #1 – I tend to go overboard and create even more than is necessary on projects I’m really into!
For now, here are 15 quirky bits of info about me:
- I learned to drive with a stick shift on the ‘other’ side of the road – yes, in England with a right-hand drive car, shifting with my left hand.
- I met my husband on a blind date, each of us set up by friends who knew each other, and us. It went well. We’re still friends with those folks too. [PS the blind date was a group outing to see ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’]
- I’m a serious wine geek and have been since a teenager. Hey, I lived in Europe, it was ok to drink! I used to collect the labels and now I keep the corks. [And our wine collection is in a database, with lots of metadata, accessible via a mobile app. Like I said, geek.]
- My beloved childhood pet was a tortoise shell-tabby mix named Pizza.
- As a kid, the professions I most wanted to be when I grew up were: Architect, Indiana Jones or the President [now I dig for info, build collections of resources and I’m President of my own company – see, dreams do come true]
- My front tooth is fake. How that happened is kind of a long story. No one notices until it doesn’t show on an x-ray.
- I co-managed a babyGap after I left advertising– that was the toughest year and job ever. I learned a lot about customer service training, matching customer needs to products and how to listen. Selling was actually a lot like the reference interview – or that’s how I approached it. No wonder I wound up in LIS school right after!
- I am an absolute, hard-wired, genetically coded night owl. I was even born at night. Mornings are kryptonite.
- I’m grateful my elementary school librarian didn’t disapprove that I preferred nonfiction that was well beyond the lower grade, juvenile ratings. I loved historical biographies of WWII heroes and military histories of famous (awful, potentially gory) battles. [have I mentioned I’m a nerd AND a geek?!]
- One of the best parts about being a work-at-home, solopreneur – I don’t have to dress up. My work wardrobe is jeans and a t-shirt. I have some tees I like so much I’ve bought them in bulk, all the colors and patterns they came in.
- Except pink. Never pink. I hate the color pink. It’s a deep, psychological thing.
- I’m a big sports fan, nut, geek. I love seeing games in person if I can. I’ve been to NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB games, the Olympics, plus many minor league games.
- 18 baseball stadiums (inc Wrigley, old Yankee Stadium and Fenway); 4 football stadiums; plenty of college stadiums and minor league stadiums.
I need a separate post just for my sports bucket list – the events that are done and still left to do.
- The dissertation research I started in my Information Science PhD program was about how digitized primary source materials [created by libraries, archives, museums] are used (or not) by secondary school history/social studies educators and how libraries can improve their use. [the research and notes live in my basement now]
- I’m not a fan of the phone. In fact, I have phone phobia. Text or email me please.
- I had a rare medical condition more than a decade ago (ok, technically it was a brain tumor but it wasn’t the awful kind) that caused me to be mostly deaf in my left ear. I wear a digitally programmed hearing aid. I call it my bionic ear.
So now you definitely know more about me. What quirky facts should I know about you?!