Six Random Things About Me

I haven’t had much time lately to write about my life or my thoughts, but I figure that I can at least manage a little meme.  I was tagged by KidsnData, who writes some excellent and thoughtful posts on her blog.

Here are the rules:

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Write six random things about yourself.
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
  5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Now, for another list of 6…the 6 random things about me:

  1. I’m nice. Like, really, really nice.  I think if I had to come up with one word that almost everyone I know would say describes me, it would have to be nice.  Just today, someone told me they could tell I’m not a New Yorker because I am too nice – not that it’s a bad thing, but I’m missing that cloud of cynicism that so many New Yorkers have.  I assured her, I’ve got some healthy cynicism, it’s just that maybe I keep it in my head and only share it with people I’m close to.  There is room for niceness too in the diverse city that is New York!
  2. This year was the first time I voted for the candidate that went on to win the Presidency.  Not only that, but I voted for him in the primaries too!  I’m so excited.  I couldn’t help it, I couldn’t go any further without gushing about how excited I am about President-elect Barack Obama!  Election day was an interesting whirl of phone calls and e-mails from friends and familiar, from shared cheering to ridiculous e-mails from one particular family member who bought the crazy crap that’s moving around in the media in some phobic areas – you know, that Obama was really born in Kenya and thus isn’t a true Amerizan citizen (this, from a family member born in Guatemala), or that as soon as he got into office he’d put “a towel around his head” and “praise llah-a.”  If you don’t even know it’s Allah and you still refer to towels then you’re a bit too ignorant to judge.
  3. I have a distaste for suburbia that might be a bit unfair.  Growing up, I was exposed specifically to a certain type of suburbia – upper middle class white suburbia.  Where Judaism is a curious oddity (I did attend ONE bat mitzvah and learned a little bit about dreidels) and it seems like everyone is expected to grow up to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a businessman.  And wearing clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch means everything.  I’m so much happier in the incredibly diverse New York City.
  4. Today I sent an e-mail and executive summary to someone at a venture capital firm.  I’ll in all likelihood never hear back from them because I didn’t know anyone who could personally introduce us, but I hold out hope that they will at least take the time to read my e-mail and determine that our idea at least warrants reading our summary.
  5. My cat, Fluffy, has spent all day either whining at me to hold her or pet her, or sleeping on top of some part of my body.  For the part where she was curled under the blanket except for her head peaking out, this was cute. The whining, not so much.
  6. I started two new jobs two weeks ago. One is teaching chemistry lab at a local university, and the other is coaching ice skating.  I really love teaching and interacting with students.  I’m intensely enjoying both of them, and just need to find yet more work to pay the bills.  I’m thinking of applying to a few part-time, freelance technical and science writing jobs.  In particular, I’d love to write science news for the public audience. If anyone knows of any openings or connections, let me know!

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