Sara at We Can Fix That with Data has tagged me for the ubiquitous 5-things-you-don't-know-about-me meme, probably as some sort of sinister plot to try to get me to stop ignoring this blog. (As some of you have noticed, I keep another one elsewhere, which is updated more frequently, but it's more personal, lifey stuff.)
I admit, it's hard to think of things that people don't know about me. I tend to talk about bloody everything, if you get me started. But I'll try my best:
1.) I find it almost impossible to listen to lectures -- I zone out after about five minutes, tops. I once took an astronomy course with no textbook. Instead of going to class, I went to the library, and studied every book I could find related to the items on the syllabus. It was honestly easier for me to absorb the information that way than it would have been for me to sit through the lectures.
2.) I hate learning new games -- This is one of those things that becomes gradually apparent to anyone who hangs out with me long enough. This holds true of board games, card games, and video games. No matter how fun something looks, I find it frustrating learning the new button combos, or the obscure rules, or the meanings of all the various pieces and symbols. My well-meaning friends will try to explain everything, but #1 comes into play, and I miss half of what they're saying.
3.) I once won a talent contest -- When I was 10, I won a talent contest at my elementary school. I sang the theme song to "Flashdance." Is that embarrassing enough for you?
4.) I was originally an Electrical Engineering major -- I thought they'd let me tinker. Instead, I spent two years solving circuit equations, and doing dull math. Boring!
5.) I've helped out with the Special Olympics before -- Pin the Tail on the Donkey has never been this riveting.
I don't tag anyone. I hate memes.