#1 Jobs I’ve held in my lifetime: cleaned cabins for a few summers at a local religious campground when I was in my mid-teens; ran a register at Wendy’s for a few months when I was a senior in high school; hostessed at an Olive Garden restaurant during my freshman year of college; provided online banking support for Wachovia (1998-2005, with a few leaves of absence); did case research for a background investigation company when I was living in California; most recently: worked with closed captioning and script-writing for audio description technology.
#2 The worse sunburn I ever received in my life was when I went to Woodstock ’99 in upstate New York. Even though I applied sunscreen before leaving the tent in the morning, everyone was sweating so much that it ran right off (it was so hot we’d literally have to wake up at 7am because the inside of our tent was like a sauna). The right side of my face got so burnt that by the final (third) day my eye was starting to swell. By the time we got back to Virginia that night my eye was almost completely swollen shut. My lovely car-mates were calling me “Corky” (as in the mentally-challenged boy from that early-90’s show “Life Goes On”). I went to the doctor the next day and he gave me steroid pills to bring down the swelling.
#3 Speaking of pills: when I was younger, I couldn’t (or just wouldn’t) swallow pills. One time when I was sick and needed to take a prescription, my dad held me from behind and made me drink orange soda until I swallowed the pill (it sounds worse than it really was). I ended up with orange soda all over the front of my shirt, but I don’t recall having a hard time swallowing pills after that. Now I regularly take three vitamins a day with a single gulp of water.
#4 I go through a bottle of mouthwash pretty quickly. I use it when I finish brushing or just randomly when I want to be minty-fresh.
#5 I liked to listen to rap music when I was in my late teens. My friend Eddie and I used to sing along to Eminem. I still own DMX, Jay-Z, Ruff Ryder, and Dr. Dre albums that haven’t come out of my CD case in years. I think it was a gradual process instead of something sudden, but now it’s very rare for me to listen to a rap song.
#6 I don’t have a very good memory. I was an honors student in high school and college, but this was because I took excellent and detailed notes — it wouldn’t have worked if I’d relied strictly on my memory to remember what the professors said in class. Sometimes I’m amazed at what other people can recall.
#7 If I have a child in the future, he/she will have to have an unusual name. I didn’t like my name when I was a child because I was shy and it set me apart from everyone else. But I started to appreciate the difference once I got older and I think my child should have the same experience.