10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

With sharp glances at Violet DeTorres and James Finn for sucking me into this— I mean, cordially inviting me

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We have a library. Bookcases on three walls. Other bookcases are scattered throughout our home, including hallways. We like books. But most of you already knew that, eh?
  1. I “see” numbers. I add two numbers together and the answer is right because they fit. 8+4=12 because the 4 fits into the 8 and leaves a 2 so 12. The scary part is, I work with someone in my IT department who has a similar way of looking at numbers.
  2. When I was younger, my beard showed my ancestry. Black, yes, but also red, blond, brown, and other odd colors mixed in. All but the black has gone gray, alas, and the black hair is working on it.
  3. I got out of the Navy in 1990, so I’ve been out of uniform for 28 years now. And yet, if you catch me at any odd moment when I’m walking from point A to point B and not thinking about anything in particular, you will find me carrying everything in my left hand, leaving my right hand free to salute. Or something. My wife noticed this a long time ago and still razzes me about it.
  4. I shave my ears. I don’t shave my feet, but only because my feet hair (foot hair?) doesn’t bother me. (If I was two feet shorter I’d be looking for hobbits in my family tree, I would.)
  5. During my midshipman cruise in 1979, our sub crossed over the Arctic Circle and I became a Blue Nose. This involved various initiation rituals, including pushing an ice cube (more of an ice chip, really) with my nose down the length of the mess deck dressed in my skivvies, and getting lard and peanut butter rubbed in my hair before finding that the hot water had been shut off in the showers. (The cold water was in a tank next to the hull; I mentioned about being north of the Arctic Circle, yes?) I still have my Blue Nose card in my wallet, because Blue Noses don’t have to go through the initiation again; I’ve only ever needed it once, but it was worth it pulling it out to show to the initiation committee, busy lining up victims.
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My Blue Nose card. Undated, because it has the sub’s name on it (location + date + identity = classified; I’m not making that up)
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Husband & retiree. Developer, tech writer, & IT geek. I fill what’s empty, empty what’s full, and scratch where it itches. Occasionally do weird & goofy things.

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