- I'm a 1994 graduate of the US Air Force Academy. I graudated third of 1024 cadets, with degrees in history and political science, and minors in French and German. However, my whole life I wanted to attend my backyard school, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I was accepted to USAFA first, and when the letter arrived there seemed to be no question about where I should attend. Admission to USAFA requires acceptance by the school (not easy for a nearly-blind non-flyer like me) and Congressional appointment (thanks Ed Markey and Ted Kennedy -- I can't believe I said that). So, USAFA was the "long shot" and it seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime. I still wonder if I should have attended MIT (on an Air Force ROTC scholarship, which I also received). At least I can claim Academy heritage, like my favorite historical figure US Grant.
- I ran cross country, indoor, and outdoor track in high school. I lettered in all three and was captain of the indoor track team my senior year. I credit joining the cross country team my junior year as fundamentally altering the course of my life and I am thankful for that experience. I am very proud of the "Most Improved" award I received my senior year, which acknowledged me moving from the back of the JV team to the third fastest runner on the varsity team in one year.
- I studied martial arts seriously from 1994 through 2002. I did some Karate and Judo before then and some Jeet Kune Do and Kung Fu after that span, but nothing as hard core as that eight year period. During that time I studied with Michael Macaris (Kung Fu), Troy Baker (Tae Kwon Do and Modern Arnis), and Curtis Abernathy (American Kenpo). I did try Wing Tsun before American Kenpo, but that disaster means I won't tell you the name of the instructor. One day I would like to return to studying martial arts, although a shoulder injury makes me reluctant.
- I am a non-practicing Amateur Radio ("ham") operator. My dad is one and my grandfather (his dad) was also. I earned my Tech license to try packet radio, which is basically a dead art.
- I am an Eagle Scout. For my project I organized a road race to raise money for a scholarship fund in honor of a high school friend who died of leukemia.
Here are my five tag victims:
I think that's a nice mix of people with technical blogs.