I’m supposed to come up with Five Things You Don’t Know About Me. I’m going to hope that none of my very old friends are reading, since what they know about me may be very different from what a more generic “you” might know.
(1) I have always worried that all of my eccentricity is really driven by a niggling fear that I am painfully mediocre.
(2) I started my undergraduate career as a Theology major at Fordham University. I wanted to be a priest when I was a child and often wonder if I won’t end up some kind of monk/nun by the end of my days.
(3) My first boyfriend’s name was also Jason. (My friend Ming took to calling him “the wrong Jason” when I met the person who you all know as Betty.)
(4) I spent a good chunk of my 20s traveling:
- in 1991: to San Francisco (I was 22)
- in 91/92: to India
- in summer 92 I drove across the USA with a friend
- in 1993 I went to New Orleans
- in 1996 to Singapore, Bali (Indonesia) and Burma (Myanmar)
- in 1997 to Singapore and Viet Nam (then later in the same trip, to Chicago, Nashville, and Charleston)
- in 1998 to London
- in 1999 to Sao Paulo and Rio in Brazil and later that year to London and Paris (we were in London for the Millennium changeover)
- in 2000 to London and Scotland (our engagement tour, as it were)
- in 2001 to Hawaii (for our honeymoon)
As a result of the books and my lectures, after I turned 30, I have since seen, all stateside: Eureka Springs, AR; Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Hammond, IN; Provincetown, MA; Las Vegas, NM; Albany, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Sherman, TX, and Burlington, VT. As a result of being keynote speaker at First Event this year, I’ll finally get to see Boston!
(5) I am allergic to almost everything a person can be allergic to (dogs, cats, mold, dust, etc.) with the bizarre exception of cockroach poop.