100 things

  1. In the words of Holden Caulfield I’m not going to start with David Copperfield crap like where I was born and what my parents do and all that.
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  3. Only to say if circumstances were different I might have been called Sebastian.
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  5. I’ve lived and worked on 3 continents.
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  7. Visited 6, only Antarctica remaining.
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  9. Never lived in the country — either city or suburbs.
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  11. If money were no constraint I’d live in Switzerland.
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  13. When I was young I fantasized I was an alien who was stranded(?) / stationed(?) on Earth and working for some spy outfit.
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  15. And was a compulsive list maker.
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  17. And a horder. Still am, to an extent.
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  19. My grandparents owned a toy shop. So toys? Not bothered.
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  21. Up to the age of about 10 and around once every 3 months I’d take all the tins out of the kitchen cupboard and rearranged them. In categories.
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  23. My parents used to get all sorts of blank forms (like bank deposit forms or passport application form) and I’d fill them out for fun.
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  25. I’m good at filling forms. Really good. Fast too.
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  27. One summer vacation I pretended I was the principal of a school and designed a complete daily timetable for the teachers and classes in the whole school. Using paper, pencil and ruler.
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  29. Another time I designed uniforms — formal, normal and battle — for a futuristic army. Each rank had its system of stripes and stars.
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  31. The summer when I was 14, I watched, and taught myself to understand, test match cricket. I love cricket but I don’t follow it a lot anymore.
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  33. I’m petrified of, and therefore utterly hate, dogs since being chased by one when I was 13.
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  35. We used to have a cat, she’d follow us when we went out for a walk.
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  37. I often wish I was left-handed.
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  39. I wonder what it’s like to be autistic.
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  41. I organize my bank statements, utility bills and assorted paperwork in a 4-drawer filing cabinet at home. Alphabetically.
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  43. I’m obsessively punctual.
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  45. I spend a lot of time in office lobbies, train stations, restaurants, waiting. And waiting.
  46. I was described as “very Swiss” by a Swiss.
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  48. Some might take it as an insult but it was meant to be, and graciously accepted as, a compliment.
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  50. I wear swatches exclusively. [update: don’t wear a watch anymore]
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  52. I like wearing t-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, cargo pants and sneakers.
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  54. Black or navy socks only, except when doing sports.
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  56. I twisted my knee in a skiing accident, had to be hauled down the slope in a sled, and how own a pair of purple crutches as souvenir.
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  58. I don’t like going to the doctor’s, most times I just take a painkiller.
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  60. I get nagged a lot.
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  62. I can cook pretty well.
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  64. I don’t drink coffee.
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  66. I drink 2 cans 1 can of Diet Vanilla Coke Coke Zero at lunch. [update: trying to cut down, one can of coke zero once a week]
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  68. I usually bring my own lunch to work.
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  70. I always have chewing gum at work, but I never take it at home.
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  72. I prefer salads without dressing.
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  74. I take my steak rare and plain, with just a little freshly ground black pepper.
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  76. I’ve eaten snake, crocodile, kangaroo, ostrich and pig’s brain, amongst other bizarre foods.
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  78. I don’t eat skin, including chicken skin (even on wings) and fish skin.
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  80. My favourite whisky is Highland Park.
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  82. I did the Kentucky Bourbon Trail on my own, sneaking the samples back to the car until I got back to the hotel.
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  84. I can drive pretty much any car comfortably, stick or auto, on either side of the road.
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  86. Took me a long long time to buy and own my own car.
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  88. I used to work in investment banking but not as a banker.
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  90. I traded a private office for a nice corner with view.
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  92. I have also had a desk hidden next to the emergency exit and I could hear the flushing sounds of the Ladies behind the wall.
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  94. I have a long array of letters after my name.
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  96. I’ll stop showing off now.
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  98. I find that if I believe I’m good at something, there’ll always be someone who does it better.
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  100. I don’t answer my phone unless I recognise the number.
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  102. I always have a disposable mobile phone number (prepaid card) that I give out, my personal mobile number is for family and friends only.
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  104. I never listen to voicemail.
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  106. I’m a fairly early ebook adaptor–imagine the amount saved on overseas shipping.
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  108. I read lots of Christopher Isherwood when I was around 17 and never realized he was gay.
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  110. I have 2 complete sets of David Eddings’ Belgariad.
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  112. I read a lot of books when I was young, went through a phase of not reading a lot, and now read whenever I have time
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  114. I wrote over 100 poems/lyrics over a 4 year period in my late teens/early 20s. Most of them are pretty embarassing to look at in the cold light of day.
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  116. I own a grand total of one anthology of poetry.
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  118. I’ve never kept a diary.
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  120. I completed nanowrimo every year since 2004, except 2007.
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  122. I had one copy of the 2004 nano printed, for my own fun. Did the formatting and designed the cover, using a photograph in my own collection.
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  124. I can’t draw.
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  126. I’m an okay photographer.
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  128. I can read sheet music but I’m hopeless at playing and I can’t remember tunes or lyrics.
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  130. I have zero music street cred.
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  132. I first registered this domain name in 1997 (or 1999, I can’t remember, hee). I own 5 domain names (I think).
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  134. I designed my first website on Claris Homepage v3.
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  136. It was hosted at xoom when it was a free webpage provider.
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  138. I stopped working on the site for 3 years.
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  140. I’ve used Macs since forever.
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  142. And will do so forever.
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  144. I bought a PC laptop, but that’ll be for backup, checking browsers and IM’ing. [update: don’t have it anymore.]
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  146. I’m self taught on excel, photoshop, pagemaker, indesign, html and css.
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  148. Before May 2005, the total number of people I’ve met on the internet was 2, both of whom I’ve met in person.
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  150. Since May 2005, that number has exploded exponentially.
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  152. I can’t sit still for any length of time.
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  154. I hardly ever remember my dreams.
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  156. I sleep with a small pillow tucked under my knee, to help support my knee and feet.
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  158. I go for regular foot reflexology massages, painful during the treatment, but afterwards for a few minutes it feels like I’m walking on clouds.
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  160. I’ve often wished I were more spiritual and introspective.
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  162. I vaguely know about the festivals of Candlemas, Beltane, Samhain but I don’t celebrate them because I don’t feel a connection with them.
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  164. I started running in 2008, when I saw a pic of me looking way too fat.
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  166. My first marathon was 10-10-10 at Chicago.
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  168. I don’t cross my 7s.
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  170. Blue pens, never black.
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  172. A picture of my hands once appeared in the New Scientist, holding a separating funnel.
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  174. I received GBP60 for a photo I took that was published in a magazine aimed at retirees.
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  176. I’m a member of the mile high club.
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  178. I never voted.
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  180. I pay my credit card bills and taxes on time and in full.
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  182. I paid off my mortgage in 10 years.
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  184. I’m indifferent to almost everything and everybody.
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  186. I’m fairly happy in my own skin.
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  188. I can happily stay home and not go out or talk to people for lengthy periods of time.
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  190. I get claustrophobic in crowds.
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  192. I avoid smoke, noise and public places.
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  194. I don’t like people.
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  196. I swore I’d never do this 100 things thing.
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  198. But it looks like I did it anyway.
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