Five things about me

OK, looks like it’s my turn:

  1. When I was thirteen years old, I wrote two programs for my Atari 800XL that were published in Antic Magazine. One was a clone of Tetris, which I got hooked on when I visited my Dad at work and played it on his IBM PC, only to find out that it was not available for the Atari (at least at the time).
  2. The longest I’ve dated anyone is 7 months, with the exception of one girlfriend, who is now my wife.
  3. My college roommate and I once flew to Seattle and spent a couple of days with two sisters that we met in an AOL chat room.
  4. My fourth grade teacher, Mr. Rubcich, told us that he could guarantee that we would always remember the three rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We of course didn’t believe him. Oh yeah, they’re the Ohio, the Allegheny, and the Monongahela, and yes I did remember them off the top of my head (I’m going to check the names and spelling at Wikipedia). I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, except for the airport, when I was interviewing at Lucent in Allentown.
  5. As a teenager, I played guitar in a heavy metal band called Aftershock. I have a VHS tape of us playing at a place in Staten Island called The Rock Palace. At one point we got an awesome gig, opening up for a local band whose name escapes me, which was a big deal because it was a band with Bobby Gustafson, who had been the guitar player for a very popular thrash metal band called Overkill. We even were mentioned on some radio commercials on the local college metal station. At the last minute, we had to pull out of the gig, because our singer contracted food poisoning from some mushrooms that he ate. I recently discovered that two of my former bandmates, Chris and Emmett, are on MySpace.

OK, now how about Chris, Hsin, and Phil.

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