8 Random Things You Never Really Knew About Me

David Dalka from Chicago tagged me in a relatively recent meme, and although I’ve already answered this question once before, I decided that I’d do David a favor and oblige. ;)

It took me a good deal of time to find eight things that people don’t really know about me, but I think I have it…

  1. When I was young, my mother always said I was going to be a lawyer. I guess I always had a disposition for playing devil’s advocate (or fighting for something I firmly believed in). I still do try to make strong arguments, but I’m not an attorney. The closest thing to that was being a private investigator post-college.
  2. I used to read books. A lot. Then, at age 12, I got my own computer. Reading was put on the back burner for about 14 years. I only started picking up books again recently after a close friend suggested that I read some good books.
  3. If it’s not obvious, I’m a computer geek and proud of it. My family’s first computer, which we received when I was 7, was an Apple IIgs. Just a few years later, I was playing with my personal IBM PS/1 386 and discovered the Internets. One summer, the modem fried due to lightning from a thunderstorm. It took 3 months for the distributor to replace the modem. That’s what happened when you bought computers from the store back then. Since then, I went with a combination of Dell desktops/laptops and desktops that I built myself. Life is easier when you have a solid warranty and/or are in control of your hardware.
  4. I actually spent 8 summers away from computers as a kid. Each of these summers lasted between 6-8 weeks. I went to a sports camp in the middle of the country (Catskill Mountains, New York State) for six of those summers, and I went abroad and on a college summer program for the other two. I have to admit that I didn’t really miss the computer at all back then, and I particularly welcomed the countryside and the serenity it brings. But much has changed in the last 10 years. I don’t think I could do it again.
  5. For the record, I’m 26 years old. However, for whatever reason, people think I’m much younger. I think they’re really discriminating against my height (I’m 5’1″). Last week, I went to a club for the first time in years and got carded … except I didn’t have my ID on me. I was at a convention and had to take a cab back to the hotel just to prove myself worthy of entrance to this club, even though I wasn’t planning on drinking anything anyway. On a similar note, when I was 19, I got carded (?!) for a PG-13 movie. I don’t get it.
  6. I am a huge fan of entertainment: music, TV, and movies, but I still haven’t seen any of the following: the Godfather trilogy, Indiana Jones, Scarface, Pulp Fiction, and a bunch of other movies I know I must watch (yeah, you don’t have to rub it in). I own the DVDs for all of these, though, but most of them are still in shrink wrap.
  7. When I was in college, I had this strong desire to collect Garbage Pail Kids. I then realized I had no need for them. I ended up selling a bunch of them in sets on eBay, but I got lazy, as I used to get weird stares in the college mail room for bringing baseball-card sized boxes to be shipped everyday. I still have lots more, so if anyone is interested in taking them off my hands, give me a shout and a few bucks. ;)
  8. I used to be a huge forums participant in a variety of tech forums, particularly AnandTech. I occasionally drop in (but not so much anymore), since I’m happily blogging (and reading books) instead. However, my claim to fame is that on AnandTech, I have over 10,000 posts, which puts me in the category of “Lifer.”

That’s all. I’m not tagging anyone else because I know I won’t hear the end of it. :D

Tamar Weinberg is a hustler and juggler. She is the VP of Marketing at Ruxly Creative, a creative marketing agency. She's the Director of Sales at Internet Marketing Ninjas, a 100+ employee search engine marketing agency located in upstate New York. She also rocks global sales at financial media publication Wall St. Cheat Sheet. Finally, she is the Chief Strategy Officer of Small Business Trends. Oh wait, and she's also the community manager at Namecheap. Yeah, like a boss.