25 things about me

[Via LiveJournal so I can kill two birds with one stone]

kruppenheimer  (a.k.a Linky Lisa) and Monica tagged me and since everyone’s doin’ it, here’s mine.  Facebooker’s, do one yourself, tag me and 24 other people.

  1. I am an FAA-licensed pilot.
  2. I am a professional science fiction writer (1 pro credit; associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) 
  3. I have a degree in political science, but have never worked in that field.
  4. I have worked for the same company for over 14 years–ever since graduating from college.
  5. Although I was born in 1972, I consider myself a "depression baby".
  6. I cried in front of Newton’s grave in Westminster Abbey.
  7. I’m a huge Bing Crosby fan; I know more than 200 of his songs by heart; I love his movies.
  8. My favorite actress is Grace Kelly.
  9. I’ve been interviewed on television news twice:  once on the local FOX network in Los Angeles; and again on the FOX News Network a while later.  I’ve seen the first interview, but never the second.
  10. I’ve often daydreamed of doing a walk-in audition for a movie or TV show.
  11. I always vote the straight Democratic ticket, even though rationally that’s sometime silly.
  12. I know varying amounts of Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish, Italian, Latin and Greek.
  13. I am in no way superstitious.
  14. I was once superstitious about reading the safety information card on airplanes.  I thought if I read the card, I’d be perfectly safe.  I finally stopped reading the card.  So far, so good.
  15. I never drank while in college.
  16. Everyone I know always seems more grown up, savvy and mature than I do.
  17. I’ve read Isaac Asimov’s 3-volume autobiography 14 times.
  18. I can, on rare occasion, be an intellectual snob.
  19. At work, my nickname is "Sam", after Sam Seaborn, a character from The West Wing.
  20. I am easily annoyed by people who don’t follow the rules of the road.
  21. I used to be a really anxiousperson, but have since learned to control it.
  22. I am constantly thankful for whatever chance in the universe has seen fit to provide me with so many good friends.
  23. I never learned to type touch.  I taught myself to do it and can type close to 90 words per minute, but if you watch me closely, youll see that I don’t do it quite right.
  24. I never cared about learning how to spell.  Not ever.  I still don’t.
  25. Although I’m going to be a Dad soon, I can still remember clearly back to when I was about 3 years old; and I still think of myself as a kid.  It makes this whole parenthood thing seem that much more remarkable to me

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.