Off-Topic Friday: Trivial Pursuit, or More About The Author

The meme bug is sweeping the real estate blogging world again. 

@ToddWaller tagged me a couple of days ago to reveal potentially embarrassing facts, after he had supposedly done so himself. I didn’t see any embarassing things on his list, but there were a bunch of interesting things that I learned about him. So in the spirit of TMI and full disclosure, here are a few mildily interesting things about me that very few people actually know:

  1. I ran for a seat in the California state house representatives in 1990. As a rookie I smoked a sitting city council member in their own city, but ultimately lost in the outlying area of my district because I didn’t have the resources to campaign there.
  2. I was admitted directly from high school into the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Michigan. I started strong with a D average in my first semester, then managed to talk my way from semester to semester without any real improvement. After three years of that they finally threw me out. 
  3. I took a two year break from college and worked at a casino as a blackjack dealer in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Along the way I met a shocking number of 21 dealers that had quit college and done the same thing – and never left. They were 45 years old and still there dealing cards. That was enough of a wake-up call to convince me to high-tail it back here to finish college.
  4. I met my wife during the second day of grad school orientation at USC. We were engaged in six weeks and got married a year later. That was 18 years ago.
  5. I graduated from USC in 1992 with an MBA with a concentration in finance, and I was one of only two graduates in the my entire MBA program that year to land a much-sought-after investment banking job upon graduation.
  6. I’ve had 12 jobs since graduating from undergraduate school. The shortest was the Investment Banking job in #5, which lasted all of 13 months before the company went under (not my fault – I SWEAR). The longest was 3.5 years at the “old” Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley, when Bill and Dave were still alive. I suppose that you could say that when it comes to jobs I have a short attention span.

And I’m sure that’s far more than you ever wanted to know about me. 

So – now it’s my turn to tag a few others to do the same.

Let’s keep things reasonably local:







It’s your turn to tell everyone a few interesting things about you.

For those following along, hit Twitter and add these folks to your Following list.  There are pearls of wisdom and the wit of kings & queens to be found amongst these folks.  Of course, there’s a lot of stuff out there where you might need a shovel……

Here are the ground rules if you would like to keep this chain letter meme going:

The rules to play are easy …
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on the blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.