Ok, here’s another one I’ve put off and put off and can’t anymore: following Candice’s example here, here’s my list of 100 things about me. All factoidy and such, but here it is.
- I play the Irish flute and tinwhistle.
- My family is complicated: my father is in his third marriage, my mother is in a long-term relationship that would’ve been her third.
- I have a sister and two brothers but they’re really a step-sister, step-brother and half-brother.
- My parents named me “Richard” because it didn’t have any family connections. At the hospital, my uncle Gary reminded everyone that his middle name was Richard.
- My parents and siblings and so on call me “Richard”, not “Rich”. “Rich” was just a nickname from grade school, but no-one outside my family calls me “Richard” now. It’s particularly weird that Candice’s parents call me “Rich”. They do because Candice calls me “Rich”, but they’re parents, so they should call me “Richard”. I’m really glad that I got “Rich” and not “Rick” or “Dick” though.
- My middle name is Thomas, after my father.
- I’m a non-practicing Zen Buddhist. I believe it all, I just haven’t got my practice restarted after moving to Ottawa.
- I lived in Montreal from 1994 to 2001. I don’t quite consider myself a Montrealer anymore but it’s still a huge influence.
- I moved to Ottawa in 2001 to work for a little dot-com called e-smith, which was one of the most fun jobs I’ve had. They were bought by Mitel right after I started.
- I never intended to be a system administrator. If anything I planned on being a university professor in sociology, an economist, or a social worker (policy level, not case level).
The rest are behind the cut: