It’s my birthday! Yay! I have been doing some reflecting back on my past 33 years (as one is wont to do on their birthday) and seeing as how my vacation-addled brain isn’t quite ready to produce a more substantial post I’ve written them down to share with you:
1. I’ve played Rock Band with Wil Wheaton
2. I’ve used the shuttle simulator used to train astronauts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
3. My first comic book was Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that my mom picked up because it looked like it was “up my alley”.
4. My Sweet 16 birthday party was Batman Themed.
5. I was Spider-Woman for my second Halloween
6. My 5th birthday party was PacMan themed.
7. My dad used to use me as a ringer in Tetris tournaments he’d set up with my uncles.
8. When I was in kindergarten my dad came to career day and showed my class how to program in LOGO, I was super excited to show my classmates how to draw a triangle.
9. My paternal grandfather was an early computer science graduate and helped create the network for Master Charge. It’s now Master Card, and it was one of the first national (not store based) credit cards.
10. The only video game I’ve ever been able to beat is Mortal Kombat 3, using Sonya.
11. I was able to read at age 2, thanks to parents who indulged my love of books by reading to me all the time.
12. My favorite Star Trek Captain is Picard. My favorite Doctor is the EMH.
13. I collect vintage and antique buttons (the kind to fasten clothes).
14. I used to have a huge crush on Jerry O’Connell from “My Secret Identity”
15. In 8th grade I won 3rd place in a state oratory competition on the topic of “The Voyages of Columbus” I wrote about how Columbus was just lucky to land on North America and then subjugated the native peoples. According to my coach I probably would have done better if I would have better considered the audience…the competition was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
16. My kids’ both have comic book connections to their names. It wasn’t the first priority in choosing their names, but we made sure they had some connection.
17. I still see the same ophthalmologist I’ve seen since birth. At 3,000 miles away I’m his most far-flung patient.
18. For our fifth anniversary Super-Dad bought me Uncanny X-Men #100 and #101, the first appearance of the Phoenix.
19. I have an original drawing of Hellboy by Mike Mignola. It’s pink. I asked him to do it as part of a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Walk I was doing. I loved it so much that I bought it myself.
20. I never had a teddy bear as a small child, opting instead for the stuffed Phillie Phanatic my dad bought me shortly after my birth.
21. Felicia Day once complimented my bee necklace, which is comprised of a pewter sculptural button from the Victorian Era.
22. I have worn glasses since I was 18 months old. Glasses for babies weren’t common in the late 70’d/early 80’s so mine were custom constructed by Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
23. I am a huge fan of Sesame Street and own a real Big Bird Feather.
24. I have a custom recorded ringtone of Mr. T telling me he is disappointed in me.
25. I have just completed my first year of piano lessons.
26. I didn’t get a driver’s license until I was 29 years old.
27. My first concert ever was New Kids on the Block opening for Tiffany. My most recent concert was Jonathan Coulton opening for They Might Be Giants.
28. I love the Olympics and consider it a highlight of my life that I got to sit outside in the rain in 33 degree weather to stare at a fog covered mountain for the 2010 Winter Games in BC.
29. I am the oldest of six children, my youngest sibling is 18 years younger than I am, only 3 years older than my son, her nephew.
30. Super-Dad and I met while working at RKCNDY an iconic (though now defunct) all-ages Seattle concert venue. It was a Modest Mouse show.
31. I almost died at age 19 from a Kidney Stone.
32. Having lived in Seattle for 15 years, I still can’t say “water” without a heavy Philadelphia accent (“wooder”).
33. I will have smores instead of a birthday cake tonight.