Sunday, May 21, 2006

50 Things Redux

I have been working on the second 50 things about me lately, but for continuity I thought I'd repost the first 50. This will also buy me a little time while I work on the poker blogger questionnaire developed by tripjax, which has made for some thoughtful and humorous posts across the poker blogisphere.

The first "about me" post I came across was on Boy Genius' blog. And I noticed that Pauly had also logged in with one. In an effort to prove that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, while also demonstrating that I have no original ideas of my own, I made a similar post in my old blog. Many bloggers do a list of 100 things. This was my first 50. I suspect the next 50 will be more uninteresting, more damning, or both.

1. I have one tattoo.

2. I managed both the men's swimming and wrestling teams in college. George Stephanopoulos was on the wrestling team that I managed. He spent the better part of the year on the bench.

3. I have a chapter published in a book entitled Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View.

4. I am eligible for Irish citizenship, although I wasn't born there.

5. I have three piercings; all relegated to the ears, as anything else seemed like a really bad accident waiting to happen.

6. Yes. They are real.

7. I got my undergraduate degree in engineering, motivated in part by the fact it only required one English course.

8. I have been an "unnamed source" in Barron's

9. I was part of an expert witness team that secured over $100 million settlement for a telecommunications patent holder.

10. I used to play keyboards in bands named "Guido and the Scum Puppies" and "Rosetta Stone: A Legend Written in Rock."

11. I once spent a night in an Athens whorehouse.

12. I am obsessed with titles. I can't write an article without spending an inordinately long time coming up with a title first. If I ever write a book, it will be a book of just titles.

13. The title for my memoirs (which I will never write) is currently, Poker Dreams and ARIMA Nightmares. The focus of the work would be how I used my poker obsession to forestall completing my Ph.D. dissertation. I am still not wholly satisfied with the title and may spend the next year coming up with a new one.

14. On a really humid day, I can get my hair to look like a brunette Marge Simpson.

15. I once had a decent ass. But after spending a month writing in the mountains of New Mexico, I came home without it, and haven't seen it since.

16. I am mildly dyslexic and can not spell.

17. I am not supposed to drink beer anymore, as apparently Celiac disease was the underlying cause of my asslessness. When I cheat, I am an amber girl.

18. I have really small hands. My ring finger is just under a size 3.75.

19. I have really small feet. I had to buy my last pair of hiking boots in the kid's section.

20. I buy most of my clothes at second hand stores.

21. A google search for me can sometimes identify links to fetish sites because I once wrote an article called Poker Voyeurism and wrote another article where I mentioned golden showers.

22. I once sold a car to an illegal immigrant from Venezuela named Ivan for $1. It was the best offer I could get. The car I drive now is 12 years old and I think it has a few good years left.

23. The drummer from Tesla once peed at my house.

24. I wrote and instructed investment courses for online investment sites. The singer for the band Spoon was one of my editors.

25. I once told a guy he looked familiar. He was the mayor of Austin. His staff nearly peed themselves laughing.

26. I was a road manager for a band for two weeks once, just to get a free trip to Paris.

27. I got my high school letter in golf, and haven't golfed since.

28. I was once interviewed by FOX Memphis after I had consumed 7 cranberry and vodkas.

29. I can call the bubble before a tournament and deliver like Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield.

30. I am quoted in Tales from the Tiltboys.

31. Diane Swonk, the former chief economist for Bank One and financial talking head, publicly called me an idiot for investing in gold. I made 45% on my investment. At the same meeting, Swonk claimed the US economy wasn't in a recession, with the catchy phrase, "I've seen a recession, baby, and this ain't it." It turns out that at the moment she uttered that phrase, the economy was in recession.

32. I once had a job evaluation where under "strengths" my boss had written "Amy is willing to call napalm in on her own location if it means taking out the enemy." He told me later that it was the highest compliment he ever paid anyone.

33. I have served on the Board of Directors of the SIMS Foundation, a non-profit organization providing low-cost mental health services to Austin musicians.

34. I have served on the Board of Trustees of the Society of Women Engineers, entrusted with managing over $5 million of their trust fund investments.

35. I had one internet stalker with a confirmed psychiatric history.

36. I don't believe in the natural rate of unemployment.

37. I forget to eat during poker tournaments, sometimes for days at a time.

38. My father's golf foursome had at least two members that belonged to the communist party.

39. My maternal grandfather was a member of the Sinn Fein

40. I am not a social conservative. This would have been a near genetic impossibility as no recessive gene for it has been seen in my family for generations.

41. I tend to be a fiscal conservative. This translates to both economic policy and personal practice.

42. I think that The Simpsons and South Park are brilliant commentaries on American culture.

43. I smoke, drink and cuss (I quit smoking once for 10 years). I told my kindergarten teacher to put her ass in a sling. I had no idea what that meant, but it got the desired effect. I was hooked after that.

44. For the first two years I played poker, I had a reoccurring dream. It was nothing but poker hands. No plot. No opponents. Just hands and boards. Hundreds of them each night.

45. My favorite place to hang out in Austin is Chuy's on North Lamar. Good cheap tex-mex and frozen margs with salt to die for. (The Chuy's downtown was where the Bush twins were busted for underage drinking)

46. I was once stopped by four policemen on bicycles. It was St Patty's day at 2:00am. I was wearing a green felt hat with a feather. I was also driving the wrong way down a one way street (I was aware of this, but I thought no one was looking). When they pulled me over, I thought I was toast. But they just wanted to remove the barricade I was dragging from my car.…oops. Once disengaged they let me on my way. Austin is my kind of town.

47. My favorite pizza is from D D's in Poughkeepsie NY where I once lived. Years after I moved, I saw a guy at an IBM location in Austin who looked familiar. It turned out it was my D D's pizza delivery guy.

48. A sausage egg McMuffin is about the only fast food I will eat. And to me it is as close to perfection as breakfast gets.

49. I read a wide range of books. But I have had to limit my fiction reading as some books, while brilliantly written, haunt me for long periods of time. Three books that still haunt me are Kamala Markadaya's Nectar in a Sieve, Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods, and Keri Hume's The Bone People.

50. I don't care if something is good or bad as much as I care that it is fair.


Blogger TripJax said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this one...nice job...

8:56 AM  
Blogger BJ Nemeth said...

Fascinating stuff, Amy! I would say I knew more of these than most people, but a few were still out of left field for me. :)

I've never thought I would be the type of person to write something like this (I first read Pauly's about a year ago), but now that I am officially a blogger, I might have to buckle down and do it.

Of course, when I post mine, Amy will say, "Knew that, knew that, knew that, he's lying about that, knew that, knew that ... what the fuck is THAT?"

11:46 AM  
Blogger Slimeface said...

Interesting 50. I'll have to check out Chuy's. I love Austin.

12:30 PM  
Blogger run 'em twice said...

" while also demonstrating that I have no original ideas of my own,"

LOL what are they? original? huh?


2:01 PM  
Blogger iamhoff said...

Great post. Nice for us newer readers to get to know you. And amen on the Sausage McMuffin. 2 for $2.50. Pure evil, but in a good way.

11:09 AM  
Blogger PokerShrink said...

What! No 51! This must be suppressed libido.

5:05 PM  
Blogger KGBlovesOreos said...

sexy tattoo...

i'm gonna steal your "50 things about myself" idea and putt it up in my blog... only, i wont sound as clever as you... i wont sound as smart as you... and i wont seem as interesting as you... i mean, seriously, you've had a stalker! thats when you know you've made it... hehe... keep up the good work...

7:51 AM  
Blogger Drizztdj said...

No McGriddle!?!?!?

12:56 PM  
Blogger Schizohedron said...

"Amy is willing to call napalm in on her own location if it means taking out the enemy."

I would love to see this on one of my job reviews, but I would kill to have been clever enough to come up with this. So I envy both you and your boss.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Aanoosh said...

DD's is an awesome pizza place. When I matriculated at Vassar, I spent way too many nights eating pizzas from this shop. In fact, whenever I'm anywhere near Po'Town, I stop by for a pie. Heaven.

6:05 PM  
Blogger stelios the big easy guy said...

911 was an inside job. Bush and Silverstein did it themselves.
**TRUTH** and the same goes for 7/7 5 scrubs season

6:41 PM  

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