5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I normally don’t participate in online tags but being that I’ve known LatinoPundit before I started blogging (on forums), that my friend Oso is also encouraging this particular tag, and since it is consistent with my new years resolution to blog more about my experiences, I decided to give in this time. The topic is, list 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me. So here is my list,

1. As a teenager, in a 14 month period, I lived with 7 different people/families.

2. In college, I and a German were the only ones to get a 100% on our Physics I final. In Physics II, I and the same German were the only ones in the classroom who did so well on a test that we didn’t have to take a make up test.

3. When I graduated from college I was second in my class, the guy who beat me, a Vietnamese immigrant, was valedictorian and also got hired at the same company I work for. Over the years we have gotten closer in friendship. We have shared an apartment, worked in the same dept, shared the same office, attended the same graduate school, and for the last 2+ years, he has been my classmate in almost all of the classes I have taken at UCSD. Nobody has taught me more about study habits, the joy of learning, and the lack of educational opportunities in other countries than he.

4. Like LatinoPundit, I am a habitual speeder. I have gone to countless traffic school classes (though now I know how to cheat it) and even attended level II traffic school (12 hours instead of 8 ). I’ve received several speeding tickets in one year and have gotten one for going over 100 mph. My latest on this was in November when I took a trip to Phoenix, I got pulled over three times for speeding on the way, though luckily for me, I was able to talk my way out of the last two. This is not something I am proud of and am working on improving in the future.

5. I’ve worked for the carnival. Yep, it’s true, I am a carnie. When I was 15 years old I got kicked out of Junior High for fighting and instead of going back to school the next semester, I decided to work with my older brother who, at the time, was a truck driver hauling the rides from Butlers carnival. It was only a three month job, and I really only worked the last month of it, but it was a learning experience (I was also shocked to learn that many of the carnival workers are night time cocaine addicts, it was as if I never left Compton). In that time I got to see much of California – the northern farmland was a culture shock to someone who grew up in the city, Oregon, Washington (did you know they have Mexicans in Yakima Washington?), Idaho, and Arizona.

That is definitely more than five, but it was hard for me to give them without some context.

10 Responses to “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me”

  1. Fernando says:

    If you keep on speeding? then maybe one day I will hear about you landing in a chair, and I can promise you that it is no picnic.

    Out of the 17 people injured at the same time I was “and we all did our rehab together, and have kept in close contact with each other” THERE IS ONLY 3 OF MY GROUP LEFT.

    So could you, and latinopundit keep your speed at the speed limit, and wear your seat belts.

  2. cad says:

    Interesting, I especially like number 5, I would have never guessed! I bet you learned a lot during that time. There’s no better teacher then the world surrounding you.

    I would like to know how you beat the system as I do have a class to take for a ticket I received. It wasn’t for speeding though; it was for stopping at a stop sign for 2 seconds not 3-5. Argh! Any tips are welcomed! 😉

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  5. oso says:

    WTF!!! You worked in a carnival??? No wonder you like white people so much.

  6. I don’t know what I’d do if I received multiple tickets – I guess I’ve been lucky. I give you an A for your continued speeding effort though! 🙂

  7. Gustavo says:

    Hey what do they put in the corndogs?

  8. cindylu says:

    I suck at carnival games. I was really surprised by that one… talk about left field er, right field.

    So where was the context for number one? Huh…

  9. I was such a loving kid that everybody wanted to have a piece of…well, not really, but that’s what I like to think of it as. 😉

  10. I knew it!…no wonder they were always trying to huslte gente for their feria!….lol

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