Seven things about myself

I stay up late

I like to stay up late.  But that is OK because it is expected for geeky software programmers to act like that.  It’s part of our rep.

I used to do a lot of my best programming late at night.  Now, I sometimes fall asleep in my chair and my laptop falls on my feet.  That’s not an example of my best programming.

I should be asleep now


Asleep (Photo credit: Arlette)

I like to sleep, but since I stay up late a lot, I often sleep late.

Apparently, I also sleep soundly. My dad used to sometimes resort to throwing water on me to get me out of bed when we had to leave early on holiday.

I once slept through a fire alarm at Purdue and the alarm was just right outside my dorm room. It was really loud. All the kids in my hall thought that was pretty funny. I think they nominated me to be fire warden or something.

I used to read sci-fi

Reading a book

Reading a book (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

In my youth I liked to read, especially science fiction.

I used to tick off my dad when the family went boating because I liked to crawl into the cabin of the boat and read science fiction books the whole day. But come on, anybody would rather read science fiction than water ski, right?

I have a huge science fiction paperback collection. But it is in storage because we live in a little house and I have no place to put it.

I don’t read so much anymore, because I have to wear reading glasses or stick my nose in the book.

I think science rules

Frickin' LASERs!

Frickin’ LASERs! (Photo credit: P^2 – Paul)

I like science, especially physics and Lasers.

My dad likes to tell the story of the science fair project that never happened, because I asked him to buy me a big diamond. He says I wanted to make a Laser out of it. I don’t remember that. Apparently, I felt I could build the Laser, but was unaware of the cost of a centimeter sized diamond. Go figure. I think the worlds first diamond laser wasn’t built until 2008, so I may have been way out of my league in the 70′s anyway.

The Science Channel is one of my favorite channels on my satellite dish.

I think women rule even more

I love women.  I especially love beautiful and intelligent women, but not enough to actually try to talk to them or anything.

Actually, I’m too shy to talk to all women.  It doesn’t really matter what they look like or how smart they are.  Except my mom.  I talk to her, but she is pretty hard to understand, sometimes.

As I get older I have found that I see beauty in more places.  Things like wrinkles that tell me someone laughs or smiles a lot, for example.  That’s beautiful.

I knew a girl once that told me that all men are pond scum.  I think I know what she meant, but it was a little unfair to the pond scum of the world.

I am alone, unless I’m with someone else

If we had computers and the internet when I was a teenager, I would have never left my room.  Probably, it wouldn’t have made much difference in my life, though.  I’m alone in my room right now, after all.

I am antisocial unless I am alone in which case I just don’t care one way or the other

House M.D.

House M.D. (Photo credit: magyaatt)

I am by nature antisocial.  I don’t like crowds or parties or social events.

I don’t like talking on the phone. I also don’t like listening to answering machines. I keep my answering machine at work full, so that no one can leave me messages on it.

Don’t get me wrong, I like people. I just wish they all lived on some other planet or something. I mean this little planet is getting crowded, don’t you think?

I suppose doctors consider that a disorder.  Sometimes, I think doctors are a disorder.  So, I guess we are even.  Except Doctor House on TV.  I like him.

  1. #1 by Gigi wanders on October 12, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    I agree with a lot of how you describe yourself here.
    Wonderfully written. Sly humor.

    • #2 by RKHouse on October 13, 2012 - 10:35 am

      Thank you. I enjoy humor a lot. I really enjoyed answering this “seven things about myself”. I’m not sure why I don’t put more humor in my poems. I seem to be inspired to write by other things, I guess.

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