Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Quick Sketch Biography of True Jersey Girl

One of my awesome twitterfriends, Chris Brogan, has the best way of communicating and starting conversations. He poses questions, short and sweet and thought-provoking, on twitter and we all think and respond and dialogue about them. Now he's taken it up a notch and asked us to do a Quick Sketch Biography. Now, Im fairly sure mine is going to be less-serious and less-techy than anyone else who answers, but its my biography and that's who I am. Its a great little exercise. So here's me, quickly, based on Chris's prompts:

The thing most people know me for is: being a little crazy and being able to have a good time no matter what else is going on.

The people I associate the most with are: people who also make having a good time a priority and who are good people despite their sarcasm and angst.

People who have influenced my life are: my parents. They raised me to think for myself, to speak my mind, to be strong and independent, to stand up for what I believe and to be able to take care of myself. They raised me to care about and be sensitive to other people (ok, so I struggle with that one sometimes). They taught me patience, mostly by displaying such undying patience with me as a rebellious and unruly teenager and continuing to show patience with me as a rebellious and just slightly less unruly adult. They taught me to love learning and reading and writing and traveling and being an active part of the world. Thanks mom and dad <3

One challenge I took on and overcame was: becoming a good mom, despite my mostly non-maternal instincts, my innate selfishness, and my “the-world-revolves-around-me” attitude.

My early years, before you probably got to know me were: wild and insane and a blur and definitely the best of my life.

You might not know this, but: I devour all the political shows on Sunday mornings, watch the cable news channels every night, and read the Sunday paper (nearly) cover to cover because I love knowing what is going on in politics and the world, even though it infuriates me.

I’m passionate about: my daughter, my family and friends, traveling, margaritas, and good music.

In the next year or two, I hope to: be promoted to Director, go to Oktoberfest in Germany and maybe back to New Orleans or Vegas, take my daughter to her first concert, and get one of those Sharper Image massage chairs.


annie said...

I'm with you on the massage chair! Nice tribute to your parents, too.

Linda said...

I stopped by yet again from Captain Picard's Journal just to see what was up in New Jersey!

I loved what you wrote about your parents, it seems that they certainly did a good job of raising you and I'm sure they're proud.

Out of curiosity, what concert are you hoping to take your daughter to for her first? The first one I took Amanda to was Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which was fantastic. With my youngest daughter coming out soon, I'm hoping to take her to see Staind in July, which would be her first concert. Then there will be Projekt Revolution in August for Amanda and I (with any luck!).

Chris Brogan said...

Your life is yours, and a true value. I'm really excited to have read your sketch bio, and I'm really happy to see your love of family. See? You could've answered all snarky, but you went for it.

Very great work.

Kathleen said...

I learned those things from the Former Father, but he used fear and intimidation to teach and that's not really the best way to go about it, I don't think. I'm always jealous of other people's relationships with their fathers, since mine's a #1 schmuck.

Frederick said...

You really don't have to be a geek to be cool. But wearing Chucks makes you a "shoe in"! :-)
Awesome write up!
I hope you get to go to Germany. I went on a month long trip to Europe about 14 years ago, and visiting my ancestral homeland of Germany was way, way cool.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's siuch an interesting biography. I wouldn't have thought you'd bother with a lot of political stuff.

thephoenixnyc said...

Wow, I know you better than I know myself.

I better talk to my therapist about that.

soapbox.SUPERSTAR said...

Good Answers!

I am going to Helen, Georgia for Oktoberfest this year - a bunch of girls are going for a girl's weekend - it will probably be a lot of fun! Apparently Oktoberfest is a HUGE deal there.

Kaiden's first concert was 311 with the Wailers - she loved it and danced on the lawn all night long.

P.S. I put a new album up in my currently section - go snag it if you do not already have it.

Bob-kat said...

Neat Biography and some great answers there. You come over as a great mix of fun and love for your family adn friends.

Markbnj said...

Two comments and a request:

request: on your blog, could you turn "RSS feeds" on? in the settings area??
I am using something called netvives(.com) as a news aggragator, and I can't read you without that being on.

RE: Concerts.

My wife and I (college sweethearts)
always believed in waiting on line for the best tickets.

My daughter (now 22) was taken to her first concert in 1989 at 5/6
no memory, and denies the stones concert in Queens.

Her second major concert was Billy Joel, and Elton John. She denied it, because she said Elton John sucked.

Her third (and last major concert with us) was 2/3 yrs ago when we bought 4 tickets for her and her younger brother too, to go see

and what does she, who loves bon jovi say?

It didn't count because I was running a fever of 102, (and we StiLL took her, what terrible parents!) was sniffling all night and she fell asleep during the concert.

So, when her boyfriend took her to see a hot group in Virginia 2 months ago, she claims it was her FIRST concert ever.

And that really frustrated and made me angry.
But... I'm a dad.. I got over it!


Jean-Luc Picard said...

My 100th TWQ is on now. I hope you have your dinner guest selection.

Charlie Mc said...

hey stranger! :)