A few months back a meme was floating around where, if you were tagged, would have to come-up with 7 things that people don’t know about you. One of my online buddies Matt ‘Burgo’ Burgess tagged me and I only just realised… so sorry for the long overdue response, but here goes.
1. I always wanted to learn how to play the synthesiser
My parents explained that a synthesiser was a glorified electronic keyboard, so as a kid, I started taking keyboard lessons. My keyboard teacher convinced me to upgrade to the electronic organ which I proceeded to learn for about 5 years. Throughout the years I did a few Yamaha Music and Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) exams… but I came unstuck when I reached the point that I was expected to be able to sight-read music. This is where, in an exam environment, you’re given a piece of music you’ve never seen before and are expected to play it with a reasonably high degree of accuracy and fluency. I was good at music theory, and could play ok, but I never really put much emphasis on the reading of music. Whenever I’d be given a new piece to learn, I’d carefully watch and listen to my teacher and then proceed to play the piece by ear. This trick got me through 5 years of music but to this day, I still read music like a 6-year-old reading the financial section of a newspaper.
2. My love of B-grade horror flicks
My fascination for B-grade horror flicks started when I was a kid. My older brother would rent-out horror movies (at the time they were probably A-grade, but the poor acting, plot and special effects quickly moved them into the B-grade category) and watch them late at night after everyone had gone to bed. Some of them turned-out to be a little too scary for him and he’d leave the room to do something else… at which point, I’d sneak in and watch them. They would scare the crap out of me, but I used to love it. Now, B-grade horror flicks have a very special place in my heart.
3. I can eat almost anything
When I first moved out of home, I was a uni student with a part-time job and didn’t have a lot of cash. It was important to always have enough money for alcohol and other social activities to the point where necessities (like fresh food) was often overlooked. Add the fact that I was a 20-year-old male sharing a flat with another guy, and neither of us had a great deal of experience when it came to hygienic food preparation or storage… so we ended-up combining flavours that were never meant to be together, deep-frying things that were never intended to be deep fried and eating a lot of stuff that would simply make you cringe. While the food and my stomach didn’t agree much initially, after a while, you build-up a tolerance. Now I can eat almost anything with no (or limited) repercussions when others around me are feeling nauseous from a dodgy meal. I also like to use this skill to try new foods that may not appear appetising (such as brains, frogs legs etc.)
4. Listening to multiple conversations
I have a largish family – 3 sisters and a brother (all of which are married and most have kids) and then there’s the extended family on top of that. We all get along really well and we all like to talk, so when we have family gatherings, it can be quite a noisy situation. As this has always been the case, I learnt how to tune into multiple conversations occurring at the same time. Now I’m able to participate and add my own 2c worth to 3 or 4 different discussions going on around me. I don’t know if this is normal or if everyone can do this, but a few people have been surprised that I was able to comment on things when they thought I was involved in a totally different conversation.
5. I think I might have a very mild case of OCD
They say that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is very common and something like 1 in 50 adults suffer from some form… and I’m one of them. The problem is, most of the time, I’m not aware of it. I’ll be doing something and Kristy will ask me why I’m doing that… and I honestly will have no idea and in some cases, I don’t even realise I’m doing it in the first place.
6. I see things
This probably sounds really weird, but I’ll often see things in my peripheral vision that aren’t really there and in a majority of cases, it’s bugs. For instance, I might be sitting and think I see a spider or something crawling-up the wall beside me, but when I turn to look, there’s nothing there. It doesn’t happen all the time (but enough that I’m well aware of it), and when it does happen, I contribute it to over-tiredness or too much caffeine… or maybe I’m just going nuts.
7. From a young age I always wanted to be a stand-up comedian
I used to watch a lot of comedy (still do) and always thought (as a kid) that it would be very cool to grow-up and be a stand-up comedian. When I was in fourth grade, my teacher advised me that I wasn’t quite as funny as I thought I was and suggested I put more time into my work instead of trying to be the class clown. That was the first time someone honestly told me I wasn’t particularly funny and from that day, people have been telling me the same thing ever since. Much to their dismay, I still keep telling lame jokes and making inappropriate comments in the name of humour. About a year ago I started working with a new client who I later discovered did some open-mike comedy gigs and she invited me to come along and give it a shot. I politely declined, succumbing to the fact that my jokes are probably best served around a BBQ with a few beers under my belt and not on a stage in front or a heckling crowd.
So there you have it… 7 random things about me that you may not have known about me.