This week’s challenge is “Who was / is – the bigger nerd? A top 10 list.
I submit to you:
10. Not only did I go to band camp, I went to drum major camp.
9. Even though I knew I was not supposed to, I decided (at age 6) to lock myself in the bathroom and pick off a scab… so I could put some of my blood on a slide and look at it under my microscope.
8. I have a video of me (age 10) scoffing at the idea of being a professional pianist when I grow up. When the adult asked what I wanted to be, I replied “a scientist.” (bonus points: My paycheck now comes from doing research in neuroscience.)
7. The only personal bookmark I have on my work computer is to the New York Times’ Hard Sudoko puzzle (something to do while eating lunch).
6. I participated in SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) at home (through Berkeley) both before and after it was cool. (Or maybe I should get points for thinking it was cool at some point.)
5. I got two Bachelors of Science degrees: Pure Mathematics and Microbiology. (This implies many nerdy things, such as knowing most of the abbreviations for elements on the periodic table by heart.)
4. When cooking, I dream about how much easier doubling or halving the recipe would be in metric.
3. I got a perfect score on the math section of my SATs (and I’m not Asian).
2. I named my first pet (not shared family pet) using the random number generator function on my graphing calculator. So I had a fish named Ylem (pronounced eye-lem).
1. My senior year of high school I not only went trick-or-treating as Dana Scully, but also gave a graduation speech in which I quoted the X-files (and the UFO poster in my room) – “the truth is out there.”