Looks like I have been tagged by the one and only Asi, which means that I have to come up with five unknown things about me. (Just found out that Clay also tagged me, which is really strange, as I was just about to tag him! Small plannershere).
Warning: I can guarantee mine will most definitely pale in comparison to Asi's, who included some wild stories about Delta Force training, and completing a triathalon.
1. Starting with a personal one: I've been with my wife Henny for roughly twenty years. We are high-school sweethearts, which sounds really corny but it's true, and it's something that I'm (quietly) quite proud of. Because there is little chance she will ever read this, I can reveal that here (shhh).
2. Having spent so much time in clubs, bars, lounges and booze cans, I've recently come to understand just how much I love freaks. Really, this was kind unknown to me, as a result of the fish-in-water syndrome: it's all I ever knew, until recently (now I have a "real" job, surrounded by, ah, normal people).
Nutty bartenders, obsessed DJs, eccentric promoters, mad music producers and remixers, insane club owners: these have all been family for most of my life, and I love them. Sometimes I think that is why I love having this weblog so much- most of you fellow weblog-geeks are obsessed, passionate freaks, really you are. Why else would you spend so much time doing this? I love meeting and connecting with all of you.
3. Illegal boozecans and after-hours parties. We used to spend a lot of time "borrowing" abandoned warehouse locations for after-hours parties. Since they were strictly word-of-mouth parties held at the very beginning of what was to eventually become a global music movement (house, R.I.P.) it will forever remain a magical part of my life. The sense of grassroots real community was very powerful, I'm glad I was a part of it.
4. When I was about 14 years old I read the Communist Manifesto. Bit odd, but here is some background: my grandfather died in a Greek prison in the late 60's, he was a member of the socialist resistance movement, fighting the Yankee-led (sorry, still in propaganda moe) military junta of 1967-1974. Since as long as I can remember, our family was always talking about philosophy, history and ideology, so in University I ended up doing a degree in Philosophy and History, focusing on Intellectual History. Studied Intellectual History and 20th Century Philosophy, and in a way, it kind of relates to what I am doing now. Sometimes I get a kick out of the vaguely lefty tone of all things 2.0, it feels that there's a bit of idealism still in the air.
5. Poker. Do not mess with me at Poker, as I will inevitably win all of your money. I play poker online, very regularly. It is the ideal combination of strategy and luck, art and science, which means on the basis of its Generalist appeal, it should be played by all planners.
Well, that was not so bad after all, good memories.
Here is who I am tagging:
John Grant - hoping he coughs up some unknown bits of info about analogue gear
our favourite Ny-Lon-er (did I get that right?) Claire Hyland.
Jon over at Living Brands, one of my faves
Someone I have to catch when I'm in London again:Faris
Leland at Whistle Through Your Comb, the man runs a great weblog