I’ve always loved Hugh Gallagher’s college essay in response to the question “Are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realised, that have helped to define you as a person? ” So, I had a little fun creating my own.
My experience is diverse, ranging from a lowly media relations lackey in sports, to a slightly less low lackey in video games. It wasn’t until my days as a Purdue Boilermaker began that I realized I bleed gold and black. On a 49ers game day, my aura is maroon and gold. I have been in a 7.0 earthquake. I’ve been told that I’m faster than a speeding bullet. I’ve interviewed Indy car driver Lyn St. James and stood eye to eye with Wayne Gretzky. I can read “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” in one day with enough time to catch the 6:00 p.m. showing of Jeopardy. When E.T. phoned home, I let him borrow my smart phone. In my spare time, I have been known to leap three tall buildings in a single bound. I can do the Tango. I am one with nature, and, like Doctor Doolittle, I can talk to the animals. I have a spotless traffic record (okay, so I made that one up). I once traveled from San Francisco to New York City by big wheel without a single change of tires. I can walk and chew gum at the same time, AND I can pat my head and rub my tummy while playing “Chopsticks” on the piano with my toes. I love laughing. I love people. I was once a snake charmer. Snickers don’t satisfy me, but climbing Kilimanjaro will.