1. My father is totally tone deaf. But he luvs music and has been known to sing ‘O Sole Mio’ at the top of his lungs. From an auspicious start as a bass drum player in an elementary band, mom became a constant participant in many, many church choirs.
2. I am passionate about a lot of things and recently have returned to performance music after a 27 year hiatus. My wife joined me and also at my request we learned to play each other’s instruments. I believe that the vast population of baby boomers retiring in the coming years mean that we will have a lot of people who want to relive their glory days in hobbies and activities the did in school. And that doesn’t include tackle football.
3. My father was a Presbyterian minister and my mom, an English major, had a number of manager jobs including a stint as a director of a Child Care facility. Her fav type of question was, “I don’t know, can you?” when I didn’t use ‘may I’.
4. I met my wife in high school. She was 15 and I was 17. She sat in front of me in band and the band parties were held at her parent’s (a doctor and nurse) house. Our first date was at the band roller skating party.
5. My two kids are polar opposites. A girl and a boy, one is successful at anything attempted and the other not so much. Both are/were musicians in school. One almost majored in music education.
6. I’ve always worked. My first full-time job was in 7th grade and I’ve never not had a job. Every job was an improvement over the former. I’m now in the enviable position of doing what I luv for a company I really respect.
7. I stole a candy bar at a grocery store when I was 12. The store manager stopped me but didn’t appear to find the candy which was up my sleeve. I thought I would die and I’ve never had the urge to steal again. I often wonder what would have happened if I’d been caught and my parents told.
8. Leadership positions started early in my life. 20 years in the military honed these skills. 8 years as a manager at Microsoft further refined my skills. And recently I have returned to an individual contributor role where I manage teams virtually.
9. I took computer classes in college. I luv the science, but waiting for my deck of cards, one card for each statement, to get through the computer just to find that I’d mistyped a word took so long that I dropped out of the program after my first class.
10. I bought my first personal computer in ’81. It was a TI 99 which was a model that was being discontinued. I automated my weekly reports as a 2 lieutenant, which saved me from hand-typing (I typed 90 wpm at the time) reports that had to be letter perfect on a antique typewriter. I estimated I saved 5 to 10 hours a week and used the time to be with my platoon. I was the only officer in the Regiment doing this at that time.
11. I spent two tours of duty in Germany and my wife was with me. We traveled extensively and during the second tour I learned to ski in the Alps. I also learned to that no two schnitzels are alike and that I like German bier and Austrian rum.
12. My Bengal cat is named Thelonious aka Theo. He wrestles with our two German Sheppard dawgs and usually wins. He luvs to walk on the piano keys.
13. I use the nickname JaAG at work and in my bands because there are too many Jim’s on this blue marble. It is short for James A. Glass where Ja is the James part.
14. Years ago when I created my online persona I couldn’t get Gandalf at most sites, so I created Gandalfe using the Olde English spelling. ;o) Now when I go to new sites, Gandalfe is not usually available. Same is true with JaAG.
15. I was the chief admin on Sax on the Web (SOTW), the largest international Sax hobby forum ever, for a number of years. I left to help start up the Woodwind Forum with two other ex-Admins from SOTW. Both were/are labor of luvs with no compensation provided.
16. My wife is wicked smart. For example, if I’m trying to fix the alarm system, testing wires and connections, she can come up behind me and point to the fried circuit board that I hadn’t noticed. WTF! And she’ll notice a cat is in trouble from across the room and I’m like, “Why didn’t I see that?”
17. Where I am an artist, designing, painting, drawing, and writing my wife is a craftsman who can build furniture, sew wedding dresses, and run the band music libraries. Between the two of us, we get a lot of things accomplished. For example, she will ask me to pick colors, patterns, and art for a quilt that she wouldn’t do if I didn’t help her with these things.
18. My acquaintances rank in order of; family, music friends, work friends, and all others. The top three categories of people tend to get immediate attention. All others might not even have enough priority to get me to pick up a call. There is just too many things I want to do that I don’t waste time on people and programs I’m not invested in. I sometimes feel guilty about this.
19. We live well. Suzy sez I the luckiest guy in the world, skirting problems seemingly at abandon. I believe people make their own luck. But my Presbyterian ethic makes me feel guilty about the nice houses, beautiful music instruments and fancy cars we own. I try not to dwell on that, but in weak moments I struggle with this guilt. And I see people who are smarter or more talented than me who struggle to stay employed and housed. I don’t really get it.
20. I am an cautious optimist, left-leaning liberal, and smiling buffoon. People have asked me why I’m always happy. I think it’s a genetic thang. The question “Jim, why are you always smiling?” pisses me off.
21. My current team at work is lead by a master of non-conventional thinking. It is small, adroit, diverse, and fascinating. The reach this small team has is impressive by anyone’s standards. And for the most part we fly under the radar. Any attempts to promote what we do to other teams that are much larger is usually met by resistance. If this manager ever retired, I think I’d do the same.
22. I’d rather work than go on vacation. My work defines me. This was even more true for my father who retired from Microsoft at the age of 73. His prior jobs included working for the State Auditor Office in Iowa and working in executive positions at Sears, Pepsi, and Silor. I don’t care what anyone thinks of my work fetish, it works for me. So where many of my peers are anxious to retire, I’m not even thinking about it yet. And I can often be found at 9:30 at night working through my work in box.
23. I married a rich person. I recommend this to all my acquaintances. :)
24. I’m in three bands, a community concert band, a big band, and my own jazz xTet. My wife is in all of these bands too. Band night, where practice with two of the bands take up 3 hours, is the highlight of my week.
25. I dreaded doing one of these lists for weeks. But I loved reading many of my family and friends ‘top 25′ that I decided to give it a try. My sentences tend to be overly complex structures and not good reads. I blame that on my extensive years of writing military reports and technical documentation. I have actually worked very hard to simplify and tighten up my prose.
Allie Nash Proff Yay! This was fun to read. And you even included pics! ~ February 5, 2009 at 9:42am
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