Seven random things about me
1). I have extremely quick reflexes, I can usually catch things that tumble off of tables without even having a good line of sight on them. Gnome is faster at air hockey though.
2). I run like a cat. The bottoms of my running shoes after 500 miles have hardly any wear on the soles, even though I run everyday on concrete.
3). I believe in miracles. I've walked away from a 60 mph crash on Interstate 40 in North Carolina vs. concrete. No one in the car was wearing seatbelts. My namesake, my would-have-been uncle, drowned in the Merced River near Yosemite when he was 13 and I've always thought he's always looked out after our family (my other uncle routinely piloted American Airlines' Flight 11 from Boston to LAX but didn't happen to be flying on Sept. 11). My parents made sure I was a really fucking strong swimmer.
4). Every time I face the Pacific (whether from Cali or the Far East), I always put my hands in the ocean.
5). Every time I board a plane I touch the rivets and the outer skin as when Geordi La Forge and Data inspected the warp drive ship in Star Trek: First Contact.
6). I have an unbroken streak of trips in Europe where someone at some point in the trip stops me and asks for directions.
7). One of my favorite images ever was looking out the window at a Japan Airlines pilot inspecting his Boeing 747 before taking we took the all-night flight from Narita to LAX. It demonstrated to me a dedication to his craft, a relationship between human and flying machine.