I’m not talking about important things I’ve done – like work related stuff. Just cool things I have done – things that made me laugh, or made me happy because I helped.
- I once conned three of my bosses into all contributing to a local charity – “Fans Four San Antonio” (now defunct) that provided fans to the elderly (It gets hot here). We gave (literally) a truckload of fans (I gave as much as my bosses). Very cool (pardon the pun). It was filmed (but not aired) for TV. I get filmed but not aired a lot.
- I helped buy a Digital Camera for someone in India I never met – and now he is a regular reader and contributor to comments on this blog. One day, I hope he works with me. Today, he is a friend.
- When San Antonio was poised to get a new Women’s professional basketball team, the local NBC affiliate asked for suggestions for a name for the team. Our local NBA team (and three time champion!) is the San Antonio Spurs. I suggested the name of, “The San Antonio SpHERS”. The local media carried it, and had fun with it. I had a girlfriend at the time who was pissed over it. In any case, it was a cool thing – I met some amazing people because of that silly thought. It wasn’t sexist – it was funny!
- I got MSNBC (mostly with Paul’s help) to correct a description on a Soyuz launch photo.
- I saved human lives – both inside a hospital and out. As a Neonatal Respiratory Therapist I saved a lot of lives. And as someone that jumped into “shit river” in Subic Bay (common name for the drastically polluted river that ran between the Navy base and the town) to save a drunken and drowning Marine.
- 21 years ago I managed a Radio Shack in Novato, CA. The air conditioning went out. It got very hot. The company would not replace it. So I called OSHA on myself. I had a new A/C unit a week later. No regrets.
- I’ve visited 48 of the 50 US States. I would like to visit all 50 before I am 50 (Delaware and Rhode Island – look out!)
- I’ve been in 48 countries. A few of them I enjoyed.
- I didn’t just survive four hurricanes – I thrived in them – I met all of my neighbors – I had a generator, and I could make coffee – and every morning I had a group of neighbors over for a cup. They had no water, or TV, or power. But they had coffee. And I had new friends.
- I was a “roller skate cop” in Balboa Park, San Diego. I had a ticket book, even 🙂 Skateboarding wasn’t even cool then!
- I make more “friends” online than I make in person – although my best friends are people I’ve known well for a very long time). I’m somewhat shy – which people don’t believe when they meet me or read my blog.
- I gave the world’s shortest demo to a TV show called Computer Chronicles. It lasted about ten seconds. But that episode aired.
So often in life, it is these little things that make you truly happy – some of them very meaningful, some of them not. Some of them life-changing, and some of them not. But all of them added together make up who you are – and at the end of the day – at the end of your life, who you are matters mostly only to you.
So live your life to make yourself proud of what you do, and you’ll never let yourself down.