Thursday, May 5, 2011

"Debting to Know You"

I have a work retreat coming up in a couple of weeks. Two nights in a hotel, dinner and drinks, jeans during the day. Sounds awesome, right? Except the whole - still having to work for my clients while there part. Last year I squeezed in 1/2 day at the retreat and spent the rest working.

In any event, as part of our package of information we are required to submit "an interesting fact about you that many people may not know". The triplet thing is way played out (everyone knows) so I have to come up with something else.

To make it interesting I have imposed the following limitations: (1) it must be a fun fact that occurred during my tenure at Big Firm, (2) cannot be an "innate" items (e.g., triplet, family move to Hometown, MA in 1648) and (3) it cannot be something that happened to me (e.g., rode on a helicopter because my son broke his femur). It obviously cannot be something that people know about me (e.g., have 3 kids).

Ready...set...go!

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[Crickets]

And there you have it folks! After my job and the kids there is nothing affirmatively interesting about me. I have no hobbies to speak of or passions I explore outside the workplace. Sure, in part it is because I never know when I'll have any time, but even those nights I do get home at a decent time I watch TV and do nothing.

People are so passionate about things outside of work. I'm that passionate about my kids (and to a much lesser degree, TV) but I can't seem to find a hobby or interest spark. All hobbies sound like are more work to me - probably because I found something that is a hit on my passion meter.

So I'm going to dig in deep into my past and probably write that I was a Starbucks barista (boring!) or that I hitchhiked in the Pyrenees Mountains (purely circumstantial!).