Friday, December 05, 2008


So apparently Eszter has tagged this blog, and now I have to write six random things about myself that most people don't know. Seeing that anything beats doing being in the shop when it's 8 degrees, here we go:

-I once had a huge beard and a semi-afro. Here I am looking at all the mail from colleges during my junior year of high school. No, I did not get a lot of dates.

I was, however, obviously ahead of my time, since I looked like a retro grouch even before I owned a decent biycle! Too bad about the mustache part, though...

-I am a high school dropout (I went for a little over 2 years, then quit). I actually had to take the GRE (when I was in graduate school!) to get a job at Los Alamos National Lab.

-My legal name is Justin - my nickname comes from 5th grade, when (due to a growth spurt that showed up early) I was dominating the schoolyard football league, mostly by dint of having 40 pounds on everyone else. My ego swelled to titanic proportions, causing my friends to start referring to me as "Walter Payton the Second". The name, while now shortened, has stuck.

It's worth noting that said growth spurt came to a sputtering halt shortly thereafter, and my 9th grade, I was the scrawniest beanpole you've ever seen (5'11" and 120 pounds, baby!) Joining the swim team added almost 40 pounds of muscle in under 2 years, though.

-I'm allergic to wool socks. Or, to be more accurate, every time I try to wear wool socks, my feet swell up and turn red and itch like crazy. Weirdly enough, I can wear wool pants or sweaters just fine.

-My great uncle is Robert A. Heinlein, the famous science fiction writer.

Ok, so I know this waste of time needs to spread further. I tag:
Steve G


jon again said...

Walt... I love the huge Cornell brochure behind you. I had the same one, and pored over it before deciding to go there.

In your general hirsuteness, I see shades of Sheldon. (May we all remember him and his family kindly.)

Eszter said...

Is that seriously you?

Walt said...

Yes, that is really me. I'll post some more humorous pictures next week, maybe. I was quite a hunk.

It amazes me that colleges send out that amount of junk mail. Do they still do that?

I think the reference to Sheldon Brown is a compliment. Though no longer hirsute (nice vocabulary, college boy!) I certainly still admire him and all that he stood for.

Taryn said...

holy hairiness. that is impressive.

Chris C said...

Did you just get off of Phish tour in that picture??

You looked like every other wookie I saw on tour!

zoovegroover said...

Justin...getting to know you like this makes me feel like we are an opposite sort of way. I never had hair like that; now bald, never had a growth spurt; still 5'6, never had a nick name; my name is Nick

#250 lives on in total awesomeness, BTW. Every time I throw a leg over it is like the best ride of my life! Thanks again!

steve garro said...

me? what the heck does everyone NOT know about me? help me out here & i'll comply.......gotta get you the best-ever banana bread recipie too........steve.

Anonymous said...

The martian of the all time classic's .you're blood lines are royalty