Seven Things You May Not Know About Me

I got tagged by Dave Townsend. I like this meme: I think it’s important for people in the online world to know about the other people they see and work with, so that we’re not so one-dimensional.


  1. Link back to your original tagger and list the rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself.
  3. Tag some (seven?) people by leaving names and links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

Seven Things

  1. For five years I was a full-time organist and choir director at St. Patrick’s church in Washington, D.C. If you look through the archives of this blog you can see some old posts that are related to my former profession. I switched careers mainly for financial reasons, and eventually I hope to switch back.
  2. Other than a fourth-grade typing class, I have never had any formal education in computers or programming.
  3. I am the oldest of seven siblings. My youngest sister is 20 years younger than I.
  4. I met my wife at the Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo Park, Maryland.
  5. My wife and I have five children, with another on the way in April. I have posted a birth announcement for each on this blog:
    1. Ellie
    2. Claire
    3. Abigail
    4. Micah
    5. Madeleine
  6. I am a published composer, including a tune for a hymn that my parish commissioned to honor St. Thomas More. See Sacred Music Vol. 129 No. 1.
  7. I was home-schooled.


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  1. Mark Finkle’s Weblog » 7 Things Says:

    […] myself enough and that is probably true. But then, who in their right mind wants to know about me? Benjamin thinks it’s important for people to know I’m not so one […]

  2. nossralf Says:

    Yay, best tags yet. I expect to read “when I was 11 I built a space shuttle from rubber bands and candy corn” at least twice.

  3. Preed Says:

    Given 1 and 2, I’m surprised the story of “How I got involved in Mozilla” isn’t in the list :-)

    Have you told that story somewhere? Would love to read it…

  4. Use Tables! » Blog Archive » Zeven zonderlinge zaken Says:

    […] it). By the laws of the internet (and to make myself and my relationships to others “less one-dimensional“) I had better comply, […]

  5. John’s Blog » Blog Archive » 7 things Says:

    […] here goes. Was trying to ignore it, but now can’t escape. Was persuaded by the words of Benjamin, who pointed out that in an increasingly online world, it’s more important than ever to try […]

  6. deb Says:

    FWIW that’s pretty much why I did the seven things, er, thing. I realized that it was actually a bit of a community-building exercise — we spend so much time working on things but rarely ever really just hang out and chat and learn more about each other.

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  9. Ted’s Mozilla Blog » Blog Archive » 7 things Says:

    […] know the rules, so I’m going to skip them. I’ve been tagged three times already (Dave, Benjamin, and Tomcat), so I guess it’s time to […]

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