Been tagged and I am late

My good friend Gregg Sporar tagged me about 2 weeks ago.

So, why so late in responding to the tag ? (And it has been ages since I have had a blog entry :-( )

I have been chasing down a very nasty race condition bug that would not rear its head in a debugger or with any amount of instrumentation added to the code. And, it would only occur with at least 20 or more threads, (under heavy load). Yesterday I finally got it isolated and fixed. So, now is a good time to respond to Gregg's tag.

Here is five things many people do not know about me:

1.) I am child #12 in a family that has 13 kids. :-0 That's right! I have 6 brothers and 6 sisters.

2.) I graduated from high school with 43 other students.

3.) When I went to college, (I went to college at Iowa State), I was accepted there "conditionally". In other words, Iowa State put me on acedemic probation before I started my first semester. That's because my high school class ranking was 29 out of 44 and my ACT score was not high enough to get automatically accepted. But, the rest of the story is ... at Iowa State I graduate 2nd in my class with honors and distinction. Quite a change, huh?

4.) I have one boy that is 21 and a senior in college, (guess where? why of course Iowa State!). And, I have another boy that just turned 13 months. That's not a typo, I said 13 months.

5.) Outside of work, I have a rather "interesting" hobby. Many folks who read this blog may not know or understand what it is ... it is called "tractor pulling". I have a tractor that I take to competitions all over the midwest (US). If you don't understand what tractor pulling is about, you compete against others with their tractors to see who can pull the most weight down a 300 foot (~100 meter) track. Whoever can pull it the furthest is declared the winner. The tractor I have can from the factory with about 70 horsepower. After I made a few modifications, it now makes about 1500 horsepower! Perhaps you can understand my interest in performance? Why a tractor? I grew up on a farm and always enjoyed being around tractors. I also enjoyed the task of rebuilding the engines, (we had old used tractors).

There you have it ... five things few people know about me.

Now I'd like to hear 5 things about Brian Doherty, Dave Dagastine, Scott Oaks, Jeanfrancois Arcand and Ken Cavanaugh.

Comments:

tractor pulling
what else would a good iowa boy on the weekends ;-)

Posted by James Dickens on January 21, 2007 at 01:47 AM CST #

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