“Jean’s Weblog” Anniversary

Just realized that I’ve missed my blogging anniversary.
May 8, 2003
Wow, it has been a year!

The most delightful aspect of discovering a new blog I like is to piece together someone’s story. The process is just like working on a jigsaw puzzle, where I could collect the little beautiful pieces. Together, they form a recognizable picture. The vagueness of the picture doesn’t bother me; even its incompleteness seems to be an attraction rather than a shortcoming. Because then I would come back for more!

However, I also find myself looking for ‘About’ section in a systematic manner. It is good to know a little fundamental facts of the person so I could build up an interesting enough base to start.

So here are a few facts in case anyone is interested:

1. My native language is Chinese, and you can find my Chinese weblog here.
2. Occasionally I would write the same weblog entry twice, once in Chinese, and once in English. But they almost never translated verbatim. They often ‘feel’ different, too. I don’t know why but I can’t help it.
3. Won’t blink twice before I curse in English, but I can’t bring myself to say the mildest curse words in Chinese
4. Dream in color and with massive details
5. I’m a word person. (versus being a picture person or a musical person)
6. I’m a cat person. (Dogs are cool, but cats are so much cooler)
7. My high school was a boarding school in the center of Beijing, and it was supposed to be one of the finest in China. It means we were taught some rather liberal ideas in the late 1980’s China. It was only 15 minutes away from Tian’an men square, on a bicycle.
8. Wasn’t into politics until 911.
9. Enjoy traveling and have traveled to a few popular western European countries by myself. I enjoyed traveling alone. I enjoyed being alone in general. yes, i’m anti-social.
10. I’m now living in SF with someone I love and who claims to love me as well. If Happiness is a promise, then i think we’ve gotten one.
11. Among all the cities I’ve been to, I think San Francisco is the best place to live and work. The runners up are Nice and Barcelona.
12. I graduated with an EECS (pronounced ee-ks) degree but I gave up pursuing the profession of circuit design the day I graduated. I’m doing software programming for a living. I equate debugging with working on jigsaw puzzle. So I enjoy it somewhat. I changed job in June 2005, and I’m doing a mixture of technical account management and project management now. Debated heavily whether to go back being a programmer and finally decided against it. I think i am a good programmer, but i’m far better at proj. management than programming.  So i stop fighting with my head, even though my heart might be else where.
13. Listen to NPR everyday. Ever since i started taking company shuttle to work since 2007, i haven’t been listening to NPR as much. That might change soon, fingers crossed.
14. Believe all things are balanced out at the end, you gain some and you lose some. No tragedy will last forever.
15. Love good stories well told. Love good movies well made. Then again, who doesn’t?
16. I cry frequently when watching movies, in a very non-discriminatory fashion, i.e. including those not so well made ones.
17. I say no often, but i change my mind often, as well.
18. Love Skiing with a passion. There are few things can make me happier than craning down a slope while light snow following on my face.
19. Legally allowed to operate a motorcycle. Scuba certified. Sky dived once. No, I don’t think I’m crazy. It is more a kind of “you gotta try everything at least once” curiosity.
20. Used to be a social cigar smoker. Martini, Cigar, smokey bars, and jazzy piano music seem to go together. Since I love jazz, the others were loved in the same package. In Chinese, we say, if you love the bird, you gotta love the house where the bird lives, too. (As all your Chinese speakers out there know, i got this one backward. The actual saying was “if you love the house, then you must love the bird land on the roof, too.” i like my version better. 🙂 )
21. Love musicals, and cities that love them: New York, London, Toronto…
22. Used to drink black coffee only. Drinking something warm was immense comfort to someone who had to get up at 4:30am and catch a Monday morning flight.
23. Most of my friends think i’m a city person. I start to believe it, especially after I moved to the city in March’04. [update 2008- it is confirmed, i’m definitely a city person. I can’t imagine living in the suburb again.]
24. Used to rock climb regularly, both indoors and outdoors. During the peak of my “climbing career”, i did Nutcracker Sweet in Yosemite with my climbing partner at the time. It was a classic 5.8. 5 pitches total, 600 ft of perfect granite, it took us 6 hours. It is by far the craziest thing i’ve ever done. Skydiving can’t even compare.
—end of original 2004 list—
25. My biggest asset is passion, which is contagious (i’ve been told); my biggest shortcoming is impatience, which i have been trying to tame for a few years. i have mellowed out substantially comparing to my younger days.
26. I love a good argument. I’m opinionated and judgmental. But I adore quick wit and rational thinking. Thoughtful argument, clever come back, and most importantly kindness can swing my opinion (at least i’d like to think so).
27. I love data-driven results. Show me the facts!
28. I’m intensely curious. And i’m worried someday my curiosity will get me in trouble. I prefer to think myself as a hopeless romantic. My best friend Gui thinks I’m more rational than i’d like to admit. 🙂
29. One quality in others that i admire the most, also the quality i wish i had is the ability to persuade.
30. I don’t do diet because my mom taught me, “There is no shame in gaining weight, your body put in lots of honest labor to acquire those weight, you didn’t steal them.” 🙂
31. I don’t do regret either. Move on already!

This is fun! 🙂 I think I will come back and update this post from time to time…

change log:
v1: 2004.05.25
v2: 2008.12.19