Have you ever had your 10 minutes of fame?
I was in a commercial talking about the trade school I was attending.
My son is on the front page of the Quakecon convention site because he goes as Frylock every year.
I accepted a teaching job in Feixian, a city in Shandong, China with 0 foreigners. As far as they knew I was the first foreigner to live there, despite the nearly 1,000,000 population. It felt really weird taking a taxi to the super market and having people I'd never met call me by name. I guess the whole city knew about me.read more collapse
I've never sought the limelight (in real life), but I've been pushed into it a few times. I prefer to be in the background. I've chaired a track at some conferences, a couple of times, and one of the biggest reasons I quit doing it was that it it was more public attention than I cared for. I have backed out of a book contract (for which I'd wisely taken a zero dollar advance, at my insistence), when I realized that there was no way I could write it and remain anonymous. It was a technical book, so the notoriety would have been rather limited, but still more attention than I wanted. Sorry, Bill, if for some strange reason you're reading this...
I always preferred to be the second or third in the command chain. Let someone else be in front, and take all the accolades (and the criticism and complaints). I want to be @josefresno, not @dave bug (for example).
I seek the shadows, not the spotlight.read more collapse
@jylissia: I used to take that same Air Florida flight frequently, and this particular crash struck me very personally. I was in my office watching the news coverage of the rescue attempts when Mr. Skutnik suddenly emerged from the crowd and went into the water. In 30 years I've never forgotten his bravery, although he himself has insisted ever since then that he really wasn't a hero. As noted in the Washington Post in 2007: "I guess I look at it this way," he said. "I was put to the test, and I reacted."
My son's life was saved in 1989 by a woman who, while riding along a local road just after sunset one summer evening, told her husband to stop and back up, because she thought she'd seen something in the roadside drainage ditch. What she saw was my son, trapped face down in 2' of water with a 500 lb motorcycle on top of him. Each time he pushed up to get a breath of air, the bike's engine and muffler burned deeper into his shoulder and legs and he slid a little deeper into the mud.read more collapse
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