Seven things you didn’t know about me.

To show my appreciation at Julian Cole‘s efforts to jump-start my blog, here are a few things you may not have known about me.

1. I have always wanted to be a doctor.
Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper I have wanted to be a Doctor — a Pediatrician to be exact. At the age of 8 my cousin Karl and I planned opening a surgery together. My sister Shelley asked if she could join in. We told her she could be the receptionist. Two years my junior, she is now a Lawyer with a dual degree. What a chauvinist I was in my pre-teen ignorance.

New York State Map

New York State Map

2. I bicycled from NYC to Montreal.
With everything we needed strapped to our bikes, walkie talkies and a couple of maps, my girlfriend and I set off to peddle from New York to Montreal. We cycled through upstate New York, Albany, through the Adirondack Mountains, Utica, Syracuse, Woodstock, Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara, Toronto and Montreal.  (about 100km/day and roughly 1400kms in total).

3. I witnessed the twin towers fall.
For an hour or so that morning in 2001, it seemed like the residents of New York City weren’t sure what had actually happened. It wasn’t until the second plane hit and reports of others hijacked flights across the country that the hysteria really set in. Trying to make it back to an apartment in Astoria (Queens) with my girlfriend, swirls of smoke rose up the towers: in fact the first tower had just sunk into the ground. In what felt like a scene our of Independence Day (film) cars on the express way began smoking to a holt and banking-up in front of us. To avoid being gridlocked we reversed up an on-ramp — in hindsight dangerous manouvre — and muddled our way home through backstreets. We sat on the couch, scared numb, watching updates on the television until the second tower fell and all but a few of the television networks blacked-out. Thoughts running through my head at the time: Is this WW3? Should we get in the car and drive up-state?

Two items were sold out across the country for the month following — gas masks and American flags. It says quite clearly what people’s priorities were at that time, doesn’t it.

Andy Miller as Pyjama Boy

Andy Miller as Pyjama Boy

4. Winning a radio competition kick-started my career in music.
Talking to Jay and the Doctor on triple j’s Breakfast program about my adventure around the world in pyjamas, I was fortunate enough to win a return trip for two people to see the Foo Fighters play in Cardiff (with support from The Subways, Razorlight and Oasis). I didn’t wear my pyjamas for the whole time. But I thought it appropriate to fulfill my on-air promise at the gig.

5. I recently started playing the piano again.
I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old and reached Grade 7 practical piano. Since moving out of home a few years ago, I haven’t had a piano to practice. Recently Sean Rubenstein-Dunlop (a friend of mine and reporter for the ABC — recently featured on the PM program presenting a story on a new social network for sick kids) moved in and brought with him a lovely electric piano. I loosened up my fingers by learning Yann Tiersen’s “Comptine D’un Autre Ete: L’apres Midi” (Theme from Amelie) and plan to learn a couple of more of my favourites including Chopin’s Nocturne in E Flat Major and Fantasie Impromtu.

Custom Built

Custom built vintage track bike

6. Fixed gear bikes.
I love nothing more than riding my bike through the city, out to the beach or even just 100 metres from home to buy an icecream. I think I would be completely happy if all I had was my bike, white sand on a beach and a handful of friends to share it with.

7. I recently learned that you can fracture a doodle.
Read all about it. And watch the Grey’s Anatomy ‘for TV version’ here.

I’ve tagged the following people:

Nick Crocker
Scott Drummond
Ravi Vasavan
Dave Ruby Howe
Stefanie Smith
Mariam Arcilla
Megan Cullen

Here are the rules…
Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
Link to your original tagger and list these rules in your post.
Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
Let them know they’ve been tagged.