Eight Random Facts About Nick Hodge

Nick at Godley Head, Christchurch 

Following an old meme Stilgherrian and fellow Munge Brother, Uncle Dave Wallace dredged up and tagged me, and Frank Arrigo: god bless his Saint Kilda socks also tagged me. So here’s eight random facts about me.

The rules:

  1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  2. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
  3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
  1. I have a penchant for Carry On… movies. The UK of 1950s through to the mid 1970s fascinates me. A country rebuilding itself without Empire, pre-European Union and Mrs Thatcher. The Carry On movies reflect many of the weirdness of the time. Oh, and I also like musicals from the same era.
  2. Born in NSW as a Royal Australian Navy “brat”, I recall listening to planes and helicopters and accepted this existence as normal for all kids. Abruptly moved to country South Australia to live on a farm; lived in a boarding school in Adelaide. After working and finding my soul mate in Adelaide all in 9 years; I moved back to NSW. Been in NSW for nearly 13 years.  Life is circular.
  3. After wearing braces my teeth for 18 months, and losing count how many baby teeth were manually removed: now dentists can work on my teeth unaided by anaesthetics. Congenitally missing a lower molar and do not have any wisdom teeth. My facial nerves are pretty well hosed. However, since Bell’s Palsy I cannot open my mouth wide as it locks up. Yawning is painful.
  4. One of my encounters with Crowded House: In Light Square, Adelaide buying tickets to one of their first, very small concerts. As my friends and I were leaving, the three Crowdies were approaching the club for a sound check. I said “Hello Mark” to Nick Seymour. Paul Hester asked if I had met “Tim Finn?” (as he was looking at Neil). Laughs all around. I felt like such a doofus. (BTW: if you are not getting the humour in this, you are not a Finnatic and I weep for you)
    Update: I was sitting across from Mark Seymour in a Qantas Club in Brisbane. I gathered up the courage to tell him the story here. He LOL’d and thought that it was a funny story. Circle closed 
  5. In January 1993, I went to Macworld San Francisco. My first (well, I did go to the Seybold Conference in 1989 when John Warnock blinked in the font-format wars: and this was on our honeymoon)  Macworld where I connected with Dave Winer. He was showing Frontier off in a room in the Marriott rather than a full stand on the show floor. Here I met Dave, Doug Baron (and Julie) and saw Utah – a UI builder for Frontier that sorta kinda shipped. I may have been one of the alpha testers for a while, too. 3 years later whilst at Apple I created a content management system in Frontier for the Fairfax 1996 Olympics website. Good days, good days.
  6. I dropped out of the South Australian Institute of Technology studying Accounting after about a month of studies. Epic fail. Thankfully, I managed to work hard and complete a higher education journey by completing an MBA. It only took me 10 years. Now I am fully qualified to do what I don’t want to do again. Strange.
  7. After a bad reaction to beer, I haven’t had alcohol since June 2002. Well, apart from a small slip on the back of a pickup truck in Mexico in 2005. Real Mexican tequila tastes excellent. Tequila just may be my weakness.
  8. After leaving school, I was part of a band called Stranger than Fiction. After dropping out of Accounting (See #6 above), I decided that learning Audio engineering may be a good thing to do. Dropping out again after 6 months, as I found Avril. It was way worth it 🙂


Next 8 Victims

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  2. http://twitter.com/rog42
  3. http://twitter.com/ang
  4. http://twitter.com/aeoth
  5. http://twitter.com/willhughes
  6. http://twitter.com/steven_noble
  7. http://twitter.com/fifikins
  8. http://twitter.com/lu_lu 

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