I feel like I just got hit by the dodgeball in elementary school gym class. In a unique game of tag, I'm supposed to tell everyone five things that they didn't know about me. Well, here goes:
1. I spent 6 years in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. I served in quite a few places overseas, incuding time as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia.
2. I once assisted the Secret Service in guarding President Clinton. My unenviable task was keeping the press corps from standing in front of a Secret Service SUV packed with every armament imaginable. There was an agent sitting behind the wheel with one foot on the brake, and the other on the gas, with the idea that if there was a threat, he would gun the engine and drive forward in order for the rest of the agents to retrieve heavier firepower. While I'm quite sure that no-one present was overly fond of the press, no-one wanted the headline "Government Agent Creates Speedbump Out of CBS Cameraman. Film at 11." I met the President again shortly after this assignment.
3. Before I was old and slow, I ran track and cross-country in high-school. Back in the day, I used to be able to run a sub-5 minute mile, and once ran a "short" 5k in under 16 minutes. Not world record stuff, mind you, but not bad.
4. I got into Information Technology after leaving the service. I had applied for the Cobb County police department in Georgia, and was waiting for my academy date. While waiting, I applied for an internet tech support job. When my academy date rolled around, I was already a supervisor making almost twice what I would as a police trainee. I stuck with my new career, and here I am eight years later! (I still watch law & order for my cops & robbers 'fix').
5. I would like to try my hand at writing a technical book, but I always feel that it would be a bit presumptuous of me.
Now for the "tag" part - Tag: Yang Cao, Wally McClure, Rob Mensching, DonXML, and Erik Porter.