Five Things

There is a portion of my digital life that was lost with my hard drive crash in late January. It was a small portion, but each day I discover things that have fallen through the cracks or been looked over as I dealt with that.

One of those things is related to something I really like: people I don’t know linking to my blog. In this case, it was Brendon Connelly of the Slacker Manager blog (I love the tagline: paving the path of least resistance, so you don’t trip and fall). I have no idea how Brendon found me, but he actually tagged me in January on a virtual chain letter that has been going around the blogosphere. I’m supposed to tell you five things about me that are not generally known, and then ask other bloggers to do the same.

Frankly, I’m not a fan of chain letters, so I won’t do any tagging, but I’ll honor Brendon’s tag with my five things:

1. I love running, and due to injuries I now love cycling. Last year I rode nearly the entire length of the C&O Canal (from Cumberland, MD to Gaithersburg, MD: 165 miles) in one day (but the ride was fully supported).

2. Although it has NOTHING to do with my current consulting to associations, my father was rather heavily involved in associations when I was a kid—he was the President of the American Institute of Architects in the mid-1980s (I was dragged…um…went to their convention nearly every year growing up).

3. I have no aunts, uncles, or cousins (both my parents were only children), and my only brother lives in Yokohama, Japan (small family to the extreme).

4. I’m a Mac guy. I’ve had a Mac since 1985 (that first machine had 512 K of RAM—compared to the 1 million K I’m using right now—and no hard drive).

5. I have absolutely NO rhythm, and I really wish I did.


  1. 10.03.2007 at 5:18 pm

    Cool, Jamie! We’ve never “met” but I’ve followed your blog for a while now. I appreciate your perspectives on leadership, though I was originally fascinated that people make careers out of working with associations. Makes sense, but the idea had never occurred to me.
    I know what you mean about people you don’t know linking to your blog. I feel similarly–it worked this way too: I linked to you and never mentioned it to you via traditional channels. You found it anyway and responded here, but not via traditional channels. And I found it again and am responding here. Unsurprising and amazing at the same time. 🙂