During new employee orientation for my new job, I was asked,
on more than one instance, to introduce myself and say one interesting thing
I wanted to say something interesting, memorable, but I couldn't come up with anything good.
I got away with the first one: “I gave up coffee for the last four years, but that’s all over now!” (polite chuckle around the room).
Other people gave their hobbies: stamp collector, car aficionado, wine enthusiast, triple black belt, survived raising twins, escaped a dictatorship, runs a school for blind children in India. What was my thing?
So here are some interesting things about me, so that the next time I’m asked, I’ve got something to say.
- I met my husband in college and married him 20 years later.
- I had nine grandparents.
- I had three abdominal surgeries in just over four years (probably not work-appropriate).
- I can light a match using only my toes.
- I haven’t worked more than nine months in a calendar year since 2003 (that might raise some flags).
- I was rolling script at CNN the moment we started bombing Baghdad in 1991. From my seat at the then-useless script machine, I watched the evening roll out across 72 monitors.
- Thanks to a busted fan belt, I was in a Ukrainian country club in the Catskills when they announced that Ukraine had separated from the Soviet Union.
- I have almost finished my book for Book Club this month.
What is your interesting thing?