When I grow up (!) I want to be a novelist or at least get paid to write something, anything. :-) I've written for as long as I can remember, quite literally before I had words -I drew pictures (which goes a long way toward explaining my affinity for comic books). I fully admit to being a bit scattered in my interests. I'm a bit of a nerd and a complete cinephile. There are few things I won't watch (from obscure arthouse docs to the most asinine big budget comedies). I thought for a number of years that I wanted to move to LA and be the director of kick-ass action movies on par with a Kathryn Bigelow or Mimi Leder or the screenwriter of the next Die Hard (I mean not, like, the sequels, the original -you remember yippee-kai-yay?)
But growing up my most serious and enduring aspiration was to be a veterinarian. That is, until Calculus and Chem royally kicked my ass in college. And yet despite my failure to master covalent and ionic bonds or complex variables or whatever abstract thing it was they were trying to teach me, many aspects of science in general and biology in particular still intrigue me; so I read the Science Times religiously on Tuesdays (just like my H.S. Bio teacher taught me- thanks Mrs. Battaly!!)
However, I'm still a prime candidate for first passenger on the short bus with regard to mathematics. Seriously, it's scary how much I don't know and can't manage to figure out (I think this admission was a viable choice for the "Most private thing I'm willing to admit" entry, but I told you here, bonus!). So, word to the wise, don't ever ask me to calculate the tip or tell you the sale price, I'll just make you sad (and cost you money).