7 Things You Don’t Need to Know About Me

by Gary Woodill on January 4, 2009


OK, I’ve been tagged by my colleague Janet Clarey to describe 7 things y0u really don’t need to know about me. I’m playing along even though I don’t usually participate in such things, just to show Janet that I am a social guy… So here goes:

1. I love being a grandfather. I have 3 grandchildren, Katie (7), Geoffrey (3), and Morgan (2.5). Morgan has two mothers (my daughter is married to a woman) and two fathers (two guys from New York who are also married). Life is interesting.

2. I went to 12 schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12. One year I attended 4 schools. I think that by now I have lived in over 50 houses, 11 in the last 25 years of my second marriage. This has given me multiple perspectives.

3. I am the oldest of 10 children, but most of my family is not close and highly dysfunctional for the most part. Most of us hadn’t seen each other for over 30 years until my father’s funeral in April. It was a fun funeral, with lots of laughing and story-telling, now that both parents were gone. Did I mention that my parents were cult-like religious nuts?

4. I love trains. We got a new GPS receiver recently and I noticed that it showed the train tracks running parallel to the road we were on. I got excited! During the year that my wife Karen and I spent in France, I had a first class Eurail pass, and must have travelled on 85% of the French railway system. One day I started from Paris in the morning and circled France by train in a day.

5. I’m Canadian, eh. Mostly I grew up in Nova Scotia. But, I feel like a citizen of the world.


6.¬†We have three poodles and 2 cats, and sometimes up to three more poodles come for visits. I refer to my house as “doggie day care”. Oh, yes, one of the cats has no hair (a Sphynx) and three legs.


7. I’m partly color-blind, like 30% of males. I once went to teach at the university¬†wearing one brown shoe and one black shoe of the same style. Karen had the living room painted red in a previous house, and I didn’t notice for three days. Apparently she also gets her hair colored occasionally as well…

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