It's my very first meme! I was tagged by SF Money Musings to write 8 random facts about me. Since this is a personal finance blog, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to make all of these personal finance related so I went half and half. The first 4 are just about me, the last 4 related to my finances.
1. In high school, I was always last picked for the team in PE and didn't understand the point of working out. Now I whitewater raft, ski, kayak, rock climb and hike for fun. Guess we just didn't do the right things in gym class.
2. At one point I was a semi-professional dancer (which means I didn't get paid for it, but I didn't have to pay for classes and costumes). I even performed in Las Vegas and went on tour to Israel. I still love it and will take a ballroom class every once in a while for fun, but the competitive/performance dance world just isn't my thing. Too many big egos.
3. I actually know a decent amount about cars, but unfortunately very little about how to fix them. When I was shopping for my car, I'd walk into a dealership and they ask me what color I'm looking for and I'd start talking about the engine and handling. It always threw the dealer a little, and they thought it was pretty funny.
4. I majored in computer science in college, but haven't written a single line of code since I graduated.
5. I don't have cable TV, and haven't in 3 years. Partially, it's that I haven't watched very much TV since I graduated from high school so I don't really miss it. But it's also because at $40/month it's a huge expense for someone living alone. I do have the $6/month Blockbuster Online subscription, which scores me 5 movies every month, and my computer is connected to the TV so I can watch shows from the networks' websites on the big(ish) screen.
6. Both of my boyfriends since I've graduated from college have been students, which means I've actually never been in a relationship where the man made more than me. I'm more used to making 3 times more than my boyfriends. They both still insist (or insisted) on paying for me.
7. I've never negotiated a salary. It's not that I think I'm being underpaid, but sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I tried. Especially after I heard that my lack of negotiation could be causing part of the male/female wage difference.
8. I have a good foundation and generally manage my finances pretty well, but I've made some mistakes. I had one 60-day late on my credit record once because I moved and forgot about a bill, then didn't get the next one. I did the right thing and paid it, along with all the fees, then disputed it - and all 3 credit bureaus actually ended up removing it from my reports.
I'm not going to tag anyone on this one, but if you'd like to do the meme or already have, please leave a comment and I'll head over and read your responses.