My "25 Things About Me"

  1. I was called “Jamie” for the first five years of my life…then I went by my middle name—“Chad”—from Kindergarten until I graduated high school…I returned to “Jamie” in college.
  2. I love chorizo con huevos breakfast tacos…especially with black beans, fried plantains and sour cream.
  3. My first wife died in a car wreck.
  4. I collect depression-era memorabilia.
  5. I was the president of the Paradox—the Memphis State Doctor Who Society— in 1989…the year the show was cancelled.
  6. I’ve chewed tobacco since high school and switched to Copenhagen snuff during graduate school…very few people—aside from folks who’ve worked with me in the field— have ever seen me dip.
  7. I love cold, rainy days…I have ever since I lived in Memphis
  8. I must watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Desperately Seeking Susan, and High Fidelity when they come on…I’m not sure why.
  9. I am a connoisseur of chocolate malts.
  10. My sister was my best friend for much of my life…I hate that we are no longer so close.
  11. Going to graduate school at the University of Texas was like coming to a home that I never knew I had.
  12. I’ve read Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass hundreds (if not thousands) of times.
  13. I can play most woodwind instruments (esp. the saxophone), the bass and rhythm guitar.
  14. In high school, my singing voice was in the range of Geddy Lee from Rush or Jon Anderson from Yes, now I’m somewhere in-between Jay Farrar (Son Volt) and Steve Earle.
  15. I am a tech-y and a Luddite at the same time.
  16. I have never, ever lived alone…until now…I hate it.
  17. I truly believe in “service above self.”
  18. I was given a paddling or write-offs almost every day of my existence in third and fourth grades.
  19. I met both my wives at historical re-enactments
  20. I still have a rotary phone on my home office desk.
  21. I do not like holidays as the interrupt my routine.
  22. I can’t stand heavy perfume or cologne.
  23. I am loyal.
  24. If I was not an archeologist, I would be a recording engineer…or, if I was good enough, a producer.
  25. I love TJV.

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