- We named our cat after a dog
Our cat’s name is ‘Dribbel’, which is the Dutch name for the dog ‘Spot‘. The most important reason for naming the cat like that, is because of a big white spot on its back and a smaller black spot on its nose. Next to that, ‘dribbelen’ is Dutch for a certain way of walking which Dribbel does too… And of course, we just liked the name ;).
- I’m a Stephen King fan
Not only do I have 20+ Stephen Kings movies on DVD, I also have many of his books. Some of them in Dutch, but most of them in English because sometimes stuff gets lost in translation. And I like the original stuff better. At this point I still think Storm of the Century is the best film based on a Stephen King book. Especially because the movie takes you through more than 6 hours of suspense, without ever getting boring. Other great films based on a King book (in no particular order): The shining (Here’s Johnny!), Dreamcatcher, The green mile, The Shawshank redemption, etc…….
- I play in musicals
Currently I have played in three productions of the Veldhovense Revue (link to Dutch site). It’s a musical-kind-of-thing with a custom written story that references current affairs in Veldhoven, a village next to Eindhoven. It has been quite a lot of fun, so I’m looking in to doing a bit more than ‘only’ play in the revue every 2 years. But because each revue has about 1 year of rehearsing, time’s kinda short. And yes, occasionaly I had to dance. Or ‘move’ as I like to call it :D.
- The origin of my nickname (Gump)
When I was in college, a friend of mine always called me ‘from the forrest’, as that is my last name roughly translated into English. It took my fellow students about 6 months to come up with the link to Forrest Gump. Since that day they started calling me Gump. After a few months I accepted it and started using it myself. I actually kinda like it… ;)
- I wanted to become a doctor
When I just started high school, I wanted to become a doctor. A children’s doctor to be precise. I was always fascinated with medical stuff, and I wanted to work with children. Becoming a children’s doctor seemed the perfect option combining the two. During high school my interests changed, and lots of things happened in my personal life that made me reconsider about what I wanted to become. Around that time, my brother attended technical college and had to program a Censim via our 486. That made me turn… A few weeks later I had made my first program in Pascal. A couple of months later a career test pointed me towards software development. I have no regret whatsoever about the choice I made: I’m lovin’ it!
So there you have it. Five things you probably didn’t know about me. Or didn’t want to know ;). It’s pretty hard finding 5 people who haven’t been tagged yet. I’ll give it a try, but I might tag people who have been tagged already…