When I was a kid, I thought the fact that I was born in Washington D.C. made me Extra American.
When I moved from New Jersey to Texas in the sixth grade, my friends convinced me that I was going to have to ride a horse to school. Fortunately, they were wrong.
The first time I left the country was with my youth orchestra. My host family in France fed me Mc Donalds and escargot.
In college, I majored in math and helped build a giant calculator for a mathemagician.
After college, I worked on a GPS satellite system for use in general aviation. Because of this, some people call me a “rocket scientist.” Because of this, Charlie Kaufman asked me how rockets work. I said, “Fire.” This is my greatest shame.