1) Bay Area native! Born and raised in SF... Went to Lowell High, where I credit my humble reporter beginnings... No, I was not a dork but it was downhill after that :)
2) Paid for college by working as a telephone operator, a Woolworth's cashier (red smock, topped with a "Customers First!" tag), and a shoe model (my toes graced those now defunct Mervyn's ads)
3) My dad taught me how to solder when I was 9. Tapping into the entrepreneur in me, I charged 10-cents to fix earrings. My goal was to collect enough change to buy that missile pop from the cafeteria. Good times...
4) Never learned how to ride a bike as a kid... But as an adult, I am loving my red trike! Dubbed "The Chariot," it has seen many sweaty miles throughout the Bay Area.
5) Drove my '69 Bug, "Klaus," to TJ, Mexico for the best tacos ever... Then, went further south for a yummy lobster dinner. Eats for the day cost less than 6-bucks! Top that, Rachel Ray!
6) I try to do my own repairs because I'd like to think I'm crafty. My friends, though, will just tell you I'm cheap. Ok, I had to wash dishes in the shower for a couple days but it only cost 38-bucks to fix the kitchen sink... And the pipe is still holding strong! I don't do toilets, though.
7) Believe in auto maintainence, my friends... I once got 92,000 miles off a set of tires by rotating them at every oil change... Was cursed once by a tire shop owner (Dont hate, just rotate!)
8) Am a bit of a car geek and germ freak -- enjoy watching the Speed Channel but only after the remote's been wiped down. Sometimes, there are food stains- blame the other half.
9) Love to cook, especially with man's greatest invention: the slow cooker. Stews, chilis and tortilla soups are my specialties, made with love from grandma's "Poke-A-Long," circa 1970... Crockpots rule!
10) Tend to fall asleep with a cookbook or two; Like to dream about what to make... Take it from me, paperbacks don't do as much facial damage as the hardcovers.