Some personal stuff about Terry Knight...
So you'd like to know a little more about me? Well, you can read some serious information (resume-related), or you can skip to the not so serious information. You can also find out "Who's MayFurr?" which is probably a little more fun...
Where I am
At present, I'm based in New Zealand. I live in the town of Paraparaumu with my wife, two Shetland Sheepdogs and two Birman cats.
And for those out there who don't know where New Zealand is, it's first on the left past Australia... <grin>
What I do
By profession, I'm a Business/Systems Analyst.
As you can see, I'm going for the "Kojak" look... :)
That'd be telling, wouldn't it? :) Let's say I was born in New Zealand in the late sixties, and am approaching middle age. Luckily I jettisoned most of my hair in my twenties, so aging won't be so obvious for a few years...
New Zealand (obviously)
British comedy - The Fast Show, Red Dwarf, It Ain't 'Arf 'Ot Mum, 'Allo 'Allo, Mr Bean
Music by the Propellerheads, Icehouse, Queen, some Midnight Oil, The Shadows, Jethro Tull, lots of stuff from the seventies
Orchestral movie themes - especially the "Apollo 13" soundtrack
Melbourne, Australia - the best city outside of New Zealand I've been to (though Sydney is getting close)
Books by P. J. O'Rourke, Arthur C. Clark, and Terry Pratchett
Citroen ZX Estate cars - they're a real honey to drive, even if Mr Citroen hasn't worked out how to give youb air-conditioning AND a glove-box at the same time
Travelling by rail
Flying Business Class *heehee*
Japan Railways "Shinkansen" superexpress trains - aka the "Bullet Train"
The "Eurostar" train between the United Kingdom, France and Belgium
British motorways with 70mph speed limits
Chicken fajitas by Chili's Bar And Grill in Makati City, Manila
Japanese hot coffee and hot tea vending machines
Looking out over Wellington Harbour on a sunny day
English ales - well, some of them (Caffrey's Cream Ale)
Animated films that don't treat the audience like kids
Watching the world go by sitting beside Hong Kong harbour
BBC Radio 2 - especially as you can listen to it on the internet
Science-fiction - especially Star Trek and Babylon 5
The myriad of different technology standards for things like TV and electrical plugs
Car indicator/wiper stalk layouts that are reversed between Japanese and European cars
Religious Fundamentalists that try and make you live according to their rules - especially the televangelist variety (boo, hiss)
So-called "Creation Scientists" that are simply thinly-disguised religious fundamentalists
Over-hyped movies that have more special effects than plot
Los Angeles International Airport
US Immigration in general - unfriendly and inefficient (especially in LAX)
Whinging Poms who complain that it costs around 200 pounds to go to Europe for a weekend - when it takes that just for the airfare alone to go between New Zealand and Australia
Twits that carry their cycle helmets while riding instead of actually wearing them
'Reality' TV e.g. "When Animals Attack"
Americans who can't find their own country on a world map much less anyone else's
American beer (apart from the product of one micro-brewery in Portland, OR)
Cold green tea - tastes like stewed lawn clippings
Flying Economy Class for over five hours
The Tokyo subway at rush-hour
Most sport - including rugby (Yes, I know - am I a real Kiwi then?)
Reading Tom Clancy novels after "September 11", as his espionage/military fiction is rather TOO reminicient of reality these days (especially as the last chapter of "Debt of Honour" parallels the terrorist attacks to the point that I thought I was in a Tom Clancy novel when escaping LAX...)
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Last updated June 2003
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