What do old stamps, alternates on Answers.com and awesome Facebook status updates have to do with each other? Baffled? Well, I can tell you that they are all connected to this week’s Featured Contributor, Adamlance. In his interview Adam shared with us that he used to collect stamps and has a massive collection contained in more than 40 albums; he loves looking at alternates of a question, finding incorrectly merged questions, and splitting them; and is an avid Facebook user (to which I can testify – he has GREAT updates!). Don’t forget to stop by his message board and say, “Hi!” Here’s a bit more about this awesome contributor…
What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?
Adamlance. It is my first name and middle name.
What is your age?
Would you like to tell us about your family?
I live with my partner, Ryan, who is the love of my life. We have no children. In November, we are getting married in Canada, on our 15th anniversary together. Next year, on our 16th anniversary, we will have a full wedding in Las Vegas with our family and friends. It will be the first same-sex wedding ever held in our synagogue, and we have received nothing but support and encouragement from everyone.
Do you have any pets?
No. I’m allergic, plus we like to travel spontaneously, so it’s nice to be able to walk away from the house whenever we want (we don’t even have any plants)!
Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?
I live in Las Vegas. I have lived here since I was 9 years old. I love it here because there is so much to do. The only drawback is the heat. My dream is to have a summer house in a cooler place.
Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?
I grew up in Las Vegas since age 9. Before that, I lived in New York and New Jersey, but those are distant memories.
What educational information would you like to share?
I went to the University of Southern California and I graduated with a BA in Linguistics, in 1988. After that, I lived in Israel for a year, studying Hebrew and Arabic at a language school. I also lived with my cousins. I returned to Las Vegas after that, attempting to get a second bachelor’s degree, but my job overtook my time, and I didn’t finish.
What are some of your past or present occupations?
I worked for Citigroup for 16 years. I started there embossing credit cards. I later worked in the call center, then in billing dispute investigations, and finally as a project analyst. I was laid off in 2008. I currently have a part-time job as editor of my synagogue’s newsletter, and my partner and I have a budding photography business that is just now starting to take off.
What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?
My area of knowledge and expertise is Judaism and Hebrew. I can’t recall how I became interested in these areas. Hebrew has been a particular passion of mine since my college days when I was able to take conversational classes for the first time. The language has always fascinated me. It is the only language in the history of humanity that became a dead language and then was resurrected almost two millennia later, becoming the official language of a country.
Do you have any collections or hobbies?
I used to collect stamps. I have a massive collection, contained in more than 40 albums. My collection includes two penny blacks from 1840 (the first stamp ever issued), as well as the first U.S. stamp issued in 1847. I also have a small coin collection.
What do you like to do for recreation?
My partner and I love to eat out and go to movies. We also enjoy visiting friends. We are very active in our synagogue and we do a lot of volunteer work as well.
What are a few random facts about yourself?
I researched my family tree when I was in college, and discovered family living all over the world, whom I’m still in touch with. I’m an avid Facebook user. I love to travel.
Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?
I’m intelligent, but I’m actually one of the least talented people on the planet!
What accomplishments are you proud of?
I had a very successful career at Citigroup. I am debt free. I paid off all credit cards and loans by 2000, and I paid off our house in 2008. I have a low-drama life, which I love!
What are your special goals or dreams?
I dream of traveling the world…even more than I already have. I hope our photography business takes off. I’d like to have a child, but the clock is ticking on that!
How would you describe yourself or personality?
I am quiet and shy, but also very friendly in small groups. I’m sometimes short-tempered, sometimes angry, but usually happy.
What brought you to Answers.com?
I joined in November 2010, but I can’t remember how it started. I think I may have asked a question, and then noticed some unanswered questions that needed attention.
What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?
I’m an opinionated know-it-all. LOL.