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Staff Profiles – River Way Ranch Camp

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Staff Profiles

Staff Profiles

Meet the staff for the 2017 camp season!

Check back often as we add more and more friendly faces.


Ace
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown: Ocean Grove, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Anything sport related, adventure activities, reading, creative writing and binge watching teen dramas.
Little known Fact: I have an ineffable fear of jelly


Badger
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown: Montclair, CA
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Outdoors etc., Writing, History, International Relations
Little known Fact: I like to sing and rap.


Bam Bam
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown:
Gold Coast, Australia
Years at camp: 
1st Year!
Interests:
Netball, the beach, anything in the sun, eating Mexican food.
Little known Fact:
I come from a family with 9 brothers and sisters and somehow we all manage to get along…. Most the time.


BlondieBlondie
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown: Kent, United Kingdom
Years at camp: 2nd Year!
Interests: I love anything to do with the performing arts! Music, hiking and eating of course 😛
Little known Fact: I’ve been told I sing when I’m happy….so you’ve all been warned!


Bolt
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Sports
Little known Fact: I have represented both Northern Ireland and Ireland at National Athletics competitions.


Boost
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown: Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Surfing, swimming, SUPping (stand up paddle boarding), fashion and laughing. There will always be a smile on this dial!
Little known Fact: I am double jointed in both shoulders.


 

Brooklyn!
Position:
Associate Camp Director/ Director of River Way Family Camp
Hometown: New York City (Currently Los Angeles)
Years at camp:8 years (6 as Film School Director); 12 years Family Camp
Interests: Psychology; Sports; Film (writing & producing); Good TV, Great food!
Little known Fact: I saw the Beatles live in concert at Shea Stadium and years later saw Jimi Hendrix at the Filmore. Some things you never forget.

 


 

Bumble
Position:
General Counselor
Hometown: Derby, England
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests:I love sports! All kinds. I have done horse riding ever since I was little and have my own horse. I also love netball. I love going on holiday, travelling and going new places.
Little known Fact: I have represented Great Britain in horse riding in a sport called horseball!


 

Chipper

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Cleveland, QLD Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests:Anything that is outdoors and adventurous! I love paddleboarding with my dog, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking and hiking mountains to find waterfalls! And I love to have a good boogie!
Little known Fact: I looove chocolate and when I was little I was only allowed to have some once I had done all my chores for the week! But once when Mum and Dad noticed some chocolate was missing I fessed up and said, “I was balancing the chocolate on my teeth and it just fell in my mouth!” I didn’t get in trouble because they thought it was hilarious!


Cricket

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Toowoomba, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Watching movies, filming, hanging out with family and friends, trying new foods
Little known Fact: When I was younger I was kissed by a camel, which is good luck in some parts of the world.


 

Curls

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Jewelry making, media production, playing netball, swimming and being active
Little known Fact: Love being adventurous and having fun


Dash

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Litchfield, CA
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Running, Triathlons, Wake boarding, Water Skiing, Hiking, Football, Baseball, Swimming, Tubing.
Little known Fact: I traveled to Australia for a track and field competition.

 


Derby

Derby

Position: Assistant Director
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: I love cooking and trying new recipes, hiking, swimming, water polo, and searching through tide pools!
Little known Fact: I can say “I love you” in 10 different languages


Disney

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Livermore, CA
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: I like anything having to do with Disney/Animation/Comic Books. Drawing, Singing, and Dancing are also great. Then swimming is the best!
Little known Fact: On long car rides home (or to anywhere really) I read signs/remember cartoon episodes and do the voices for the characters. I also know a lot of Disney songs!


Dory

Position: Enrollment Director
Hometown: Sanger, CA
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: The ocean, camping, family and swimming
Little known Fact: I have read the dictionary front to back


Drift

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Travelling, dancing, Harry Potter, singing out of tune, dogs, swimming, and telling hilarious (or according to my friends, terrible) dad jokes!
Little known Fact: The first time I traveled on an airplane alone was when I was just 6 years old! I flew to Sydney (about 560 miles from where I live) to stay with my grandparents.

 


 

Ducky

Ducky

Position: Waverunner Director
Hometown: Wollong, Australia
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: Jet skiing, surfing, and really anything that is on or around the water
Little known Fact: When I am starting a race, I will always have a little dance and have a joke with the person next to me


Echo

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Central Coast, NSW Australia.
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Musical theater, acting, spontaneous dance-offs, fitness, and sports, yoga and cooking.
Little known Fact: I have a fear of bananas.


El Niño

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Soccer, Playing FIFA, Hanging out with friends and family, Going to the movies, Eating
Little known Fact: I am a tour guide at the University of Redlands so I am really good at talking fast and walking backwards at the same time.


Emu

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: I love waterskiing and enjoy an adrenaline rush! I love festivals and have an interest in creating time-lapses. I always enjoying hanging out with friends and love having fun!
Little known Fact:I went to the biggest boarding school in Australia. In year 9, we trained all year to run 29km (Half marathon) and on weekends we went hiking up mountains.


Flipper

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: London, England
Years at camp: 3rd Year!
Interests: Dance, traveling, and crafts.
Little known Fact: After camp I’m traveling throughout Thailand for several months!


Foxtrot

Position: Canteen
Hometown: Ocean Grove, CA
Years at camp: 9 Years Camper, 3 years Kitchen, 2nd year Canteen!!
Interests: Nintendo. Pokemon will always be bae. Foxes. Performing arts, marching band (7 years of it)
dancing, drama. Disney. And Music! I can guarantee I can sing almost any song you know.
Little known Fact: I was in charge of all the music during the events in high school.


Gator

Position: Junior Counselor
Hometown: Valencia, CA
Years at camp: 2 years as a CIT, 1st year as a Counselor!
Interests: Football, Video Games, Running, Swimming, Biking, Working Out, Wrestling, Track and Field
Little known Fact: I once memorized the first 100 digits of Pi


gibbo

Gibbo

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Coventry, England
Years at camp: 4th Year!
Interests: Watching films and tv series, Reading autobiographies and traveling books, Listening to music, Going to music festivals and concerts, Travelling the world, Playing football (Left back), Going to watch Coventry City Football Club
Little known Fact: I once pretended to be Chris Brown. A guy I met a music festival, rang his girlfriend (who is a massive Chris Brown fan) to say he’s with Chris Brown. She didn’t believe him, so I went on the phone, said a few things and she started screaming in disbelief!


Grizzly

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: I’m a cat person but I also love dogs and every single other animal except sharks..gross!
I love the water and being in the sun and doing all sorts of outdoor activities. I’m also a huge fan of doing arts and crafts as I’m quite the creative person 🙂
Little known Fact: When I was little I got chased by an emu that was trying to get the Musli bar out of my hand and no matter what, I wouldn’t give it to the emu… My nickname back then was also “the walking stomach.”


Hooks

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Wyoming, NSW, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Pretty much any physical activity or sport, especially Aussie Rules and Cricket, going on adventures and spending time outdoors, adrenaline pumping activities, socialising with friends.
Little known Fact: I’ve run an AFL footy clinic for prisoners in a South African prison as part of their rehabilitation.


hula

Hula

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Stockton-On-Tees, England
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: Travelling, Family, Ice- Skating, Kung Fu, Reading, Benedict Cumberbatch, I am also obsessed with Yorkshire Tea and Ginger biscuits!

Little known Fact: I have had a figure skating lesson from Robin Cousins; British former competitive figure skater and the 1980 Olympic champion.


Hydro

Position: Activity Quality Assurance/Staff Development Director
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Years at camp: 6th year River Way, 3 years Outdoor Ed.
Interests: Huge Sneakerhead, Love sports specially basketball (Lakers)
I love going on adventures and trying out new things!
Little known Fact: I will put BBQ sauce on literally anything!! I’m also Tri-Lingual


 

Indigo

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Years at camp: 2nd Year!
Interests: Traveling, hanging out with friends, camping, road tripping. Basically, any mini adventure!
Little known Fact: I went bungee jumping in New Zealand



Knuckles
Position: General Counselor
Hometown: London, England
Years at camp: 2nd Year!
Interests: All sports activities, drama and food.
Little known Fact: I eat a lot but never gain weight!

 


 

Kodiak
Position: Facility Events Coordinator
Hometown:Cameron Park, Ca
Years at camp: 2nd Year!
Interests: Laughing, bacon, puppies, hiking, boating, and Netflix.
Little known Fact: Pepperoni pizza is my best friend. Ketchup is a close second.


Kuma
Position: General Counselor
Hometown:New Gisborne, Victoria, AUS
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Cars, Motorbikes, Boats, anything with a motor. Camping, Paintball.
Little known Fact: I was once paid to sing at a wedding, lets just say I’m a one hit wonder. Its on you if you ask me to sing a rendition.

 


 

 
Lava

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Gold Coast, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Traveling, cats, sloths, music, yoga, singing, perfecting the art of marshmallow roasting and anything outdoorsy – I’m always up for an adventure.
Little known Fact: When I was little, I went everywhere dressed as Snow White and I would always take little statues of the Seven Dwarves along with me – I never lost a single one.

 


 
Lumox

Position: Staff Support
Hometown: Boulder Creek, CA
Years at camp: 17th Year!
Interests: Judo, snowboarding, camping, water sports, reading, chemistry, biology, politics, math … just to name a few.
Little known Fact: I almost died when I was five. It wasn’t a funny story back then, but now it is! Ask me about it.


 mac
Mac

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Torquay, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Music, Guitar, Swiming, BMX, Skateboarding, Photography and Filming/Editing.
Little known Fact: I went a year without sleeping in my bedroom.


 
Mimi

Position: General Counselor, Lifeguard
Hometown: Quambone, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests:Riding Horses, Polocrosse, Swimming, Cooking
Little known Fact:I have always wanted to be Prime Minister of Australia


 
Minnie

Position: Special Events & Evening Program Coordinator, CIT Director.
Hometown: Placerville, Ca
Years at camp: 4th Year!
Interests:Traveling, hiking/camping, anything outdoors, animals (I love dogs more than most humans!), riding my horse, photography, eating Thai food, riding in shopping carts!
Little known Fact: I just spent a year living in New Zealand, where I worked as a tour guide on ‘The Hobbit/LOTR’ movie set! The Shire is real!!!



Moose

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Oakley, California
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Being outside, Eating fries, Movies, Smelling every candle in the candle aisle at target, Playing with my dog, “Bronson.”
Little known Fact: I know how to say “cool like a crazy banana” in Swahili.


Nani

Position: Ranchero Girls Division Leader
Hometown: Malibu, California
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: ART, ART, STAR WARS, ART.
Little known Fact: I am deathly terrified of cotton balls, they gross me out.

 

 

 

 


 

nitro

Nitro

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: London, England
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: Music, Basketball and……. Psychology
Little known Fact: Never broken a bone in my whole life


Obi

Position: Nurses Aid
Hometown:
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: Being with my family, making friends, taking pictures, playing sports, eating food, traveling, trying new things and NAPPING.
Little known Fact: My family is from Mexico and I’m fluent in Spanish. I also have 28 animals at home!

 


Pumba

Position: General Counselor
Hometown:Santa Barbara, Ca
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: Working on my car, racing cars, snowboarding, going to drive in movies and playing guitar.
Little known Fact: I was in Lilo and Stitch, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Aladdin! Try to find me!!

 


Punkin

Position: General Counselor
Hometown:Squaw Valley, Ca
Years at camp: 5th year!
Interests: Sheep, outdoors, family, my dog khleo, cats, hanging out with my besties, audio books, love everything Disney, EATING!
Little known Fact: Apparently, I don’t laugh; I cackle.


Ranger

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Swimming, Surf Life Saving, Snorkelling, Outdoor Adventure, Meeting new People, Superhero Movies!!!
Little known Fact: I’ve jumped out of a plane at 14000 feet alone with my own parachute

 


RAWR

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Portland, OR
Years at camp: 2nd year staff, 3 years as a CIT and 5 years as a camper!
Interests: Baby bunnies, frolicking through the fields, everything and anything dinosaur-related, being overwhelmingly silly
Little known Fact: I am incapable of walking in a straight line.


Rayas 

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Rubí, Barcelona
Years at camp: 1st year on staff! 2 years as a CIT, many years as camper!
Interests: I really like to watch movies. In winter I go surfing in Barcelona – it’s the only time of year we have waves in Barcelona! I love to eat. When I go out for dinner, I enjoy trying foods from different cultures.
Little known Fact: I accepted the challenge of completing my university degree in English (rather than Spanish) – however, the next semester I forgot! I got to class and started speaking Spanish – all my classmates were from other countries and could not understand me!


RedRed

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Playing soccer and golf, watching live sport, listening to music, hiking and afternoon naps
Little known Fact: I don’t like Chocolate or Coca-cola!


Rose

Position: Program Assistant
Hometown: Corning, CA
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: I love music, pizza, and being outdoors. I’m a dog person and I am absolutely obsessed with French bulldogs.
Little known Fact: I get the hiccups after laughing A LOT.


rumbaRumba

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Barcelona, Spain
Years at camp: 2nd year on staff, 2 Years as a CIT!
Interests: I enjoy traveling, meeting new cultures and new people. I love being outside, any activity involving water, sports, dancing, and listening to any kind of music!
Little known Fact: I have visited over 30 different countries! I love trying new dishes. When I was in japan I got to eat jellyfish!


Rusty

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Bendigo, Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Waterskiing, kneeboarding, DOGS, keeping fit, netball, DOGS, foooooood, summer!
Little known Fact: I can lick my elbow and I have an irregular heartbeat.


Sage

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Yoga, Dance, Fine Arts, Graphic Design and learning how to do new things!
Little known Fact: I can eat my weight in peanut butter!


Scooter

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Fresno, Ca
Years at camp: 1st year on staff, 3 Years at ODE!
Interests: Tennis, dodgeball, beach volleyball, innertube water polo, camping, juggling, playing guitar, and food.
Little known Fact: I love California so much that I’ve never travelled outside of it!

 


Scuttle

Position: Program Assistant
Hometown: Coarsegoald, CA
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: Camping, kayaking, watching Netflix, napping, tubing, hanging out with my sorority sisters, and I love River Way!
Little known Fact: I secretly have mermaid friends!


ScytherScyther

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: London, England
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: I play loads of sports especially football (soccer). I like music, games of all sorts and I’m willing to try new things!
Little known Fact: I’m British but I don’t drink tea!

 


Shamwow

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV.
Years at camp: 2nd year on staff, 5 years as a camper!
Interests: Sports, hiking, swimming, traveling, and anything fun!
Little known Fact: I’ve never had an omelette in my life!


Sharkbait

Position: Ropes Course Director
Hometown: Sanger, CA
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Ultimate frisbee, running, biking, board games.
Little known Fact: I daydream what it would be like to be able to fly.


Simba

Simba

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Being active, Rugby and Drawing
Little known Fact: I speak Spanish!


slo-poke

Slopoke

Position: Operations Director
Hometown: Wonder Valley, California
Years at camp: 10th year on staff, 15 years as a camper!
Interests: I love being a ropes challenge course practitioner, graphic and floor plan design, working with kids, BBQ-ing, nature, and singing.
Little known Fact: I have copy-written albums of my original music, and aired on local radio stations.


SmilesSmiles

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: Animals, fashion, health and fitness, the outdoors, writing
Little known Fact: My pets are my best friends/soulmates.


Smoove

Position: Junior Counselor
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Years at camp: 1st year counselor, 2 years as a CIT, 6 years as a camper!
Interests: Watching basketball, politics, scuba-diving, talking about anything, traveling.
Little known Fact: I once jumped off a 300 foot waterfall…while attached to a harness.

 


sparky

Sparky

Position: Camp Director
Hometown: Fresno, California
Years at camp: 10 years as a camper, 13 years on staff!
Interests: Being a mom is the best! Spending time at the lake is a close second 🙂
Little known Fact: I named my daughter after a contestant on The Bachelor.


Sprite

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests:Horse Riding, Art, Films, Seeing the world!!
Little known Fact: I’ve been a vegetarian since aged 7 as I was so stubborn I refused to eat meat.


 

Sprout

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Toowoomba, Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests:Travelling, car trips, camping, motorbike riding, listening to music, and going on adventures!
Little known Fact: I was born and raised in the outback, and the rodeo capital of the Southern Hemisphere.


Spyro

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Puppies, Frozen Yoghurt, Traveling, Imagining, Exploring
Little known Fact: Once fell off a ski lift and lived to tell the tale!


 


Steadi

Position: Film School Director
Hometown: Waco, Texas
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Cinematography, satire, and Where the Wild Things Are.
Little known Fact: When working out, I enjoy running to ‘Hamilton the Musical’ and the artist ‘Diplo’.


Sunny

Position: General Counselor, Lifeguard
Hometown: Manchester, England
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: Though I’m not from the West Coast I tan like a California roll. Don’t care much for sushi though, seaweed is a plant unfit for human consumption. I don’t ask you to munch on grass, now do I? In my spare time, I like practicing my American driving skills.
Little known Fact:Sunshine is my twin, we were separated at birth and meet 2 years ago at Riverway!


sunshineSunshine

Position: General Counselor, Lifeguard
Hometown: Folsom, California
Years at camp: 4th year!
Interests: gymnastics, cheer, wake boarding, swimming, singing terribly, horseback riding, hanging out with friends, watching movie marathons.
Little known Fact: The first time I was at Riverway, I was three months old.


Tea Chi

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: Running, jumping, martial arts, cooking, flying kites, and playing my water polo.
Little known Fact: I once won an Oreo cookie eating contest and finished a whole package in 5 min. No milk….(ok just kidding there was a sufficient amount of milk involved …)

 


the-oneThe One

Position: Lazer Tag Director & Paintball Director
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Years at camp: 8th year!
Interests: Modeling, Snowboarding, Martial arts, Paintballing, Video Gaming, Living and Loving Life!
Little known Fact: I may not talk much sometimes but I love to listen… When Chuck Norris jumps into water he doesn’t get wet the water gets chuck


Thunder

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Hanford, CA
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: Playing music, playing ukulele, anime, superheroes, watching Netflix, laying in my hammock, laughing till I cry
Little known Fact: When I was a baby I fell into a trash can and no one could find me for a whole hour


Tiger

Position: Arts & Crafts Director
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: My adorable 2 yr old son Mason, spending time with my growing and loving family, watching re-runs of “Friends” & “How I Met Your Mother”, camping, Netflix, and last but not least CRAFTING.
Little known Fact: I LOVE spicy food! I love it so much that this one day, I made my husband take me to one of my favorite restaurants, which was 2.5 hours away, just to eat some very spicy Cajun shrimp. After we finished we came back home. It was DELICIOUS and worth it.



Toad

Position: Camp Mom
Hometown: Hanford, CA
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: Traveling, playing Legos with my son, repurposing furniture.
Little known Fact: I’ve been a uni-cycle rider since I was 4!


 

Tuna

Position: Ski Director
Hometown: Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: camping, swimming, and pole vault.
Little known Fact: I have a medal for saving three lives when i was in the 4th grade.


 

Tweety

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Netball, athletics, oz-tag Pretty much all sports!, singing, reading, dancing, having a good time and meeting new friends!
Little known Fact: Im always singing or humming something!


Twinny

Position: General Counselor
Hometown: Yarrawonga Australia
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: wake boarding, skiing and pretty much anything to do on the water, other interest are Muay Thai, and anything outdoor or fitness or sport related.
Little known Fact: Little known fact I have never traveled over seas and I also have an identical brother and I am also a triplet.


Waffles

Position: Mail Room, Bunk Inspection, Ropes Course Staff, Roving Counselor
Hometown: Hanover, PA
Years at camp: 2nd year!
Interests: Making friendship bracelets, drawing
Little known Fact: The leap of faith is my favorite ropes course activity at camp!


Whistle

Position: General Counselor, Lifeguard
Hometown: Rocklin, California
Years at camp: 1st year!
Interests: Painting, Playing softball, Traveling and hanging out with good pals
Little known Fact: I played around with some dog shampoo and ended up dying my dogs fur pink. It lasted a whole year!

 

 


yodaYoda

Position: General Counselor, Class B Driver
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Years at camp: 3rd year!
Interests: Getting lost in new places, spontaneous adventures, Anything nerdy or geeky, Anime, Harry Potter( I will drop anything I’m doing for a Harry Potter marathon…seriously anything), singing as if I actually can, Weeping angels, the color green, science, sleeping,reading,sleeping
Little known Fact: I have been peed on my face by a Tiger…ya I said it …in the face by a tiger



Zazu

Position: Photographer
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Years at camp: 1st Year!
Interests: My interest include dance, anything Disney, movies, youtube.
Little known Fact: I can say my ABC’s backwards.