I recently wrote an essay for the SparkPress blog about my new book, Urban Playground: What Kids Say About Living in San Francisco. You can read that here.
Nancy Tung’s dad, a master’s-level engineer, briefly considered studying law. “He never wavered in expressing to us as kids that you have an obligation to society to contribute to political dialogue in a meaningful way,” she says.
Her dad never formally studied law, but his love of law and democracy inspired Nancy’s legal career. After engineering, he worked in software sales, then as a real estate broker. Tung’s father asked a real estate client to sell him a metal scales of justice set that his client owned, after Tung had enrolled in Georgetown Law. His client said that if Tung’s father sold his house, he would give Tung’s father the scales for free.
Done and done. Tung, who says those scales followed her from law school to various government law offices, began her legal career briefly working in a general business litigation firm. Having worked in government during her college years at UC Berkeley, and in local state legislature and on Capitol Hill in law school, Tung found government work more fulfilling, she says.(more…)
Yet another phenomenal question from you. This is so good!
I can’t say I have had a supernatural experience, but I think they could be real. Throughout my life, a few things have happened that I couldn’t explain. To me, they didn’t qualify as other-worldly experiences, but who knows? I’ll tell you what they were and let you decide.
COINCIDENCE, UNSOLVED MYSTERY, OR MORE?
Your dad, Uncle Brian, Aunt Margie, Aunt Sarah, and I had a family friend, Mary Brady, who lived in the neighborhood and whom I once mentioned in a story to Willie. When I was probably around Maggie’s age, I was sitting on the top of a playset we had in our backyard, thinking I wished Mary would come over to play. A few minutes later, someone in the family—I can’t remember who—came out from the house and yelled to me that Mary Brady had come over to play with me.
Yes, I did! I jumped at the chance to go to any fair when I was a child. There was the annual fair on the back lot of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (“OLPH”), my grade school, the Maricopa County Fair, and the Arizona State Fair. Your dad, Uncle Brian, Aunt Margie, Aunt Sarah, and I went to all of those.
I remember very little about those fairs, except that at the OLPH fair, we could win real live goldfish and bring them home in sandwich bags full of water; and that the Arizona State Fair rides were higher and more exciting than the Maricopa County Fair ones, or maybe it just felt that way to me at the time.
SAN MATEO COUNTY FAIR
Since I don’t remember too much about the fairs I visited as a child, I’ll tell you about one I have been to a few times as an adult. It’s the San Mateo County Fair, which takes place every year a half hour from my house.
Monkeys are among my favorite animals. Not only do they jump on their beds against the doctor’s orders, but also, they can climb up ropes! See?
When I was at your house for the 2016 holidays, I encountered an alligator, a shark, and a tiger, all of whom grabbed and bit my ankles from under the kids’ table! These animals slithered, swam, and crawled around the table, sometimes even growling at me and pinching me. It was totally unacceptable. I did manage to get some photographic evidence, so if you see any of the three wild creatures featured below, will you please tell them they’re in a huge heap of trouble?