5 Things You May Not Know About Me

Mahesh Raj Mohan

Mahesh Raj Mohan

I am a full-time Portland freelance copywriter, editor, and content marketing specialist. I help companies with white papers, case studies, technical writing, product copy, and more.

I normally don’t write these types of lists, but I figured, “what the hell?”  My friends Natalia Sylvester and P.S. Jones did versions of this (choosing 9 and 8 things, respectively).  I chose 5 because I like to be mysterious, 😉

Here we go:

1.  I love all things lemon. Lemon scents, lemon verbena soap, lemon drops, and lemons themselves.  I make great lemonade, too.   I’ll eat a lemon like an orange.  Anytime my wife or family members get a lemon with their water, they pass it to me wordlessly and then squirm as they watch me eat it.  Mmm-mmm!  Lemons!

2.    I’m a fan of Indiana Jones. I didn’t identify with most mainstream action heroes growing up, but there was something special about Indy.  He’s an underdog, he’s scrappy, and his main squeeze is as tough as him.  I used to dress up like him as a kid … fedora, jacket, satchel, gun, whip, the whole deal.   These days, he’s motivational to me as a freelance writer, because of his persistence and ingenuity.

3.  I like to wear suits. I didn’t know how to tie a necktie until I was about 32, but I began to wear suits to the office shortly after I learned this  man-skill.  I also wore sneakers with the suits, because I had a twenty minute walk from the light rail station to my office at the time, and I didn’t want to kill my knees.  Yes, people made fun of me.   These days, I dress up for formal networking events and most in-person client meetings.  It makes a good first impression.  (And if I have a long way to walk, I bring my sneakers!)

4.   I exercise seven days a week. Writing and editing are sedentary pursuits, and you rarely see a writer who is also a renowned athlete.  So it’s understandable that you may not know that exercise has been important to me since I was a teenager.  I’m also closer to 40 than 30, so I make sure to do yoga five times a week, walk at least 30 minutes a day, and lift weights at least twice a week.

5.   My favorite band is Garbage. I say favorite because they’re the first band I found on my own, followed all their news, tracked down as many B-sides as possible, and saw them in concert twice.  I enjoy 99% of their songs, and it’s rare for me to like an entire catalog of any band.   They formed in the 90s, but I think their music is timeless, with a song for every kind of emotion.   Even better?  They’re working on a new studio album right now!

So, uh, there you have it! Thanks for playing.

What are some things I don’t know about you?  Write ’em in the comments section! 🙂




5 thoughts on “5 Things You May Not Know About Me”

  1. I love this! It gives me a more rounded picture of you (we tend to only see one side of the friends we make online).

    I'm a huge fan of Indiana Jones, too (yes, I admit I'll watch anything Harrison Ford does). My favorite part in all 3 movies is in Temple of Doom when he says through that cave hole: "We. Are going. To dieee…" Something in the way he moves his eyebrows as he delivers that line cracks me up every time!

    And wow. I'm in awe of the lemon thing. That's a brave palette to eat one whole!

  2. Thanks, Natalia, you and Princess were the inspiration, and I liked the tone you both used in your posts. My favorite scenes are mostly in Raiders, particularly the "I don't know, I'm making this up as I go along" and my favorite these days, "it's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." lol.

    Yeah, people think I'm weird on the lemon thing. I am careful with my toothbrushing/dental care, etc. 😉

  3. Hahahahahaha! I would never have guested most of these. Well maybe the suit one. But that's only because you're wearing on in your avatar and that's how I see you everyday. So, to me, you could wear whatever you want but you're still wearing a suit every time I see you. 🙂

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