An outlier... Hmmm... Yes, definitely, and how can I count the ways? I don't TRY to be an outlier, it just happens that I am one. I trained to be a classical pianist as a child, went to college to become an engineer and left with a degree in physics and a minor in English writing. My first job was as a knowledge engineer, putting the brains into an "artificially intelligent" computer system--which involved lexicography, semantic structuring, and complex boolean search expressions. My parents, growing up, encouraged my sister and me to not be afraid of being "different" or taking on unusual hobbies, like the summer we learned to walk a tightwire, and they both had interesting educations and jobs as "outliers", too. My sister is much less of an outlier in some ways and moreso in others. Within our own immediate family we're each outliers, too. I guess it's in the genes.