If you are reading this page it is because you are curious about who I am. You are searching for a picture, for context, for authenticity, for understanding.
So here goes...
I had a happy childhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the 1970's. Swimming in the Great Lakes during the summers and freezing my tail off in the winters. When I was in the 8th grade we moved to Houston, Texas where the asphalt basketball courts are so hot in the summer it literally melted your shoes. Good times.
They say your personality is set by the time you are a small child and it may be true. I was always curious about how things worked so I took things apart and put them back together again (mostly). I wrote my first "book" in 3rd grade (illustrated it myself too) and pestered my parents endlessly with my new "ideas". The curiosity to understand how and why, the desire to build things, and the need to write and talk about ideas have stayed with me through the years. As have my love for team sports and computer games.
When my professional basketball/rap music career ended (before it began), I realized that I had no idea what to do with myself. My family thought I would become a (tortured) writer or journalist; unencumbered by perspective, I narrowed the options down to chef or computers. After working a bit as a chef, I followed my love for computer games and programming to chose computers. In 1992, I finished my bachelor's degree in computer engineering and entered the software industry.
In the 14 years since college, I have built a number of different kinds of products, (including a few houses with Habitat for Humanity), worked for a variety of companies, and lived in a number of states, including Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, California, and now Washington.
A life-long learner I continue to be curious about world events and new (to me) stuff, which is what I blog about. Most recently I finished a masters degree in business at the University of Washington, which I cant say enough good things about (both the school and the degree).
While I miss surfing in California (seriously I really miss it), these days my wife and I are learning to appreciate (really!) bad drivers and moss in Seattle, WA. Our first child was born in 2006 and she brightens our life with the priceless things only a child can offer, like toothless smiles and breast-milk vomit.
Thanks for stopping by. If you like what you read, drop me an email. My inbox is always open (I cannot figure out how to close it. ;).
(PS- this my personal blog which is a hobby. For a look at my professional skills and work experience, please visit my website.)