My interests include trail running, hiking, mountain biking, drumming, hacky sacking, country living, and programming computers. I value humor, thought, manners, and strength. My goal in life is to live each day happy, as though it was my last day on Earth. I want to teach my children to be be polite and respectful human beings, using kindness at all costs. As my mother taught me: "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all". My children encourage me to keep exploring my own limits. The day that I stop pushing myself, will be the day I die. I've made many mistakes in my life, but they have led me to where I am today. Looking back through my life, I honestly don't think I would have changed a thing. I am blessed and I know it.
To pay the bills, I develop software out of my basement. I was introduced to the computer by my dad when I was just a kid. He always told me how amazing computers were, but I was more interested in the games. Finally, after my freshman year in College, I got it. I declared my major and began taking college courses in Cobol and Assembler Language. I aced all of my programming classes with no problems and was quickly helping students around me, I learned Visual Basic in my spare time because I was fascinated in making a personal computer (rather than a mainframe) do what I wanted it to do. Around 1998, I really got into application programming by creating small database applications for family and friends as a hobby. In 2000, I got a job at a very high tech and fast paced international software company. I worked for them for 8 years and they helped me grow to the professional programmer that I am today developing business intelligence software for medium to large businesses out of my basement. I couldn't ask for a better gig! I get paid to do what I love.
I am the luckiest man in the world. Everyday I watch my children grow with my wife by my side. If that isn't being blessed, then I don't know what is.
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