Behind me are the days of a fresh university graduate searching for a lucrative job in the computing science field and those of a green programmer struggling to turn a contract position into a permanent one. Yep, now I'm a green programmer working a full-time position for a contract software company at a steel pipe mill. I should further point out that some of our employees (myself included) do work inside the mill plant as well. Not exactly what I had envisioned myself doing, let me tell you. While there are times I can certainly do without the noise and the grime, the work has been rewarding and, at times, quite fun. In fact, I just celebrated my first anniversary at Focus Systems on May 3rd!
My life isn't otherwise terribly exciting; you could pass me on the street and never realize it (at least that's how it feels like most of the time.) I'm usually a shy, quiet guy, but once I warm up to people I act quite differently. In other words, you really have to hang around me for a while before you can truly appreciate the kind of person I am. I have been known to be a great listener, and I am normally very patient and congenial (I do have a few buttons you don't want to push, though.)
So, what could possibly be interesting about me? Let's see...for starters, I have an identical twin brother, Darren, who's five minutes younger than I am. I am left-handed, although you wouldn't be able to tell by my hand-writing (it slants the same way as all you righties out there, not that my hand-writing is terrible.) I love surfing the Internet and mucking around with my web pages (I'm particularly having fun designing my own graphics, which you'll notice on my other pages.) I am also completely obsessed with Star Trek (yes, pity me); not only do I watch the several series on air and read the novels, I have even been writing stories about it. (An entire section of my home page is dedicated to this pasttime, which I call The Writers' Corner.) I really enjoy participating in such sports as baseball, softball, golf, floor hockey and curling (Canada's most popular winter sport, aside from hockey.) In fact, I was this close to representing the province of Alberta at the Canadian Junior Men's Curling Championships back in 1992 (holds thumb and forefinger a centimetre apart). The team needed a couple of replacements (the two guys both suffered injuries playing, yep, hockey) as they headed into the national competition. The team's coach (who also happened to the ice-maker at my curling club at the time) didn't think my brother and I would be interested in playing. Sheesh!
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