I’m a total geek. And I love it.
Science, tech, comics, video games, coding, sci fi, fantasy… I was the teacher’s assistant in many classes, I audited a high school PASCAL programming class for fun, I was the kid with the glasses in marching band. My parents had to take away my books (but I hid them under my mattress). I wrote my own websites starting in the mid nineties (fare thee well, Geocities), I build computers, and I play Dungeons & Dragons.
It started with my dad’s TI-99/A home computer, where I discovered at the ripe old age of six that I could make the computer DO things. I was thrilled, and it snowballed from there.
With my attentions cast wide over science, animals, art, music, reading, writing, and tech, my whole school experience was filled with pinballing fascinations. Well, to be honest, that continues to this day. I’ve got more interests than I could possibly pursue in five lifetimes. But my passion for computers and code has never subsided.
I’m an introvert for sure – put me in a room with strangers, and I will melt down a floor register rather than make small talk. But give me a small group and a topic I’m familiar with, and I light up.
I love animals, the outside but not pollen, red pandas, maple syrup, and giraffes. I played flute but picked up alto sax because there are no parts written for high school jazz flute. My work space is decorated with small plants, a World of Warcraft poster, a three foot inflatable Balloonicorn, some tiny electronics projects, and a couple gryphon figures.
I actually grew up in Southern California, but I moved out to East Tennessee in 1999 to – wait for it – come live with the guy I met on AOL in 1995. We got married a few months later. A bit reckless, sure, but he’s pretty awesome. And he did NOT axe murder me in my sleep, as far as I can tell.
I’ve gone from job to job, fast food, restaurants, phone sales (ugh), but the stars (ha) just lined up when I got on at Stellar.
One of my favorite things about my job – eight years here and counting – is the ridiculous breadth of projects I’ve worked on.
Websites, of course. Web apps, yeah! Even Android apps! But I also do print layout, a tiny bit of design, and sometimes even arts and crafts. For one amazing project, I got paid to make a 12″ 3D paper tree, a welding robot out of K’Nex, little cardboard desk and chair, and drew a tapir and a red panda with colored pencils. Another project was putting together a digital baby scrapbook for an electrical meter, complete with photo shoots at the top of a mountain, throwing a little party with other meters (with a superhero as the special guest), and a trip to the dentist.
“Oddball” is an apt word to describe myself, my job, and my whole life. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.