The Geek

To help you get to know me a little better I’ve taken 7 Words to describe myself and given them some context: Geek, Father, Husband, Programmer, Photographer, Writer and Runner. I will be updating this page on a regular basis.

I have known for most of my life that I am a geek, but as I try to write out why that is I find the words escape me. Is it my love of Computers and technology? My unhealthy knowledge of some Science Fiction? Or perhaps my Heroclix collect. I’m not sure why, I just know that I am.

I’m a father of two adorable children aged 6 and 3 and having children changed my life. Going through the pregnancy didn’t prepare me for the moment when I stood looking at the a x-ray of my new-born son, listening to the doctor explain that the dark spot was fluid on his lung and it’s was common in premature babies, that it hit me. Here is a little life that I am responsible for, for now and always.

Melissa has made my life complete first with her company and then by baring my 2 wonderful children. I still not sure how I managed to build a relationship with her, our first date was to a disappointing AGO and included a trip to a comic book store. Yet we still made a second date… From that moment I knew she was a keeper.

Programmer :
I wrote my first program close to 30 year ago, I was 6. I don’t remember what my first program did, but I remember writing one that flashed different colours on my c64 screen. There were plenty more over the years first on the C64 and then in high school I learned Turing and C, even some C++. After high school I started making my living programming VB and VBA. Now it’s mostly C#, PHP and JavaScript. I love to program solving problems with code is what I want to spend my days and nights doing.

I still have trouble seeing myself as a photographer, but after close to three years of taking and sharing a photo everyday I guess I qualify. It’s one area I want to improve. To get a better eye for pictures and get to use my tools better, but there never seems to be the time.

It’s funny as I write this and I think back to when I started. The first story I remember writing down wasn’t even one I made up. It was about a rabbit walking down the highway followed by a fox. My grandmother told me the story when I visit her house in the country. I’m not sure how old I was but I remember it was at Alpha(the school I went to from grade 1 to half way through grade 3) so I was pretty young. Now I find myself writing again, perhaps soon I’ll get back to making things up too.

This word seemed so sure when I started working on my updated bio back in the spring, but after a summer where I never seemed to find the time to run I’m beginning to question how true it is. I started running 2.5 years ago, it was a way to help me lose weight and it worked. The first summer I lost close to 50 pounds. Of course since I’ve mostly stopped a lot of that’s come back. I’ve completed in a handful of races including 2 half Marathons and my hope and goal is to be ready to run a full marathon on my 36 birthday.

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