Here is what I believe: The unexamined life is not worth living.
I am passionate and patient, romantic and rational, creative and corporate, sensuous and sensible, articulate and attentive (also, alarmingly alliterative). I love the latest and greatest gadgets (except for the iThings), and I am really good at troubleshooting. I have three master's degrees and over a thousand titles in my Kindle library (my favorite: Poems by Emily Dickinson, Three Series, Complete. The least favorite: Dyan Merick's Avocado Cookbook. The recipes are just meh).
I cherish my solitude, but find joy in a thoughtful conversation or a passionate encounter; maximum delight is when the two align.
If there is one theme in my life journey, it is transformation. I am originally from Moscow, Russia, and my identity at that time was defined by my academic work at Moscow University. I was finishing on my Ph.D thesis on Faulkner and Styron when circumstances triggered my move to the US. My plan was to continue with the same line of work and teach comparative literature at one of the universities, but that's when I discovered computers. To make a long story short, I made a seemingly abrupt switch to information technology, and found not only a job, but a calling.
I love what I do, and I make a difference every day. In my field, you have to be an engineer, a detective, a therapist, a father confessor, a CSI, and a mind reader - all at once. It is just as exciting as being an ER doctor, with an added plus that nobody dies - well, hardly anyone dies :-)
I work in high-tech, but it is all about people - I find that I am uniquely prepared for this work thorough my prior academic career. The understanding of the human condition that I gained in my literary research helps me relate to people.
I am also pursuing creative expression. A few years ago I have discovered digital photography, which offered me the perfect right brain/left brain balance: the blend of rigorous technical requirements and absolute creative freedom. I am frequently out and about the Bay Area, or wherever my business travels take me, with my camera and the too-heavy camera bag loaded with the requisite technical gear, in search of that perfect light and that ephemeral moment of transition from day into night that makes the image magical. An eclectic assortment of images from my portfolio is here - >http://www.flickr.com/photos/96968236@N02/sets
My smart, argumentative, creative, independent 13 year old daughter is an avid photographer, too, and my trusted photography companion - but there are some healthy debates about who gets to use the 50-500 telephoto lens, the better flash, or the stronger ND filter. She usually wins.