I grew up in WA, TX, MS, and MD, my accent is unique. I have a wide range of job skills. In high school and college, I worked on a recycling/moving/garbage crew, and also built a house with my dad. We did all the work, starting with cutting trees off our land and milling the lumber. Also helped raise a herd of goats and long-horn cattle. I left farm life for graduate school, and got a Ph.D. in math and did a couple postdoc research jobs in government. I'm now working in a tech startup where I split time between home, Palo Alto, Vancouver and business trips.
When I was a kid, my school district wanted to place me in special ed. for math (not the gifted kind). I convinced my mom and school board to keep me from be placed there by promising to get good grades. I held up my end of the deal and ended up getting a phd in math. I guess you might say I'm stubborn.