Recently, my life took an unexpected new turn when a family friend clued me in to the existence of "coding boot camps"--short, intensive programs aimed at turning amateur coders into professional software developers. I applied for several of these highly competitive programs, and I got accepted to a really great one called App Academy in San Francisco--thus, my sudden move to the Bay Area.
I'm a Ravenclaw, though Pottermore seems to think I'm a Hufflepuff instead.
I'm conflicted as to whether or not to become a San Francisco Giants fan, since my dad is a Dodgers fan, and those teams have been arch-rivals all the way back to their days in New York. Maybe I'll settle for being an Oakland A's fan, since I'm living in the East Bay.
I'm a very passionate chess player. I just recently joined the Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room in SF, which houses the oldest chess club in the United States. I've only been there a few times so far, but it's really great. They've got all of these wonderful turn-of-the-century chess boards that are carved right into the tables; if only the chess pieces were so elegant too, but unfortunately, they're just cheap plastic ones. Oh, well...
I also love to play bridge. I know it's kind of out of fashion with the younger generation these days, but I love it, and I would love to find more people my age who played. If you've ever played it or would like to learn, let me know--I'll teach you! Seriously, it's a lot more fun than Euchre or Spades, which seem to be what my generation likes to play primarily. One of the things I'll be looking for as I get settled in to the Bay Area is a bridge club in San Francisco so that I can have people to play with now that I'm no longer near my family.
I'm a composer of classical music and musical theatre. I've been writing music since I was a small child, and have always been extremely passionate about it. When I was in high school, I completed my first musical (my mom wrote the lyrics), and we got it performed when I was 16. I've been working on a few other shows ever since, although I need to find a new collaborator, since my mom sadly passed away in 2010 (feel free to ask about it--I'm very open to discussing it). I also have a back-burner project to write an opera--possibly based on Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House. I have the first scene of it written in draft, but that's as far as I've gotten so far.
I'm extremely excited to be moving to the big city and having access to all the great things San Francisco has to offer. I would really love to meet interesting people as well.