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My self-summary
I work at Microsoft, right now working with themes for Windows 10. (Before this I worked in broadcasting; I always said that I was preserving my amateur status as a computer geek for the Olympics. Guess I've gone pro.) I've lived in Seattle since 1998, but I grew up in central California.

I love board games. Really, I've always loved games of all sorts...I had my first Monopoly set when I was 8 or so, and the collection has only grown since then. A few years ago I discovered European-style board games, like Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico and such, and found out that there are groups of people around here who gather to play them, and it's been great.

What have I been playing? Well, some of my favorites include Notre Dame, F.I.T.S., Dominion, Pandemic (especially the dice game!), and Tichu, the greatest card game in the known universe. :) Oh, and I'll play damned near any party game on the planet: Time's Up, Scattergories, Codenames, anything where you have to communicate something indirectly to your teammate(s), I'm there. If a professional Password league ever starts up, I'll quit my job.

I've loved video games from Day One, pretty much, particularly the classics. I'm pretty firmly in the Microsoft ecosystem right now (shocker, I know); I have an Xbox 360 and Xbox One hooked up to my TV, but stored away in the closet are consoles going all the way back to the Atari 2600. I was into rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band before either of those existed. :)

I'm also into cooking...I've always loved to cook, but living on my own has brought me to realize that my mom is an INCREDIBLE cook, and taught me well. Good Eats is one of my favorite shows on television, and I've had the honor of meeting the master, Alton Brown, in person on two occasions now. (I have all of his books, three of 'em signed. Phear.)

I watch a lot of TV, and I am shameless in doing so: yes, I watch reality shows. I've been a fan of game shows since I was *this* high, too. (Really, why hide it?)

I'm also big fans of hockey and soccer (go Sharks, go Sounders!). Seattle isn't so much of a hockey town (yet); I fell in love with the game when I was in college and the San Jose Sharks were just moving into their new arena on the other side of downtown San Jose. (I try to get down there every year for the first couple of home games.) Also, I serve as the public address announcer for the Seattle Women's Hockey Club annual benefit. It's a lot of fun.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a geek. And I'm fine with being a geek; everyone should be. I am addicted to this never-ending stream of information called the Internet, enough so that I get the snappies if I'm away from it too long. (I just like being connected and having that flow of input; it's probably a lot like how a smoker feels.) If I'm not at one of my computers, I generally either have my iPhone and/or my iPad within arms reach.

Why'm I here? Well, right now I'm between things. But I've made friends here and like staying in touch with them, and would like to make more friends, and just see how it goes.

(Would you like to know more? A really good way to do it would be to take a stroll over to
What I’m doing with my life
Pining for the fjords.
I’m really good at
Talking. Making people laugh. Writing. I'd like to think I'm a pretty good cook.
The first things people usually notice about me
My voice. People often hear me before they see me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I realized recently that I read a lot more nonfiction than fiction. I particularly like browsing through cookbooks, and I finally got around to reading Alton's Feasting On Asphalt, which I was pleased to discover was a better book than it was a TV series. I find myself frequently going back to Anthony Bourdain's books.

Movies: I'm not very indie, I'm afraid. Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters are three of my favorites. Someone once pointed out that I must really like Bill Murray since he's in all three, and I'd never made that connection before that moment. So maybe I should see Lost In Translation and become more indie.

Music: I grew up in the 80's. I apparently never grew *out* of them, though. Duran Duran, Def Leppard (and some other hair rock, but especially Leppard), Dead Or Alive, Thompson Twins, Culture get the idea.

Food: Wow. I suppose Asian is my favorite cuisine, if I was forced to choose, with Mexican close behind. Indian's up there, too. But I'm really open to new culinary ideas (after growing up as an impossibly fussy eater) and I'll try pretty much anything.
Six things I could never do without
This is kind of a silly question, really, because ultimately, if it were life and death, I could live without anything. It might suck, but I could live. But, playing along:

A computer with high-speed Internet access. TiVo. A Tichu deck. Some kind of video game, between my Xbox One and my Xbox 360. My iPod.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Nothing in particular. My brain tends to flit from one subject to the next. It's kinda distracting sometimes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing board games with my friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The game show thing. A friend of mine (who is also a game-show geek) said "Everyone should be an expert about something." Well, there's mine.
You should message me if play Jeopardy! out loud.
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