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This really is the hard part, so I saved it for last. I even got a bit long winded on some of the responses just so I could avoid putting anything here, but if I’m going to fill this thing out I might as well finish what I started. I always clean my plate, and maybe yours too. I’m a bit of a procrastinator, and that is an understatement. I write long emails addressed to my entire office making sure to answer ever question before it gets asked and inevitably nobody wants to read the email, so I get barraged with questions. Maybe that’s what I’m hoping will happen here. If I write enough, you’ll just give up and ask me about it. That’s what I really want anyway, to open some sort of discourse with people that are interested. So, skim what I’ve provided below, and ask about anything you find interesting. Believe me there is a lot more where that came from, but be prepared to share. I never intended to have so much information about myself on the internet, but if you’ve actually read it, I’m certain you know more about me than I do about you. I prefer to listen to others rather than talk about myself, but I’m pretty open if you ask me a straight question. I like to get to the point rather than make small talk, so I don’t spend much time on the phone. I finally got sucked into all of this txting business. It’s unusual that I despise it so much because I always think better in text anyway. If you’re interesting, you’ll get my IM before my phone number.
Self-Summary or Introduction maybe it’s all the same or maybe it’s all just rambling. Maybe it’s ALL just rambling. At any rate, hopefully it’s given you some sort of idea who you’re dealing with.
I am Staid, Sapient, and Amiable
What that means is that I am solely responsible for handling all of the Information Technology needs of both offices. I do have to travel to NOLA from time to time, but for the most part I am able to take care of their issues remotely. I will spare you for the moment what all that entails. Occasionally I get drafted to do a bit of Drafting and more often Graphic Design. I also get pulled aside to develop project management tools and assist accounting, but that begins to get into the grey zone. Oh, and anything that includes heavy lifting or pulling things down from high places.
In short, if IT needs done, I do IT. I'm sort of a Jack-of-all-Trades you might say, and I like it that way. I would get too bored if I had to work doing the same thing all the time.
Beyond work, I'm trying to get my current house in order, so I can get it sold and move back into my old place. Here's hoping my tenants are okay with this plan. They should be... Long story there.
Since the questions seem to cover about everything else, I’m going to use this space to talk about Exhibition Sports or Extreme Sports as I believe is the accepted terminology. Actually, I treat Exhibition Sports as an umbrella covering both Extreme Sports and some other activities I enjoy participating in. I wouldn’t consider Diving an Extreme Sport as it is an Olympic Sport, but it shares similar principals with most sports in that category in terms of the judging and purpose being to exhibit skill as opposed to conquering an opposing team as is the case in Ball Sports and the few Team Sports which don’t use balls. Competitive Exhibition Sports are typically every-man-for-himself. What I do is purely for my own entertainment and fitness. It’s not that I don’t play well with others. (although I have a shirt that state’s the contrary) I just haven’t had much interest in Team Sports since I began Diving. There are plenty of sports that take a lot more balls, and not the kind you knock around. For those of you who are confused, there is no Scuba in the Olympics. I was a Springboard & Platform Diver, but due to most pools with Olympic Springboards and/or Towers having regulations against divers practicing without coaches present, I haven’t spent much time on a board since I was competitive.
I used to Waterski and Snowski but have since switched to Wakeboarding and Snowboarding. I have a Kneeboard as well, but neither that nor the Wakeboard have gotten much use, since my dad got rid of his Ski-Boat. I couldn’t pass up buying new bindings for my Wakeboard however, so if you have or know someone with a good boat, I’d like to try them out. I make a Snowboard trip to Colorado about every other year or so with a couple of buddies of mine; although one of them just got married, so we may be recruiting. Next season I believe we are considering a European Ski Vacation. He’s a skier, so I let him drag me down all kinds of interesting moguls and glade runs provided he lets me drag him through the park.
When the mountain is a little warmer we Rock Climb. Actually, we rarely climb mountains, but we did build one in his back yard. A fantastic 3-story rock wall anyway. We also, climb at Texas Rock Gym. I’ve actually only occasionally been climbing at the gym lately with another climbing buddy because I damaged my fingers at TRG and it may not be safe to push them to the difficulty levels we built into the home-wall.
Of course there is always Mountain Biking in Memorial Park, and Observed Bike Trials downtown. If you don’t know what that is, you’ll have to ask and/or come watch. We need to strap the skates back on for some Aggressive Inline at the new Skate Park they just built down there on Buffalo Bayou. Speaking of the bayou, I trained my office for the Buffalo Bayou Regatta this year, and I’m proud to say my Paddling partner and I really tore it up. If you didn’t already know, the regatta is Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race, a 15 mile paddling marathon. There were over 400 participants in over 250 boats this year including International Canoe Federation competitors. I bet many of you had no idea this was going on down in your “creek”. Personally I prefer paddling for survival in cleaner/faster moving Whitewater over racing down the bayou, but Buffalo Bayou does have a few small rapids and can be pretty fun; I just wouldn’t swim in it; although my boss and his partner did unintentionally take a dip.
About the only thing I haven’t touched on here is Parkour or Free Running. Kind of inline with Rock Climbing, I suppose, I love to just run around and climb on stuff, so if you know of any parks with interesting sculptures or fun looking trees, let me know.
I definitely have an interest in staying in shape, but don’t care at all of gyms or exercise for the purpose of fitness. I prefer to treat fitness as a byproduct of having fun.
Movies - I love to hate movies because they typically butcher their source in at least content if not context, but I do enjoy sitting through an entertaining film. Low expectations tend to make the big screen easier to appreciate. I think the best film version of a book I've ever watched was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. If you haven’t read the book, do, and you'll see how they just nailed it with perhaps only a few minimal detail discrepancies.
I recently watched Titus again. Yes, that's Shakespeare. That reminds me, another good Anthony Hopkins movie is Remains of the Day. I would say he makes it on my list of favorite actors, but I won't try listing them here now.
Music - I will listen to anything and everything. My preferences lean away from Country and Rap probably due to the 4 years I spent at Texas A&M where there seem to be an abundance of Country/Rap bars. Of course, I realize there is a time and place for everything; I just rarely find time to go to those places. For a long time I found myself listening to a lot of Ambient, Downtempo, Groove type music. I have been a big Jazz fan; mostly Jazz Fusion, Acid Jazz and Classical Jazz. I was always a big fan of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It's kind of hard to find good Electronic Music these days, so lately I've been slipping a bit more back into Rock. There is some decent Alternative music around; although I'm typically more fond of Classic Rock. I was on an 80's kick a while back, but I think that's petered out a bit.
Food - No matter where I go or who I talk to, I always come back to the same conclusion. Houston is the best place in the world to eat. We've got everything, and I'll eat anything. We only have a few German restaurants that I know of. Those are on my list of places to try since it is the majority of my Heritage, and even after living here so long, the only German food I've eaten in Houston was home cooked. Of course I love Mexican, Italian, Greek, Sushi, all food really. I tend to prefer Vietnamese, Korean or Thai over Chinese mostly because Chinese is so easy to come by. Also, I ate Gen' Joe's for so many years as a kid that I kind of got sick of it, but I have some new Chinese places now which I like a lot better. Really, the only thing I don't eat is Fast Food. On rare occasions, I'll make an exception for certain establishments, but there are a number of good 24 Hour Restaurants in Houston.
Water - gotta stay hydrated
Freedom - I don't do well with restrictions.
The Outdoors - I can't stay cooped up for too long.
Good Company - As much as I would like or used to think of myself as a loner, I've come to realize that I am really terrible at actually being alone.
Ability - Let's just leave it at that.