After finishing doctoral coursework, I left for Sweden on Fulbright. No idea where I'd go after, but never imagined I'd come back to Kansas City. After 2 years in Boston, here I am.
I never imagined I'd be a software engineer. 15 years of work in one profession, only to come in during one of the lowest points in recent history for jobs (post-secondary music education).
I've learned that my imagination, while quite good, can't grasp the enormity of life. That's pretty freakin' awesome. I live for the surprise, the next big moment, and making the most of every opportunity. It's how I've presented at conferences in Stockholm and Lisbon, Portugal, got performances in the Netherlands, and become a well respected engineer in a short time. That and a healthy dose of privilege, which is why I also do my best to help others by jumping into a couple local KC non-profits, why I worked with a non-profit in Boston talking to lower-income students, and minorities, about how to get into technology, and why I'm giving to my companies initiative to help bring more underrepresented groups into technology, especially from diverse education backgrounds.
Movies: Last in theater: Captain America: Civil War (in Dolby Atmos). Favourites: American Psycho, any Studio Ghibli (Nausicaa may be my favourite), Tough Guys Don't Dance (either brilliant or horrid). Life has gotten a bit in the way, so I'm a tad out of date on movies. Feel free to offer suggestions of what I should watch.
Shows: Went on this somewhat random Anime kick. I'm not usually a big anime fan, but the unbridled optimism of Goku has helped me get through the winter. Archer, Green Arrow, The Flash, and KC Royals games.
Music: I'm really into metal, contemporary classical, and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff. Currently, Alfred Schnittke, Guillaume de Machaut, Massive Attack, Portishead, John Hollenbeck (Large Ensemble and smaller groups), E.S.T. (sad, I finally get to Sweden, but it's too late to see Esbjorn Svensson), At The Gates (saw them live in Boston, AMAZING! And got to see Anders Bjorler again. Great guy!), Entombed, Krux, Opeth, In Flames, the fan in my room, the sound of the subway, the sound of the train going over the tunnel in Sundbyberg.
Food: All of it. Recent recipes--pulled pork, barbacoa, oatmeal scotchies, and a pork and beef soup using the cooking liquid from the pulled pork and barbacoa (and I learned to poach an egg)
or know when to use in depth vs. in-depth...which really satisfies requirement one. Wait, let me draw a finite state machine for this and figure it out...