At the risk of being way too open, here’s me:
First and foremost I’m a Dad and Husband. I’ve got a wife that’s smarter and prettier than me and a daughter who’s sense of humor is second to none. They challenge me daily to be more than I was yesterday.
Like many people crossing the halfway line of their lives, I’ve had many careers. Some successful, and some not so much. What I can say about all of them is that I learned everything I could from every experience, and it’s all made me who I am today.
I’m the Head Media Geek at Virginia Western Community College (yep, that’s really my title). I spend a fair amount of my time at work and at home obsessing about what technology is going to “change everything” next. I read constantly and take every chance to get my hands on the latest and greatest of anything I can. I believe my job is to find, test and apply technologies as aggressively as possible so that I can be a bottomless resource to faculty and staff. Most people don’t have the luxury of living every moment researching technology, so that’s my place. I love to sit with people and talk about what they are doing, and how technology can fit in if they want it to. I pride myself on remembering that technology is just one tool in an instructor’s toolbox. I’ve never seen a poor teacher made better by technology, but I’ve seen plenty of examples of great teachers missing their mark because they were too overwhelmed by technology!
I’m a musician. I’ve loved music as long as I can remember. I’m not a “good” musician, but what I lack in talent, I think I make up for in enthusiasm. I started playing guitar at thirteen, and drums at sixteen. I’m a terrible guitarist, and was (many years ago) a pretty fair drummer.
I can’t begin to describe the joy of performing in my current group “Einstein’s Monkey”. We perform Rock & Roll for families. Not careful tunes, but in your face, get up and dance stuff influenced by the Ramones, Stray Cats, The Who, Billy Idol, and more. The kids (and their parents) LOVE it. We hear all the time from parents and educators about how much they appreciate hearing “real” music. We’ve even been known to slip in a little education here and there.
I’ve been known to work in theater, here and there. Actually, until recently, I probably spent more time in theaters than anywhere else in the world. I’ve been a lighting designer, sound operator, music writer, scene designer, carpenter and performer. The best thing about theater is that it teaches you about deadlines. Never, ever, ever do you hear a director say “Hey, it’s okay if we’re not ready by opening night.”.
That’s me as Captain Hook.