about

This is just a bit of personal self-indulgence. For a look at my professional side please see my resume.

I'm a semi-professional adult. I have lots of ideas and am very responsible and productive, but I prefer fun, games and daydreaming to adulthood. Most importantly, I'm a husband, son, sibling, and hopeful future father before all else. Also, you might notice I like talking (writing) about myself.



Personal

I was born and raised in a happy, empty little farming community in rustic South-Central Kansas. It's the kind of place that the world seems to have outgrown. I really should go back more often, but when I do I'm just a visitor as I've never been very useful on the farm. Given modern technology and my career interests, I'd love to work from home someday and move closer to my rural roots to grow my family.


I attended the University of Kansas, which I loved so much that I seem to keep going back. I got married after graduating in 2012 to my best friend, partner in crime and fellow dog-owner. Fortunately they're all the same beautiful person (Heather). She just finished her apprenticeship as a funeral director and accepted a full time role in Topeka, Kan. She's also a gifted seamstress and quilter; I plan to dedicate a page to her hobby soon. We live together with our basset-lab mix, Charlie, in Lawrence, Kan.

Heather's parents and sister live in Wichita, Kan. I have four siblings somewhat spread around the state who have produced a grand total of four adorable nephews to this point. My parents live near St. Leo, Kan., in the same house they've occupied for nearly four decades.




Professional

Again, for a real look at my professional life please see my resume. As an adult I've worked at the Westlake Ace Hardware headquarters in Lenexa, Kan., and Payless ShoeSource headquarters in Topeka, Kan. More interestingly, I had numerous jobs throughout my adolescence that are just fun to mention:
  • Farm hand (not a very handy one);
  • Nursing home maintenance staff;
  • Concrete/construction laborer;
  • Steel pulley factory laborer;
  • Grain elevator attendant;
  • Local weekly newspaper columnist;
  • Resident assistant;
  • Library security monitor;
  • Radio station intern;
  • Recreational softball umpire;
  • Student journalist for an NSF grant-funded institution that monitored changes in massive ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica (my personal favorite);
  • And probably others I'm simply forgetting.



Other Stuff For Which I Have No Place

I like hobbies. To be more specific, my favorites are:
  • Video games
  • Collectible sports and trading cards
  • Harry Potter everything
  • Being bad at sports
  • Garage sales
  • The University of Kansas
Finally, here are a few more things for no particular reason:
  • Dogs over cats
  • Pizza purist (keep your nasty pineapple away)
  • Dr. Pepper (no substitutes) over booze
  • I like the name Henry for a child, but my wife doesn't
  • College over pro sports
  • Dragon Quest is the greatest video game series for adulthood
  • I love media compilations, anthologies and sets
  • Hugs and secret handshakes, please

That's me in a nutshell. If you made it this far, you deserve some type of achievement sticker. I don't have one; I just appreciate you dedicating so much time and energy to me.