I enjoy writing about three things: food, technology, and music, so I thought it only logical that my blog encompass those three categories.
When I was in high school and college, most of the jobs I had involved food. I did my time in the fast food gulag slinging chicken at Roy Rogers. I worked as a dishwasher and prep drone at a really good family restaurant owned by two pretty cool guys. I worked at a German bakery cleaning up after the bakers were done for the day, and I worked at a really good pizza place. While I have never worked in the fine dining arena, I have certainly eaten enough of it to get an idea of what is good and what isn’t. I do most of the cooking at my house and am currently on a mission to get my kids to like my version of their fast food favorites. Let’s just say that my chicken nuggets actually consist of chicken.
If I write about a restaurant, chances are I like it a lot. If I write about a cookbook, it won’t appear unless I’ve read it and actually tested it. If I post a recipe, I’ll source it if I shamelessly stole it from somebody else… and I do that a lot, or if it’s mine, chances are I have screwed it up at least a dozen times before getting it right.
I worked as a school teacher for about 5 years after graduating college. As rewarding as those years were, I eventually fell into I.T. as a career, and I have not looked back since. I love computers. I like programming a lot, although I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like. Computers for me are as close to a God complex as I’m likely to get… the idea that you can start with nothing and create something. Whether that “nothing” is a pile of parts or a blinking cursor, or an empty line in the editor of an API, the feeling of finishing a project and having it work never gets old. Beyond that, I also like gadgets that save you time, effort, and energy as well as those that are just fun to use. The other beauty of technology is that the failures benefit you (and often others) as much… sometimes more… than the successes, so I will write about both on this blog as well as anything else I can think of to write about.
Where would we be without music? Listening to music whether it be pre-recorded or live or on vinyl or on an iPod is something so fundamental to the core of the human soul that people don’t even realize how important it is or can’t even fathom what life would be like without it. It’s also so personal, it’s almost like writing about religion or politics. People like the music they like and don’t like what they don’t like. My writing on this subject will no doubt reflect those likes and dislikes, but over as broad a spectrum as possible.