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Who am I, Anyways?|
They say that it's important to "find ourselves." I don't know what that means, exactly, other than that I'm still looking... and probably will be for awhile, especially if I can't find my glasses.
I'm from rural upper Michigan, a place where it snows, on average, 218in (5.5m) each winter; that is a two-hour drive from the nearest Starbucks; and a five-hour drive to the nearest highway. Though I moved away years ago, I still retain the values I learned growing up: Hard work, helpfulness, friendliness, and an unceasing optimism that pervades even my darkest hours.
Although my family is full of scientists, I got a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master's Degree in Agricultural Science from Colorado State University. (At this writing, I'm halfway through a second Master's Degree in Political Science at George Mason University.) If ever I don't know something, I endeavor to find out; everyone in my immediate family holds at least one advanced degree, and I expect to end up with 3 or 4. I've got a few certifications, too, to supplement.
I live in the Washington, DC metro area, and work as one of the horde of nameless federal bureaucrats, in which my mission has been to reduce complexity and complication in routine processes (where legally possible). It's obviously difficult to measure such a thing, but my 'best estimate' is that I've cut somewhere around 2,500 - 3,000 hours of redundant or unnecessary work per year, allowing both internal and external stakeholders to spend more time on what matters, instead of shuffling papers.
I do a lot of traveling, personally and professionally, and I am convinced that it is impossible to understand the world without seeing it. I speak four languages (albeit three of them marginally) and often grumble that the Tower of Babel is the only thing keeping me from world domination. The inconveniently large size of the world might be a factor, too. I'm most at home walking through the woods, connecting with the world around me.
Where will I end up? This, I have no idea. Stay tuned... for the next several decades.
It turns out that I've got a few ancestors of some repute:
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