Rather than have to repeat the answer to “what have you been up to for the last 20 years”, I decided to do a small life update post that outlines everything that happened to me since I graduated from high school.

  • Enroll at LA Tech studying EE
  • Do not handle my alcohol well, end up in the hospital during LSMSA class of ‘96 graduation night
  • Experimental Math class where I met most of my LA Tech friends, but really only stay in touch with one of them
  • Come out
  • Decide Computer Engineering is more my speed, transfer to LSU
  • off campus housing, first relationship (Hi Paul)
  • Work at Intersurf as sys admin
  • Live with Mary (LSMSA class of ‘96), met Rush
  • Bored in college, drop out, follow Rush to Seattle
  • Start dead [ protocol ] society
  • Job at V-Servers, porting servers, networking, hacking, kernel hacking
  • Win some social engineering contests
  • V-Servers merged with Lightrealm, bought by Micron, merged with Hostpro
  • Live in a house full of hackers
  • Go to England, fall in love with photography
  • Meet my husband, Cord
  • Hacker House falls apart, everyone scatters to the wind
  • Hostpro decides to move all operations to Atlanta, I say fuck that.
  • Start up, Director of Development, Steelgate Systems, founder disappears, moves to Finland
  • Malestorm, a photographer collective of gay male photographers, forms and dissolves
  • Start doing Crew, row like a tall person, get over fear of water, capsize in freezing water, cox’n through a sudden squal.
  • Work for startup game company doing mobile boardgames, server backend, market isn’t there yet, startup shuts down
  • Transition to the cellular industry as a data analyst in tech support
  • OMFG worst industry ever, go to work for Real Networks, introduce scrumm to a test tools team
  • Lose a bunch of weight.
  • Starfish Studios starts
  • Get beat up during an Art Walk
  • Starfish Studios ends
  • Join the motherfucking circus
  • Open photography studio in the OK Hotel
  • Comcast floods the studio by bursting a water main
  • Close down OK Hotel studio
  • Get outsourced to India
  • Microsoft, Windows Live, Internal Tools team, fun job, great team
  • Buy a house in Seattle
  • Buy an espresso machine, learn to make great espresso
  • Begin working for Circus of Dreams as technical director responsible for performers and rigging
  • Hold four amazing shows, one auction, raise a ton of money for SeattleChildren’s Hospital, help fund cancer research into the effective use of scorpion venom
  • Trapeze partner lures me away from Microsoft to Tableau
  • Adopt Oliver
  • Adopt Dexter 1 year later
  • Learn to Rock Climb, do a bunch of freelance work for Vertical World
  • Shortly after, Cord’s studio shuts down, we relocate to Cupertino
  • Sell our house for a loss
  • Learn to pole dance
  • CA sucks balls, move back to Seattle area
  • Open a studio in Building C
  • Take over management of Building C website, redesign
  • Get married (yay finally legal) in a small ceremony in an old building with great food and lots of drinking and dancing.
  • Tableau IPOs
  • Become a Certified Scrummaster, for whatever that’s worth
  • Get MRSA from a small scratch in my arm, worst experience, do not recommend
  • Close down studio in Building C
  • Begin parkour in earnest, continue training to be Dick Grayson