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January 30, 2008

I've Been Blog-Tagged

When you read a blog do you ever think about who's doing the blogging? Do you think you know this person? Well, about a year ago a blogger named Jeff Pulver started a fun game called "blog tag." The idea is to encourage bloggers to share some little-known facts about themselves. Blog tag rules: Reveal eight things about yourself that others may not know. Then perpetuate the game by "tagging" eight other bloggers.

Think of this as a chain letter for bloggers. While I don't generally forward chain letters (so please don't send me any), I decided blog tag is a nice, friendly way to share some personal information and to encourage other bloggers to do the same. The renowned DB2 expert Willie Favero tagged me. Thanks, Willie.

Now, here are eight things you may not know about me:

  • I live in Illinois, but I grew up in Fresno, Calif., the gateway to Yosemite National Park.
  • I taught jazz, ballet and tap dance, performed in the Nutcracker Ballet for the Fresno Civic Ballet and danced in West Side Story for Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater in Fresno.
  • Back in 1977, I competed at the Long Beach International Karate Tournament. When I got out of the van, I was standing next to Chuck Norris, who at the time was one of the world's top black belts.
  • I became a cabinet maker immediatly after high school. It was three years before I decided to go to college and pursue a degree in computer science.
  • I'm currently a member of the Palatine Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT) and recently received my amateur radio (HAM) license, KC9MRL, so that I can provide communication support in emergencies when phone systems are unavailable.
  • I've written several technical articles for magazines--most recently, IBM Systems Magazine. (OK, you may already know that one.)
  • I even wrote a few chapters for a book on DB2 with a group of other writers. However, the publishing company went out of business and the book was never published. I'd love to have the opportunity to publish a book on DB2 with a group of other DB2 experts.
  • I believe it's important to stay connected with friends and colleagues. When invited by Chris Eaton to join the Facebook group, "The Face of DB2 DBAs," I not only joined, but encouraged everyone I could think of to sign up. It's a fun way to keep in touch and learn more about other people through pictures and stories. I also just created a group for the Chicago Midwest Database User Group (MWDUG).
  • Prior to taking a job at SoftBase System as a technical sales guy, I worked for the startup company, Expand Beyond. There I developed the first wireless product to manage DB2 from your phone or PDA--it was called Pocket DBA for DB2.

Now it's my turn. "Tag" to these eight bloggers: