In 2002 I started a web development company in Richmond Virginia, reality66. The self-employed lifestyle is fantastic. Generally, I end up working significantly more than the standard 40 hour week. Along with that, however, comes the freedom to go apple picking on a Thursday afternoon (something we did last fall at Carter Mountain – highly recommended) and we usually get to eat lunch with my family every day.
I really like open-source software like WordPress. I work on a laptop running Ubuntu and have purchased several computers from System76. The System76 machines have provided the best linux desktop experience I’ve ever had – by far. I currently work on the Oryx Pro from System76 and really like it.
On a personal note, I love music and poetry. I’m a singer/songwriter and play the acoustic guitar. I’m particularly found of music by Sons of Korah, James Taylor, Norah Jones, and Amos Lee. I love the water also. My wife and I both love to kayak – tour style – around the Potomac River. We also try to get to the beach at least once per year. Recently we’ve been frequenting Myrtle Beach SC.
As an umbrella over all of the above, I am a Christian. I was raised in a Christian family, but in the Summer of 2002, through a series of interesting events, I became a fully devoted follower of Jesus. While the story has many details, two things, in particular, were very meaningful. First was my study of the physics, chemistry, and biology surrounding the origins of life and the universe. The second was the evidence (both secular and biblical) for the bodily resurrection of Jesus. I’m truly inspired by my church family. I am one of the worship team leaders and have made the best friends I’ve ever had in my life.