10 Things about Devin

1 )  I am a Christian

I grew up in church, but it wasn’t until I was 21 that I made a decision to truly follow Christ.  Since that time, I have not looked back.

2 )  I have been a webmaster for 14 years

I became a webmaster while working at a technology support help desk that I now help to manage.  I’ve been maintaining that department’s website and others for a decade.

3 )  I was considered a nerd in high school

People actually thought of me as a nerd in school.  I was an above-average student, but I was not naturally a genius.  I’ve known people who could do very little studying and get an A on tests.  I was not that person.  I had to study very hard to earn good grades.

4 )  I don’t consider myself to be a technology genius

When I get in technology circles, I actually feel lost sometimes.  I wonder what they are talking about and have to look things up.  People consider me a technology expert because I know a lot about computers and technology and how to use them, but I can’t say that I know the really technical things about hardware, servers, and networks.  It really lets me know the huge gap that exists in technical knowledge.

5 )  I have always been an entrepreneur

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a mind for business.  I used to convince my suppliers (aka my Parents) to provide me with boxes of candy from Sam’s Club, and I would sell them for 100% profit.  I even had teachers who were regular customers.

6 )  I prefer listening rather than reading

I love learning and gaining knowledge about lots of things.  My preference is to listen to the information rather than sit and read.  Many days, I listen to my daily bible reading.  It makes the experience more lively to me. I have also listened to thousands of hours of podcasts.

7 )  I can still do a back flip

Beginning in kindergarten, I started informal gymnastics.  We would stack tires and do a flip off them.  I took gymnastics classes in middle school and I really enjoyed it.  I can still do a back flip (off the diving board or on the ground).

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8 )  I have more than 10 email addresses

No technology guy should have less than 5 email addresses.  Seriously though, I run quite a few websites.  Each one needs its own set of email addresses.  There are also addresses that I use just in case someone decides to start spamming.  I can drop that address and quickly use another.

9 )  I can name the 50 states in alphabetical order

When I was in the 5th grade, our choir teacher taught us a song that consisted of the names of the 50 states in alphabetical order.  I never forgot that song and can still sing it.  It has definitely come in handy at times.

10 )  My favorite sport to play is basketball.  My favorite sport to watch is football.

I have been told that I am pretty good at basketball.  I can’t dunk like I used to in high school, but I’ve still got the fundamentals.  I play full-court 5 on 5 basketball during lunch nearly every Monday-Thursday in our gym at work.  I don’t care for watching basketball very much, though.  Football, on the other hand, is a game that I love to watch.