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Who ARE you people?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by BobMurdoch, Feb 13, 2004.

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  1. sampatterson

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    38, married 11 years, one son (1 year 2 months old), am CEO of a multinational software company. I currently commute to work each week from Atlanta to Seattle (Sun-Wed) since August, hopefully my commute will end at the end of March. Love all things satellite, computer, audio/visual. Travel is my first love (62 countries visited so far). Speak fluent English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Currently learning the Mayan language (yucatec version) as my wife's family's culture is Mayan. Current hobby is learning about quantum physics (althought I only get about 1/3 of what I read!!!) and studying Mayan history and hieroglyphics. (note my avatar is a Mayan symbol)
     
  2. Tyralak

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    Wow. Mayan is quite an accomplishment. Is it an especially difficult language? What software company, or can you not say?
     
  3. sampatterson

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    Mayan is the most difficult language I have studied (more so than Japanese or Chinese). The grammar is extremly challenging to me. Also there are so many different variations of Mayan that once you learn it, it can really only be used in a very specific region. My wife's father speaks it fluently, but no one else in her family, so very hard to "practice" with someone, which I have found is really the key to learning a language.

    The company is www.componentsource.com
     
  4. Nick

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    ...and now, in the category Longest Commute, the DBSTalkie goes to <drumroll> Sam Patterson! <applause>
     
  5. mwgiii

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    Wow, I thought my hour round trip commute was a bitch.
     
  6. Bogy

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    No wonder Sam is so grumpy. :D
     
  7. Richard King

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    Interesting symbol. When I first saw it I thought it was a space traveler out of a science fiction movie. Gee, I wonder if the Mayans DID have help in doing all their building projects. :D
     
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    :hi: My name is Darrell and I am a HD addict. I've been a Network Admin for the last 15 years and just moved to a new job supporting Network Applications. I write database apps and have the pleasant task of teaching end user's how to use the apps. :nono2:

    I am 51 3/4, almost divorced, :D , have a brilliant, beautiful 7 1/2 year old daughter adopted from China and she is the love of my life. For fun I just joined a singles club called "Events & Adventures" that sponsors tons of cool stuff for singles to get together and mingle, from Art walks to trips to Australia.

    For fun I like to hike, backpack, beachcomb, walk the dog and kick back and relax in front of my brand new 110" diagonal HD movie screen powered by a Boxlight Studio Experience 2HD 720P native front projector. :new_popco It is powered by a surround sound system pumping out 1000 watts of ground shaking, wall rattling power. :uglyhamme

    I like to bitch about the crappy picture quality of Dish Network's SD channels :goodjob: and rave about the pristine PQ of HD :righton: . I'm not really as cranky as I seem on these forums, I just can't stand how bad Dish compresses their picture and the poor quality of their hardware/software.

    In the divorce I got the house, the dog and the cat, she got the car and custody of my daughter :down: .

    And my commute is 1 hour EACH way. :nono2: But my job allows me all day access to the internet so you're stuck with me during the day and I just got DSL at home so I'm more connected during the off work times, sure beats the old dial up modem .

    I love these forums and a lot of you seem like family. :sure:

    Later
     
  9. BobMurdoch

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    My commute is 1.3 miles. Man sometimes on a bad day it takes me almost 5 MINUTES to get to work (removing tongue from cheek now)
     
  10. sampatterson

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    Hopefully just until March, then I will be back to my 15-20 minute commute. Much better than the 8+ hour commute I have now.! :eek2:

    I get paid veeeerrry well, so I don't complain too much.

    As far as being grumpy, I am only grumpy when people think that CEOs just sit on their rumps and collect a ridiculously high paycheck. Some of us have to work our asses off, and make huge sacrifices so that all our shareholders can gain. Thus I get paid well.

    Otherwise I am a pretty happy camper. EXCEPT I STILL DON"T HAVE A DERN 921!!!!!
     
  11. Bogy

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    Sam, just remember that some of us work our asses off, and make huge sacrifices, and don't get the big paychecks. But if we are lucky we are happy doing what we are doing. Hang in there until March. :D
     
  12. Nick

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    About your Mayan avatar, Sam, after a careful study, I have determined that it was, indeed, inspired by visitation from ancient space travelers. Detailed examination of the image reveals that these entities were friendly and would pose for drawings. Also, they
    - were short, or slightly compressed by Earth's gravity
    - had one disproportionately large eye, with exceptional sensitivity in the IR range
    - traveled with either small offspring or pets
    - couldn't breath Earth's atmosphere
    - wouldn't travel without their blankie and their railroad crossing sign

    Just thought you would want to know. :)
     
  13. JM Anthony

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    Since I live in Seattle and am easily swayed by $$, we could cut a deal and I could sub for you until March! Heck, how much damage could I do in a couple of weeks???
     
  14. sampatterson

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    I agree totally, and remember it constantly.
     
  15. sampatterson

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    :lol:

    That might work! I just hope my next stint isn't in our Tokyo office. I'm afraid I would have to move there for a short period as I can't see commuting 15 hours each way!!!!! (plus 14 hour time difference) :eek2:
     
  16. sampatterson

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    :lol: I think they might breath underwater. They also might have migrated to Loch Ness. More research needed...
     
  17. Ron Barry

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    Guess I will throw my two cents in. I am 40, married and have a 3 year old son. I work as a Software Engineer and I have been in the field of Networking and storage devices for the last 10 years. I have worked on distributed systems and also have experience in embedded software. My recent position has taken me back to Java development which is where my passion lies.

    My career has taken me through OS/2 development into the Unix world and now I have landed in Linux land. Anything to stay away from Windows... Yuck!!

    My hobbies include Photography, video editing, Home Theater, and an occassional hike or two. I hiked Whitney in a day!! Woo Hoo.

    I am a big reality show nut and I usually find myself getting in trouble on threads that discuss software process and why there are so many bugs with Dish products. For the record, I am not a Dish employee or a Dish fanatic. Just a Software Engineer with some insight into what happens behind the scenes and why bugs reach the field. ;) Also for the record, There is no such thing as bug free products. In my humble opinion that is. ;)
     
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