Hmmm. A bit about me... I hate talking about myself, I really do. But I'll give it a shot.
I was born and raised in Canada, and ended up in America. I've lived in Florida, Denver and am now in the Fargo, ND area.
Now for the skills department. I've done a lot of things over the years. Growing up I worked on farms since we lived in a rural area. When we moved to Toronto when I was 13 I ended up as the cook at the local watering hole, which I did very well. After getting bored with high school I dropped out in my final year with the plan to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and then go back to school as a "mature student". I worked at a gas station for a while, did some other cashier type jobs until I ended up working at a paper cup/plate factory. I ended up becoming a machine mechanic within 2 months of being there, I scored 97% on the mechanic aptitude test which made sense since I have been tearing things apart since I was a kid. After that I worked at a few other cashier types jobs during the recession.
Somewhere in there I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism and did the medieval recreation thing. My persona there was a 4th century Celt in what is now Scotland. I did a lot of medieval research including Norse (Viking) and ended up finding out what I wanted to do with my life. I became a mature student at University of Toronto then went into the Celtic Studies Programme which is a joint area of study with Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. I ended up planning everything out so I could stay within my area of study and still meet all the requirements for credits, knowing a hell of a lot before I got there sure helped in this. I planned on two majors and a minor and eventually getting my PhD and writing my doctoral thesis on Celtic Religion. Now that was a plan. Unfortunately my father became very ill half way through my first year and I had to drop out to take care of him, I made sure that I always had the option of going back to finish up. I didn't know it then, but my father had Hepatitis C which killed him several years later, all thanks to a blood transfusion at the hospital with blood from the Red Cross of Canada... yep, the tainted blood scandal.
In over 10 years in the SCA doing the medieval recreation thing I learned an awful lot. I learned a number of medieval combat styles with various weapons, although I never participated in the actual "combat" because I have the stereotypical Scottish temper... not something I wanted to lose with friends when there was the possibility of seriously injuring them or killing them. I did train a number of people how to fight in various styles, so I do know the styles, both the modern rules and the true effective way. I understand a lot basics in many things such as brewing, leather working, metal work, black smithing, weapons making and armour smithing. With some practice I could turn out weapons and armour including Damascus and what is commonly called pattern welding today, which was used by the Vikings and rediscovered by a friend of mine who is a master blacksmith, weapons and armour smith... who I was going to apprentice to until I got married.
For a while in there I started one of those correspondence courses on gun smithing, so I know a bit about that as well.
I did some time as a jewelry (silver, gold & platinum) grinder and polisher and can do some amazing things with silver and gold even though I can't sculpt to save my life, give me some files and a grinder and I can turn a shapeless blob into a panther laying on a tree branch... it came out crappy from the casters and I was bored so I spent the day on it. I also worked in an envelope factory and was slated to become a machine mechanic just before we decided to move to the US.
Other skills, computer geek for 13 years professionally. I worked on PCs, laptops, servers, printers and networks while I was a professional IT geek now I have another career but still work on computers and such. I also do some web stuff too, such as all of SurvivalistsSite.com.
As a hobby I like to work on old cars and trucks. I can do basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc. I do not solder, never could get the hang of it. I have been a Scout leader for 4 years, camped since I was kid, knew how to sail at one time, have had first aid training, can cook over any source of flame, have done archery, was always a pretty good shot with a bow or a rifle... so-so with a pistol the couple of times I have shot a .45 or 9mm.
Two of my favorite authors are Sun Tsu and Machiavelli. My former employer, and some people who have crossed swords with me, have discovered just how good a student of Sun Tsu and Machiavelli I am when given no choice.
OK, so it was a bit more than a bit. But that should give you a pretty good idea of who I am and the skills I have.
Some of you will know me from Yahoo or possibly the newsgroups as canuck_in_denver.
Mostly I am reserved, prefer the company of animals or just myself and the woods. I am my own worst critic and am generally much less talkative than this... in fact this post comes way too close to boasting for my liking. I guess it is sort of apparent that I can step up and take a leadership role of sorts, although I am much more comfortable being a team player I can and have been in leadership roles, I prefer the team approach to leadership, but can switch to a more NCO style if need be. Hehe, I have been accused of leading from the back before, which beats being the person in charge if you ask me... the NCO to officer style.
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