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Rebooting/Reflection

My days in Las Vegas are numbered, 45 more after today to be exact. After over 7.5 years, I will be moving-on from live entertainment and onto new adventures.

This site has been intended to be a lot of things over the years. It started-out as a site dedicated to my friends and co-workers at Cedar Point (an amusement park in Northern Ohio. They might have a roller-coaster or two…). This was years before facebook, or MySpace, so it was one of the few ways outside of AIM (AOL Instant Messenger, remember that?) for us to keep in touch and share photos & stuff in the off-season. I’ve tried LiveJournal-type diary entries.  I’ve dabbled with the idea of making it into a travel blog a couple of times. I’ve also made several attempts at using it to showcase my amatuer photography. No, not that type of photography, you Rule 34 freaks!

But, each attempt has fallen to variations on the same theme: lack of time & interest. It’s easy to say “I’m too busy. I don’t have time for that.” or “Oh, I’ll get around to taking care of that later.” This is true of almost everything in life, and especially things (like an online blog) that don’t fill an immediate need or contribute to what you’re doing right this moment. It seems once you leave college and get out into the “real world” that any time not dedicated to work or to putting out the immediate fires that pop-up in your life is seen as time wasted.  That’s sad.

Now, as I work to wrap-up all the loose ends in my current situation and prepare to pack-up and start a new life in a brand new city, I look back and start to  wonder “Why didn’t I do more of this, or that, or this other thing?” I keep coming back to activities and hobbies related to learning and personal growth. This website and my online presence in general top that list. It’s time to change that.

In college, way back in the mid-1990s, I studied Journalism. This was right as “The Internet” was forming and was this cool, niche, new thing. “The Internet” was seen as a separate entity where all things were possible, and the old rules of the standard world no longer applied. People would talk about “cyberspace” and “the information superhighway” as if they were other places on the map, with different cultures and customs than our own.  I was convinced that I would graduate and then just walk into this new world of technology and do great things. And, I was going to …but then I got distracted.

Since leaving an IT job at my alma matter in 2000, I’ve been able to experience, do, and learn many, many different (and some amazing) things. As with all of our lives, there have been many ups and downs, along with some bizarre lurches sideways. but now, I’m ready to bring it home.

September 8th (45 days from today), will be my last day working for the magic show. I’ve been here for 6.5 of the past 7.5 years, and I’ve been able to experience and learn a lot. It’s now time to take all of these lessons learned and apply them to create new adventures. I’ll be moving to Chicago during the second week of September. It’s time to have the “big city lifestyle” experience in life.

I’ve also decided to get back into technology. I want to be part of team and feel like I am accomplishing something, as opposed to just coming into work and going through the motions for a few hours. It’s risky (in several ways), but, I’m trying to break into the tech startup scene in Chicago.

What in-demand skills do I bring to the table? Not a lot, except analytic & troubleshooting skills and a drive & passion for technology and the possibilities it brings. I have a life-long love of learning new things and an almost obsessive drive to create and solve problems. So, pretty much what most idealistic  college graduates possess, outside of a current IT/Programming degree.

For the next few months, I’m going to use this space to document and discuss/vent-about my transition(s). I hope that by writing about and sharing the experience, I’ll be more focused and proactive with things in my life, instead of allowing life to just happen to me. I will, after all, have an audience… ?

That’s enough rambling for now.

–Higbie–

Chicago Trip – Spring 2014

A couple of months ago, I had a week off work, so I did what I normally do: escape Las Vegas. I decided it was time to check-out Chicago …in February. Not my most well thought-out plan.

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Playing King’s Cup in the hostel’s common room.

Going from Las Vegas to Chicago, in the middle of a harsh winter felt something like being dropped-off on the planet Hoth; it was 12° F when I landed. Also, I was trying an experiment where the only luggage I took was my small 35-L North Face daypack. So, I did not bring nearly enough warm clothing! But, that’s what REI is for…

As I usually do when I take these solo trips, I booked a hostel in the city: Wrigley Hostel in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. It’s a fairly new hostel, and still a little small, but it was very nice, clean and had a friendly staff. It is also located in an excellent location, only about a block from the Addison Red stop, and more importantly, only a block from Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs. That would be a much better bonus during the baseball season.

I was only there for a few days, but I was able to catch-up with some old friends and see a lot of sights. I also met a lot of cool people at the hostel, including a guy who came up for the weekend from Orlando, FL (originally Venezuela). He was *way* too excited to see all of the ice and snow in Chicago.

Here’s photos from my recent trip to Chicago. [Flickr Link]

Hello…

Hey all (and by “all” I mean the one person, me, who actually knows about this).

I think I’ve finally decided what to do with this thing. As I catch-up with the Internet as it was in 2006, I plan on posting random things here. Mostly self-promoting posts that matter to just me. If you’re not me, please still feel free to read & comment.

The past couple of months, I’ve mostly been playing with my DSLR & trying to learn as much as I can about photography & PhotoShop. So, that will probably be what the majority of posts here are about for now. Yeah, yeah, I know. Yet another photography blog.

There will be other stuff, too. But as for content & update frequency: I make no promises.