I have a number of diverse hobbies and interests:
I am a certified rescue diver, and used to be the store manager of a dive shop in Austin, TX. I’ve logged hundreds of dives and I am proficient in underwater navigation, mixed gases, deep water diving (max depth achieved = 200′), wreck diving, and underwater recovery. I prefer wetsuits lined with wool from New Zealand sheep.
I am a certified emergency first responder, and I’ve completed training in CPR and first aid. You take those classes and expect never to use them, but in 2006 I rescued a woman from highway 183 who had fallen out of her vehicle while traveling 65mph. I came home covered in blood, but the victim survived. Get your CPR certification today folks.
I raced alpine slalom in high school. I was on varsity for a state-ranked ski team, and spent 60 days per year on the slopes. It’s still a favorite activity today.
I am an avid mountain biker with thousands of miles of single-track logged. I relish the opportunity to take on new challenges including technical riding. I built my own full suspension mountain bike, and have replaced half the components at least once due to crashes and falls.
I have participated in four international mission projects including travel to Trinidad in 2002 and 2004, Ecuador in 2003 and the Venezuelan Amazon Jungle in 2004.
I love running and I completed the Missoula Marathon in 2010. I raced on our varsity high school team, competing at State. I could run a 5k in roughly 16 minutes. I’m a lot slower now, but it’s still great to be a runner.
I’m skilled at making Dry Ice bombs. Why? Because we can, and we’re men.
I once blew up 1400 balloons to prank my uncle while he was on vacation. Some of them were full of water, others confetti. Some were in the bathtub, and others in the toilet, and others in the toilet tank, and others filled with helium unreachable in the skylight. I never start prank wars, but I do end them.
Other interests include hiking, boating, camping, kayaking, photography, and web development.