I’m not sure who all is still here anymore, and thus who will read this. I’m also not sure if I’m going to use this space or create a blogspot or something. As it is I have to go find a new fitness blog, maybe I’ll put other stuff there too; I’m not sure; but for the moment, for here, I’m writing a re-introduction.
My name is Chris, I’m 29 and live in the greater Sacramento area. I was born and spent my first few years in the bay area before my family ventured slightly east to escape the rising cost of living. I just bought my first home a couple months ago and it’s the first time I’ve lived completely by myself for more than a couple weeks. I absolutely love it. I’ve always loved my personal space, being able to be by myself so this is sort of the epitome of that. The house itself is pretty nice, it was gutted/remodeled prior to my purchase but the backyard is a semi-blank slate which gives me a project to work on.
Sacramento in and of itself isn’t anything special except for the river parkway we have, with bike trails and horse trails and it cuts right through the city. It’s also within an hour and a half of Lake Tahoe and 2 hours of San Francisco, making either an easy-day trip. Historically this has helped make up for Sacramento’s general lack of a good night life and more importantly for me, grants a ton of outdoor activity options. I especially love cycling, hiking and swimming. The water is a little chilly up this far but it’s workable. I used to ski and started to learn to snow board, but haven’t been in a few years which is something I’d like to remedy. Currently I’m dieting/exercising off the last 30lbs I gained from a severe Vitamin D deficiency a few years back that caused massive muscle atrophy and sent my metabolism through the floor. I've been at it for a while but now out on my own I have far tighter control over what is around me food-wise.
As for what I do; I’m a Systems Engineer for the state of California. It’s an IT-position in large corporate environments that focuses on automation of IT processes and management of the desktop environment. Essentially my job is to ensure that as the workload on the IT department increases, we can automate current and new tasks so that our total staff levels stay the same (or decrease). The job is somewhat stressful, and often challenging both of which I enjoy. The best part however is the management above me; my lead and supervisor are awesome and supportive. While some of the work itself can get old after a while, the work environment they create is so cozy I can’t imagine leaving as long as it lasts. Plus one of our side-focuses has been on eliminating the repetitive work through intelligent design (or redesign) which continues to shift us further into a developmental role. In short I’m happy and I make good money; there isn’t a whole lot of places for me to go from here except into management; pretty much anything else is just a lateral move with a different emphasis which I could be game for down the road as a change of pace. Ideally I’d like to get my 20 years in (securing pension & full benefits in retirement) and probably transition to private industry where the money and perks are substantially better. That said I believe strongly in public service, and truly value my position as an opportunity to make the government more efficient. Every little bit helps after all.
As for the rest of me.. well, I suppose I shant get much into that, as it’s always changing anyway; depending on my mood or perspective I could describe myself in completely opposite terms from one day to the next. I’m critical and somewhat cynical, but I try to be positive and supportive. I enjoy people and like to share experiences but most of the time, don’t feel the need to be in a relationship and do need my personal space. I try to take things as they come, keep an open mind, and enjoy each moment while I have it; but at the same time I’m well-informed, opinionated and defensive. I love cars, music and movies but my reading consists mostly of technical documentation and non-fiction. I’m not religious and have a general disdain for organized religion, but if I were I’d be Jewish, which I technically am by heritage.
Enough rambling I guess… My purpose for this wouldn’t be day to day bits and pieces of me, but more of what I’m doing, like projects or decisions about my stock portfolio or what have you. Stuff I wouldn’t mind recording and other people may be curious about the how, what or why.