Not as much happened this year in terms of life position. Still graduated from college, still working the same job, already moved out of Seattle to the suburbs, and still married to Samantha. So things are feeling remarkably similar to last year, but now I seem to have some idea of what I'm doing.
We got 2 cats! After spending the last 23 years of my life mainly avoiding non- reptilian pets, I've finally warmed up and bonded with these kitties. My takeaway is that you cannot judge or even think you know about that which you certainly do not. Now I'm beginning to understand cats, more about animals, and humanity. If you don't like cats, I'd highly recommend spending some time with one (or two). I've been better off for it!.
Programming for fun has basically ceased. It's a wonder how working as a full time software engineer saps my desire to come home as stare at even more code. When I do, I have almost no time to write about it, so it's mainly for fun. All things in life require a balance, and this is no exception. Seeking: varied hobbies.
For fun, Samantha and I like to road trip around the beautiful Washington state (and maybe Oregon too), ride bikes, take hikes, and look at bodies of water large and small. We've also been watching a lot of Doctor Who. I'm perfectly content living a life of simple excitement coupled with relaxation. Everything is an adventure, it depends only upon one's perspective.
Until next year, don't sweat the small stuff -- and it's all small stuff
A lot can happen in a year. I graduated from college, got a job, moved to Seattle, and married Samantha. So things are feeling significantly different than they did last year, and I still have no complaints. Things change and people change and while there may be some merit in nostalgia, clinging to the past and drawing comparisons with the present ensures that one stays stuck. It's easy to get left behind while everything else is hurtling forward through space, and not realize that these things don't matter.
So I make a point to keep my head up, and to stop and look around once in a while.
J.Scott Williams and I in the 32nd Street Machine Room (March 2, 2012)
After graduating, I plan to leave this small town which I've come to love in exchange for the fast paced city life and promised prosperity. The pacific northwest has a hold on me which I can't shake, nor do I want to, so Seattle or Portland it is. But as they say, the future doesn't exist; I could spend time living or spend time making plans--easy decision
Hi, my name is Masen Furer. At the time of writing, I am 18 years old and just graduated from high school. I am now attending Western Washington University and perusing degrees in Computer Science, Math, and Physics. I was actively involved in student government in my high school years and now work as a counselor at a Washington State Summer Leadership Camp.
For the last few years, I have fixed computers for friends and family in my hometown and made a decent living for a teenager. Now I am seeking to use those skills that I have learned to expand my business and hopefully work my way through college in Bellingham, WA designing web pages and providing IT consulting services at a very competitive rate.
My education has taken me to many very interesting places over the years. My high school in small town Longview surprisingly has one of the best CNC/CAM programs in the entire nation. Being involved in that, I have learned so much about industrial prototyping and CAD, especially the practical application of such skills. In fact, I've been on a 3 student team team that has competed in a national competition for Automated Manufacturing where we have taken the bronze in 2008 and hopefully the gold in 2009! In fulfilling my community service requirement for graduation, I worked at a public access TV station and directed live tv! As well as filming and editing hours of community footage, I was able to use professional equipment and learn a lot about how broadcast works. In 2007 and 2008 I worked as a camp counselor for fifth grade students at a local elementary school, which was a very rewarding experience overall and taught me that, yes, I could deal with kids (if i needed to). Obviously I enjoyed it enough to come back for a second year.
My new goal in life is to see as much of the world around me as possible (and no google earth does not count). In 2008, I went to San Francisco with my dad and brother, which was by far one of the greatest experiences of my life. No, we didn't ride the trolley, but we did see Battery Alexander, a WWII era defensive post which was incredibly cool and featured a great view of the golden gate bridge. We drove down Lombard St., the curviest road in America supposedly, stopped by Haight-Ashbury, and walked along the wharf. And if anyone says you have to go to the top of the observation tower, save your money. The best view in the entire town is Twin Peaks and its free (plus gas)! In 2009, my family went to the East Coast (Boston, New York, D.C.) for a week and that was a trip! If you live on the west side and have never gotten over there, you have to. Washington D.C. is something you absolutely must see in your lifetime. There's just something about the East Coast, I don't think I could ever live there, but for a westerner it was so amazingly different than I'm used to. Just make sure that you have loads of cash if you're driving, because the tolls add up fast.
For hobbies, I basically love making things, I'm an amateur photographer, videographer, sound technician, musician, poet, and writer. But I'm always looking for ways to capitalize on my interesting skills. So, if you're looking for dirt cheap video work, semi-professional audio recording, or portraits, get ahold of me and I just may be able to help you out!
So for now, I'm just out there living my life and trying to experience as much as I can and meet as many people as possible. Trying to make the most of every day that I have and leave the world a better place than I found it, all while having as much fun as I can.