I grew up in the Midwest. My grandfather was raised a farmhand in rural Nebraska and served as a submarine commander in the Pacific during WWII. My grandmother grew up on a ranch in western Wyoming, rode horses and drove her own Model T around as a kid, and taught Kindergarten as an adult. My parents came from hearty stock with great ambition and they raised me no differently.
Today I get to travel the world as a bicycle guide, and build wheels on my time off. Not a bad gig, but it takes hard work. I am a guide for Trek Travel and wheel builder for Rasp Wheels at Dundee Cycles & Provisions - Omaha, NE, and I'm proud to have been born and raised in the Midwest, USA.