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Consultant, Web Developer, and Software Engineer in Knoxville, Tennessee
Hi Everyone. Thanks for visiting my profile here on about.me. A little bit more about me. I grew up the son of two parents who both worked in the entertainment industry. My late father was a professional musician and entertainer and my mom was a professional bartender in the many night clubs and hotel lounges that my dad was booked to to play at. Growing up, my dad was not one to let either my brother or myself lay around. Dad wanted both us to know how it was in the real world real quick, so my brother and I started working as our dad's band roadies at the age of three years old. We'd haul our dad's band's music equipment in and out of gigs where my late dad was booked to play at. For me, this lead to both a fascination and a passion for electronics. Sensing that, my mom bought my first soldering iron for me when I was seven years old and I started fixing my late dad's music equipment. I was soldering joints on guitar pickups, plug in's, guitar cord ends, and XLR mic cord ends and tuning guitars with an electronic tuner before I could even read. I went on to troubleshooting and repairing dad's PA systems as well. Dad saved a lot of money by having me do the work instead of sending his gear to a music shop and get charged a lot of money by their technicians for doing the work instead. Dad used to always tell me that I was the backbone of keeping a roof over our heads and food in our belly's because if his music equipment didn't work, then he couldn't play gigs and earn money to support us as a family. It was a huge responsibility at a young age, but one I took very seriously. As I got older, I'd planned on becoming a consumer electronics technician fixing TV's, VCR's (remember those), microwave ovens, DVD players, home stereo systems, and just about anything else that had a plug on it. Only problem was, now most electronics stuff is now made in either Japan or China on the cheap and sold here on the cheap. So when someone drops or breaks something, they just go to a store and buy another unit, instead of sending it to an electronics or TV repair shop. So, in the 1990's when computers and dial up Internet became the big thing, I migrated over to being an IT Support Technician. I did this in addition to the fast food management job that I had at the time also. I still repair things that have plugs on them, but I mostly do IT Support now. For more information about me, please click on the blue "Visit My Website" banner to go to my web site. Thanks for reading