The Blog and I
Who am I?
I am a thirty-something redhead of mixed (Irish, Japanese, Dutch, and mixed American) decent. I work in the construction industry as a structural engineer though I started out as an architect. I grew up in Chicago but in June 2003 my family and I moved to Montréal. I have also lived abroad in Versailles, France on two separate occasions in 1991-92 and 1995-96 for a total of 18 months.
What about the blog?
I actually started this through a misunderstanding. I had been commenting regularly on the blog of my good friend John. At some point, I misunderstood that you could only comment if you had a blog of your own. So I created one and at the time the biggest thing in my life was the move to Montréal. I figured it would be a great chance to document my observations and thoughts. Plus I thought it might be a chance to contact others in the same or similar situations.
A few months after posting occasionally, I was ‘discovered’ by Chris Hand of Zeke’s gallery. He introduced me to the vibrant blog community in Montréal known as YULblog. I have been fairly active in the ‘community’ ever since.
I have never done well in my English classes. I was always better at math and analysis. So it has been quite a surprise to hear from others that they like what I have written. It has been quite encouraging and I’ve been trying my best to live up to those comments.
This blog’s origin was to discuss the differences between Chicago and Montréal. Along the way, I began commenting on current events, posting photos I’ve taken, offering my observations on other aspects of life, and just plain goofing around. I don’t know where this will continue, but it will likely grow and change as it has in the past.