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I'm a recent graduate (Dec. '98) from Virginia Tech, currently living in Seattle. I studied computer science and math and am now working as an AI software engineer at SHAI.

I really love Seattle. I live near Green Lake and like to head over there on sunny days to walk around the lake or play some pick-up soccer. I've managed to let another summer get by with hardly any hiking and camping. I swore I was going to take advantage of the recreation available here. I kept finding that I wouldn't take time during the week to plan, and then by the time we would plan something for the weekend it would be too late to start the drive. "We" is my boyfriend Scott and me. We also want to get over to the Olympic peninsula for some camping.

I hope also to get in some more skiing this season, but time seems to be getting away from me. I only went a couple times last year. We went up to Whistler over Thanksgiving and I felt I was having to learn all over again! The plan is to work a weekend day and ski a day during the week when it's not so crowded (course, that's been the plan since I moved here. Ha!).

Yes, it rains a lot in Seattle, but it's not so bad. It doesn't pour like back in Virginia, so the rain doesn't really keep people from doing anything outside.

When I'm not working, I like to hang out with friends I've met through Scott or from the 2 soccer teams I play on. There are a lot of Hokies in Seattle, working mostly for Microsoft or Boeing. I joined a gym right across from my office, and that really improves the odds of my not blowing off my workouts.

I bought a house last summer, so on those evenings and weekends that I am actually at home, I like to putzy around and fix things (the house was built in 1922, so there are plenty of chores). I never thought I would find myself owning an earthquake insurance policy! Some of the bigger jobs around the house, like replacing the bathroom floor, are on hold until I find out if Sound Transit is going to tear down my house for the light rail project. Looks like, even if they do, it won't be for at least 5, maybe 9 more years, so I should be safe spending some money.

I would like to improve my computer skills in my spare time, but I find that I may be more interested in math. Here are some books I've been reading for fun (and, no, they aren't all math and geeky books!). Read a geek joke.

I finally got a TV (Scott gave me his old one). So, the first couple weeks with it, I was watching it every night. I'm not a big fan of TV or TV-watching as an activity, so I'll be reverting back to my usual evening schedule of listening to the local NPR station, KUOW and putzying around the house or reading. I don't have cable, so there's no History or Discovery channels to watch.

Here are some pictures of me in my former life as a martial arts instructor (disregard the enthusiastic perm!). Check out Scott's photo album for pics of Seattle, Snoqualmie, Mt. Rainier, and more. He also has created an Algorithm Archive website and mirrors a bunch of FAQs, so his web site is much more informative than mine!

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