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Who are we, and what do we want?

Who are we?
We are just an average family ( I think?),  I'm just some guy that was raised by a blue-collar Mid-Western family.  I learned to use my hands alongside by brain.  My youth was spent as typically as you can imagine it, with a Nintendo...
I witnessed many projects come to fruition.  I watch as my dad laid out plans and manifested them into real projects.  I leaned on his experience to guide me through my first projects (not blogged).  I bled, I cried, I hurt, I learned.  Now my hands appear to be quite capable, and very little stands in the way.  Now I show my children. 
I made my way though College years earning a Bachelors in Computer Science, and have used that skill set to land a quality job that allows these projects to be possible. 

What do we want?
I don't know?  Happiness?  This blog is here to offer ideas and insights for myself and you the reader.  At times ideas can be hard to come by.  How can I best use this space, or what if we changed it entirely.  Most things are possible, however you must push your way through them.


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