Young kid from the south loved Colorado while visiting on vacation and decides this is place for him. Can't beat the climate, lack of bugs and these mountains. Eventually, I got a college degree in Chemistry from CU in 1993. This led obviously to... work as a carpenter and starting a pizza shop in Nederland.
After many, many pizzas- a need for less human contact led to the purchase of small ranch in SE Colorado. Before an old back injury forced me to reconsider my future, I raised bison for 18 years. During that time I helped a local land conservancy(Southern Plains Land Trust) by serving on their board for a decade and hosting many school groups and other events for them. I also donated many dozens of bison to Indian tribes for food and to help start herds on their reservations, and worked with the Denver Indian Center to host gatherings and hunts. And my ranch served as retirement facility for the Denver Zoo when they needed a home for their aging bison.
So back to the Front Range but now with a family. I tried real estate but not really my cup of tea. So I decided to learn 'programming'. I learned it from the internet. It was hard. I not only learned to program but also learned a bit about computer science and refreshed my math. Starting businesses, carpentry, and mostly ranching has honed what I think of as my best asset- problem solving. I have found that I bring this asset to the world of programming as well.
So i ain't got no formal education- but from my projects you can see that I took this endeavor quite seriously. I think my aforementioned education(University of Internet) highlights my abilities as a problem solver. I came across many hurdles with little guidance. Yet here I am confident that my hard won abilities will score me a new future.
Now living in Golden, still doing some carpentry. My interests and hobbies include wilderness camping, inline skating, tennis, gardening, sailing and keeping my border collie and teenage daughter entertained.
Thanks for your time, BuffBob(aka Robert Alsobrook, aka Thistle)