LJ Idol competition.
It's difficult to pindown what I think you should all know about me. For
one thing, I am not so pretentious as to think all of the minute details
of my life are remotely interesting, let alone spine-tinglingly
exciting. For another, there are space and time constraints to consider.
I grew up on a farm near a small rural community called Altona in
Manitoba, Canada. After graduating high school, I attended Bible college
for three years, where I obtained my B.A. I have spent the remaining
portion of my life thus far as a braille proofreader, both with the
Canadian National Institute for the Blind and for the Manitoba
government. So there you have the brief biography.
The single most important thing about me is my faith, that supercedes
all else. I am a Christian, first and foremost. I attend, and belong to,
a Mennonite church here in Winnipeg. If you wish to read my testimony,
it can be found here.
It will also probably give you some perspective to know that I am blind,
and have been since birth. Since many of the topics in LJ Idol are drawn
from our lives, and since my blindness is an inescapably big part of my
life, knowing this about me will probably help you to make sense of what
I write, if you choose to do so.
I live alone, am single, but have a girlfriend, kittytech,
who is the most wonderful woman a man could have in his life. I like to
read, write, talk to friends, be on the forefront of technology where
possible, drink Coke and eat pizza. I personally believe that ketchup
accentuates the flavor of a steak, it does not obscure it.
I look forward to meeting and befriending as many of you as possible in
the coming contest. It's all about fun, and I plan to maximize that fun
throughout the next few months. Thanks, Gary, for the opportunity, and
for overseeing the complexities of LJ Idol for another season.