After I graduated high school, I found myself wandering pretty much aimlessly with no idea what I was going to do with my life. So I started working at a stereo store. Most of my jobs up to that point had been in restaurants, and to this day I have no idea why they hired me.
Because a high school friend of mine and I had done some exploring in the online world – which at the time was awfully limited – I decided that I’d buy a book on this MS-DOS that I had been hearing about. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a computer on which to try out any of my newfound knowledge. But I did know someone else who did. He worked at Radio Shack. He also was in the market for a stereo system.
Since he wanted a stereo and I wanted a computer, we worked out a trade. It was nice that we each happened to work somewhere that we could help out the other. Then I went to work writing small batch files on my brand-spanking-new Tandy 1000TX, after which I didn’t really touch a computer again for a long, long while.
In fact, it was probably the better part of five years. I decided that I needed to erase the bad mark in my college transcripts. Not literally. If only it were that exciting and I could be like Matthew Broderick in WarGames. But no, I just decided I’d take the Intro to Computers class again and do a bit better than I did the first time around so I wouldn’t have a D this time.
I actually did a lot better. Must have been because I went to class for more than the first two weeks. Since I had been in college for something like seven years since I graduated high school, I decided I should get something for all my hard work. I settled on the Certificate in Microcomputer Business Applications. Mostly because it would only require three more classes.
Unfortunately the teachers I had didn’t like the fact that I could breeze through class without paying attention (except to mock them), so one of them dared me to take a “real” programming class the next quarter, and she’d show me how it would be difficult. I took her up on the challenge, mocked her along the way and I still still passed with something like a 97. I think she might still be mad about it.
Eventually I ended up with that certificate and a degree in Computer Science, and I started working with computers in my real job. Then I started learning about Perl and PHP and databases and I got back into the online world, only it was a lot bigger (and faster) than it was so many years ago.
Then my day job went away when the company was acquired by another, and my wife and I decided to start our own company, at which point Everitz Consulting was born. Amazingly, the company hasn’t gone bankrupt (or caused us to do so) as of yet, and so it looks like I get to keep doing what I enjoy for at least a while longer.
If we’ve done business in the past, or you just want to take a look at what sort of things I’ve done, take a look here: