DocAnderson introduced the idea of an @Introduce_Yourself_Challenge. Okay, it was an idea he had rather than a challenge, but I’m turning it into a challenge.
The idea is simple. For many people here on Virily, we know about some of the other writers only through what they’ve written. Yet, it is an inevitable truth that regardless of what we write about, the one thing that each of us is an expert in is ourselves. It is likely that nobody here knows you better than you know yourself.
By getting to know each other, there is less chance of negativity and disagreements to enter into the picture. Hence, the introduce yourself challenge. This is a chance to honestly introduce yourself so others can get to know the real “you”.
For me, I was born in southern Oregon and spent the first 12 years of my life living at Crater Lake National Park. That instilled a love of animals and plants, so I’ve been rehabilitating injured animals from the age of 8 and learning what I could about plants. I’ve also rescued many cats and a few dogs.
I’m a gardener now, particularly of tomatoes and flowers, and love growing things. I’m the groundskeeper at our church, which is an Assembly of God church called Church On The Move, here in Montana. I’m ordained, but I’m not a pastor in our church. I’m content to be the groundskeeper and to occasionally run the computer or sing in the choir, though I continue to study the Bible, too.
My wife and I have been married for almost 41 years and our anniversary is September 9. We have two adult children, boy and girl, and several grandkids…no great-grandkids yet.
Professionally, I’ve fought forest fires, worked on a road crew, and spent about 20 years in the restaurant business as a dishwasher, waiter, cook, head cook, and manager. I spent over 20 years in the computer technology field, mostly as a support technician, senior technician, and software technical engineer. Many of these were leadership roles, though I never want to be thought of as a boss. I’ve also been a customer support manager and have co-owned a site similar to Virily.
I sing and play 8 musical instruments. In fact, I met my wife while running a jam session. For most of my life, I’ve sung tenor, but in the last 6-7 years, my voice has gotten deeper and I’m presently learning to sing bass and baritone.
I’m also a writer and have two published books, both science fantasy and neither of them especially good. I need to rewrite both of them.
We’ve always had a lot of pets and currently have fewer than we have for decades; 3 dogs, 6 cats, 3 doves, 2 rabbits, a toad, a turtle, and two chickens. The chickens aren’t pets, but they think they are. Still, they produce 2 eggs a day and we are due to get another two chickens. That doesn’t include our daughter’s pets.
Our 37-year-old daughter lives with us, though she is planning on moving to Guatemala in late September, to be with her husband of 9 years. He was deported almost 7 years ago, though she’s visited him and they talk daily. Understandably, she misses him. Our daughter, Cat, is a licensed CNA (my wife was licensed until it expired) and has a bachelor’s degree in English. She is currently working on her Master’s degree and isn’t far away from getting it. Her college GPA is 3.92, which is higher than mine (Oregon Institute of Technology) was (3.89 GPA).
I love to learn and love to teach and find that I learn by teaching, yet I’m not a formal teacher. I do try to help people when I can, though, which is part of a good teaching philosophy.
That is the basics of who Rex Trulove is. Who are you?
Are you going to accept this challenge, to introduce yourself?