I am a network administrator at an ISP. Well, sorta. I mostly do tech support and have only limited opportunity to learn new stuff because my company is very small and outsources a lot. I do have root on several internet-facing Linux servers, though, so that’s nice. My company is about to transition into a non-ISP field, so maybe I’ll get to learn something new. Scratch all that. I’m a paginator at a newspaper now. NOW I live in Minneapolis with my true love, whom I met in IRC, and work retail while looking for a real job (read: something where there’s sitting).
Welcome to goblinbox.com, my beloved work-in-progress. I’ve been maintaining this site for a decade. It’s lasted longer than any relationship or living situation or automobile I’ve ever had. This domain was registered on March 9, 2001 and contains thousands of entries and millions of words on the only topic I know anything about, which is nothing.
I have lived in Washington, Oregon, Iowa, New Mexico, and California. I have attended Sam Barlow High School, Mt. Hood Community College, Maharishi International University (now called Maharishi University of Management), the University of New Mexico, and Walla Walla Community College.
I was born in 1968 in Kennewick, Washington. I was raised by agnostics but I converted to Hinduism in my early 20’s. My spiritual name – which I received from my satguru, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi – is Tanusri, and it means “embodiment of beauty.” Let me save you a bunch of time in your spiritual journey: 1. there’s only a single consciousness in the manifest universe and that’s what we call God, 2. you truly were born for that Great Love you seek, and 3. you’re not your mind.
In college, I majored in classical voice, and later literature and then history, so you can tell I never gave a shit about money. Now I’m a divorcee who lives in her grandmother’s attic and was recently enrolled full-time at the local community college taking a bunch of courses geared at technical certifications in networking, like the CCNA and some other crap that may or may not have increased my hireability in this wonky economy. Three days before my unemployment benefits ran out I got a job offer from a previous employer, so I’ll never know if taking those classes would have helped or not.
When I’m not doing network stuff, I’m a blues and R&B singer. I’m pretty good at it, I guess, and I enjoy the heck out of it, but I’ve always had a day job.
I’ve been a vegetarian for twenty years. Well, a lacto-ovo pescatarian, to be more exact, because sometimes I do eat sushi. I’m left-handed, extroverted, aloof, and I adore reading and taking naps and sci-fi and gigging and drinking giant mugs of tea with milk. I hate TV (commercials are evil and make people feel inadequate and miserable) but I watch a lot of stuff on Netflix and Amazon.
I have no kids and no pets, and everything I own in the whole entire world would fit into the bed of a small pickup. I don’t happen to actually own a pickup, but I do have an old bicycle. It’s red. My aunt gave it to me. I dig it. I recently put baskets on it and now it rides like a cruiser.
I don’t eat refined carbohydrates if I can avoid it. That means no white flour, no white sugar, no white rice, no potatoes, and especially no HFCS. I do this because I really didn’t enjoy being fat.
My hobbies are collecting small electronic devices, maintaining this web site, travel, vintage film cameras, knitting, writing, cooking, and bento. I do not like alarm clocks, being flat broke, foods with weird textures, yard work, car crashes, or incisions (even though I had a really good time getting my wisdom teeth extracted, what with the intravenous Valium and all).
In other words, my talent is swimsuit and I want to be a veterinarian because I love children.