My Twitter bio used to introduce me as "A random, creative geek in an ongoing sordid affair with social media" and it took a long while for me to actually change it. My interest in social media started back in college when "The Facebook" was a relatively new thing and not yet available for students of the little private university I attended. I was an avid forum stalker and got most of my online socializing from art communities and alternative religion groups. It was the best introduction I could ask for. Content was original and oriented around conversation, person to person and as a group. I credit the multitude of online friends I had at that time with the leaps I made into maturity and adulthood.
I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in Cheyenne, Wyoming in a socially-constricted environment that didn't offer as much room for expression and diversity as I felt I needed in my life. I craved the big city life and moved to Denver after a year at college. The "Mile High City" was where I discovered how much fun networking with other humans was and worked a variety of jobs that exposed me to a variety of approaches to customer service. I thrived in jobs that required me to interact one-on-one with customers or the general public. My passion for a wide variety of topics was frequently my avenue into meaningful connections with people who are still friends today. I turned my socially awkward demeanor into a talkative, outgoing personality. Sort of.
In high school I knew I wanted to move to a big city and shared a dream of moving to New York City with my best friend. It took almost ten years, but I made that happen in the summer of 2013. I've called this giant leap out of my comfort zone and into the a whole other culture "Chapter Three" in the story of my life's adventures. NYC has propelled me forward in so many areas of my life and career that I can't believe I waited so long to do it. The people of the Big Apple are like family to me and every day gives me an opportunity to appreciate them and reflect on what makes humans tick. In addition to being everything I dreamed it would be, the city has tested my ability to look past the rough, brusk exterior it puts forward once the glamour has faded a bit and into the beating heart that keeps it so alive. You will find the kindest people here. You will find the elixir of dreams on the lips of every hopeful citizen. You will see history written across the faces of it's time-tested veterans. You can touch the fire that fuels a million ideas. This is my home and we have much to learn from each other.
My future is full of possibilities but right now is where the action is. I'm looking forward every day to the possibility of experiencing something new. And you can bet I'll be talking about it. It's what I do.
YOU JUST ASKED THE MOST POPULAR QUESTION EVER.
On a Friday afternoon in September of 1997, the 19th specifically, my dad asked me a question that would define my online identity for the unforeseeable future. That question was "What do you want your email address to be?" I was horribly unprepared for this question and quickly cobbled together two words that I could come up with quickly based on my personality and the nearest object I could find that was to be my tool for exploring the universe of The Internet. To spice it up, I added the year I would be 21 because when you're a 12 year old kid living with conservative parents, the idea of being legally able to drink has a dangerous appeal. I obviously did not mention this reason for choosing that year to my dad. I made it all seem very random. I'm not sure I that really fooled him. But either way, he sat down and booted up AOL to the tune of the squawking modem sounds so iconic to early access to the internet.
After a few mouse clicks, he was entering "mousebrat2006" into the new user form. I was elated. I had broken into the world of the internet. I was never going to be the same ever again. These days I've dropped the "2006", where I can, since crossing that milestone in my life is old news at this point. It also seems to encourage the idea that I graduated high school that year. I've tried several times to escape the moniker I gave myself over fifteen years ago with no success. This most recent reboot of my website has prompted a full embrace of the handle and it will bring a cohesion to the site and the various social media profiles I maintain around the universe that is The Internet. With all of that explained, let's move on to what you can come to expect when you see "MouseBrat" come up in your Google search.
- I am geek with nerd tendencies.
- I escaped Wyoming and moved to Colorado. I recently escaped Colorado and moved to NYC.
- I am in a romantic relationship with coffee and my iPhone. It's complicated.
- I am a child of the 90's and Britney will always be my queen.
- I am constantly striving to implement and improve on my life's philosophy of "no expectations, no apologies, no regrets".
- I find pizza and beer to be the perfect dinner date despite living mostly gluten-free.
- I've been a bartender, IT tech, lawn care kid, barista, book peddler, sandwich maker, and social media guru.
- I use words like "guru".
- I've been using "I" at the start of each item in this list and just now realized it.
- You have likely noticed that I think of myself as a comedian with a good sense of humor.
- You will have to just wait and see if you're right.