Tag, You’re It!

Since Shaan was nice enough to include me in his game of , and since I’m honored by the list of folks he included me in, I thought I’d play along. The name of the game is “Five CAD Things You Didn’t Know About Me.”

Read on for my five, and then I’m going to ask my cohorts here to include their five as well. It’s an amusing departure from the tech norms.

So, here’s my five:

  1. I started at Jones & Boyd, inc. on May 22nd, 1997. Until then, I’d never used any Autodesk products. I learned on Microstation at Texas Tech. I actually took tech drawing class from one Mr. Boyd at Tech…who turned out to be my first boss’ father. It’s a small world.
  2. The woman who taught me to use AutoCAD has a degree in Psychology. No wonder she had fun laughing at all the engineers.
  3. I got in to C3D by being REALLY annoying about the inadequacies of pipes in LDT. One of the guys from the Dallas Autodesk office called me in, asked me to sign an NDA, told me all about C3D (I think it was Vine at that point,) and told me to shut up about LDT. It’s an effective way to silence your critics in my opinion.
  4. Cannon is my baby. Well, sort of. It’s named for a great ski area in New Hampshire. About two releases ago, I went to a Gunslinger event early and had a chance to ski with Dan Philbrick, Rob Todd, and a few other Autodesk folks. They really enjoyed watching this poor guy from Texas attempt to ski after 10 years.  That’s Dan and I at the top of Cannon. You can see Canada in the far distance. Dan’s son (who can ski like a fiend!), “Dad, was Cannon really the right mountain for Mr. Wedding?”
  5. It’s only marginally CAD related, but I have a wood shop in my garage. On numerous occasions I’ve combined my nerdliness with powertools by drafting up shapes and patterns for full size parts so that I could paste them to my wood to act as a template. Right now though, I’m more into rust removal.

So, now my cohorts can post their top five here. And since it’s virtual tag, I’ll send it to Anthony, Scott, and Angel. Their turn to put up something interesting.

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