Born and raised in the Ranch
I am 30 years old and I live in Highlands Ranch. We moved into our house here in January 1994 after my dad retired from the Air Force. Right now, I am a barista at Starbucks while I wait to take the bar exam in July. The goal is to eventually practice estate planning in the area.
Watching the area change as a barista
It may be the tint of angst-colored glasses of adolescence as well as the way memory becomes distorted, but through the interactions I've had with customers, I have found that Highlands Ranch has become a much more relaxed, welcoming, and diverse community than I remember it ever being.
A passion for chatting
I enjoy everything about my work — my coworkers and manager are amazing, supportive people, the work is active and enjoyable, and I get to talk to people and make them drinks. What's not to like?
I was given license to be myself the moment I stepped out onto the floor during training. To me, silence is something that can only be shared comfortably with those whom we are closest to. Nothing is more brutally uncomfortable than just watching someone work, or just watching someone wait in such an open environment. Because silence is so brutally and painfully awkward, I fill that void.
I like to get to know my customers; to hear their stories, sharing in their successes and attempting to ease their burdens in whatever small way I can, and in many cases make new friends, if sometimes only for a fleeting moment.
In my spare time I try to be as creative as I can, though oftentimes my ambition outpaces my ability. A few of my hobbies include gardening with my cat, practicing calligraphy, strumming on my banjo-lele, woodworking, and sewing. Whenever I can, I love to play tabletop role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons.Most people would know that from time to time, I am a mascot and clown for Insomniac Entertainment. This summer I will be traveling to Tokyo to once again don my costume and prove that I am the best to ever wear it. It's incredibly fun to act silly with the armor of anonymity, even if it does become quite unbearable in those outfits. There is also a thrill to being a mime that rides around on a full-size penny farthing tricycle.
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