Work-Life balance is important to me. I love...love being a scientist and spokesperson. It defines me and gives me something to strive towards. Also, I like to chat with people about ways to improve communication. But there is more to me than just that. I have other interests and abilities. Since this is a profile CV website about me, Steven Sobieszczyk, I thought I'd show those curious folks a little bit more about the real me. Make this a bit more personal.
As any parent knows, parenting is fun, rewarding, and incredibly time consuming. I would be remiss if I didn't mention this activity accounts for the largest chunk of my time. It also makes me do weird things like sketch pocket monsters on their lunch napkins.
Parenting also led to my former website (Your Next BIG Speech) and failed book (Dad's BIG Speech).
I bake for relaxation. Its about being organized and in control...yet creative. I've actually made a few for different events, including a college graduation and baby shower.
I'm an avid fantasy football player. I became so enamored with "The League" that after years of playing in public fantasy leagues on Yahoo, I decided to start my own league with family and friends. We are the "League of the Ordinary" and I am the commissioner. We vie for the Johnny Utah Trophy each year. I came in second last year. The trophy will be mine. Oh yes. It will be mine.
Yes, I went online and got ordained. I'm a minister in the Universal Life Church, Spiritual Humanism, and the Church of the Latter-Day Dude. I never performed a ceremony. But I can. And that's the point.
I encourage and support both mental health and physical health in people. How do I maintain my physical well-being? I run. A lot. I've completed five marathons and a handful of Tough Mudders (among other shorter courses).
As a scientist I study post-wildfire debris flows. To get access to burn areas I needed to complete fire school. Now I can fight fires and study their affect on dirt after...score! I also share information about them when the fires are happening.
I've been known to make things when necessary. "Builds," programming, design. I find a way to do what needs to be done, like building a "Self-mapping Sandbox" (augmented reality sandbox) from scratch. Yeah. I had to learn how to work in UNIX. Ubuntu rules!
I paint little things. Have I mentioned that I'm a geek? Or does that go without saying? I play games that involve a bit of roll-playing and the use of miniature figures. I design and purchase these little guys from places like Heroforge.com and then I paint them. Yes, they all have names. NERD ALERT!
Ever since Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition came out, I've been leading friends on different adventures through the Sword Coast and beyond. I love telling stories. I'm also on Roll20.net.
I also run a daily web comic "Thorhammer'd" based on my D&D character.
Mental Health Advocate
I've had my fair share of mental health issues. I'm not alone. I'm also not embarrassed about my struggles either. #ProjectSemicolon
I've always been a baseball and softball fan. I played baseball in high school and college. I wasn't good enough to go beyond that, but I was good enough to eventually coach. I coached boys middle softball while in college. As a grownup, I started to coach and play on a co-ed recreational league softball team.
I started out as a cartographer before moving into drawing and cartooning. I can hold my own in Adobe Illustrator. Not the greatest at Adobe Photoshop.
Answering System Voice
Call (503) 251-3200 after hours and you'll be greeted by my voice. Let me give you a secret, you don't have to listen for the options have NOT changed...since 2007.
Professional Mascot (Ret.)
This is a good story. I'll save it for another time.