My bead story begins with my first undergraduate degree in Biology, symbolized by the green and blue glass bead at #1. Pretty much beginning around that time, I began rudimentary computer gaming. I say “rudimentary”, because it was pretty primitive stuff back in the late ’80s. The 20-sided die (at #2) is frequently used in paper/dice gaming such as Dungeons & Dragons, which is what I was playing at the time that fed into the computer gaming and subsequent programming interests (at #3). A number of years went by, marriage, kids, jobs in web development, and I said “Hey, I could go back to school and REALLY do this computer science thing” so here I am at UMW (#4), majoring in computer science. This has lead into an interest in tinkering with small electronic gadgets, some soldering, breadboarding of circuits and a real desire to fool around with robotics, hence the gears charm at #5. I still make time to have a cup of latte (#6) with pals to discuss world issues and interests, and I’m really interested to see where all of this storytelling-journey-timeline-of-beads leads.