April 1, 2002
The picture you see to the left is a self-portrait I took about a year ago (2001). I was playing with a new digital camera at work and was exercising a little narcissism. This is one of about 20 pictures I took of myself that day. It is one of my favorite pictures. I feel like it says everything about me and nothing all at the same time — my own digital paradox.
I have two all-consuming loves in this life: baseball and politics. This fact is probably the first thing you will come to find out about me after being told that, "no, I was not conceived in a Chevy Nova." I would say that of all the interests I have had over the years, my passion for baseball and politics (not necessarily in that order) has never waned. Sure, I get disillusioned like in 1994 when I bought plane tickets to San Francisco for the sole purpose of seeing the Giants play in Candlestick Park, only to see the season brought to an end by a strike. Or the devastating realization that George W. Bush was indeed being recognized as the 43rd *President* of the United States of America. However, I have remained steadfast and every once in a while, I am reminded why I have a baseball diamond tattooed on my back (2001 World Series) or why I continue to care so much about a country that has committed so many wrongs (Michael Moore — there is nothing more to say).
I have 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Anyone who knows me well will say that I am obsessed with my family. Not a day goes by that I don't at least talk with my older sister Vanessa and usually, it is more than once a day. If I don't talk to her, something always feels amiss. My sister has saved my life a million times and has sacrificed much to give me and my brother a chance in this life. My brother Gabe is my roommate. For fear of being chided, I will not go into detail about my relationship with my brother, other than to say, he is a cool guy and I couldn't be luckier just to know him, let alone be related to him. My other siblings are much younger than me, but not any less precious. In fact, when I bought my first car as a 19 year-old, I could not convince the sales-person that I indeed wanted a sedan so that I could lug my 4 younger siblings around. He just couldn't see a young adult wanting to spend so much time with their younger siblings. I am crazy about these kids. In order from oldest to youngest: Natalie (14), Johnathon (13), Taylor (11) and Austin (8). I am going to create a family tree page soon, so I will go into more detail about each later. I don't see them nearly as much as I wish or should, but they have made my life so rich with energy and enthusiasm and pure joy.
As for what I am up to now? I am earnestly plugging away at my job at adidas. Right now, I am working on an internal web page for the organization I work for within the company. It is very exciting to be working on this project, because I believe it will help me increase my job opportunities in the future. I am also pining for a special someone who is going to school in New Zealand right now. He is seriously the coolest guy I have ever met. We have been dating for a little over a year now and I am going to be visiting him in late August. Needless to say, the days drag on when I think of how much I miss him. His name is Peat and he runs the server that this website is hosted on as well as maintains his personal website, Peat.org.
(Don't pay attention to the stuff that talks about the site, it's all changed now. Plus, I am also a bit older…) Okay, let's start things off logically. My name is Nova. I am a mid-twenties female from Portland, OR. I was born and raised here and have lived elsewhere only 9 months of my life. Spirit of 77.com is my online stomping ground. Everything on this site has something to do with me — who I am, what I like, what I don't, what is important to me, what ideas should remain theoretical, etc.The links above will take you to different sides of me: * who I am as an individual (the page you are on now) * who I am as a member of the human race * who I am as a bread-winner * who/what I have been or am currently inspired by. I am always very excited to add new features to this site, however, be patient with me. As with many projects for me, it's a mood thing. The post immediately below this section will always be the most current information about what it is going on with me or what I have been thinking about. In a sense, this is the *news* page. In the coming months, I will be adding more features to the other links. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better and I promise this site will provide more than just insight into my everyday life. I am shooting for much more than that.