Some of my part time jobs include: Package Handlers at FedEx and UPS; Security Officer at Six Flags Over Texas and Texas Rangers Ballpark; and seasonal Ride Mechanic at Six Flags Over Texas.
Most Interesting Job: Dallas Police Officer.
Most Interesting Experience: Being at Super Bowl 45 as a Police Technology Specialist for Arlington Police Department. Which included riding in an elevator with the Black Eyed Peas, seeing the half-time show, and knowing every nook and cranny of the Cowboys Stadium
Job with the most Perks: Toughbook Field Engineer for Panasonic
Job with my wife: We both worked at Fellowship Church (Fort Worth) and Allaso Ranch Camp and Retreat Center. At Fellowship, my role was to lead a team of volunteers as the Production Manager. At Allaso Ranch, I was the Programs Manager over all part-time staff, logistics, and camp activities.
I love flying. I grew up going to Air Shows with my family. My dad worked for an aerospace company. I am looking forward to pursuing my Private Pilot License and then someday be a part time Certified Flight Instructor. My wife and I have a blog, Plane and Simple Life, that I am documenting my thoughts and experiences with aviation, as well as sharing our journey with simplifying our lives.
I like outdoor activities. I love fishing and really enjoy fishing from a kayak. I grew up riding BMX in the neighborhood and jumping homebuilt ramps. I mountain biked and occasionally hit a moderate trail. I would love to get into touring on a bike. I love camping and used to go regularly when I was a Boy Scout. I was in a Toyota Tacoma off-roading club that went camping and trail riding in our trucks. I enjoy shooting firearms and would like to get into 3-gun matches. I have just started getting into Slackline.
I like being healthy. I loved doing Physical Training at Dallas Police Academy. We did Crossfit before it was mainstream. I enjoy creating my own weight lifting programs. I have had great success using nutritional supplements from AdvoCare.
I like DIY. I have built several pieces of furniture, including: an entertainment center, bed frame, and several large office desks. I recently remodeled a 36' 5th Wheel RV. Three days after moving into my previous house, I was knocking out a wall to remodel the kitchen and living room. I have built a 8'x8' shed that was used for a well pump, filtration equipment, and water heater. I built a 12'x16' sun deck on a hillside. I designed and built a wood rail fence with wire that spanned over 300' and included a 4' gate and a 10' gate. I enjoy working on my vehicles, especially installing upgrades. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty to tinker with something; I will figure out how it works and fix it (even if it wasn't broken to start with).
I like designing. I use SketchUp to create a 3D rendering and plan for all my ideas from furniture to structures. I have used Adobe InDesign and Illustrator to create typographical print media.
I like stage lighting. I have used GrandMA, Martin, and Jands consoles to program lighting sequences. I have created stage designs using everything from commercially available LED fixtures, LED tape, IKEA hanging lights, Chloroplast, and recycled pallets.
I like to develop applications. At a young age, I was building computers and learning how to make web pages with HTML. I've have developed simple web applications with Ruby and started learning Swift for iOS and MacOS development.
I like data. I am often compiling and analyzing data in spreadsheets to create pivot tables, crazy conditional formatting, and crunch numbers. Most of my development ideas revolve around collecting and analyzing data. I like NoSQL databases; MongoDB being most familiar.
My #1 strength is found in my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I am thankful to have a relationship with a God who is always with me, even through the times I am least Christ-like.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
-Philippians 4:13 ESV
My #2 strength is my wife. I met Janie while working at a church where her mom was one of my supervisors. I met her in 2006; we got married in 2009. I have seen her transform to a cute girl to a beautiful woman. She is the most Christ-like person I know. She supports me with most of my crazy ideas, but isn't afraid to tell reign me in when needed.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
-Proverbs 31:30 ESV
According to StrengthFinders 2.0, I have strengths in Maximizing, Ideation, and Strategy.
On June 28, 2016, at 12:12am, Jackson Theodore Latimer was born to Janie and I at 1 lb. 1 oz. and 11 in. A few hours later, Jackson was born into Heaven because of bilateral multi-cystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK). MCDK is a condition where the kidneys do not form properly and instead form as a bunch of non-communicating cysts. Bilateral MCDK is the lethal form, due to both kidneys not functioning, and occurs approximately 1 in 10,000 births.
The kidneys filter our blood and produces urine. In the womb, a baby's urine contributes to the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby. The fluid helps protect the baby and is instrumental in the growth of the baby's muscles, bones, digestive system, and more importantly, the lungs. In short, without the kidneys, the baby cannot develop fully to live outside the womb for more than a few hours.