Not Allergic to Algebra.
When we last heard from Christy Ramsey (aka TGNP), she was telling me what–of the many things she does–is the one thing she loves the most. Hint: It’s not scrapbooking.
TGNP: I am a geek at heart. I love anything nerdy, techy, gadget-y or otherwise. I squee over stuff that a great deal of my friends don’t understand. And I don’t think you can truly call yourself a geek without at least some IT skills, whether it be networking, programming or whatever. Nerd, yes. Geek, no. Need skillz.
tubgoat: Well, unless you are adept at biting the heads off chickens.
Ultimate answer? Probably write.
tubgoat: So what is it about technology and humor? The two go together better than peanut butter and anchovies.
TGNP: They totally do! I think technology has allowed us to refine humor on a very broad scale. I know it definitely has helped me to tweak and adjust my own sense of humor for the last 7 or more years. It’s very easy to spit something out on the internet and see if it works or not.
tubgoat: I’m emailing your boss to tell him/her that you hate your job and are planning to leave so you can write full time about all the idiots you’ve had to work with.
TGNP: Bwahaha. I have a very cool boss. He would most likely respond to that email with “Fine.”
tubgoat: Though this is no longer the case–mostly–as little as ten years ago, IT was not considered to be a woman’s place. How long have you been interested in technology?
TGNP: Crap. Our company email is down. WTF? Heh, you can put that in the interview. Fixing stuff as I go along!
tubgoat: Was there ever a point where your realization of your female-ness negatively affected your progress toward geekhood? I’m not talking about encountering sexism as much as I am your own response to it.
TGNP: True story:
More often than not, I am not what people expect when they walk in to talk to the Network Administrator. Salespeople on the phone clarify that I am the person responsible, etc.
tubgoat: “Can ah please speak with yore boss, HONEY?”
TGNP: Heh, exactly. I try to have fun with it. I sit on a Customer Advisory Board for one of our vendors and I’m one of only 2 women. Even other women do it!
The guy I replaced at work was who I did my internship for my degree with. He was terrible to work for and gave me every busy-work, menial task he had. It was so bad I almost threw in the towel but had a professor talk me into finishing. Then that guy resigned from our company and I was the only other person who had a clue what was going on, so I was offered the job.
tubgoat: “De fault. The two sweetest words in the English language!”
TGNP: Right place, right time.