|My loving parents|
Chances are that if you've found your way to this page you already know who I am (Doug Mandell) and where I come from (Chicago). I could try to continue on with an elaborately fabricated history of Doug, but I'm not a writer and I think one paragraph is probably enough to spend on that excercise.
So here's my plan, I figure my time is best spent catching you up on what I do now, what I enjoy doing, and introducing you to some of my closer friends. If you're not in the links I provide here, drop me a line and I'll add you, assuming of course I don't hate your guts. So....here we go:
Post Sullivan High
After I graduated from Sullivan High School I moved out to Portland to attend Reed College. Reed isn't much of a school in terms of athletics (I started on the school soccer team my freshman year, and the only other sports they have are men's basketball and women's rugby). There's also an end of the year softball tournament, which I've played in every year since '96. I've reached the finals once and the three times, but never grabbed that brass ring. I've assembled a team again this year, this time we'll have matching shirts and HATS...we'll kick ass. I'll post pictures after the tourney (end of April). In order to further satisfy my softball jones I'll be playing for a local Portland softball league, if I don't embarass myself too badly I'll have photos from that as well.
A 1997 bike trip around Michigan|
with camp. I never led one of
these as an HA
After Reed I lived with my friend Paul and went to work for a tech support company, which very nearly killed me. I've got lots of tech support horror stories, but they're the usual "angry person hates my guts" stories you can find from tech support people all over the internet, suffice it to say it was a really hard time and I was glad when I was able to get away. Paul left his job to go work as a lawyer, and his company (first called Creative Multimedia, then Ledge Multimedia, and at that time called Dataware Technologies) decided to hire me on to replace him as the local network administrator. It was a BIG step up, a great job, nice office, good people, I had a lot of fun there.
Post Tech Support
Charles and Sean building a|
CATAPULT in our garage. I didn't
stick around to watch them fire it.
|Bathrooms Iowa style. I had no idea how much fun urinating in corn would be until I gave it a go.|
And then in November it all came crashing down. My company, which by that time was called LeadingSide, was in the crapper. It had fired all of the salespeople in our office (the main office was in Cambridge, MA) and wasn't bringing in any new business, which led to many days being spent playing darts. In the middle of November Cambridge finally shut us down, and I was out of a job. The plus side was that by the time I was fired I had a much deeper understanding of networking, and had a pretty decent understanding of Windows 9x, NT, and Linux, which meant that it wouldn't be long before I found work.
As it turns out I didn't really have to look for a job at all. Before I even finished getting my resume together my old boss from LeadingSide (Meara) called me and asked me if I wanted to come to work for her, which was nice because I enjoyed working for her and I didn't have to worry about going out and finding a job. So that's where I am today, working for Meara and living pretty much as I have been for the last couple of years. I expect to be able to attend Ragbrai and camp again this summer, I'll try visiting Chicago a couple of times during the year as well.
So, there's your gigantic dose of vitamin D(oug). If something new and exciting happens I'll update, but I wouldn't check more than once a year if I were you. If you want to know more send me an email, in the meantime... take care! I haven't changed this page for some time, but I just wanted to add that I hope for this to be the world's best bacteria on toilet site on the internet. Please check out all of the bacteria on toilet links.