“I like the cover,” he said. “Don’t Panic. It’s the first helpful or intelligible thing anybody’s said to me all day.”– Arthur Dent, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Hey there. I go by JP.
Currently, I am employed by the City of Austin as a Senior IT Network Administrator. It probably goes without saying but I will say it anyway – all content on this independent website represents my personal opinions and are not those of my employer.
Prior to this, I started my professional career off working in the project management office at Grand Canyon National Park. I was a Project Coordinator and later Project Manager who specialized in historic preservation of listed National Historic Landmark structures for several years. Part of this included setting up a Historic Preservation Maintenance trade group within the Engineering department, co-authoring several Standard Operating Procedures on the restoration and repair of historic architectural elements, and creating a standard submissions template for federal project review.
After several years of denying how miserable I was in my chosen career, I made a lateral move into IT and never looked back. I’ve come to realize that I enjoy the challenge of working with difficult issues hands-on instead of watching proverbial paint dry on conference calls all day.
In my off time, I enjoy reading technical publications, binge watching conference videos, and generally confusing my wife with whatever strange new device and/or technical manual I bring home.