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One of my favorite parts of this weekend was when Kari sadly said, "ohh... we're the people with an old bathtub on the porch"

Country music. Why?

Everything that I had planned for this 3-day weekend has been canceled and I'm kind of excited about it... Back to the basement remodel!

Just cracked an egg without getting any egg white on my fingers... So I'm pretty much on top of the world right now.

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  • Scoring the mortises for chiseling

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Marv Hardisty

At the end of my senior year of college, I drove out to this country road to make a phone call. There was a spot on the edge of this cornfield that I always went to for important calls (without being interrupted by one of my crazy dorm mates).

I was making a call to Marv Hardisty because I'd interviewed for a position on his team a couple weeks prior and wanted to check in. It was for my first potential, big corporate job after college and Marv would've been my boss's boss if I landed the gig.

Once Marv got on the phone, the first thing he wanted to talk about was the portfolio of work on my personal website. He told me that he was impressed, but was especially interested in brooksfsw.com. As soon as he asked about it, my heart immediately dropped, and I thought, "welp, there's no way I'm getting this gig now."

Brooksfsw was an old, Soap Shoes / "freestyle walking" website of mine ... read more

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Hi, I'm Derek Brooks

I'm a 37.47 year old midwestern American who enjoys engineering, traveling, partying, and extremish sports.

Most of my life's latest happenings are on this page, but you can also check out what I'm up to today and what I did yesterday.

If you'd like to know a little more about me you can check out my bio - and don't forget to check out my photos!

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