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I am very glad to have today off.

The neighboring state tour continues. The next few weeks: Kansas City, Chicago, Minnesota, Quad Cities.

My body feels like I went to a Brazilian steakhouse and ate all of the meat tonight... which makes sense because th… t.co/x5bfwCc2P8

A month ago: I wonder when winter is gonna start. Today: I have shoveled more snow this year than I have in the last decade.
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Twenty Eighteen.

I really, really want to bring this suuuuper dated website up-to-date, but I've been so focused on things outside of technology that I haven't devoted any time to broox dot com.

Let's fix that... at least for one blog post.. and talk about last year.

2018 felt incredibly productive.

It started with some fun travel and ended with me literally canceling all travel for the last 4 months and just hangin at home. I got a new job. I built a lot. It was awesome. It was all awesome.


I moved from a Commerce team at PayPal to the Commerce Team at Venmo, which has been much more my speed. They brought me out to Colorado and New York a couple times, which were nice trips, but the best part is: I'm building rad, heavily used stuff with amazing folks again. It feels good to build. Man.

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  • The new floor
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  • The lockers and new floor

Hi, I'm Derek Brooks

I'm a 37.54 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!

Last seen in Des Moines