Stu has tagged me and since he’s a friend of mine I will oblige, however not being a fan of chains this branch will end with me.

Thinking of 5 things you don’t know about me is a bit if a challenge as my blog contains a lot of information already including an overly long 100 things about me list (apologies for duplicates).

However here we go 5 things you might not know about me:

  1. By the time I was 16 I was making a good income – for a school kid – with a large window cleaning round. By 17 I was also employed by my school as a handyman, and had the keys to the whole school, I spent most of my early evenings repairing desks, doors etc.  By 18 I was working in the holidays as a painter as well.  It’s not surprising therefore that although I didn’t get pocket money I was the richest kid in school!
  2. My first real hobby whilst I was in sixth form was scuba diving and I payed for all the gear, holidays and training myself using the income from my jobs.  I really enjoyed it but eventually gave up on it because it was too time consuming and diving off the coast of England lost its appeal.  I was also a competitive swimmer and long distance runner both of which helped me progress rapidly as a diver.
  3. I have lived in 17 different places, excluding visits and holidays, but including 2 long stays in hospital.  Several of these “homes” have been pretty grotty, but I was happy enough and sometimes it’s good to remember that.
  4. I love kids, especially babies – which I am very good with – but after giving birth to 4 great girls my wife is not too keen on any more.
  5. I have devoted most of my working life (20 years) to improving the day to day productivity and enjoyment of the people I deliver IT solutions too.  I almost never think of IT in terms of the technology, it’s all about the people who’s lives I am going to impact.  Several times I have delivered systems that might have resulted in people losing their jobs but in every case I found ways to keep them gainfully employed.  Despite having mild Asbergers syndrome I get very concerned over the welfare of my peers, team members and customers and although lots of people tell me this is a weakness I consider it a blessing.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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