> About Me
am i? i'm a web designer from
long island, ny, now living in the boston area. i love music, dancing,
movies, tv, surfing the internet, driving. i
live in a southwest suburb of boston. i went to syracuse university's
newhouse school of communications,
where i majored in tv/radio/film. you might wonder how i got into web
design being that i set out looking for a career in tv production or radio
broadcasting. well when i started at SU, no one knew what the internet
was. you didn't see URLs at the end of tv commercials, and you couldn't
hop online to pay your bills or go shopping unless you were in the movie war games or something. but my dad was a computer programmer, so i'd been using a computer since i was about 4.
toward the end of my freshman year i started using SU's gopher
service. it wasn't very fancy but i was amazed that you could hop
on a computer and look up people and services anywhere in the country,
and even connect to other schools and chat in real-time with other students.
eventually i started hearing about mosaic
and the world wide web, and when i finally looked at a page in the browser,
i was full of ideas for my first web page,
which i created in 1995. by the time i really got into web design
i was almost done with school and i figured i'd be better off finishing
up my communications program and working on websites in my spare time.
i started by desigining a website for my friends' fraternity,
and a few small sites for some of my friends.
over the years, i had visited boston a few times (and came very close
to attending boston university) and decided
i wanted to live there. unfortunately it was hard convincing people
that i could learn all this web programming stuff on my own without any
official training, so i had some trouble finding a job in web design.
luckily my uncle jeffrey needed
someone to do some web work for his company so he hooked me up with tpmc on the harbor
in scituate, ma as their associate
web application developer. my main task there was to develop
drinkingh2o.com, and do some
work for the EPA's MAIA project.
me with some of the kdr brothers - nick, greg, mark
so let's see...now that you know who i am and what i do...what else can
i tell you about me... "back to that fraternity thing," you might
be thinking... while i was at SU i wound up befriending a
fraternity and being officially named as their sweetheart. now,
people get all kinds of weird ideas when they hear that i have that title.
but it is nothing sketchy, just a recognition of my being a good friend
to them and helping them out all the time, like a "house mom." it was a great
honor to be acknowledged and appreciated like that. not to mention
that they are a great buncha guys and i love them, they are kinda my extended
family. i also met a lot of my non-fraternity friends through them,
but you can find out all about that on the friends
as for family here is the summary: my parents, mindy and howie,
were your average hippies back in the day. they actually met when
my mom was being dragged around to meet boys by my aunt sheli, and my
dad was in a 70s rock band. they later discovered that their
grandfathers were best friends in college, pretty freaky huh?? my
parents settled down on long island where they still live with my younger
brother, jeremy. i've got a pretty big extended
family with a bunch of cousins my age, my cousin jen and i are a month
apart. they used to call us "chocolate and vanilla" and you
can see why!
i grew up on long island. we lived in westbury for a while, and when
i was 8 we moved to syosset,
your typical long island suburban half-sickeningly-rich, half-middle-class
town, made famous when the legendary billy joel used our restaurant as the
subject of his "scenes from an italian restaurant," when we were mentioned
in such films as "soapdish"
and "picture perfect,"
and by our famous exports, such as natalie
portman and idina menzel.
jeremy, me, mom, dad
if you've noticed a lot of references to film, that's because i LOVE
movies. i think it was meant to be, because my mom was waiting in
line at the movies when i decided it was time to be born. i was
the assistant manager at the syosset triplex for a while. that was
probably the best job i ever had or will ever have (not financially speaking of course).
jen (aka "vanilla"), saul, me (aka "chocolate")
i had SO much fun there. i was basically getting paid to hang out
with some of the best friends i ever had. it's where i met my best
not to mention all the stories i have of run-ins with customers or strange
employees. which was partly why i became obsessed with kevin
smith, the mind behind clerks.
basically if you watch that movie you'll get an idea of what it was like
at the triplex. only no one had sex with any dead people.
well, at least not that i know of. if you are not familiar with
kevin's work then go rent clerks,
and jay and silent
bob strike back.
hmmm...what else...other random facts you might not know...hmmm... i
once performed onstage at carnegie hall. no kidding. i went
to a camp for the performing arts during my middle school years and was
in the NYSSMA all-county chorus in high school... i was a dj and news
anchor for my high school radio station... i was an intern on the gordon
elliott show in college (yes i met him and he seemed like a very nice guy)... i used to want to be one of the fly
girls from in living color... i speak spanish pretty fluently and
won first place in NY in a national spanish exam... i love candles
and aromatherapy and stuff like that, which i credit my best friend maureen
with getting me into! she's also a good influence on my home-decorating...
i like to make stuff, like the flower and moon incense holders you see
here, or those little scented sachet things you put in your drawers so
they smell all nice. one of my masterpieces was a "buddy
jesus" incense holder i made for my friend greg's
birthday/christmas present. (no, i don't worship jesus, it's an
inside joke from the movie dogma.)
i also love to draw and make interesting computer-generated images, especially
those funny put-your-head-on-someone-else's-body
pics i have been adding to this site! i read a lot of magazines. mostly your typical female-audience fashion mag type stuff like cosmo and mademoiselle and stuff. i also love rolling stone, and i even had some of my comments posted in there once!
some of the funky stuff i have
i loved beavis and butthead. south park kinda fills the
void now that they're gone tho... i love driving and road
trips in my pontiac sunfire... i'm
a pisces and so of course i love to be near the water, but somehow i never
got too good at swimming... my favorite band ever is pearl
jam (see the
music page for more on that subject) but my CD
collection is extremely varied in types of music. i like so
many different kinds of music, depending on my mood, but i mostly listen
to alternative or modern rock, or hip-hop when i want to dance... i produced
some singles for a friend's band, and worked on another friend's film
when i was at SU. i actually had a starring role in the film too
but unfortunately the scene got cut (that's me on the right in my film
debut!)... i love football & any major sporting events. like most
LIers, i was born & raised mets-jets all the way, but now that i have
been in boston a while i'm a major fan of the sox and the pats. i also
still love my orangemen. it's been a good couple years with the boston
championships and the NCAA championship for SU!
thanks to the sox' historic
championship season, i met my boyfriend jason on opening day 2005! we both went down to the fenway area, he and his friend actually tried to get tickets but given that it was their first opening day as champions in 86 years and they were playing the yankees, as you might guess they couldn't find any reasonable prices so they wound up watching the game nearby and i wound up there too and we started chattin... and the rest is history! he's canadian (no he does NOT say "eh"!) and grew up on a farm so our backgrounds are a bit different! but somehow we have a lot in common. we live in the same town now, about 5 minutes apart so i spend most of my time with him :)
me and jason
well i guess that's about it for now. if you want to know anything
else feel free to email