Backstory ¶ 

Yes, I'm calling my life before iFixit the "backstory." Maybe that makes me a superhero? Probably not.

I grew up in a great place to be from: Lodi, California. Heard of Lodi? Of course you have because some punk named John Fogerty wrote a song called "Lodi" with the chorus: "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again." For your enjoyment while you read the rest of this page:

I went to aptly-named "Lodi High School" and devoted myself entirely to Competitive Speech and Debate, competing at State and National Finals several times and earning a quad ruby my third year.

Luckily, I didn't get "Stuck in Lodi." College brought me to UC Berkeley, where I got a degree in English. My most memorable times at Cal were happily spent at Caffe Strada drinking a mocha and reading War and Peace, Wuthering Heights, Notre-Dame de Paris, etc., etc.

While I loved Berkeley, the greatest time spent in college was in a UC extension program in Paris, France (not Paris, Texas). My mom was born in Tavannes, Switzerland and has family all over France. So, it was a great time to reconnect with European family and drink in the culture and history of the center of the world.

Just before graduation, the economy took a dump and job prospects for a newly-minted English major were bleak. Passionate about politics, I took an internship as a political writer in Sacramento and eventually moved to San Luis Obispo where I worked as an organizer and District Representative for Senator Sam Blakeslee. After running a few successful campaigns for local candidates (I'm omitting any mention of the unsuccessful ones—he he), I decided I was tired of politics and hung up my spurs.

After being a happily unemployed patapouf, I decided my future would be well spent at iFixit.

iFixit Pro ¶ 

My first grand project at iFixit has been iFixit Pro, a free resource to help people start and grow repair businesses.

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The scope of the project is truly ambitious—and we've worked with people from all over the world to develop the curriculum. I even got to go to Nairobi, Kenya to teach a repair business workshop. There, I smooched a giraffe. Not sure which one of us was the luckier. ;)

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iFixit Marketing Projects ¶ 

I have a lot of fun at iFixit marketing existing products and dreaming up new ones. My favorite project must be the Action Hero Toolkit, a playful celebration of MacGyver's birthday.

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Repair Guides ¶ 

While it isn't in my job description to create guides, I thought it would be a good idea to more fully understand the time, skill, and passion it takes to create a truly awesome repair guide. So, I've endeavored to create a guide whenever I break something. Here are a couple guides that are makin' my hands internet famous: