Matt GehrischMany sites on the internet, from social networking sites to message boards, offer a section for a brief bio. I have filled in the “about me” section with one simple line: “I’m just a regular guy, living a regular life.” For the most part, that’s true. I’m not famous, I haven’t done anything extraordinary, and my life is not terribly exciting. That’s not to say that I’m just like everybody else, of course. Here’s a little bit about me!

 

My wife and I live in northern Delaware County, Ohio.  We have a cat, two dogs, and a young son.  I love living out in the country.  The fresh air and open spaces are great.  I even get to work from home!

 

Professionally, I’m an operations manager for a cloud service behind a mobile application that my company’s customers use.

 

Our backyard view

 

I am a technology enthusiast. I like to stay on top of things in the tech world. Given my line of work, I tend to live and breathe tech.  Sometimes, so much so that I regularly dream about escaping from the “rat race” and simplifying my life.

 

I am a licensed amateur radio operator.   It’s a hobby that doesn’t get much love these days, but can still be a lot of fun. I am also a certified weather spotter for the national weather service. As their eyes in the field, I have been able to confirm or report weather conditions in my immediate area.

I love to go fishing.  One of the best things about living in Northern Delaware County is living near the state park! Delaware Lake is a great little fishing lake. It’s not quite big enough to attract large numbers of jet skis and water skiers, which makes it a great place to catch fish. Being out doors, on the water is one of my favorite ways to pass the time in the summer and fall.

 

I like to ride my motorcycle whenever I get the chance.  The back country roads in our area are fantastic for riding.  One of my favorite routes takes me behind the state park through the wildlife reserve area.

 

My last hobby is more of a lifestyle than a hobby. I heat our home with a wood burning stove. I installed it to help reduce our heating costs and become more self sufficient. Of course, it isn’t as convenient as setting the thermostat, but it’s worth the work. Some people think I’m crazy, but I love being outside running the chain saw and log splitter.