I had two childhood dreams.
Draw animation or comic strips. Animation won.
I got my foot in the door of Nickelodeon as an intern on a new show just beginning production - Hey Arnold. I was hired as a background designer halfway through my internship, and eventually worked my way over to drawing storyboards for the series. Over my 6+ years at Nick, I bounced back and forth between storyboards and backgrounds, occasionally working on other shows as well.
I lived in a charming 1920s bungalow in Pasadena, and became one of California's earliest commuters of a gas/electric hybrid car.
The Great Outdoors
Living in California afforded me the discovery of the western landscape.
I found in myself an outdoorsman I didn't know existed. I hiked nearly every weekend in LA's mountains, and camped frequently across southern California and the western states. I even learned to snowboard near Los Angeles.