This column originally appeared as a special to the Kenosha News, Sunday Mornings With Basil Willis, January, 9, 2011.
Working with technology is what I love to do. It puts milk on the table and Kenosha News on the front porch. I feel very fortunate to be able to make a living doing something that is essentially a hobby for me, something I do in my spare time at home out of curiosity, for free. Please don’t share that with my employers as we are right in the middle of annual reviews.
While my love of computers and technology led to a career I enjoy, it did not come without a cost. Very quickly I became the default tech support option for everyone I knew. And not just for computers, but anything that plugged into a wall or had blinking lights. I actually found myself troubleshooting a mirrored disco ball this holiday season. I told the owner that I unfortunately skipped class at UW Madison the day they taught disco ball repair.