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Get to Know Us! Meet DevOps Engineer Blaine Price

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We sat down with each of our Ario teammates for a serious Q&A session to get to know one another beyond the office space. Our DevOps engineer, Blaine Price, spends his time woodworking and riding his motorcycle when he’s not coding for Ario. Even during sleep, he has a pretty exciting life in his dreams. Here are some more interesting tidbits about Blaine:

 

How did you spend the money from your very first job?

The first job I remember taking was with a national chain of discount clothing stores around 2004. That money probably went towards buying The Matrix Reloaded movie soundtrack and hardcover collections of Trigun.

 

What does your perfect breakfast look like?

There's this place, aLatte Cafe, in downtown Norfolk that makes a really great egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. I haven't been there in months, of course, so mostly I just make them at home now.

 

If you could choose your dreams, what would you prefer to dream about?

My favorite dreams are full of action-movie nonsense. There was one recently where I was riding some kind of self-driving motorcycle at breakneck speed on a funhouse version of Santa Monica Pier.

 

How did you get that scar of yours?

I survived a fairly serious rock climbing accident in my early twenties. I've probably hit any reasonable person's lifetime quota for broken bones, but fortunately only my wrists needed surgery.

 

What wastes the most time in your day to day life?

Washing dishes feels like it takes forever.

 

What do you resent paying for most?

Cars and car maintenance. I'll throw all kinds of money at woodworking tools or electronics, but I never feel good about getting my car fixed. Given the choice, I would bike everywhere.

 

What’s the best or worst prank you’ve played on someone?

When I was in college, one of my classmates carted a big old section of sod all the way up to our fourth floor drafting studio and stuck it on my work table. I did my best to keep it alive for as long as I could! It was a great work surface for painting watercolors!

 

What weird thing do you have nostalgia for?

A 20oz. plastic bottle of cherry coke takes me right back to summer 1994.

 

What do you wish your phone could do?

I wish my phone would do a lot less, generally. There needs to be a low-powered moderately-clever phone with an e-paper display that can do group texts and navigation.

 

What weird quirks did you pick up from your parents?

I close very-serious-business conversations with "very good." I grew up and went to school in the upper Midwest, but my parents are from the South. Maybe this is from Dad? It didn't seem weird until I heard someone else say it, but now I feel extremely self-conscious about it.

*We sourced our questions from here.

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