...late to the party as always...though in my defense I've been busy with work, home, kids and a million other things.
Awesome to see such a thread - so that our valued and valuable ATS Membership can take a bit of a peek into who we are as Staff and what may make us
tick as individuals...though hope that isn't too scary for you guys...
Surfing With the Alien
5 internet-points to any fellow guitar-buff who gets that reference...
What brings me to ATS and the Staffing Team?
I've been around ATS since it was originally about airplanes...so...since it began.
I'm also the longest serving Staff Member, so I fart ATS dust...
Like many of you I'm here for lots of reasons.
I have a passion for conspiracies, an extreme reluctance to take anything on face value - and particularly anything my own Govt or other agencies tell
me is *truth*.
I come from a history of active protesting within my country, New Zealand - though mainly focused on land protests and such relating to my own people
- Maori (might want to google who we are as Maori). So getting up in the face of 'the system' is something I've had more than a bit of experience
these days however - and likely due to my age and just chilling out a bit - I'm not so active and aggressive in those pursuits and prefer to find
more amicable solutions to issues.
I have a keen interest in Spirituality and the Paranormal.
I tend not to post much here on ATS...rather I tend to skulk behind the scenes and read and/or take care of the more boring
When I do post, its usually within something discussing the Paranormal or spirituality.
Bit about my own background/upbringing:
The paranormal, things that go *bump* in the night, spirits and spirituality are things that are pretty common every day things to me and my culture.
We as a people have a somewhat different perspective and approach to such things...and that was how I was raised. So seeing, hearing and dealing with
what many may term as *spirits* is not at all uncommon.
In my spare time I'm part of a Paranormal Investigation group in the city I live in, and am also called upon regularly by people within my culture to
come and assist them with spiritual issues they may be experiencing.
Certainly not saying I know everything about it, as like everyone else we learn new things each and every day...
A HUGE part of my life is my family.
My family are my heart and soul.
My wife and I are blessed with two of the most amazing angels on earth - an almost
4 year old boy and an 8 month old daughter.
They are my centre and my stability...my peaceful pool when everything else around me turns to mud.
Other interests I have:
Motorsports - I have a number of particularly interesting cars in the garage, and am regularly involved in track-racing, dragracing, modifying and
fixing various vehicles. Theres something just so invigorating about burying the boot on the back straight, getting pegged hard into your seat as the
tarmac just gets swallowed up at ever-increasing knots...love it!
Outdoor activities such as tramping, diving, hunting, fishing and whatnot. I was raised within the bush and waterways, taught to be self-sufficient
and appreciate the wonder of nature...but also how to exist within it for extended periods of time.
Firearms - I hold licences that allow me to own restricted class weapons...so I also enjoy spending time on the range blowing big holes in stuff with
I do find it somewhat humorous when I read people comment that New Zealand is a disarmed country. Heh. Guess they've never
taken a peek into the firearm lockers of myself or many people I know - as I bet there's more 'heat' in there than within their own...
My career has been within Mental Health - having worked in MH now for 20 years...right from the grassroots level of a MH Support Worker, to a Team
Coordinator, to Inpatient Acute Wards, through to my current role as Service Manager of the largest MH Service of its type in my country.
Its a passion for sure...every day brings learning and growth...and I love it.
Doesn't mean it isn't hard and tests you in every way...but I wouldn't want to be doing anything else.
My approach isn't the usual medical-model approach either...far from it...in fact I'm extremely anti-medical/anti-medication.
While I do acknowledge that for some those processes yield benefits, I am deeply concerned that the default setting most services have is simply to
medicate, to risk-manage and to do little if anything else to actually assist the person to heal, to grow, to flourish and achieve their inherent
I personally believe its an extremely ineffective and downright lazy service that jumps straight to chemistry rather than compassion...pharmacology
rather than person-centred approaches.
Anyway...thats a bit about me...see you on the forums...