I’m Caspar Green. I live in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, near Lake Placid where the United States hockey team beat the Russians in the 1980 Olympics — the so-called miracle on ice. But that happened long before I arrived here and had nothing to do with me. I don’t like winter at all, and I don’t do any winter sports.
I live here because my wife is a United Methodist Pastor and this is where the Bishop assigned her in the summer of 2011. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not a bad place to live, other than it being 6 months of winter. The mountains are beautiful in every season, and there’s no traffic. Our kid goes to a great little school where he’s one of only 11 in his class. The East Branch of the AuSable (pronounced “awe sable”) river runs through our back yard when it’s not frozen over. People save up all year to come here to hike and ski, for which we are glad because if it weren’t for tourism there would be no commerce here at all. Other than that, it’s like being sent to Siberia, which I understand is also a very fine place to live if you love winter.
I’m a geek. I was geek before geek was cool. My kid goes around telling his friends that his dad is cool because, “Geek is the new black.” I started coding on an IBM PC — the original IBM PC, when it was the only PC. (Well, there was the Atari 800 in the Jr. High math lab, and my friend had a Commodore 64.) I cut my geek teeth on DOS version 1. Then I went to college and majored in physics. You get the picture.
In 1998 I started coding websites. I build websites as a freelancer, and also for a little design company in Ohio called Digital Canvas. It keeps me busy part time, and I have enough time left over most days to do the Dad thing, to read and to write. And it’s a little extra spending money. I work mostly with WordPress now, but over the years I’ve done it all.
I can make WordPress do just about anything, but as far as blogging myself, I have yet to really hit my stride.
I started blogging a long time ago. Mostly just a public journal here and there in fits and starts, mostly nothing anyone other than my mother and my cat had any interest in reading. Last year I did an experiment. I posted every day for a year on a blog I called Sunday Epidemic. Every now and then I posted something about geek stuff that still gets some traffic.
I’ve had this iCaspar blog for a while. I’ve restarted it several times. This is probably the 4th restart. I’m still trying to figure out what it’s going to be about.
I guess the answer to the “Why am I here?” part of the question is: to figure out why I am here — as in, why I am blogging here at iCaspar and what the blog is about.
If anyone has any idea, please let me know.