Sunday, May 3, 2009

Introducing locoqueso

My name is Steve, but I go by the name locoqueso on various VW sites. I chose the name locoqueso because I love cheese, Spanish culture, and more importantly, the name Quesoloco was already taken on ebay. I probably should have selected the name Doublecheese because it's a closer representation of how I live my life, but it's too late now. My best friend is my wife Cathy and we live in northeastern Illinois with our three cats (Gato, Patrick, and Stanley). Gato likes to go with us as we take our three season drives around Illinois and Wisconsin. It's nice to have a wife, and at least one cat, who enjoys riding around in the bus.

In the Beginning:

I was born in Waukegan Illinois and grew up in the area during the 70's and 80's. I quickly began to hate school at an early age. As far as I recall I was the only red headed kid in what could be considered middle to lower middle class school district. No doubt I stood out and was an easy target. I remember the helpless feeling of being pushed down by older kids, unable to get back up as I’m being punched and kicked for no reason at all. Learning to play the violin in second grade didn’t help my situation much either. Take it from me, you don’t blend well being a big, red headed kid walking to school with a violin case.

Career:

Currently I spend my days as an Instructional Developer, creating Web Based Training (WBT) and overseeing a Learning Management System (LMS). I enjoy my job and the e-learning industry, but I never expected my career would take me in this direction. In 1994 I graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and originally planned to be an Animator. Shortly after graduation, I started an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist in Wisconsin. It had always been a dream of mine to learn the art of tattooing. It didn't take long for me to realize tattooing wasn't as glamourous as I thought. Within a year I found a job in Texas as an animator for a flight simulation company and I've been in the training and e-learning industry ever since.

Volkswagens:

As far as Volkswagens go, I've loved them since I was a kid. My dad had a blue Beetle in the early 70's and I've always wanted a Campmobile. Unfortunately for me, when I purchased my first air-cooled VW in 2006, I had absolutely no idea how to properly take care of it. Up to that point, changing oil was the extent of my mechanical experience. I simply expected to find a local air-cooled VW mechanic to work on it for me. Little did I know that wouldn't be as easy as I thought. Let's just say I'm slowly learning how to take care of things myself, or at least with the support of other VW owners.

Other interests:
  • Coffee
  • Cheese
  • French Fries
  • Atari 8-bit Computers
  • Vintage Video Games
  • Animal Rescue
  • Bird Watching
  • Sock Monkeys

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