It was there Mike started doing computer work and was able to accelerate his learning. Bookstores can return unsold books to publishers for a refund, but to save on printing and storage, stores just tear off the covers and return those, agreeing not to resell the now-coverless books. But the store let Mike take whatever refunded computer books he wanted, and he wanted a lot of them.
Eventually, he was recruited by Egghead Software, then by Computer City, a part of Radio Shack and finally he ended up back with the Federal government, being the IT guy for the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. That’s the job he retired from in 2010.
Mike says this about computers and programming: “There’s always something extra to learn. You never know it all. You can never rest on your laurels.”
BEST ADVICE/PERFECT DAY
Let’s end with our favorite questions. We asked Mike what was the best advice he’d ever gotten:
“I had a teacher who told me, ‘As long as you’re learning you’ll never grow old.’ Half of that was right: My brain hasn’t gotten old, but my body got real old.”
Brenda then gave us a description of what a perfect day looks like:
“Any day in the desert – a morning walk, time at the pool, or hiking – any day spent outside. And then to have a nice dinner with my husband.” Brenda laughed and added, “But don’t tell Mike I said that.”