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I’m a geek, there is no doubt about it. I have been a geek since I was 8 years old, and my dad bought my first computer, a Timex Sinclair 1500. If you are a true geek, then you know how long I have been a geek.

Anyways, something special happened in my geekie world this weekend. Something so miraculous, something way outside of the ordinary 1’s and 0’s, that it had to be noted.

I discovered poetry…

Now this isn’t your regular coffee house poetry that can be as hideous as Vogon Poetry, which the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy notes as the third worst kind of poetry in the Universe. (I said I was a card carrying geek). This poetry is dimensional; it adds temperature, sound and feelings. Most importantly, it is packed in a way that is easy for anyone to swallow. This poet’s name is Ken Nordine.

Sunday morning, I decided to sit down with my smartphone and listen. The prose that caught my attention was “Windshield Wipers.”  Suddenly, without any question, I knew that I had a mission. I needed to let people know about this undiscovered gem.

Now, you have to understand that I live in a geek-centric world. At no time did I sit down and rationalize my findings with myself. I never thought that I was the one behind, while the rest of the world had already discovered Ken’s work.

Blindly, I started to contact people.

My first goal was to contact the poet himself. I quickly Googled his site and learned all I could. I clicked the “contact me” link and happily emailed Ken. I wanted to let him know that I appreciated his work and liked his website. It was a shot in the dark but maybe, just maybe, I would get a reply…

Later that day, my phone woke up with a warm voice saying “You’ve got mail”. To my surprise, it was a short email from Ken. I was on a roll! Now I need to let others know of my findings.

A co-worker of mine was a theater major in college, so I figured that he would know about Ken. So, I quickly IM’d him, wondering if he too had run across this genius. Had he also heard Ken’s verse and enjoyed its simple and complex meanings?  He quickly replied, “NO.” Devastated, I chose to forge on with my quest. I asked him to wiki the subject so we were both on the same page.  I babbled on about how I thought it was cool that Ken emailed me back. I mean, it’s not everyday you are able to talk face to face (well, email to email) with someone of this caliber. Mitch, being the character he is, asked me if I really thought it was him, shedding doubt on the whole event . This seed of disbelief was hard to shake. In retaliation, I sent him an angry face emoticon, he replied with a “lol” and we went back to work.

So, in my last attempt to let people know that there is more to life then the complexities of Network Management,  I decided to use this experience for today’s blog. More importantly, I have added a new keyword to my tags.  I am proud to say that I can not only talk about Cisco, NetFlow and other network management wonders, but I can also discuss poetry.

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James Dougherty

I have worn many hats in my professional life. Support engineer, developer, network admin and manager are all points on my resume, but the one common thread with all of these jobs is that I enjoy working with people; that is what I do here at Plixer. I make sure that everyone understands our product and can get the most out of it. It's just simple 'no bull' support!

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to help.

- Jimmy D


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