Hi! My name is Eli Irvin, and I’m the webmaster of The Website High Atop The Thing. I’m originally from a small town in Southwest Georgia called Americus which is about sixty minutes east of the Alabama border and a four hour drive from Atlanta. I generally regard Savannah, Georgia as my true hometown though because after moving there permanently in 2006, I gained a circle of friends that resembles my dearest family. I also grew the most there. My roots run deep in Savannah and it will always be home to me.
I studied music education in college and wound up only teaching high school band for one year at a high school in Columbus, Georgia. I decided very quickly that as much as I enjoyed playing music and teaching young musicians, I wasn’t a fan of the political red tape and myriad bullshit of the public school system. With that, my life led me to Atlanta, Georgia, where I got my first job as an entry-level IT professional. I would go on from there to work for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International, Worldspan, Citrix Systems, and a couple different managed service providers and software development firms. Currently, I am a Senior Support Specialist at Blackbaud.
I’ve had the opportunity to do many things in life and at the age of 38, I feel accomplished in many aspects. That having been said, I’m not one to rest on my laurels. I am always seeking new things that I can excel at. I’m a network engineer and a musician primarily. Being a musician does define me more as a person though. My job in the IT sector is simply a means to put food on the table and keep the bills paid. 🙂 As a musician, I play lots of acoustic 12-string guitar. The things I play vary and could be anything from 60s and 70s pop, to folk music, to Woodstock, to Jason Mraz and Amos Lee. My tastes are pretty eclectic depending on my mood. 😛
I self-examine my life and how my actions impact the lives of others. I refuse to be the instrument of destruction in anyone’s life and I am quick to make amends when I think that I have wronged someone. The thing that really gives me the most warmth in life is seeing others happy. I like to laugh and will always seek to find the humor in every aspect of our short existence. Because of that fact, I expect to live to the age of 114. Life is too short to spend it loading the world up with negative energy. I like to think that I love better, laugh more, and smile lots. As Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Personally, I think the thing that makes me most unique is the fact that I place such a high value on my friends. More times than not, the people who I have elected to call ‘friend’ have been better to me than I think I deserve. For that I’m grateful. I spend as much time with my friends as I possibly can.
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