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Dec 10 2012

Karen Locke, the Introduction

Hello all!  Dana claims that snagging me for an occasional guest post is a great success on her part, but the truth is I’ve been wanting a blogging outlet for a long time; I just don’t have enough to say to write my own blog (or enough time to say it).  I’m really honored that she’s taken me on.

A bit of bio: I started my professional career as a computer engineer, first designing hardware and then developing software.  I even got talked into a short stint as an engineering manager, which tried my patience almost beyond endurance.  But after a couple of decades and some in the field, just as I was getting incredibly bored with solving what seemed to be the same old problems with new technology, I actually needed to quit work altogether to take care of aging parents.  When that task was done, and my parents passed on, rather than re-invent myself as an engineer I listened to my Inner Scientist and took up studying geology.  After a lot of catch-up, I graduated with an MS in December 2011.

Due to chronic health issues, I have trouble working full-time.  However, I’ve been making beaded jewelry for years and will soon open an Etsy shop (and you all will have to endure some shameless self-promotion).

Geology is still my first love, and I’ll mostly use my blogging opportunity here to talk about geo-things that interest me.  I especially love sedimentology*, petrology, petrography, and maps and mapmaking.  But I’ll look at and listen to any rock that’s willing to tell me a story, and share those stories.

As far as family goes, I have a wonderful husband of 32 years.  We are staff to two feline boys, Rocky and Paddy.  I’ll close with photos of our masters:

 

Rocky

Rocky is a big, fat, loving, ultimate scaredy-cat.

 

Paddy

Paddy is a great lover of boxes. Yes, he only has one eye; a serious eye infection he had when he was rescued as a kitten caused the loss of one eye.

 

*Locke, Karen Marie, “Composition and Provenance of Sand from Wells, Santa Clara Valley, California” (2011). Master’s Theses. Paper 4100.  http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_theses/4100

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    suzannetwoton

    welcome karen!

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    Dana Hunter

    Yay Karen’s here!!!!!! With kitteh pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The virtual party’s on! And when I make it down Karen’s way, there will be celebrating involved, drinks on me. Woot!

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    Argle Bargle

    Welcome. I look forward to reading your posts.

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    lassela

    Great intro Karen!

    This blog’s European readership has now increased by 4.

    Lasse

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    rq

    A slightly belated welcome, Karen! :) Looking forward to everything you write, including shameless self-promotion.

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Hi! Awesome.

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    mzann

    Hi Karen, welcome. You sound like someone that I’m interested in getting to know better. It seems like we have a lot in common. Geology is my love too but am unable to work in the field do to health reasons also. I like to make jewelry too. I’ve dropped out of the work force to to take care of aging parents and to raise my family.

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