What is the Summer of Andy?
Summer of Andy is exactly what you see here on this web site: golf, cycling and a blog about a lot of different things. Let me first say that I love the summer… I mean I REALLY love the summer. I rarely say that I love anything, so that should be a good indication of how important summer is to me. Why do I live in Chicago when there are only about three months of enjoyable weather (at most) every year? I really have no clue some times, but let me tell you something about Chicago… This city is amazing in the summer. The people, the weather, the beaches and the festivals…
I like adventures and during the summer if I’m sitting around I feel like it’s just a waste of a beautiful day. I always hope to have a busy summer and I plan to be right here on my web site telling you about everything I do.
What was the Summer of Andy?
In early 2006 I decided that I was done working for the man and I needed some time off. Of course I knew I would have to go back to work at some point, but I needed a break. I left my job at WebMD in New York City at the end of March and left my big city life behind. My friends were calling it the “Summer of Andy” based on the great Seinfeld episode where George gets three months pay as a severance package from the Yankees and doesn’t have to work for the entire summer. Unlike George I didn’t planning on wasting my summer sitting in a reclining chair, watching TV and “decompressing” as George referred to it. I planned to play golf… a lot of golf. So that’s what I did.
In April I headed home to Jeffersonville, NY where I was born and raised… I bought a car, packed up my golf clubs and headed to Denver, CO to spend some time with my sisters. While I was in Denver I played a lot of golf and did some other things as well, which you can read about in the Summer of Andy 2006 blog category. Those blogs cover the first two months of my summer, right up to the point where my real adventure started…
If you look back and follow some of the blogs, you’ll see exactly how the Summer of Andy Fight Against Breast Cancer Golf Tour got started. It was originally an idea from my brother-in-law that I sort of transformed into a 48 state golf tour to raise money for breast cancer. I don’t want to get into the details here on this page, but you should be able to find all the information you’re looking for at the Breast Cancer Golf Tour page. If you still have questions, feel free to contact me.
Who am I?
Well, I’m the guy that runs this web site. I have a lot of things that I really like to do in life… golfing, cycling, driving, baking, sitting in hot cars, etc. One of those things is designing and building web sites. I started playing around with web design when I first moved to New York City in June of 2000 after graduating from college. I’ve taken some classes here an there, but I’m mainly self taught. You can learn so much just by searching on the internet these days, and that is where I get most of my inspiration.
Here is a brief history for you… I was born and raised in a very small small town in upstate New York called Jeffersonville, NY. I went to college and graduated in 2000 with a double major in Broadcasting and Theater. From 2000 to 2008 I lived, worked and played in New York City… working for non-profits and corporations, building web sites for theater companies, as well as performing in plays and improv shows. In 2008 I moved to Chicago and that’s where I’ve been ever since. I work as a product manager for a large web company, and of course, I dabble in adventures.