Seven Things you might not know about me:
- When I was 16, I had a private pilot license (PPL) learned at the Airport of Antwerp. The first year I managed to have enough flying hours to keep my permit but the second year I just couldn't find time to have the minimum required hours to keep my permit. Looking back at this moment in time, I do find it sad I didn't made the effort in maintaining this.
- I graduated high-school as an accountant and had a job as a junior accountant at the Benelux head office of Century21, but after one month I was already convinced being an accountant was something I didn't wanted to do for the rest of my life. And never spoke of this part in my life again.
- I never finished college. I was studying IT at the "Hogeschool Antwerpen" and after college hours I worked at the customer care center of an European ISP called World Online (no longer exists). When doing my second year IT they offered me a job as developer and I accepted the offer.
- I met my wife during a LAN party at Telenet (Belgian Telco), where I was working as an in-house developer and my wife was on her last day as security guard (student job).
- I'm Dutch, although I'm living in Belgium.
- My wife told me we were pregnant on the last evening of ZendCon07 and I celebrated this news in a StarBucks shop just around the corner of the Motel6 I was staying at.
- Our son was born on Father's day being the best gift a dad could wish for.
- Jay Pipes, a wonderful guy I met at ZendCon08 showing us there's a whole lot more stuff MySQL has to offer.
- Maarten Balliauw, a great PHP/.NET developer who's career I've been following for several years now but only met personally about a month ago.
- Patrick Allaert, co-manager of PHPBelgium and a great mind within the open-source community.
Matthew Turland, whom I've met at ZendCon07 and again at ZendCon08 who's given me great hints and tips with his podcast on site scraping and his blog.Already tagged by Keith Casey, Matthew Weier O' Phinney, Rob Allen and Me.
- Damien Seguy, the father of elePHPant and founder of nexen.net.
- Christian Flickinger, the awsome dude I met at ZendCon07/08 who always knows how to turn things into a lot of fun.
- Nick Belhomme, a Belgian PHP developer who first contacted me asking about doing PHP on a freelance base and now becoming a dear friend.
- Sara Golemon, PHP guru at Yahoo! and who I've met also at ZendCon07/08.
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