The Bruke's Lair

A personal website for gaming and coding.


Of course you want to know about me...

Who is 'The Bruke' ?

One of the first questions I'm usually asked is, "what does your nickname mean?" Well, it doesn't really mean anything - it's just something that I've been called since my late teens. I still clearly recall a conversation with my friend "Wig" (a nickname, of course) in which he christened me as "The Bruke"; it wasn't a nickname that I would have picked but really, who does pick their own nicknames? Since then it's stuck with me for over 25 years and I even used it to name my company, Brukenet Web Development.

I grew up as a middle-class white kid in Caledonia, a small town just outside of Grand Rapids in western Michigan. It was a nice place to grow up; I have fond memories of riding my bike down quiet streets, playing in the local park, and watching the cows on my grandparent's dairy farm. I didn't really have very many friends but I never felt lonely - I kept busy exploring when I was outdoors or reading when I was indoors and time passed comfortably. In my early teens I discovered video games and role-playing games, plus developed a small circle of close friends.

I was labelled as 'gifted' at a young age and moved into accelerated classes starting during my junior high years; it was certainly uncomfortable being the only eighth grader attending high school classes but looking back now I suspect that everyone had awkward moments at some point in their teens. I survived and, while I experienced much of the social issues prevalent to nerds in the late 1980's, by my graduation in 1990 I had started to come out of my shell - I was even a class officer in my senior year.

College?

I scored quite well on my ACT tests, including a perfect score in Math; even in my worst subject I scored in the top 1%. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that I would head off to college and excel. Up until that point I hadn't really given much thought to my future but when I had to decide on a major I picked Pre-Med. I enrolled into the local junior college (now Grand Rapids Community College) with an initial lineup chock full of chemistry and anatomy classes.

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The dark years

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Marriage

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Business

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