ABOUT

GREGORY OPERA

 

My name is Gregory – but I have this weird thing where I use “Gregory” when my name is in writing, and prefer to be called “Greg” verbally (I hate it when people call me “Gregory” verbally!)… Yeah it’s strange, but everyone has their own strange quirks and that’s one of mine.

 

I am an optimistic, fun-loving, urban cowboy from the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia), with a deep love of music, animals and gaming. In addition, I am also unashamedly a big fan of pretty much everything °o° Disney °o°, with enthusiasm for anything related to computers, telecommunications and technology in general.

 

Further to this, I have an obsession with houseboats – though it’s also a retirement plan that may or may not happen, since home ownership is increasingly out of reach for all but the wealthy in Australia – and also the Lotus Elise, which I hope to buy in the medium-term future (they’re not that expensive second-hand/used!)… But it’s probably the Porsche Boxter I’ll actually settle on, because they’re the same price second-hand/used and seem to be more reliable than the Lotus Elise.

 

In my spare time, I am a gamer and a runner, with aspirations to someday complete both the Gold Coast Marathon and the Walt Disney World Marathon… Amateur cinematography is also a passion of mine, I sort-of play the harmonica/harp, I’m trying to teach myself to play violin (which is frustratingly much harder than I would like!) and I am a semi-regular contributor to numerous Open Source projects such as MusicBrainz, OpenStreetMap and Mozilla Common Voice/DeepSpeech.

 

When it comes to work, well I’ve done a bit of everything… I worked in a circus for quite a few years and “freelanced” after that (performed on a contractual basis at events, in film and television, etc); I was a “strapper” (Stable Hand) for Gai Waterhouse; I was manager of numerous telecommunications retail stores (one of which became one of the biggest in the country under my leadership) and I even served my country in the Australian Army for just shy of ten years.

 

I was hoping to become a cop next, but I was injured whilst in the Australian Army, which has forced me to look for a new career path… Seeing as I’m pretty good at administration and I’m on the Gold Coast, property management seemed like a natural fit!

 

Will I stay in property management? Who knows… At the very least it is what I intend to do for the medium-term – but I still have my heart set on my own business someday, and am always on the lookout for a potential business opportunity, which may or may not be in the real estate industry.

 

Lastly, the social media thing.

 

For numerous reasons I won’t go into, I don’t “do” social media and I actively try to limit my “digital footprint”, so you won’t find me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of that rubbish… What’s more, I keep a pretty close eye on my “digital footprint” and am forever looking at new ways to make this even smaller.

 

Yes some people might say I’m strange and I’m not perfect in a lot of ways, but I am a friend to everyone and I am proud of who I am…

 

This is me.

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