Let Me Introduce Myself | The Poppa
You’re not a potato, you’re a babycake!
Hi, my name is Sean and I’m the daddy of the family. I’m a graduate of Washington State University (the same university my wife went to, different time though!) and currently living in South Korea. I’ve spent most of my life in Washington state, but I also lived outside of the United States for about 13 years of my life. A majority of that time was spent in Germany, which is where I was born. It was also my wife’s first duty station. It was nice since we were able to travel often and experience all the food around Europe!
I’ve been in the Army for over 6 years now. I initially enlisted to fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (UAVs) which is what I did for the first 5 years of my career. I was lucky enough to get Airborne in my contract, and it is something I really miss doing. In the short 4 years that I was Airborne, I had 35 jumps out of various aircrafts to include Blackhawks, Chinooks, C-130s, C-17s, and Twin Otters. Currently I’m serving as a Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Warrant on a much larger platform than my previous one
My wife believes that a person’s value makes their character. So, what do I value?
Respect, family, and food
Growing up, I’d say that my father is someone who I looked up to. If you were to first see my dad, you’d probably think that he’s not the nicest person in the world. Unknowing to many, my dad is one of the most respectful and generous people I have ever known. He never spoke ill of anyone, helped anyone that needed it, and was always generous to those less fortunate. I know I’m considered a grown-up, but we truly never grow-up. But when I grow up, I want to be just like my dad.
When I say I have a big family, I mean I have a big family. So big that I haven’t met all of my cousins. Half cousins? Both my grandparents are divorced. Both had 8 or 9 kid. Let’s just say I have a lot of cousins. We come from all over the world. A majority of us are actually in or were in the military. Being in such a big family and growing up with everyone so close to one another teaches you a lot of things. Everyone is different, everyone has their problems, and no matter what, your family will always be there for you. I want a big family (not entirely sure if my wife would like to birth all of them), and I want them to grow close with their extended family. I want them to be close with each other, and I want them to know that their parents will always love and support them.
You can value food, right? I love food. When we travel, we tend to plan a lot of our trips around restaurants. Just recently on our trip to the Philippines, we made a reservation at the nicest, most highly reviewed restaurant in Makati City. What I love about it is that we never look like we belong. We’re always looked at like we’re too young to be there, or that we don’t know what we’re doing. We always go for the full course with wine pairing and pretend to be food critics. We taste the wine, savor the food, and describe each and every flavor or scent we taste or smell. But in the end, it’s really just us having a good time together. It’s one of my favorite things to do with my wife and I really love that she loves food just as much as I do.
I’m no expert, but I’ve been doing it for some time now. The first time I went was in high school and I decided to invest in my own equipment once I got into college. When we lived in Washington, before life got busy, I went every weekend I possibly could during the season. The first time I took my wife though, she wasn’t the happiest lol. But I’m a good teacher! Taught her the basics. The last few times she went, I was sick or deployed so we weren’t’ able to go together. But just recently we were able to go here in Korea and she was so eager to show me how good she got. To my surprise, she was able to keep up! We were like 2 drifters riding tandem. It was great. I can’t wait to go again, hopefully at a place that has a lot of fresh pow!
I’ve always enjoyed photography, even as a kid. It wasn’t until I was in college that I invested in my first DSLR. Towards the end of college, I got an SLR to learn all the basics and focused mostly on black and white photography. The dark room was probably my favorite part but I moved back to my DSLR.
I’m very thankful that my wife loves photography as much as I do. It’s so nice having someone to photograph and someone that has a different eye than what I have. Take a look at our gallery and let us know what you think! We’re always open to new ideas and we’re open to any helpful critiques
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