My name is Geoff Mayhew, but some of my friends call me Jeoss (Jee-ahs). I am a lifelong resident of Washington State and currently live in Renton. I spent the first eighteen years of my life on the east side of the state in Spokane but I feel at home when I am in, on, or around the Puget Sound.
Nearly everyone in my family is artistic in some way. My father and sister are very musical and my mother is a ceramic artist. I also have a fraternal twin. His artistic ability was, is, and will forever superior to my own, but I came to terms with this fact early on in my life.
It would be prudent of me to mention that my mother is Japanese. She introduced me to origami and invested in what was probably a 90% complete library of the time’s finest origami literature. My numerous visits to Japan to see my relatives were hugely influential on my childhood.
I started this blog during my time as an undergraduate of Western Washington University. I had time to design my own things while earning a B.S. in Biology with a marine emphasis (and minor in environmental science and Japanese) largely because I lacked a social life. Luckily, I gathered enough courage to ask a girl I was crushing on for three years out to a date. Being her boyfriend is my life’s greatest achievement.
After working as a biologist on commercial fishing vessels in Alaska, I started working for Washington State. I was fortunate enough to land a position where I can do science in an outdoor office, drive boats, and lead others in meaningful projects.
The last thing you need to know in order to understand me is that I like turtles and tortoises.