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BadlandsVikings
07-17-2008, 01:09 AM
PP.O name: DiGiTaL420
Real name: Nathan Tufte
Age: 34
Current City:
Athens (Greece)
Hometown: Duluth Mn
Occupation:
Application Specialist, Web Service Admin/Developer. Current emplyoment is mostly Front end development in Oracle ADF framework. and application server administration for sevreal web services applications we run around the world.


1) How did you choose your screen name?
I have 4 names i use on the net. this is the latest of them had it for bout 10 years now in various places. It kinda reflects 2 parts of my life. Most call me Dig, Digital, or even Digi.. (heh.. u should see some of my older screen names.. still used in more... underground places)

2) DiGiTaL, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?
Borne and raised in Duluth Mn, lived of juniata, then moved up on claymore st, past woodland and jead-duluth rd. Spent a lot of time at Fryeburger arena and the 2 outdoor rinks there playing/skating/practicing hockey. in the summers would always go fishing around, and bike wtih my bro down to park point for a swim.


3) What type of student where you in High School? Did you play in any sports or where you involved with any school clubs and such?
I played hockey in duluth up to ordean jr high. Was heading to East HS. but ended up moving when i was 15 to my dads in Inver Grove Hts.
I had turned into a skateboarder in the summer, and had found maryjane to be a relaxing friend. I had a 3.8 gpa.. never did homework. and would follow Timothy Leary's advice by spiking my orange juice. There was a point in Sr. year that many of the fellow students called me trip instead of nate.
I was kicked of the HS team cause i wouldn't cut my hair, or remove my nose ring (permentantly)
as they did like my profile. So i did 3 years of Jr. Gold and we actually had btrr years then Smiley high. I did spend the last 2 trimesters of school going to the Inver Grove Communitee college as i had finished all courses at Simley. That's what i get for being a nerd and not taking study hall. I actually had finished my freshman year of college while being a Sr at Simley. Was also part of the small pack of skateboarder/snowboarder phreaks back in the day.


4) What did you do after High School?
Well. thanks to a state patrol in Iowa.. i ended up at Drake univ for 1.5 years. then transferd back to UofM for a year. After realizing that i could'nt take school no more i split for Colorado.. spent my time snowboarding and building my IT background.



5)What was your first job?
well.. 14-15 Caddy at the Chester park Golf course.. (can't remember the name)
15-16 Mr Steak West St. Paul.. dish washer/buss boy..




6) When did you decide to be such a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Vikings?
Very Young.. Dad made sure of that. Mostly i think it was sitting with him in the garage listening to the radio, or watching the black /white tv he had out there..


7) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories that has to do with the Vikings or one of its past or present players, coaches, etc.
Well i have many many great ones. but this one sticks out (maybe cause it's fresh)
I was home to visit from greece, and dad had gotten tickets for us to see the Vikes - GB game xmass eve.
well u all know the score there. but we had such a blast.. got just piss hammered before and after the game.. well.. right before i left i was treated to the fact that we played again to see who'd go to the play offs. and.. somewhere in the 1st qtr when we had scored the 2nd
td in like.. 10 min.. dad and i looked at eachother and in unisan screamed.. "BLOWOUT"!!!!
the smile he had on his face.. and the fun we had for those few hours i will remember for as long as i have the ability to.


8}How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?
I live on the net.. it's my connection to all things back home (trust me when u live abroad u need it) One day i found it doing some searches. read a few times. and well.. posted once. that was it. i was hooked. btw.. the old man might soon be posting!!!

9) What other sports teams do you follow?
Wild, Twins, UofM, UMD, Olympiakos

10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time?
spare time???
well. between teaching, writing essays for my MBa, hockey (yes we have it here),. beach, baseball (summers), my wife.. i sometimes play WoW, NFS, and now Assassins Creed

11) Do you say a special prayer before Vikings games?
usually.. "DAD ANSWER YER !#$%$ PHONE" usually following the Beep.

12)Where do you watch Vikings games?
on my pc!!
due to legal reasons i cannot devulge it here.. but pm me and i'll give u the fill in.

13)What is your worst fear?
this is a good question.. i'd say.. bubbles on my skin.. phreaks me out.. i cut blisters open and deal with the pain i hate it so much.

14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy?
PC games, camping, ice hockey, laying on the beach listening to the sea.

15)What’s your favorite food?
hmm... so many.. Pizza..
Real Bacon Cheese Burgers... Gyro pita with chicken


16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.
now that's a long list.. country wise.. Canada, Mexico, most of the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Switzerland, Sweeden, England...
this year to add. Irland, scottland.. there's more from work trips.. but they never see more then.. airport-hotel-office-hotel-office-hotel-office-airport. so they don't really count.
Fav's.. well spain rocked.. Turkey was intersting very very different culture, and who can frown on Amsterdam.
Snowboarding in the alps was nice, but i think my fav was hitchiking/ camping the east coast of italy.

17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime?
well.. i bunjied 240 ft into the canal that seperates north and south of greece. so the next step is sky diving.

18)If you could live anywhere where would it be?
Wanna try New Zealand!!

19) Do you believe the Vikings will have their big day someday? When they do win the Super Bowl, what will be the first thing you think you will do?
YES they will!!!!
probably will have to go party.. and maybe even come home to party!!

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
meeting some of the guys when Fotini and I got to come to the first pre-season game. was fun, even after having just arrived after marathon driving from colorado to mpls. we had arrived at my dads 5 hours before game time.. had enouf time to shower.. change and head to the dome.. 16 hr's of driving.. 2 hours tailgating, and living it up with the gang @ the game was well worth it!!

BloodyHorns82
07-17-2008, 01:27 AM
Nice read.
I hope to catch you next time you decide to come to Minneapolis.
You should come during the regular season next time!

Formo
07-17-2008, 01:32 AM
Awesome read sir!!!

Here's to you joining us more often..
And getting that bloody Kevin Williams jersey!

El Vikingo
07-17-2008, 03:57 AM
Nice read augos agathos!!!
A lame I visited Athens 3 years ago and we couldn´t have a meeting...

I also watch the NFL on PC
btw ;)

digital420
07-17-2008, 05:36 AM
THIS JUST IN.. quick update!!

switching positions and companies.. leaving the development world for more research and consulting. details to follow soon.


DiGiTaL

Zeus
07-17-2008, 05:45 AM
"BadlandsViking" wrote:


PP.O name: DiGiTaL420

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
meeting some of the guys when Fotini and I got to come to the first pre-season game. was fun, even after having just arrived after marathon driving from colorado to mpls. we had arrived at my dads 5 hours before game time.. had enouf time to shower.. change and head to the dome.. 16 hr's of driving.. 2 hours tailgating, and living it up with the gang @ the game was well worth it!!


Was awesome meeting you and Fotini that day!
She was probably as excited as you were to be going to the game!

=Z=

digital420
07-17-2008, 05:58 AM
"Zeus" wrote:


"BadlandsViking" wrote:


PP.O name: DiGiTaL420

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
meeting some of the guys when Fotini and I got to come to the first pre-season game. was fun, even after having just arrived after marathon driving from colorado to mpls. we had arrived at my dads 5 hours before game time.. had enouf time to shower.. change and head to the dome.. 16 hr's of driving.. 2 hours tailgating, and living it up with the gang @ the game was well worth it!!


Was awesome meeting you and Fotini that day!
She was probably as excited as you were to be going to the game!

=Z=


she was amazed at how friendly every1 was. and when she found out that we never met before, she was blown away. Z, u def made a splash impact!! she still laughs at the pic of you when it pops up on the digital frame we have, (and she says u have the kewlest nic!). she still uses singer as an example of how friendly americans are when she tells stories about the states to people here.. and from that day foward, she's a Vikes fan, esp AD fan!!
I told her next time. we'll be sitting in the parking lot for hours and hours before the game doin the parking lot tradition!!

DiGiTaL

VikingMike
07-17-2008, 08:12 AM
Great read and a pleasure to meet you (virtually), digital!
;D

I was in Greece once, loved it.


Wanna try New Zealand!! I hear it's nice...just look at the Shire:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/100/255478615_4f3e9fcfd7.jpg?v=0

Marrdro
07-17-2008, 01:06 PM
Thanks for sharing my friend and Grecian hero or Wildwoman..... ;D


8}How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?
I live on the net.. it's my connection to all things back home (trust me when u live abroad u need it) One day i found it doing some searches. read a few times. and well.. posted once. that was it. i was hooked. btw.. the old man might soon be posting!!!


Excellent...... ;D

15)What’s your favorite food?
hmm... so many.. Pizza..
Real Bacon Cheese Burgers... Gyro pita with chicken

I have been to Greece several times.
Nothing better than a good Gyro or Souvlaki(SP).

Formo
07-17-2008, 01:17 PM
"digital420" wrote:


"Zeus" wrote:


"BadlandsViking" wrote:


PP.O name: DiGiTaL420

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
meeting some of the guys when Fotini and I got to come to the first pre-season game. was fun, even after having just arrived after marathon driving from colorado to mpls. we had arrived at my dads 5 hours before game time.. had enouf time to shower.. change and head to the dome.. 16 hr's of driving.. 2 hours tailgating, and living it up with the gang @ the game was well worth it!!


Was awesome meeting you and Fotini that day!
She was probably as excited as you were to be going to the game!

=Z=


she was amazed at how friendly every1 was. and when she found out that we never met before, she was blown away. Z, u def made a splash impact!! she still laughs at the pic of you when it pops up on the digital frame we have, (and she says u have the kewlest nic!). she still uses singer as an example of how friendly americans are when she tells stories about the states to people here.. and from that day foward, she's a Vikes fan, esp AD fan!!
I told her next time. we'll be sitting in the parking lot for hours and hours before the game doin the parking lot tradition!!

DiGiTaL


HAHA!!
The Parking Lot Tradition!
That's awesome!

Bkfldviking
07-17-2008, 03:21 PM
great read Digi (if I may), hope you get to come to more home games.

marstc09
07-17-2008, 03:30 PM
1) How did you choose your screen name?
I have 4 names i use on the net. this is the latest of them had it for bout 10 years now in various places. It kinda reflects 2 parts of my life. Most call me Dig, Digital, or even Digi.. (heh.. u should see some of my older screen names.. still used in more... underground places)


So what about the 420?
;D

digital420
07-18-2008, 04:04 AM
heh..

well the 420 comes from the reference to the Police codes for.. smoking in progress..

back in the snowboarding/sk8boarding 420 or saftey meetings were held various places..

sky lifts, apt, (b4 and after ski hill hours) those late nite admin shifts.. now.. i'm a bit wiser and a bit older.. so it's generally after work
; )

and in the twain of the evening.

DiGiTaL

scottishvike
07-18-2008, 08:02 AM
16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.
now that's a long list.. country wise.. Canada, Mexico, most of the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Switzerland, Sweeden, England...
this year to add. Irland, scottland.. there's more from work trips.. but they never see more then.. airport-hotel-office-hotel-office-hotel-office-airport. so they don't really count.
Fav's.. well spain rocked.. Turkey was intersting very very different culture, and who can frown on Amsterdam.
Snowboarding in the alps was nice, but i think my fav was hitchiking/ camping the east coast of italy.

You must have worn out your passport by now with all those places, nice read BTW.

cogitans
07-18-2008, 10:11 AM
So you take the long distance call every week in the season, to tell your dad that the Purple is going to win?

digital420
07-20-2008, 03:52 AM
"scottishvike" wrote:



16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.
now that's a long list.. country wise.. Canada, Mexico, most of the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Switzerland, Sweeden, England...
this year to add. Irland, scottland.. there's more from work trips.. but they never see more then.. airport-hotel-office-hotel-office-hotel-office-airport. so they don't really count.
Fav's.. well spain rocked.. Turkey was intersting very very different culture, and who can frown on Amsterdam.
Snowboarding in the alps was nice, but i think my fav was hitchiking/ camping the east coast of italy.

You must have worn out your passport by now with all those places, nice read BTW.



i've added pages to two different passports. (had to renew a few years ago). got myself a new one now that i'm married.

we'll see how long this one lasts. so far only 4 stamps since feb. 08

DiGiTaL

digital420
07-20-2008, 03:54 AM
"cogitans" wrote:


So you take the long distance call every week in the season, to tell your dad that the Purple is going to win?


i was.. kinda got expensive. mostly using calling cards and such. for the last few years i've been using VIOP systems, cheaper.. but now i have viop at home, and have unlimited calls to the us land and mobiles.. as well as most of the world.

with a 14mb line.. it doesn't effect my streaming either.. so it's gReat!!!

DiGiTaL

Prophet
07-24-2008, 07:39 AM
Have always enjoyed Duluth.
You should add in some of your 'dating' stories.

digital420
07-25-2008, 08:15 AM
"Prophet" wrote:


Have always enjoyed Duluth.
You should add in some of your 'dating' stories.


i figured we had to keep it pg-13