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Dec 12th

Samantha Geitz

Samantha Geitz

Lead Developer at Tighten

Where do you live? Samantha Geitz Chicago, IL, USA
What are your roles / titles / jobs / companies? Samantha Geitz Senior Dev at Tighten Co.
Are you more Christmas Cheer or Bah Humbug over the festive period? Samantha Geitz Bah Humbug
Would you rather have to always A) Talk like Yoda or B) Breathe like Darth Vader? Samantha Geitz Breathe like Darth Vader
What non-tech book have you read most recently? Samantha Geitz The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
What technical book have you been reading? Samantha Geitz Laravel Up and Running by Matt Stauffer
With Christmas coming soon, what is your favorite thing about this time of year? Samantha Geitz Getting a bunch of gift cards as presents from my family members that I can spend on December 26
What TV show are you currently into? Samantha Geitz The Good Place
What is your Christmas morning routine or Christmas Day routine? Samantha Geitz Normally I end up going to my family's house for a big party, but I've decided to nope out this year and stay at home in pajamas. It's gonna be great.
For this Christmas, what would be your ideal gift? Samantha Geitz Some nice yoga pants -- I've lost a bunch of weight this year and had to get rid of a lot of my clothes
Many of us have pets, but are you a dog or a cat person? Samantha Geitz Dogs
What is your favorite hobby, sport or pastime that isn't coding Samantha Geitz I love to read and also play rec kickball and football
A lot of the Laravel community are musical, do you have a favorite band or song? Samantha Geitz I'm not even a little ashamed to admit my deep love of Taylor Swift
Something every coder must know - what IDE doe you use? Samantha Geitz PhpStorm
The Laravel forums and chat rooms often feels like a breath of fresh air in comparison to other online groups to me. What do you like most about the Laravel community? Samantha Geitz How funny and awesome the people are, for sure. I've made so many awesome friends in this community that I look forward to seeing every year at Laracon.
What was the last conference you went to? Samantha Geitz Laracon 2017
What is the one piece of technology (hardware or software) that you cannot do without? Samantha Geitz My Apple Watch. I can text in the shower. It's pretty great.
Easy one now! What is your favorite food? Samantha Geitz Is whiskey food? But seriously, probably mac and cheese.
I listen to podcast every day and most Laraveler's do too. What is your current podcast stack? Samantha Geitz Aside from the usual podcasts that everyone in the community already listens to, I'm a huge fan of Pod Save America and The Weeds
Have you got any sage wisdom or advice; it doesn't have to be technical - you want to share with the Laravel Community? Samantha Geitz React > Vue. Just kidding (not really.)
What is one thing you have always wanted to know? Samantha Geitz How do I actually stick to a budget because this student loan situation I'm in is kind of out of control What's a budget? I just pray to the money gods to make it rain every day. Alas it never rains dollars!
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Samantha Geitz Love Actually
Not many of us as a kid wanted to be a developer or designer, or even knew that was an option. What did you want to be? Samantha Geitz A writer. I still kind of want to be a writer when I grow up, to be honest
Star Wars or Star Trek? Samantha Geitz Star Wars
How do you pronounce Laravel; Laara or Lahra? Samantha Geitz Laravel (like Cair Paravel from Chronicles of Narnia) LA-RA-VEL
Are you going to be coding in your free time over Christmas? Samantha Geitz Yes
Do you have a secret talent? Samantha Geitz I was on a roller derby team for awhile, so I guess knocking people over on skates?
Would you rather have A) a comically large head or B) comically large feet? Samantha Geitz Have a comically oversized head
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