Name: Attila-Giovanni Gabor

Birth Date: September 17, 1987

Hometown: Vero Beach, Florida

Worksite: Boeing Defense

Career Interest: Astronaut/Aerospace Engineer

 


Yes! My own profile page to do whatever I want with!
And so the madness begins...     

          Life story: My name's Attila-Giovanni Gabor (that's "Attila" with 2 "T's", and Giovanni being part of my first name). I was born in Santa Monica, California, but was raised in Vero Beach, Florida. Back home I'm really involved in the Martial Arts at my dojo, the Vero Beach Karate Association. I've been in the martial arts since I was 5 years old and I'm currently a Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt). I've trained in several styles ranging from Karate and Tae Kwon Do to Jui-Jitsu and Judo with some traditional weapons training somewhere in the middle. And just because people ask me this all the time, yes I can do some flips. There's actually an emerging style that combines Traditional Martial Arts with Gymnastics called XMA (Xtreme Martial Arts).
Anyway, when I'm not training at my martial arts school (which is almost never; I train 3 days a week and teach 4 days a week), I'm involved in sports at my school like swimming and track. I also read a lot. I almost always have a book on me, and I usually have a few more lined up to read. Thank God for public libraries because books are expensive, especially when I don't have a job (that pays anyway...long story...kinda). I usually stick to a few genres; anything martial arts related, Fiction (favorite author is Stephen King; the Dark Tower series completely owned everything I read up to that point), some non-fiction like books on physics (I've read stuff by Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and some stuff about Relativity and Quantum Entanglement; luckily it's all conceptual otherwise I'd probably be completely lost).
I just like to keep myself well rounded. Looking at me you probably wouldn't guess that I'm a Star Trek fan (Trekkie. Favorite series is TNG), but I do everything ranging from sports, martial arts, several styles of dance (ballet being one of them; the girls love that, and it compliments my martial arts skills), to science fair, web design, and some multimedia work.
I also tend to ramble on and on and on and on so I think I'll end my free write here.

Apartment #: 2204

Roommate: Steven Brown

What did you think about your apartment?

I thought my apartment was well structured. Everyone had their strengths and weaknesses, and everything we did revolved around that. For instance, I liked to cook, but I wasn’t too big on taking out the trash (c'mon, who actually likes taking out the trash?). One of the other guys in my apartment didn’t cook too often but balanced it out by taking out the trash most of the time when it got full and stunk up the kitchen.

What did you learn from living in an apartment with other people?

Living with other people has its ups and downs. There are a lot of different habits you have to adjust to; some habits you like, others you learn to tolerate, no matter how creepy (for lack of a better word) and annoying they are.

Here's a short list of things I learned:

1. Keep a window unlocked to climb through when you don't have the Master Apartment Key.
2. It's really easy to get on the roof.
3. The drop from the roof to the ground isn't as far as it seems. Just bend your knees and roll when you land.
4. Game Cube will consume your soul. If you find yourself playing 'till 1 or 2 (or 4) in the morning, find the nearest support group to help you with your addiction.
5. If the trash isn't taken out every week, it will come to life and weak havoc on your nostrils.
6. I use every pot, pan, and utensil know to man when cooking, so try not to be the one who has to clean up after me. You have been forewarned.
7. In the morning, highly caffeinated coffee is the best replacement for Red Bull...and it's cheaper.

Describe what you did and learned at your summer work site.

Let's start with what I did. First two weeks - nothing.
Nada, zip, null. Pick one. It explains it all. All I did during that two week period was try to stay awake during a couple meetings (The only way I knew I didn't fall asleep was if the last thing I remember hearing made sense with the next thing I heard), sleep, and write down katas (a preset series of movements such as blocks, kicks, punches, and stances; I told you I'm a martial arts nerd).
However
, all that was because my mentor was out sick with Pneumonia, Bronchitis, and a nasal cold - all at once! I'd rather my mentor be home recovering than having him die on me because I got bored.
After he got back, things started to pick up speed. I got my project and started working on it. I would be assisting the team working on RCCA (Root Cause and Corrective Action) for Hardware Damage and FOD (Foreign Object Debris). RCCA is a process that looks for the "root cause" of the given problem by starting with the Problem Statement, then developing potential Causes for the Problem Statement which leads to the development and implementation of Corrective Actions used to eliminate the problem Statement. Sounds easy? Not when the problem you're dealing with has eleven 11" x "15 size pages worth of potential causes for the problem. That translates into over 300 potential causes. However, the hard work I did was rewarding. How often do you get to say you worked for NASA? Not very often...

What was your favorite experience at NASA SHARP?

There are so many different things to choose from. We went to sooo many different places, and were involved in a lot of activities. The trip to Santa Monica and Venice Beach was fun; however, being from Florida, I wasn't used to swimming in the cold Pacific Sea. No one was, really. In the end we had a contest to see who would get out the cold water first. That sorta worked. At one point my body went completely numb so I couldn't feel the cold water anymore.
The rest of the "SHARPIES" were really cool too. We had plenty of laughs and came up with a bunch of inside jokes that no one will probably get...but that's 'cause you're not Analog...see what I mean.
Anyway, I know I'm definitely going to miss everyone when I go back home (I finally met someone who is more lost and rambles more than I do...and that's saying something...I ramble about rambling...see what I mean?). That, and it's not everyday that I get to make fun about someone in Tagalog, have that person understand, then have him make fun of me and have a good laugh about it...then make fun of other people in Tagalog without them knowing it (more inside jokes).
Anyway, my incessant rambling has to end somewhere, so peace out everyone.

Words to live by:
(This should be interesting...)

"A pessimist says the glass is half empty. An optimist says the glass is half full. And an engineer says it’s a good thing I put half of my water in a redundant glass." -Ratbert (from the "Dilbert" cartoon)

“Good judgment comes from experience…and experience comes from poor judgment.” – some random poster I saw

“If you train to damage, you won’t even bruise your opponent. If you train to ruin, you’ll damage him. If you train to kill, you’ll destroy him. If you want to kill, get a weapon.” - random martial arts quote

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" - Spock (I told you I was a Trekkie)

"ASSUME makes and ASS out of U and ME" - I dunno where I got that from, but it sounds good.

"You have to risk something to gain something" – Joel Melvin (fellow SHARPIE)

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