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Restarter Profile: Meet Dave

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a pentegenarian polymath with a penchant for poking around in things. I look down side-streets and say “I wonder where that leads to?” I’m a single parent to a teenage boy. My preferred modes of transport are cycling and walking. I love the human race, even though it is the most annoying species on the planet (well, except maybe fleas and mosquitoes).

When did you start repairing electronics and electricals?

I’ve known how to solder since I was a teenager and I’ve been tinkering occasionally ever since, but Restart converted an occasional pastime into a passion.

Why do you attend Restart Parties?

They’re interesting, fun, sociable and we get to shrink the e-waste mountain while meeting new and interesting people. Also, there’s usually good snacks and a cup of tea on offer.

What is your favourite kind of repair?

They’re all great, but I particularly like the ones that are simple and unexpected: the minor mechanical fault that just needs a tweak, the software problem that just needs a bit of knowledge, the loose wire, …

What do you do when you are not Restarting? 

I’m an IT guy (Linux, servers, that kind of stuff). I volunteer with other green organisations such as Sustainable Hackney and Hackney Cyclists. I’m a parent.

What frustrates you (in life)?

My own limitations. There are too few hours in a day. That some people just don’t understand that all things are finite and that we all share the Earth.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A need to wake my teenager for school (while my inner teenager tries to keep me in bed). A desire to make a difference, no matter how small.

What’s the first thing – one material thing – that you could not live without? (besides oxygen, food, water, and shelter and medical care)

Pink fluorescent duct tape. Or, if you’re being serious: nothing, it’s people that make my world what it is, everything else can be replaced.

Share something cool with us [preferably a link] of course! If you want something else, here are some lampshades I made out of repurposed CDs.

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