I've always loved dinosaurs, but dreamed of being a paleontologist ever since I was five years old. Got distracted by video games, learned to program so I could make my own, but wound up going into database and back-end development so I actually could find a job. Serendipity showed me that childhood dreams can still come true, so I've been part of CNCC's volunteer paleo field crew every summer since 2015. I still can't believe I've actually excavated not only dinosaur bone, but other things like skin impression, ossified tendons and a theropod tooth as well as prospected for new fossil sites. Whenever asked why I work so hard on Paleo field work, I exclaim, "Because! It's a dinosaur!". Seems only my tribe of fellow dinosaur lovers truly understand the calling.