So what else does Candy do?


Volcanologist

Candy is presently a geology student at Cal State Hayward, specializing in physical vulcanology. She has been a volcano fan for a long time. A very long time indeed. Since she got out of selling communications systems for money, she's started trying to figure a way to look at volcanoes for money. No luck so far.

As of fall 1997, she has completed a BS in Geology and is working on an MS, pending completion of a thesis on the Sibley volcanics in the Berkeley Hills.


What does that sign say?

Mount Saint Helens Crater: August 1996

Cal State Hayward Advanced Field Methods class went touring the Cascades, led by Dr. Woody Brooks. No, they didn't get to fly into the crater in a helicopter; it was an all-day hike in and back out. The rocks and snow in the background are the new lava dome that's growing inside the summit crater. The guy peering at a rock with a hand lens is Kurt, the TA for the class.

Besides Mt. Saint Helens Candy has collected rock samples on Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Mammoth, Lassen, Medicine Lake, Yellowstone, Etna. Active volcanoes are the best places to hike! They offer so many of the world's worst walking surfaces in such a small space.



Author and Bard


Candy has written a fair amount of poetry, mainly for an SCA target audience. This is old-fashioned poetry with rhyme and meter and it tells a story. She is also creator of the infamous "Thorkel Strongarm Saga", a prose filk of Icelandic sagas.

There's also an unpublished mystery/adventure novel "Offerings to Vulcan" making the rounds looking for a publisher. Yes, it has volcanoes. It also has sex and violence, so it really ought to sell.


Costumer

Mostly historical costumes for SCA, but also a variety of fantasy and interpretive. Come to that, the SCA costumes used to be kind of fantasy and interpretive, but now she's part of the Authenticity Police.

Communications Consultant

AT&T; Communications Consultant -- so what else you gonna do with a MA in History? After a 15-year career, Candy's job was organized out of existence. AT&T communications consultants provided technical consulting for the sales people they teamed with, making sure their proposals would actually work and meet the customer's needs. In the early 90's all of the phone companies realized that their technical consultants were interfering with the creativity of their salespeople so the elimiated the technical positions.