Why do they call me Trick? – I get asked fairly frequently about my nickname. The origin is simple enough, I was in a college class with two other Patricks. I hate the name Pat, on a lark I went with the name “Trick” and it stuck. It rose in prevalence in my life during 2007 when I launched the ManaNation podcast.
1983: Patrick R. Jarrett (that’s me) was born in Atlanta GA. At 11lbs 5oz I was the 2nd largest the hospital had delivered at that point.
1986: Younger sister born, bringing sibling count to five. Family moves from Atlanta to Kansas City, KS for dad’s job.
1989: Moved from KC to Orlando, FL.
1993: Best friend, George, died from a rare heart malformation, left a lasting effect on personality, caused me to become quite introverted for many years.
1995: Began exploring the Internet and playing with web design in HTML 1, I had no clue what exactly I was beginning to explore.
1997: Part of the first web design class in my middle school, helping manage the school’s website and continue to explore new realms in web design – like the blink tag and using animated gifs! Also this is the year when I first spent over 100 hours in one month signed on via our dial up service, the parents were not amused.
1998: Entered high school at Edgewater High School as part of their “Engineering, Science and Technology” magnet. I had begun to come out of my shell and also got drafted into playing both Football and rowing on the Crew team.
1999: Played Football again, rowed again, did so-so in school. Had my first online “blog” or a regularly updated website, all done manually with html in Notepad! Saw The Matrix seven times.
2000: Stopped playing football and rowing, began working more and doing more web design.
2001: 9/11 happened. I continued to use the Internet and seeing its importance in the events and news of 9/11 I became even more enamored with it.
2002: Graduated high school and was accepted to Georgia Tech as a Computer Science major. Mom’s health began to require trips to Houston for treatment. At Georgia Tech I explore the fraternities, get blackballed by one.
2003: Grades not that great, beginning to realize my love is with web design and development, not the heavy lifting that is true computer science. But I’m stubborn and do my best to push through.
2004: Mom’s health has held steady with regular treatment but we’ve all been prepared for the eventual decline which will require more. I push on with school, building friendships and trying to survive college.
2005: First year where I volunteered with Dragon*Con. I work for the Georgia Supreme Court Clerk’s Cooperative Authority as an intern doing web development.
2006: GT and I part ways after the fall semester. Mom’s health declines and life comes to a point where I am faced with a big decision. I decide to leave Atlanta and return to Orlando. In May I return to Orlando to be with family and be near to mom before she has to leave for a bone-marrow transplant in Houston. Begin working for SAK Comedy Lab as their house manager. In October, Katie and I begin dating.
2007: My mom dies. I launch ManaNation.com, a gaming site all about Magic: The Gathering. I leave SAK and get hired to be a junior developer with Databanq Media. Katie and I move in together and adopt Mattie, a cocker-spaniel.
2008: Life goes on! I was let go from Databanq and three weeks later landed at MindComet as “Senior Software Developer.” Performing at SAK Comedy Lab, at least monthly, as part of the Tuesday night ‘Lab Rats’ show.
2010: Get married! Continue working at CoolStuffInc doing awesome things.
2011: We merge ManaNation.com into GatheringMagic.com. Younger sister gets married and reminds me that we’re all grown up. Several months later I get hired by Wizards of the Coast as ‘Content Specialist’ and move from Orlando, FL to Seattle, WA with Katie and our two dogs. Celebrate our first west coast Christmas.
2012: Lost over 65 lbs. Had to put our dog Tyson to sleep. Hiked over 40 miles in the wilds around Seattle.
2013: Traveled to Barcelona, Montreal, San Diego, and for my third anniversary: Ireland. Promoted to Magic’s Global Content Manager for Wizards of the Coast.
2014: A year of loss as I lost both my father and maternal grandmother while my wife lost her grandmother and her aunt. However we also welcomed a niece and nephew to the world, so it is the cycle of life. Also purchased our home!
…and so much more