I was born in Montreal and spent my formative years in Baie-D'Urfé, a suburb of Montreal.
My career began in film as an assistant editor on feature films and progressed to editing documentary films. With the recession of the eighties, film work went south and I ended up a labourer in a Hamilton steel mill.
During that time, I stumbled across computers and programming. An undiscovered universe opened up to me. I taught myself 'C', 'C++' and Java, then took a couple of system design courses at colleges in the Toronto area. Once I'd honed my skills, I became a self-employed software engineer. For the next few decades, I worked for various companies in Canada and the United States designing and coding systems and applications. The life of an itinerant engineer satisfied two desires: the need to create something from nothing, as well as satiate my wanderlust.
Travel has been a large part of life since my mid-teens. I left home at sixteen and eventually ended up working at an open pit mine in Cassiar, British Columbia. The first stint of enduring -56 degree temperatures financed six months in the Bahamas. The second purchased a one-way plane ticket to Australia. After roaming that continent for a year, I followed the migratory pattern of many in the sixties and seventies - the overland trek from Darwin to London. The allure of distant locales continued to be irresistible to my wife and myself, and in the intervening years we touched down in spots in Europe, Africa and Central America.
Clay Farrow is a pseudonym.
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