My name is Thomas Uriah Jarboe, but most people call me Duke. I’m a strange man of many talents, possessing a wide variety of interests that has led me down an amazing path in life. A former barista of 11 years, my many interactions with coffee addicts inspired me to pen a coming-of-age novel called The Dark Roast.
In the middle of writing said novel, I attended and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Literatures and Writing. I self-published The Dark Roast in December of 2012 and soon after landed one of the most exciting and spectacular jobs you could ever find.
I started as a kayak tour guide and fulfilled the roles of copywriter, technical writer, web designer, graphic designer, product designer, social media and email marketer, photographer, model, media correspondent, spokesperson, brand manager, store manager and operations manager for Everyday California. With barely a dozen other people working there, I helped rebrand the company and grow the business from a small kayak shop no bigger than my tiny one bedroom apartment to a booming adventure tourism industry leader and legitimate apparel company with over 70 employees. Everyday California now has a flagship store occupying over 2500 square feet, and over 100 unique styles for men, women and children. I could write a book on all the things I did at Everyday California, and maybe I will…
But first I have a splendid little sci-fi novel to finish and pitch. I hope to have an accompanying graphic novel to package with it and I’m excited about a few other pet projects I have in the works. Speaking of work, I write for that too. Copywriting is my main skill but I’m a Creative Content Producer in full. I take full advantage of the Adobe Creative Cloud, having spent countless hours in Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere.
I’m also a super geek. I love comic books, Star Wars, Star Trek, sci-fi and fantasy books, etcetera etcetera, the list goes on. I could geek out for days about any and all of the aforementioned items. And I’m not shy about my geekiness; I wear a solid silver Green Lantern ring every single day of my life. I watch an unnatural amount of YouTube videos about mobile technology and daydream of the day when replicators become a reality.
But as much as I love to seclude myself inside and pour through pages and pages of geeky goodness or binge watch entire seasons of Daredevil or all 13 Star Trek movies, the great outdoors calls to me. I rock climb as often as I can with my beautiful girlfriend. Free diving in the kelp forrest of La Jolla is a beautiful and peaceful hobby of mine. Downhill death dodging on my skateboard gets my adrenaline rushing and I most definitely consider Disc Golf a sport.
I’m also an aficionado of mustache waxes. I have rocked a handlebar mustache several times in my adult life and am always searching for that “perfect” mustache wax. I encourage all men to grow one as I believe we can achieve world peace through the unifying brotherhood of the stache.
And that’s a little bit about me and what I like to do. If you made it to the end, then I congratulate you on your fortitude and persistence.