What's Next With Luke

A day in the life with front-end developer Luke Summers

Luke Summers 

Luke is a front-end developer in our Milwaukee office, but that’s about the most boring thing we could say about him. How many developers do you know who recently finished a local run in one of the most popular Off-Broadway comedies in history? Who found LC by way of the Toppers Pizza Spank Tank? Who help run – write, direct and then act in – one of the top-rated haunted houses in the Midwest?

Well, buckle up because Luke does it all, plus a lot of technical work things that, to be honest, we’re still not really sure we understand. Follow along for what’s next in an average day with Luke – and check out our Instagram story to see him in action.

7:45 a.m. Alarm goes off. I get up and realize I feel pretty good, but another 15 minutes wouldn’t hurt.

8:00 a.m. I was wrong. I don’t feel as good as I did – damn R.E.M. cycles – but it’s time to start the day. I grab a handful of pecans and jump in the shower. After showering, I gather my outfit for the day, sit down on my bed and immediately zone out. I begin thinking about dumb stuff like how Fitbits are just like Tamagotchis except the stupid creature you have to keep alive is yourself.

8:45 a.m. Leave for work. I drive, despite all my attempts to do something healthier.

9:15 a.m. Arrive at the office, climb the stairs to my floor and realize I forgot my lunch in the car.

9:20 a.m. Arrive at the office again, this time with lunch in hand. I head to the second floor, where the developers sit. I greet the teammates around me, then jest with Steve Kaufman a little bit to start the day. A randomly sent picture of Brendan Fraser or this guy usually does the trick.

9:45 a.m. After checking email, filling up my water bottle and, of course, annoying Steve, I get started on whatever is on my docket for the day. My typical work load consists of site builds, email development, and banner animations.

11:30 a.m. Standup meeting to discuss progress on a project, or estimates for a new upcoming project. Meetings are a little uncommon for me, but they happen occasionally and are typically very peaceful affairs.

12:30 p.m. I’ll often eat lunch at my desk – trying to eat healthy and today it’s a spinach salad – to offset the incredible baked ziti I’m making this weekend! [Editor’s Note: More on the baked ziti later…]

2:00 p.m. Mornings can be relatively hectic, but the afternoon is typically a solid block of work time. It helps to not be distracted. You may notice me bobbing and bouncing to whatever music I’m listening to while I work. It’s usually some high-energy music low on lyrics. Synth-wave, house dance music. Anything with a steady beat to keep me energized. My obsession of late has been Dance With the Dead, a retro-futuristic/outrun duo from Orange County, CA.

5:30 p.m. Time to hit the road! If nothing else is planned for the night, the gym will be the first thing on my agenda.

7:00 p.m. Tonight, I have improv practice at Urban House Brewing. I’ve been doing improv for just over four years and have recently started working with the local long-form improv group, Mojo Dojo!

8:30 p.m. After practice the players usually grab a beer, but tonight I need to sneak out. Its 8:30 and I still need to make dinner! – hopefully something quick and healthy with lean meats (#paleolife).

10:00 p.m. After dinner and lunch prep, I jump on the couch and play some video games. My gaming addiction for the past year has been Rocket League, but Mass Effect: Andromeda was released the other week and has consumed much of my life. (Insert apology to my girlfriend here.)

12:00 a.m. I usually try to go to bed around midnight, but realistically it’s closer to 12:30. I’ll start thinking about going to bed and then end up delaying for half an hour at least.

12:45 a.m. It’s time for bed! After brushing my teeth and washing up I’ll throw on a podcast and settle in for slumber. Tonight’s podcast of choice: 8-Bit Book Club, on which comedians talk about books centered on video game lore and universes.

About that One Pot Baked Ziti… Luke would like to direct your attention (and begrudging credit) to a recipe from Damn Delicious.

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