Employee Spotlight: Mike Long
Mike Long joined Escape in August of 1999 to assist in the technical administration of Escape's computer network. Now he is our system administrator. Michael keeps all of our systems running and is a fantastic resource for our customers. What is your favorite part of working for Escape? — I like the people and the atmosphere. Everyone that works at Escape is really great, and I like the family-friendly environment.
Can you give us a quick play-by-play of your average work day? — Emergencies run my day – dealing with them and preventing them. The first thing I do when I come into the office (or earlier) is check to make sure there are no emergencies. Then I do a preventative check-see to make sure there are not going to be any emergencies. Once I am satisfied that everything is running as it should be, I work on my current list of projects.
What have been some of the highlights of your career at Escape? — The highlight of working for Escape was when we moved from Escape Classic to Escape Online. The move to the new technology allowed me to play a greater role in the software. And the highlight never stops. Escape Online is constantly evolving into even newer technology and I really like that.
What are your favorite activities or things to do when not working? — I like spending time with my family, whatever that entails: playing sports or just hanging out. I also like watching football and Mixed Martial Arts fighting.
Where are you from originally? — I was born in Woodland, CA and grew up in Dixon and Sacramento. I have always been local.
If you weren't a system administrator, what would you be? — I’d be an entrepreneur because I think I have a good knack for business.
What is your favorite food? — Lasagna. It has everything I love about food - carbs, tomato sauce, meat and cheese.
What is your ringtone? — I cannot tell you. I change my ringtone all of the time. I can never stand the same ring tone for long, but whatever it is, it has to be loud and obnoxious or I won't hear it.
If you could meet one person, who and why? — Actually, I already met him. Twice. Clint Eastwood. My family has a house in Carmel, where Clint resides most of the time. My sister and I met him on the beach once. But even better, was the second time. He was closing the Hogs Breath Saloon, and my wife and I happened to be there with some friends. Clint stopped by our table and chatted. It was great. He is really a regular nice guy.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? — I’d love to fly, because it would be so cool to get from place to place without having to get into a car.