CoVa Connection: Meet Web Developer Caleb Whitehead
How well do you know your coworkers? It’s a question we asked ourselves when developing the idea for this new online segment, CoVa Connection. You know all about Coastal Virginia Magazine, and now we’d like to introduce you—one by one, month by month—to the faces behind the publication. We’re lucky to work with a group of super creative, highly talented and unique guys and gals, and we’d like to share their talents, inspirations and everyday musings with you. As we get to know our coworkers, we encourage you to do the same. Spend your lunch break chatting up someone new—or someone you haven’t taken the time to know. You might just discover something fascinating.
Caleb Lee Earle Whitehead | 27 | Web Developer | Employed 7 months
Caleb Whitehead had set out to be a roofer. He started taking business classes at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, and during the same time he became interested in the video game Counter-Strike, even hosting his own server so that he and his friends could play the game together. His school offered electives, so he decided to take a class on programming video games. After that, he says, “I didn’t want to roof anymore.” So he enrolled at ECPI to study web development.
He’s been at VistaGraphics, the publishing company that owns Coastal Virginia Magazine, for less than a year and has already developed 5 apps for the company’s Visitors Guide markets (Check out Virginia Beach’s app here). After months of commuting nearly an hour-and-a-half (each way) to work from his hometown of Sedley (in Southampton County), he recently bought his very own place in Virginia Beach.
1. What’s the best part about living in Virginia Beach?
How close everything is. [In Sedley], I’d have to drive 15 miles to get to a store—any store—so having stuff right there is really where it’s at. And the beach during the summer.
2. What are you up to when you’re not in the office?
Hanging out with people, DDing friends. I don’t drink, so why not?
3. What’s your favorite local venue for concerts?
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach.
4. Any pets?
A Siberian Husky named Achilles. He sings when “The Nanny” theme song comes on. International Harvester—he’ll sing the whole song. And he likes to play football.
5. Favorite sports team?
6. Favorite musical artist?
7. If your life was a song, what would it be?
“Halo” by Machine Gun Kelly.
8. How much sweet tea do you consume in a day?
At least a half gallon.
9. What’s the best food ever?
A Philly cheese steak. With just meat and cheese. Extra meat, extra cheese.
10. What’s the worst food ever?
Onions. Eating onions are like unpacking something with Styrofoam in it. It’s the texture; it irks me.
11. Favorite restaurant?
Citrus in Virginia Beach. They have some really good French toast.
12. What’s the best movie ever?
13. What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?
A card and tickets to the Pungo Wine Festival.
14. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Love. To have somebody accept you without judgment. Everybody messes up.
15. Fill in the blank. The best part of waking up is_________.
Lipton in your cup.
16. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know I can dance.
17. Name one thing that’s on your bucket list.
To go to Machu Picchu.
18. What’s your favorite season?
19. What app do you use most often?
Snapchat or Google Maps.
20. What’s the best thing about technology?
Connecting people and getting rid of boredom.
21. What’s the worst thing about technology?
Power in the wrong hands.
22. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional skater.
(Some of his skating moves were pictured in Tidewater News several years ago.)
23. Who’s your favorite superhero?
24. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
25. What’s a word or phrase you say often?
26. What trend do you wish would go away?
Guys wearing skinny jeans.
27. If you could have dinner with any person, past or present, who would it be?
My father for sure.