The name's Austin, I'm from Santa Cruz CA and I hang out with the guys from the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club (hi John!) every once and a while.
I got a ticket to the Lick Observatory summer visitors program about a year ago, the very next day I was waiting outside Orion's store in Cupertino for the doors to open. I've been hooked ever since. I'm also taking astronomy courses at Cabrillo College from Rick Nolthenius. Really great guy and it gives me a chance to do some imaging at the observatory there.
I write code for a living and I run my own astronomy website: http://astrochallenge.com
where people keep observation logs and complete challenges. It's been fun working on it. I'm always thinking of cool projects to be done involving astronomy, so if you have any ideas, hit me up!