Where in the world are you? I currently split my time between Yorktown, VA, and Washington, DC
What stage of your career are you at? Interesting story, that. I've been involved in web design for about 14 years, only worked professionally as a front-end wonk/programmer for about four years, my last seven years have been spent as a maritime officer in a variety of roles but programming never left me. So, i guess you could say I'm an experienced professional with a newbie's portfolio.
What are you current challenges? T-4 months to unemployment, and I don't have much to show potential UI/UX employers.
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about? I've been a UX nut since before I knew what UX was. I love being able to simplify an experience for people. Outside of the web world I loved being able to make my shipmates safer by applying UI principles to our Emergency Response Manuals.
Cats or dogs?
Tough choice, but, if I ever have the room and time again, I want dog.