Mar 04 2006
Time to update this. As of 5-4-2009 January 2011.
So much has changed in the last two years. I remarried in 2010 to a wonderful woman who has done so much to encourage me and help me find focus in my life. In the marriage I also gained two more children, a wonderful extended family and a guinea pig.
I am 49 years old. God did I just say that? I turn 50 in less than a year. I suppose I will set a reminder to update that when I do.
Age is just a number, right?
I have 4 6 kids and and 2 pets. At least the two pets did not change…in numbers at least. Only one them is a carryover to now. A far cry from my past when i had up to 19.
I still work (my day job) as a domains administrator and domains analyst, but I have done all of these exciting careers:
Helpdesk, enterprise support, trainer, pizza cook, bartender, bus boy, car washer, dish washer, truck washer, truck driver, furniture delivery, electronics assembly tech, C5 And C141 crew chief, custodian, parts driver, gas station/mini mart clerk, security guard, amusement park ride operator, flower delivery, shipping and receiving, wheel and tire mechanic, burger maker, DJ engineer, inventory manager, tool issue clerk, 777 assembly mechanic, book store clerk and paper boy….in no particular order. I am sure I missed a few. I also do independent computer consulting, a side career I may expand on.
So why not a writer/blogger?
I was born and raised in the San Jose area. After joining the Air Force in 1982, I left the Bay Area to see the world…of Northern California, only 90 miles away. Stationed at Travis AFB, I was quite precocious in my 12 years there, achieving an Associate of Science degree in only 11 years, without ever taking a college course.
I was a honor graduate of my apprentice and journey level training programs, and of my NCO Leadership School. I was also selected as branch and squadron NCO of the month the only time I went before the board. I was also one of a very small number of people to attend the NCO Academy at the rank of E5. The NCOA is normally for E7 and some E6s.
I enjoyed the military, and still maintain a keen interest in matters military, which may explain the occasional pro military rants I post.
I left Travis in 1995, and settled in the Seattle Area, where I currently reside. I will always consider myself a Californian at heart, but I must confess, the Northwest has its hooks in me.
I worked for a copier company then Boeing, but was laid off in 1999.
Being laid off by Boeing is a northwest tradition.
I entered the computer industry, and since have worked for 5 different contract agencies, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Clearwire and the University of Washington Medical School.
I play guitar, and have for about 30+ years. I should be better then I am, but I never wanted to tour, I just like the music. I have 10 guitars, 2 amps and sundry accessories.
I am also a dedicated, no obsessed computer hobbyist, as well as an avid reader.
I have to make a mention of my political affiliation. To my knowledge I have never registered to a party, but usually tended to choose independent. I may have registered Republican once.
I align as a social moderate and a fiscal conservative, and the closest party affiliation I have is Neo Libertarian.
I try to vote the issue, not the parties, and judge the candidates by their merits not their affiliations.
In recent elections I tend to vote against someone, not with them, which is a sad indication of the quality of our candidates more than anything.
I became politically aware in the post Vietnam era, when Nixon and Agnew resigned. I was adamantly against Reagan, but voted for him because I detested Carter.
You get the picture.
I love the northwest, but miss California, I hate politicians, but love politics, and love coffee, the main redeeming quality to Seattle.
Anything else you want to know, ask.
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