Mar 04 2006

About Me

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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.

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Dani Dodgeon 31 Mar 2006 at 12:49 pm

    Great photo!

  2. Roberton 10 Oct 2006 at 3:03 am

    I won’t hold the fact you are a seattle resident against you.And BTW, that is way to much info…..LOLI like the way you think and I have similar beliefs and views. I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog and expect to see great things from you….Nice intro really….

  3. Markon 03 Feb 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Like your blog.  WIll give you a link on mine.  Keep up the good work.
    Mark

  4. Ron Paquetteon 02 May 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Hey bud — Thank you for your service, past and present. I REALLY enjoyed the video. Why the hell isn’t it in all the theaters? (Ahmmmm, let me think…)

    Keep up the good work. There are a lot of us out here that appreciate it. And more to come, I just linked your page with the Global Warming Swindle to all my email list.

    Good luck – Ron

  5. Rodney A Stantonon 05 May 2007 at 6:49 pm

    Where in the SJ area? I lived in Campbell and went to Cambrian 54 years ago. My son has lived in SJ (he’s a pencil necked computer geek) from 2001 – 2007.

  6. Charles Abernathyon 20 May 2007 at 10:35 am

    Sir:

    I guess I shouldn’t call you sir being that you “Worked for your money”. LOL

    Great site. The video knocked me off my feet. It’s a positive response to the Al Gore hit piece. Thank you for keeping it up on your site.

    With your permission I would like to link to it from a WWW I am going to set up next week.

    Regards
    Charles Abernathy

  7. Chuckon 08 Oct 2007 at 1:40 am

    With all your background, why make ignorant comments like “San Francisco tries to Ban the Blue Angels”?

    You know better. It a proposal by one of eleven elected Supervisor, who is well-known for his whacky behavior on any number of issues. His proposal was never taken seriously, except by a couple of fringe political groups.

    For you to take that and turn it into a call for a “boycott on San Francisco” is childish in the extreme.

    By the way, I just spent four days watching and photographing the Blue Angels practice sessions and shows, along with tens of thousands of spectators. No demonstrations against the shows, anywhere, just a whole lot of Blue Angels fans, …most from San Francisco as far as I could tell.

  8. Ron Hoeferon 27 Oct 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Karl, Love your site and your point of view! I invite you to my blog, and request permission to add you to my blog roll. Keep the Faith, Brother!

  9. Tbon 12 Jun 2008 at 9:42 pm

    I’m sorry you have to suffer the Seattle crap but i guess it’s better than Kalifornia. (yes, spelled with a K) I’m on a mission to tell Mayor Nickels how I really feel about him. I have a poorly written rant-blog chasingdown.blogspot.com if you are ever interested. I actually came across your blog while trying to google some dirt on Nickels. I can’t stand that man…

  10. Ericon 21 Jul 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I believe I can attest to Karl’s military prowess. I guess it’s been 13 years…
    Eric

  11. Karlon 22 Jul 2008 at 1:34 am

    About that, yes.

    Good to hear from you Eric, I heard you made Chief. Congratulations on a distinguished career!

    Where my career was under the radar and fairly mundaune you always did shine, and the Air Force got themselves a good Senior NCO.

    I do much better as a computer tech.

    I tried to email but your email bounced. Drop me a line sometime at leaningstraightup@gmail.com.

    LSU

  12. Jamie Manninoon 29 Oct 2008 at 9:55 am

    Karl, Love your site..I’m an animal lover as well have over 15 pets
    Have you ever thought of adding an education link to your site
    please contact me to discuss
    Jamie.mannino@collegebound.net

    URL
    http://www.collegesurfing.com

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