I was an aspiring drummer 🥁 in high school to become a nuclear engineer ⚛ who never worked a day in his life as a nuclear engineer. Then a fascinating journey through life took me from testing airplanes ✈️ to designing websites as 🖥 I toiled away for 39 years in high tech. With stops at Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Autodesk, IBM, and a couple of smaller tech companies and start-ups. I landed where it started on the ‘spaced coast’ of Florida 😏. I have been retired now for a couple of years, an orphan, close to my two brothers and their families, and very few close friends.
I love Space – I truly do. As a young boy, I was fascinated by Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon. I saw my Dad launch the earliest unmanned rockets up through the Space Shuttle 🚀. One brother went that route. As a kid I loved to build and make stuff – erector sets, tinker toys, you name it.
I left to pursue my dreams and travel the world. I did a lot of that and made it to 4 out of seven continents, 39 countries. I lived in Stuttgart Germany for 3 years 🍺. I dove and underwater photographed the Caribean, Central America, Australia, and the South Pacific 🐠. I lived at 29 different addresses 🏠. I was married three times 💍- five if you count the first marriage in the Catholic Church in my flip-flops (which I guess is still on the books) and number 2 whom I had the unfortunate pleasure of marrying twice 😵💫!
I learned DIY from my Dad and spun that into a minor in fine craftsmanship as a cabinet and furniture designer and builder 🪚. I have played the drums on and off since Junior High School and have amassed an extensive collection of drums 🥁. I have been in love with contemporary music since I started drumming – especially anything different with a beat. I consider myself a creative person who can express himself (the real me) in many ways.
I discovered reading in college and I am an ardent fan of science fiction 🚀 and fantasy. All of Tolkien’s works especially Lord of the Rings are my all-time favorite which I have read countless times. I dig all sci-fi: Rodger Zelazny, Arther Clarke, Issac Asimov, Kim Stanley-Robinson, Neal Stephenson, John Varley, and James S. A. Corey among others. It’s cool seeing all my favorite sci-fi and fantasy books being turned into TV shows and movies.
I like to smoke pot quite a bit but gave up drinking twice 🍾. I love to sit in the hot tub to relax 🛀. I love hiking with my dog and taking pictures of nature 🌼. I love being on a boat in the ocean or the nearby Indian River Lagoon 🚤. I love creating stuff out of wood for personal pleasure and giving as gifts 🔨. I have an RV and traveled the western rim of the Rockies 🏔 in 2021 and the Appalachians 🗻 in 2022 with my pup Jake. I love dogs 🐶. All dogs are good dogs. I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am. I try my best to be good to my dog and treat him like a member of my tribe.
I used to consider myself a spiritual person 👼🏻 but now consider myself a very lucky bipedal mammal 🐵 with a large cranium and opposable thumbs who gets to experience the beauty of life and nature 🌲 ⛈ with no belief in a creator. I have little tolerance for most religions – I am not a fan of cults – but I respect your beliefs as long as you don’t think they should be mine too. It’s all math – as they say ∑.
I spend a lot of time understanding the nature of the universe – helped by my background in math and physics. I closely follow and understand the peer-reviewed science which has led me to the conclusion the world we live in is truly unique but not supernatural. My heroes are all the thinkers and scientists at the Solvay Conferences – Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg – among others – plus those that came later like Richard Feynman and Allan Turing, and those that came before like Newton, Galileo, and Copernicus.
Oh yes – and all my favorite musicians. Good thing for that large cranium!
I believe we live in a delicate balance with nature 🦋 and we have unfortunately tipped the scales in our favor. The dinosaurs 🦕 got like 150 million years – mankind will be lucky to get 1 million – start to finish. So much for those big craniums 🤣.