Retireded. I be 59 on the 27th of February. Don't have to kiss ass, uh, be politically correct anymore. Ok, near as much. 31 years worked for EXXon at a coal mine. 300 or so skydives made. 'Bout 300 hours flying. I soloed two students in my plane and really meant to get my pilot license. But, well, you know how shotgun weddings go.
Father, a Marine in WWII, discouraged thoughts of military. 2S deferred thru college till I flunked Calculus and had to go for pre-inductions physical 2 weeks before the draft was over. But was 6 pounds over weight. And they say obesity is bad for your health. I have a deep sense of gratitude for the veterans. Dropped all my physics and math classes. 17 hours of Philosophy for a year and a half and out with a BA in Philosphy. I became a Pastor, Church of Gospel Ministry. Cost $15 in 1974. Now it's $45.
Much interest in physics, particularly electron stuff, comedic philosophy, deep base humor, self as revealed by that outside myself ( see Hegel), backgammon, illusions, fixation of belief (see C.S. Peirce), depth psychology (see Experiment in Depth by P.W. Martin), quantizing sanity, ecstatic visions, and ,uh, intellectual conversation (see gnawed.com).
The TV series "House" rules the doctor shows, soaps, and dramas. "Deadwood" superior for honesty.
Influences. Lensman series by E.E. "Doc" Smith. Read Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" in grade school and think his concept of citizenship at least sounds interesting. Dean Ing rules. Orson Scott Card has great stuff.
Religion (Mom made us go to church on sunday, bible school in summer.)
Family life. Too damn complicated for me to figure out. 3 stepkids (one from my ex stepping out and who I love dearly), 1 of my own making, one ex. Married now second time and I guess I've some stepsons by her too. Whew!
Expertise. RS-485 networks at the mine. Radios there and phone system as well as anything electric. Solid state controls. PLCs. Certified welder (stick, eigth inch, flat, vertical, overhead), Illinois shot-firer, Mine examiner, Mine manager certification papers. Ham radio in high school. Four years of football.
Music. Trombone in grade and high school. Tuba. 6 years piano in grade school, but seems to have stuck only a little. Our band after high school was called the Plastic Axe. We couldn't get gigs as Beecher Meat Incorporated. I played lead guitar.
Motorcycles. None now. Autocrossed a neat little automobile, a Suzuki Swift GT 2 years running at the SCCA Solo II Nationals.
I used to weigh 200 pounds...............When I was a fetus. I was catchin' some rays this spring in the front yard 'till the 5th grade ecology group tried to roll me back in the nearby creek.
Crushed by a heliminer in 1979. Broke my left femur. Lucky the tail of the damned thing wasn't up a few more inches. Today my left knee hurts when I walk. No cartilage left but I ain't a gonna do all the shit they want me to do to get a new one. Lose weight. Rebreak the broke femur to straighten out the mend. Screw it. Eyes Lasiked for monovision mode. And I sleep with a CPAP. A godsend I wished I'd had 30 years earlier.
Autocross game on the old Race Car Drivin' arcade machine.
November of 2006 I broke the 2000 meter World record row for 80 year old women on my Concept II E ergometer rowing machine. Hey, you try beating them. I pushed on and, though tempted to use steroids, persevered and beat the World Record 2k meter row for 70 year old women without the use of steroids though Growth Hormone Releasers might get some credit.
Bible thumpers. Ex. Rhubarb.
I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong. November 5th, 1994. But seriously, the way to choose the woman to marry by her being the first one I get pregnant, yeah, that technique could use some improvement.
'Nuff. Much love to all here.