*(The links under my photo are based on comments made to me about my old photo id. I am the opposite of both stereotypes. I found out that some people didn't get the joke or were later just not motivated to read the links, so am explaining it. Also interesting was that getting it was not a generational thing as age did not seem to matter in who knew about these stereotypes. Sheesh! Still funny, though, right? The last few years that I worked I had a "Get off my lawn" sign on my work laptop lid and it was interesting to see who did and did not get the joke. At first, it was just intended to identify folks who share my sense of humor, but in the end it had the opposite result. )
The main purpose of this page is to efficiently introduce myself as I do not use any social media. After being relatively unchanged for several years, I am cleaning up some dead links, reformatting the pages, tweaking colors, backgrounds, etc., and making the text less/more chatty on this page. Please let me know if you find any errors!
- U.S. Army veteran. (Enlisted in the Regular Army at age 17 & served for four years of active duty plus one year of Active Reserves). New information about Agent Orange exposure.
- Education stuff
- A.A.S Electronics, Edmonds College, Edmonds, WA.
- B.S., Industrial Technology, Energy and Power Systems Management, Illinois State University , Normal, IL.
- M.S., Computer Science , Illinois State University. Really Applied CS but program descriptions have changed so much that this is the closest I could easily find to my degree.
- M.S., Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
- Other schools attended: Illinois Central College, Seattle Central College and University of Maryland Global Campus.
- It may look as though I LIKE to go to school, but I eventually learned in my late 30s that I had to pursue continual professional and personal improvement, seriously, as a way to improve my life and career (when I had one!). Due to three layoffs in my 30s which completely wiped out my savings and put me back to square one each time, I made a long term plan, with several short term goals, at age 38 to get an education, retrain myself, which I later did three times to adjust to changing economic factors, and to find a job that would enable me to maintain my economic viability and to be able to dine on the better brands of cat and dog food in retirement. My roots are blue collar and I worked my way through every single day of school without incurring any debt. Every male member of my family, myself included, has been a member of a labor union (Teamsters, UAW, Boilermakers, IBEW, Steelworkers) and I still will not cross a picket line, but to get where I needed to go, I needed earn college degrees.
- Myers Briggs INTJ, link1, link2, link3.
- I retired several years ago and worked in various technical fields for most of my 40ish year "career" (biomedical and aerospace electronics R&D, computer hardware and software, etc.), spending the last 20ish years of my work life doing Unix/Linux server level administration and security, information security and information security risk management for a Fortune 50 company. I just maintain my technical skills enough, now, to manage my Linux home computers.
- I dropped all social media when I retired; FaceBook, LinkedIn, etc.
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- Visit my publisher: Heritage Books
- This is a good FREE site to start your genealogy research and connect with other researchers: USGenWeb Project Homepage
- Another good FREE genealogy resource, FamilySearch. Free account gives access many free primary records. Peer reviewed family trees.
- If you like archaeology news. No account needed.
- If you like art news. No account needed.
- Links for Atheists. Really just Wikipedia-like page for a lot of relevant links.
- Links for vegan blogs. No account needed.
- If you care about animals. No account needed.
- If you like collecting "stuff". Free Account needed to post items. Anyone can view posts.