Welcome! I’m a husband who likes to dabble (a lot) in music, adult beverages, travel, and the occasional building of websites. I was born and raised in Eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River and went to a small technical college in Illinois. After graduation in the late 1980s, I moved to Albuquerque, NM and then in the early 1990s to the Central Valley of Northern California. After living in California for over 25 years we’ve moved to Northwestern Montana, to a much slower pace of life. I do *not* miss the commute traffic or masses of people. After being a co-owner of an engineering business for 23 years, we’ve decided to close shop and I’ve taken another job with KLA Corporation as a mechanical engineer. Although KLA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, they let me work remotely fully time from home. Hard to beat that…
As mentioned before, I’m a happily married man who is blessed to have met such a wonderful woman whom he doesn’t deserve. She has her own business as an independent sewing instructor, teaching and creating original content traveling throughout the country. She is also the assistant editor of Classic Sewing magazine. I couldn’t love her more and be more proud of who she is personally and what she has accomplished professionally.
Music has always been an important staple in my life. I played trombone in high school and have been banging my head (and going deaf) playing guitar in various bands since my early teens. Since my move to Montana, I’ve begun to slowly build my home studio and hopefully will be inspired to compose and record my own music that likely no one else will ever hear.
For quite a few years now, my wife and I have been learning, sampling, and collecting wine. In fact, we met at a local wine shop in Pleasanton, CA called The Wine Steward. At this point in our vinicultural journey, our favorite wines come from France, primarily from the Burgundy and Rhone regions, but we still enjoy domestic wines from California, Oregon, and Washington. Haven’t tried any Montana wines yet though…
Another thing that my wife and I have begun to do in the past few years is travel. We have a timeshare at the Hacienda del Mar Resort in Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico that we visit once or twice a year to unwind and enjoy the local culture. In 2015, for our 10th anniversary, we took a Viking River Cruise in Europe and fell in love with both river cruising and experiencing the rich history and sights of Europe. Over the past few years we’ve taken a few Caribbean cruises. In May of 2019 we took a fabulous trip to southern France with some fellow winos and also in July of 2019 a Mediterranean cruise to Italy and Greece with my family. Can’t get enough of Europe! Hopefully another river cruise in next year…
KJ7VTB (Kilo Juliet 7 Victor Tango Bravo) – This year I’ve entered into the world of amateur radio. So far I’ve earned my Technician (level 1) and General (level 2) class licenses and hopefully will get my Amateur Extra (level 3) class license later this year. Living where we do it’s a very useful skill to have, whether for communicating with the locals or assisting search and recuse operations.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
“Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.”
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right.”
“When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”
“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
“They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”