Christopher J. Welcher

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About Me…

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…

“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.”
Francisco d'Aconia (from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand)

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated: but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth.”
C. S. Lewis

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“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.”
Thomas Jefferson

“They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin

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“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.”
Ayn Rand

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell