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 and went to small technical college in Illinois. After graduation, I moved to Albuquerque and then to the Central Valley of Northern California. Rumor has it that in the near future I will be relocating to another state that has actual seasons and a hell of lot fewer residents. The Mrs. and our trio of feline furbabies have already made the move and I’m still coordinating a graceful transition to telecommuting with my client. Can’t endanger the donut production too much yet…

As to said “day job” I’m a partner in a small business, Valley Engineering Group, Inc., located in the San Francisco East Bay city of Livermore. We’re a company that specializes in providing mechanical engineering services and contract staff to our clients in the local area but predominantly Silicon Valley. After college, I worked as a mechanical designer at Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy Laboratory in both New Mexico and California. My partners and I quit Sandia in 1997 to start VEG and we have been steadily building our company ever since, fortunately being able to weather the ups and downs of the business cycle. The life of a small business owner definitely has its perks – however – it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.

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 both locally and traveling throughout the country. 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 and bass in high school and have been banging my head (and going deaf) playing guitar in various bands since my teen years. One of my current projects that is now winding down after almost 15 years, Timeline, is a progressive rock band that writes our own original material. We’ve released a self-titled CD and recorded the second CD but during the process the band parted with our singer and we’ve never replaced him. Needless to say, we don’t play out much. I also am involved in another project, a cover band called Five Ways To Yesterday (5W2Y) with a varied catalog spanning both eras and genres.

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, The Wine Steward. At this point in our vinocultural journey our favorite wines come from France, primarily from the Burgundy and Rhone regions. Fret not, we still love and collect our local California wines.

Another thing that my wife and I have begun to do in the past few years is travel. We’ve purchased 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. Hopefully more trips to come…
“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.” 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