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 then to the Central Valley of Northern California, and rumor has it 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 feline children have already made the move and I’m still coordinating a graceful transition to telecommuting with my client.  Can’t endanger the donut production just 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 and 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. 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, our singer left the band 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…
“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

“The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.”

“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.”

“To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” Theodore Roosevelt

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.”

“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.” Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” German anti-fascist Martin Niemoller

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher