Christopher J. WelcherWelcome to my Homepage
(Currently undergoing extreme renovation…)
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.
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