Since this website exists primarily for my narcissistic pleasure, you'll have to cope with my idiosyncrasies as best you can.
Remember that you came here voluntarily, and that any predictable mental discomfort is your problem, not mine.
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 somehow ended up in the Central Valley of Northern California. Rumor has it that in the near future we may be relocating to somewhere that has actual seasons and a hell of lot fewer residents.
As to my "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 Silicon Valley. After college I worked as a mechanical designer at Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Engergy 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 band, and banging my head (and going deaf) playing guitar in various bands over many years. One of my current projects, Timeline, is a progressive rock band that writes our own original material. We've released a self-title CD and recorded a 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 5 Ways to Yesterday (5W2Y) with a varied catalog spanning both eras and genres. We DO plan to play out as soon as we're ready.
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 wy 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 crusing and experiencing the rich history and sights of Europe. Hopefully more trips to come...
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