What's New - 3/17/95
Greetings from Sunny Florida! Its currently Sunny and 82 degrees F. If you believe this, I have some swamp land...
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The Internet has got to be my favorite playground, considering I have had long time interests in nearly every science. This is probably due to the fact that, as a kid, I sat around reading World Book Encyclopedia from A-Z. That led me into things like Chemistry (ie. sulfur volcanos and homemade gunpowder), Biology (weed gardens), Zoology (12 cats, a dog or two, a turtle, and ants that didn't stay in their farm), etc. etc.
Actually, because of my parents wanderlust, I did get to visit just about every National Park in the United States. Besides wanting to be a forest ranger when I grew up, I did find that my interests in the outdoors far exceeded those of my high school. Fortunately, I became interested in electronics, which, thanks to Vocational Tech, and my father's GI Bill credits, I survived to finish high school, got my Advanced Amateur Radio license, and my FCC Commercial license and could fix just about any TV.
While sitting one evening, in the campground at Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, I said to my parents, as we watched other campers arrive, "You know, for the cost of one of those big Winnie's I could travel to places all over the World!" You'll read more about the result of that later.
I met my wife-to-be at (uh-oh) a Star Trek club meeting, held at the planetarium every Saturday. I had to open the place up for the Trekkies er, Trekkers!, so sat and watched all the girls as usual. One day, after noticing someone new, I leaned over to my friend Patricia Rogers (Hi, Pat!), and asked "Who's that over there?" Jan Hunter and I were married a couple years later. (There were a few delays and false starts first, including a bicycle trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway,(no, not the whole thing, just a hundred miles or so.) and an Amtrak Rail trip around the U.S. (almost the whole thing, about 9,000 miles worth).
Now, I'm sitting here writing this in a 10x12 room containing about nine or ten micros at the moment. Amigas, Macs, Ataris, even a lone 286, running Casa Mi Amiga BBS, among others, all stacked three shelves high around three walls of the room, along with my Rock & Fossil collection, including Jurassic Park Amber mosquito, Star Wars models, VCRs & TVs, stereo, etc....
Oh, and yes, earlier I mentioned something about World Travel...
Each year for the past decade, Jan and I have been traveling to a different country. With most of Western Europe covered (Switzerland is my favorite), including several Univ of North Florida offered tours to Ireland (Jan's favorite), we are now working our way westward toward Hawaii (1995), Alaska (1996), and New Zealand (199?). But this is another story...
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