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Biography

Welcome to my home on the Net! This is now the 3rd version of my personal homepage. I wanted to update the design of the site to be more in line with what's being done today. I also wanted to incorporate a bunch of separate webpages that I had, into one single site.

Through various circumstances that came about in my life, I made the decision to go back to school in 1997. It was a lot of hard work, but in December of 1999, I graduated with a 4.0 average and received a degree in Computer Networking. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to use all of what I had learned. Because of a previous injury that was getting worse by the day, I decided to have surgery in April of 2000. It turned out to be the first of ten operations that I would wind up having to do. I just finished the last one in September of 2005. Having to do ten surgeries in five years is not a lot of fun. I did still manage to work a little bit on and off during that time. I was doing some networking stuff, but mostly I was building and configuring computer systems to be used in medical diagnostic equipment.

Playing music has always been a big part of my life. I started with the piano when I was about seven. I also played other instruments through my teens, and finally settled into electric guitar when I was 16 years old. For the next 18 years I became a very serious guitarist. Although I played a variety of styles, my passion was the heavy metal and instrumental music of the 80's. The picture on the right is one of the few I still have from that era. I think I was around 24 at the time it was taken.

The 80's were a pretty wild time for me. I was living the typical rock musician lifestyle. Then in 1992 a serious injury changed my life. God was letting me know that the time had come for me to change my ways. I had been fighting the calling of the Holy Spirit for many years, and I still wasn't ready to give in. It took almost another year, but in the summer of '93 I finally asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. If you'd like to know what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ, click on the link.

I still deal with pain everyday. But God gives me the strength to get through it. I no longer ride motorcycles, which was another big part of my life. The rocked out, biker dude is gone (lol). Not that there's anything wrong with playing rock music or riding motorcycles. I had to give up riding in 2001 because it was just getting to be too painful. I stopped playing guitar because I developed arthritis in my hands. But God is good! I'm still able to play the keyboard to a certain degree. It's much easier to push down on the keys than it is to have to grip and squeeze the neck of a guitar. I can also play the drums with some modified drum sticks I made. And just recently, I even tried playing the guitar again! I can't play anywhere near the level that I once used to. But I did manage to crank out a halfway decent sounding solo, although it was quite a bit slower than back in the old days (lol). I plan to convert some of my original recordings to MP3 format. I'd like to get some sample clips of my original music up on the website.

Some of my newer hobbies are watch collecting and Ham Radio. I started collecting watches in 1999. At first my focus was on the less expensive stuff. But after buying and selling for 6 years, I've managed to get more into the midrange segment of the hobby. I now mostly look to buy Swiss made, automatic and mechanical watches. In 2002 I studied for and received my Ham license. Since then I've made contacts all over the world. I think I'm up to 60 different countries on 5 continents. I've talked all over Europe, South America, parts of Asia and parts of Africa. In North America I've worked about 38 different states and have made contacts in Canada and Mexico too. I've also worked many different islands all over the world!

Well, I hope you enjoy your visit here. The site is still under construction, so please be sure to check back from time to time. New stuff is always being added.

Last updated 9/27/2007