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Born and raised in Salinas, California – land of John Steinbeck – lived and loved much and family still lives in and around the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel and in the mountains near Yosemite National Park. Won the Veterans of Foreign Wars speechwriting contest for Salinas High School in 1979 and the tri-county area that included Monterey, Santa Clara and Merced Counties.
Moved to Southwest Texas at age 35. I personally experience the culture wars between North and South, West and Midwest almost every day. Current job has taken me to Washington, DC and its suburbs many times a year.
Information Technology Developer, Analyst and writer in and for a variety of procedural languages, C# and Java. Versed in waterfall, Agile and Iterative methodologies in educational testing, finance, printing, data processing and aerospace industries. Presently employed at the Department of Treasury and working to build the IT infrastructure to roll out ObamaCare in the Fall of 2013.
Experienced rider of Honda motorcycles since 2006 with knowledge of the rides throughout the Texas Hill Country and the unique people and cultures found there.
Experienced user of a number of PTSD survival and reconciliation techniques and therapies, and am on a personal journey of processing the childhood trauma caused by alcoholism, moderate OCD and severe mental illness culminating in psychosis and its efffects on family and extended family throughout childhood and into adult years.
Member in good standing of Twelve Step fellowships for over two decades and have been clean and sober for over 22 years. I understand the recovery process and the challenges associated with chemical dependency and personal transformation.
Intermediate player of the acoustic guitar since the age of 8. If I practiced more, I would be better, but I can’t find enough time away from my other obsessions.
Graduate studies in New Media and Communication nearly complete with focus on the rhetorical study of webpage content advised by scholars like Phillip Wander, Sonja Foss and Edmund Husserl.
Student of A Course in Miracles studying under the works of Kenneth Wapnick, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra and Amy Torres.
Received Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from University of San Francisco in May, 1993 with upper division credit in religion received for several essays written in the areas of religion, religious experience, spirituality and spiritual development in religious community.
Received Associate’s degree in Computer Science in 1985 from Hartnell College, Salinas, California and am an alma mater of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
Married to wife B since 1997 and am helping to raise a step-grandchild, C, with her because of the effects of chemical addiction on C’s father and Bs entire family in north Texas.