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ABOUT ME


About Me

Well, I'm not going to put all my personal secrets up here :-)

But, for the curious ....

I currently live in Milford, VA, about halfway between Richmond and Fredericksburg (out in the sticks). I have no wife to give me a hard time about sawdust or the tools I buy or how many unbuilt kits I have sitting on the shelf (too many!).

Reminds me of a time when I had been listening to some guy at work complain about his wife and I said, "No wife, no girlfriends, no problems!" to which a female co-worker replied, "No wife, no girlfriends, no wonder!" I think she had me pegged :-)

Here are a couple pictures of my shipyard. The room is about 13x13 feet and seems pretty spacious. I just set this room up in November, 2005, after moving to my current house, so it's still a bit disorganized.

Shipyard

Shipyard

In the picture above, you can see an old metal lathe sitting on the floor by the wall. That is a new (to me) acquisition and it still needs legs made for the table it sits on. On the shelf just above the lathe is a new Jet air cleaner. I've decided to start trying to control the dust a bit for a change. The workbench in the center holds my table saw and thickness sander as well as a disk sander. There are a number of full-size tools in a shed out in the yard.

I worked in high-tech marketing out in the infamous Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA) and in Huntsville, AL for nearly 25 years, but after getting laid off 4 times in a 7-year period (plus working for another company that went belly up), I've given up on that career. I'm now working (for a greatly reduced wage) as a guide at a couple of the historic sites in Fredericksburg (Kenmore and Ferry Farm) as well as web master for the foundation that owns the sites. I'm also designing simple web sites (just in case you happen need one :-)).

I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Annandale,Virginia. I've lived several places over the years including New York City; San Juan, PR; Denver, CO; Huntsville, AL; Coldwater, TN; Norfolk, VA; Petaluma, CA; and San Jose, CA on three separate occassions (not necessarily in the order presented here). I've visited 48 of the 50 states in the US (missing Alaska and North Dakota) at least once. I've been lucky enough to travel to lots of other places in the world including Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, and several countries in Europe, including the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. I spent four years in the US Coast Guard back in the early 70s.

In addition to modeling, I'm learning to play the upright bass. I REALLY like bluegrass music and would like to play (informally) with some other musicians once I feel comfortable that I can actually play the thing. Meanwhile, I play along with CDs and that's pretty enjoyable in itself.

! If you want to know anything else, you'll have to ask :-) Feel free to send me an email.

John