After i got out of the Marines, i went to college in Santa Barbara and studied Advertising and Photography. From there I went to work in Hollywood and worked on a lot of commercial sets and photographed red carpet events. This allowed me to travel to Europe and other parts of the U.S. often. After that I started my own company and studio until I received an opportunity to recover MIA soldiers in Vietnam and Laos as a forensic and field photographer.
The next 5 years I spent jumping from Hawaii, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. I really enjoyed this because I was able to give back to my country that has given my family so much and to learn about my history and heritage. During this time i studied the Vietnamese language and now speak moderately. However constant travel and being overseas has gotten hard for me and i missed my family and friends from home.
Right now i'm in transition to go to work with the Air Force as an instrumentation photographer with various agencies that are part of the U.S. space program. (you ever watch the shuttle launch and watch the camera track the shuttle as it goes into space even though the shuttle is miles away, well thats my job.)
Other than that i lead a pretty normal life. I enjoy bbq's with friends, social drinking, happy hours, camping, fishing, parties, social gatherings, live jazz, live bands, dinner shows, movies, theatre, and beer. I do like to go for walks and bike rides from time to time to relax my mind but usually because i dont want to deal with traffic. I have a quirky personality and a dry sense of humor which sometimes can be dark.
I'm not saying, im not an outdoors person. i've been outdoors pretty much my whole adult life in the most extreme places for the longest amounts of time. I'm probably more in tune with nature than most people who think they are. My 2 cents, nature sucks. It's dirty, sticky, yucky and dangerous. My ideal encounter with nature is a state camping site where there's electric outlets, showers, cell phone reception, and only a short walk to my vehicle so i can bail the second i feel like it. This attitude may change once i settle back into California and not doing the outdoors thing professionally.
That being said, yah i can rock climb, repel, live isolated in a jungle or forest, start fires, purify water, set up camp, tie knots, etc. but i consider that as my day job, not leisure.
Thats my summary.