Don't really care for Arizona especially Phoenix area and Maricopa County that I basically loathe. Was living in Fullerton (Orange County) when the economy there fell apart in the early 90's. After living in Anaheim/Fullerton for 25 years made the mistake of moving to AZ for job hunting. Plan is to get out of here when I retire in 2015. Will be going back to California, hopefully somewere in the central coast area around San Luis Obispo. Have always liked that area, but a bit expensive so may have to expand the horizons some. Almost went to school at Cal Poly there, but went to Michigan State University right after high school for a couple of semesters. Didn't work out and made the move to SoCal and went to Cypress College and then got my BA from Cal State Fullerton. But I digress as I often do; have decided that Bakersfield, or somewhere in the central valley, is better then Phoenix; it resembles somewhat were I grew up in Oklahoma, but still fairly close to LA and the coast. Portland, OR is also on the list since what little time I've spend there I really like the place. If that doesn't work out, then Prescott or Flagstaff as last ditch alternatives. 5-30-2014 Just signed the first paperwork for a house in Tulare. Still a bit over a year before retirement, but getting things moving. Its a rental at the present with the people in there through April 2015. Good they can help pay the mortgage until I'm can move. 1-10-2015 Wow coming up really fast now it seems after dragging for a couple of years. Need to start doing some downsizing, etc. Sort of scary, but exciting. Already planning the big, back yard for a garden and some other touch ups. And its got a large separate garage at the back of the lot so thinking workshop/studio finally. Getting closer, have set Oct 1 as retirement date.
OK UPDATE: Company offered buyouts so signed up for one effective Dec 1. Will give a little extra cash. Renters left out July 20, so got the keys and started doing some work on the house and moving some things. Going to make the next couple of months pretty insane with back and forth.
UPDATE 2: Well was broken into twice already, lost most of what I had moved and discovered that this is prime gang area. So house unloaded and now need to revaluate staying put here in AZ.
Not what a lot of people would consider family orientated. I get along with most of mine ok, but not to close to any. But have been basically on my own and out of the house since I was 17. Except for the first year of college in the dorm and a year in the army were I had no choice was never much for roommates.
Radical non-smoker and cat lover. Have had long hair and some variation of facial hair most of the time since I got out of high school so do not see any changing now. Not into sports, except for car racing. Like nature, but am also into mechanical stuff, especially antiques - brass era cars, Golden Age aircraft, steel wheel tractors, old trucks. Go to a lot of shows and do a lot of photography at them: http://whulsey.smugmug.com maybe dangerous posting that but, oh well!
So where are we: tend to be off in my own subset of the universe. So if you have problems with stacks of models, piles of books and magazines and heaps of art materials; and need things (including people) to fit into some defined box probably not the person for you. Don't seem to be a lot of people's cup of tea--seem to be more hemlock then Earl Gray to them.
Some Favorite Quotes: "A definition of insanity is when something is wrong to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results.", "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger...but it can leave some nasty scars." , "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on; I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." A current favorite from Benjamin Franklin that seems really appropriate lately: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." - Kurt Vonnegut
Then the old standby of "20 years of schooling and they put you on the dayshift." Thanks Mr. Dylan for summing up the shift from graphic design to transit bus driver. Look out kids!
If you made it through that, bless you! You must be really bored; or really intrigued.
Movies: Bladerunner; Solaris both versions; Zardoz; Fantasia; Allegro Non Tropo; Amelie; Akira; Magnificent Seven; Wallace and Gromit; Metropolis; Serenity; Fantastic Planet; Pan's Labyrinth; anything Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, Cohen Bros., David Cronenberg, Aardman Studios. Guilty pleasures are animation, big special effects, galaxies colliding, ray guns, and BEM's! Don't see much tv, but did like Firefly; the various Star Trek sequels and prequels; Andromeda was dumb fun; Titus was sort of wierdly trippy, did it even make a full season?
Music:Residents; Captain Beefheart; Frank Zappa; Sonic Youth; Neil Young and Crazy Horse; Phillip Glass; Lyle Lovett; Byrds; Fugs; Yardbirds, esp. Jeff Beck era plus his later solo stuff; HP Lovecraft (like the writer also); Henry Cow; John McLaughlin; Snakefinger; Renaldo and the Loaf; Nash the Slash; Thirteen Floor Elevators; Robert Fripp in all his incarnations; Buckethead; Fred Frith; Brian Eno; Leonard Cohen; Diamanda Galas; Gong; Van Morrison; Harry Partch; Tom Waits; Los Straightjackets; Americana Lyle Lovett, James McMurtry, Old 97s, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wilco ; 1st gen Punk, 45 Grave, X, Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, Social Distortion, Cramps, Pere Ubu, Dead Kennedys, Devo, Dammed; industrial, SPK, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Butthole Surfers, Controlled Bleeding Nurse With Wound, Z'ev; blues; various instrumental forms, especially Exotica and surf; and used to rarely miss a Dr. Demento show when he was live on KMET in LA. Not music, but listening to a lot of NPR the last couple of years; since there are not any really good indie stations (KWSS 93.9 is changing that some and 103.1 for more mainstream when you can pick it up) in Phoenix area. Listen to KPIG when I'm over in the SLO area. Listening to all kinds of things on the internet. Recently though about haven't heard any Steeleye Span in a long time and then that lead me into a bunch of stuff I hadn't heard in awhile if at all: Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denney, Richard Thompson, Albion Band...great music. Also not really music, more performance art, Survival Research Labs. Was just listening to Purple Rain (Prince , if you don't know) and just realized I'd left out another whole chunk of music I like: early Motown; Stax Records; Ray Charles; Staple Singers; Sly and the Family Stone; Persuasions; Lee Dorsey; and many more!
Food: Greek; Mexican(prefer Cal/Jalisco style over Sonoran or Tex-Mex); Seafood; Italian; Chinese; Indian; Thai (even if I can't handle the hot like I used to); non-chain local hole-in-the-wall diners and family restaurants. Sucker for a pb (chunky, please) and j (especially pineapple-apricot or pear jam). Not a big steak and potato fan; Omnivore with heavy veggie leanings.
Favorite Places: Morro Bay-San Luis Obisipo (SLO as its called locally]], Oro de Montaña, Spooner's Cove, Monterey-Carmel, Cayucos, Pt Reyes-Mendocino, Mt Graham, Prescott; Flagstaff; Portland, OR; Seattle-Tacoma area