In another life I was a student with aspirations of becoming an Anthropologist (Archaeology was my niche); today I find that I'm a student of life paddling down the lazy river of life. Swimming flippers on, drink in hand, sunglasses on, sunblock ...left behind and that sign warning of dangerous falls ahead - not even noticed.
I'm originally from Chicago, where I spent the early part of my youth following my father to the blues joints and bars around "Maxwell Street", the birthplace of Chicago blues, and then a good portion of my over "21" days as a beach bum in the summer days- sometimes playing volleyball by day, always closing down the neighborhood bar at 4 am and greeting the sun after a pre-dawn swim before stumbling home, sometimes singing out loud in a god-awful voice some half understood song and then crawling into bed, only to sleep, wake and begin the process over again. At the impressionable young age of 25 I traveled out west and fell in love with all that Colorado had to offer and I've been living the dream ever since.
I'm a father, a sucker for a genuine smile, I enjoy hiking, single track and downhill mounting biking, dirt bikes, horseback riding, snowshoeing, fishing, skeet shooting, breweries, dive bars (favorites: Oasis - Chicago / Double Down Saloon - Las Vegas / 55 Bar - New York city / Cape Fear Wine & Beer - Wilmington N.C.) and when I'm not drinking a craft beer, my choice of drinks are margaritas, small batch bourbon whiskies, sometimes I find myself wandering on over into the Scotch section and I also enjoy fine cigars.
While working for a military contractor in Colorado Springs, at the Fort Carson Army base, I was allowed to pass through a 2 foot thick steel doorway so I could work in a room with one computer connected to a mainframe that was under armed guard 24 hours a day. I totally wanted to hum the theme to Mission Impossible the whole time I was in there but I just didn't think the guard would've been as amused as I. Looking back, I guess if I had one regret, that would be it.