So now it's a little later and I've learned a lesson or two:
If your water got turned off and your toilets won't work, well... too bad, but I'm not gonna pay your bill. But maybe I'll buy you a bucket. And I'm not going to buy you minutes for your pay-as-you go cell phone either... try a couple of tin cans on a string.
Obviously, funny stuff happens around me. At least in hindsight it's funny.
I'm a product of the east coast: grew up in Scarsdale, NY with summers on the Island (Long Island) across the bay from the Hamptons. It was my father's edict that I attend Miss Covington's dancing school in Scarsdale from 5th through 8th grades. Then prep school for grades 9 - 12. A long and varied college career and finally graduated with a BSEE. USN for 6 years, 8 months, and 2 days then bounced around the aerospace / defense industry (NASA, Control Data Corp., Raytheon; Applied Technology Associates) until finally landing in Fullerton, CA with Hughes Aircraft Company. They sent me to San Diego in the early 80s and I've been here ever since. I'm a consultant now (Information Systems) and teach computer stuff at a vocational "college"... maybe my way of giving a little back to the community. Along the way I managed to collect 6 kids, of whom I'm extremely proud. They're all grown up and on their own; the closest lives up near San Francisco.
I'm never going to grow up. I really like firecrackers. If you laugh easily you'll have hysterics around me because, as I said before, funny stuff (really funny stuff) happens around me. I don't know why, it just does.
That prep school I went to (www.salisburyschool.org) has a motto: "Esse Quam Videri". It means "To be, rather than to seem to be". I think that pretty well sums up my attitude.
More random stuff:
I'm a good cook and I like my steak medium rare. I love shellfish including clams and oysters (but what happens if they work?) and I don't care for sushi because I've never seen a reason to eat the bait. I can make sailboats go really really fast. I miss being a full time Dad. IQ = very high (but still make stupid errors in judgment). Like most music but hate profane rap trash. I like good opera and love Broadway musicals but we'll disagree if you want me to go to the ballet... I don't like ballet at all. Probably too much of that during my days as Mr. Mom, I guess. Drink hardly at all but sometimes there is nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day, a glass of good red wine with prime rib, or one of my specialty Bloody Mary's on the occasion of a Sunday morning brunch (in bed, preferably with the NY Times crossword). Have never used any drugs. Bocce ball is more fun than croquet. Think the trite phrase "glass is half full" is stupid: mine is always full.