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My self-summary
Retired a couple of years, a practicing vagabond, I can and do what I want and view this as an opportunity to do constructive things not possible in the past. I'm a helper by nature and am currently collaborating with a daughter on a project to house the aged and poor (baby boomers who will live out their lives in Social Security, and they're a lot of those). As she and the project is in Louisville, I spend much of my time there but like to travel. Considering an RV to tour America for awhile. Wanna ride along? :).


I consider myself to be artist and engineer. I'm complicated, a high school dropout with a couple graduate degrees... more Libertarian than Conservative, more spiritual than not. And while wisdom may or may not come with age, it sure doesn't come without it and I've earned my grey; it does not distress me. But I am still 25 in a lot of respects and do not intend to "go quietly into the night." (Thomas)

What I’m doing with my life
Trying to settle down for the longer term. It's been fun, and I've done a lot of moving around for several years. I currently split my time between West and East TN (friends) and Louisville KY (children)
I’m really good at
A lot, but mediocre across a wider spectrum (it's the ADHD! :) Although I formally trained as an engineer and MBA, I practiced computer science for a living for most of my working years. I have a wide variety of interests and a depth of experience in many things and am fearless in my approach to new things.
The first things people usually notice about me
My mother told me I was scintillating and gregarious (I even believe it :). I can be loquacious; but I believe I listen well too. How else do you learn? I'm pretty open. I can be clever at parties, and I'm fun to show off. After two drinks I AM the party.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: In college I had the entire collection of Hemingway in my room, which I read endlessly. I liked "Brave new word", by Huxley.
Movies: "Standing in the shadows of motown." "The funk brothers"


Music: eclectic - from Mozart to Motown, I like (or can tolerate) it all. It's all math anyway. Rap is NOT music.


Foods: I eat simply or with great fanfare - not much in the middle. My cardiologist says "Fish and vegetables until you puke" Yes, that's a quote :).

The six things I could never do without
Open Source software (Yes, I'm one of those "Linux" people... if you know what that means)


The Internet, which I have had since 1993.


Tools (how can one LIVE without an oxyacetylene torch?)


Exercise


Wine (and wine only, by the way. And little of that)


Learning every day; I don't watch a lot of TV. Actually I don't own a TV.

I spend a lot of time thinking about
New and creative ways to do things. I appreciate the future more than the past. I consider things in my head today, years later some related task will just flash up and I'll apply the idea. I'm big picture guy, I'm confident I can fill in the details later. (Sometimes I can. :) But I'm pretty right-brain for a left-brain guy.



On a typical Friday night I am
With friends. Or children. They think I'm a pretty cool dad which is doubtless another way to say they think I'm immature :).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not as good as I once was, and really I'm not as good once as I ever was either. But I'm actually better at some things than I was then. There are drugs for that. I am a child of the seventies.
You should message me if
You read my profile here and want to fire up a conversation. I'm pretty open minded and I like to think I converse well.
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