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Since this web server is connected via a slow link, I'm trying to keep
the fancy graphics to a minimum, sorry if this page seems boring by current
Real World Affiliations: I work as a computer geek for Cisco
Systems. If you don't know about Cisco and are reading a web page, its
not worth explaining. I telecommute full time and live in
Orchard, Washington. Its nice to escape the city while still holding
down a job. But this page is where I go to escape work, not be reminded
I do most of the admin work keeping
Dog Systems (my non-work related home machine) up and running. My wife,
is the web-mistress, here, but I'm on my own for creating this page.
Things I do other than computers:
I ride a motorcycle (BMW R100R). I don't get as much chance to ride
as I used to. Its a lower priority at the moment.
I've been busy settling into a different home and figuring out what
I need to fix. Since its an old farmhouse that has been updated at various
time I have my work cut out for me. Repairs and updates have been keeping
me busy. I guess you could say I don't get out much these days.
So far the list includes:
Update: I've made some progress on the house and property, still lots to
go. Things that have happened my first year here (1997)
Work on the plumbing, Replace rusty and miss-sized pipes
Work on the electrical, Glass plug fuses???
Sheet-rock and painting (after I tear open walls for plumbing and electrical.
Fencing, for our dog and future livestock
Build a barn for work shop and office (I telecommute full time)
Mowing and road work (fill those pot-holes in the gravel driveway)
Tree pruning and brush clearing (been awhile since the yard was maintained)
Thats why I need the fencing, so I can let goats do some of this work for
"Honey, could you fix this..." Always something else ;-)
Update: second year progress to date (1998)
Bought a tractor, it makes mowing and road maintenance much easier
Re-did the walls in one room (the babies room). Insulation in the walls,
update electrical, sheet-rock, and paint.
Got barn/workshop framed. I still need concrete, electrical, insulation,
Raised a flock of ducks. We started with 13, lost them all, started a new
flock, the ongoing struggle with predators.
Painted the house exterior.
Learned how to harvest the apple tree to make cider. (10 gallons of juice
Planted several trees, apple and pear to flesh out an orchard and English
laurel as a privacy screen.
Lots of small miscellaneous maintenance.
Update: third year progress to date (1999)
More work on barn/workshop: concrete done and electrical installed.
upgrade electrical service entrance to house (overhead to underground,
and new main panel for house).
Separate service entrance for barn/workshop.
Continue to learn about underground utilities. repair walkways and driveways
torn up by utility work
Toys, hot tub and sauna to relax in after working on construction projects
all day. Of course we get them functional just as it warms up for summer...
More implements for the tractor. It makes the job easier. At this rate,
I may need to go into business doing small scale tractor work.
Learning more about apple harvest, 12 gallons of juice, just from one tree,
experimenting with beer and wine making, with heavy emphasis on use of
Civil war reenactment gets more serious.
working on restoring an old VW
Building kayaks, . Stitch
and glue from Pygmy Boats.
Both boats complete and usable, except for final sanding and varnish work.
Work is slowly moving forward on the barn, framing in the walls to define
the office space, and getting some of the lighting wiring done.
I've also been loaning out barn space to a friend that is building a civil
war era cannon. I've been helping with some of the iron work and welding.
Fruit harvest was less this year, less apples, less time for picking and
Civil war renactment sort of fizzled again, Too much club politics,
weekends too precious.
Cannon work slowed, more politics and personal issues.
Slowed down on projects around the house. Thinking about selling and moving
to a different location (not so close to the freeway)
Kayaking petered out (daughter getting bored and restless in the kayak),
messing with power boats instead. Its nice to have a boat with its own
head, and you can get to more places to explore Puget Sound.
Just let the birds eat the apples. Harvested blueberries and blackberries
to make fruit flavored liquor
Earthquake in Puget Sound. Damage was minimal. stuff knocked around.
Brick chimney for boilier needs repair quake shook up the rust in the pipes,
so orange water for a couple of days, started replumbing project to reduce
More boating, that seems to be the focus this year.
Looking into building a new house, that's the current plan for how to escape
You could class me as just another gadget boy techno geek, with a touch
of old fashioned barn raising irreverent
country boy tossed in to keep the mix interesting. Like most geeks,
I'm a collection of offbeat quirks that I'm trying to figure out (and enjoying
the ride in the meantime).
Been way busy. Built a new house. last push to fix up things at the old
house and sell it.
Life has been reduced to work on the new house, work on the old house,
oops the tool I need is at the other place. No other life.
Oh yeah, daughter in school now.
I'll try to get more detail about the switch, the ongoing projects, etc.
The goal really is to finish (or close) the building phase and start having
workspace and time for doing fun stuff. My daughter loves Monster Garage,
so as soon as we setup our own Monster garage, Mythbusters workshop, I'm
hoping to have some good father daughter time making stuff.
The barn work always seems to go slower than expected. Maybe it has
something with having an infant (now 4 years old) in the house. We're also
trying to get away from the property and have fun. We're experimenting
with kayaking, it is interesting having a 1 year old in the kayak with
you. We're also getting re-involved with a previous hobby, historical re-enactment,
this time with the
Civil War Association.
Hobbies ebb and flow. I need to get in and clean and organize the barn,
Being dad takes up a lot of weekend time, but its worth it. Trying
to get out and meet people in the area more. Have a social life outside
Mostly I've been adjusting to telecommuting full time, being a parent,
and living in a nice small town. It takes some adjustment and mellowing
out of the hard core computer geek mentality.
Here are some links from my
Just bullet list format, keep it simple. Most of the links haven't been
checked in awhile. I'll prune and update one of these days.
Thanks for stopping by, like most pages, items get added or dropped
as I have time to work on them. I'm interested in hearing comments.
last updated 7/28/2004(need to get into better habits for y2k)
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