(Just Add Water)
Well, I realize that some of you out there may be looking for general information about me. You may have met me on the Net and want to find out if I really exist. You may have met me in person and want to know if I really am on the Web. You may be a friend checking this out to see if I said anything about you. You may be a homicidal maniac trying to more fully understand who I am before you kill me. You may be a cop trying to bust me for a crime I didn't commit. You may be a fan trying to gain knowledge of me to impress other people. Or you might just be bored. In any case, I don't care. If you're willing to read this drivel then I'm willing to write it, it's your nickel.
For those of you who want the shortest possible version of who I am, here is my Geek Code:
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If THIS doesn't tell you something, nothing will!
Well, I'm about 6 feet and 1 inch in altitude. Except when I am lying down, when I am only about 8 inches high but over 6 feet long, or sitting, when I am usually around 4 feet high. (That's about 1.3 meters for the rest of the world out there on a GOOD measurement system.) After that dizzying little explanation, I am very happy to report the simpler fact that I weigh somewhere between 5 and 6450 pounds. I used to weigh 165 but lately I've been around 200 and I'm going back down since I took up Rollerblading. I think I'm a lardass but nobody else does, which I guess is a good thing. That's not to say I'm worth 165 to 200 pounds though, that only occurs on payday and when I get the urge to cash in my dollars for British notes. Other than that, I have slightly-reddish brown hair, green-brown-technicolor eyes, all my original teeth (unlike much of the rest of the South), and wear size 13 shoes. I never seem to be able to find good shoes in size 13, but that's life. I did however pick up size 15 Rollerblades, which work well for me. I was born on May 5, 1973, in fact I was being born just as Secretariat was winning the Kentucky Derby in under two minutes, still the fastest time ever. I think that is why I can be a horse's ass when I need to.
I have done many things in my life to make a living, including building homebuilt airplane parts, working as a cleanroom technician, doing computer training, and even retail sales (ugh.) I think I have finally found my niche as a computer tech, including Internet tech support and administration, PC technical support and writing documentation. I'll spare you my resume, but basically I'm a computer geek.
Oh, lots of things. Big Interest Number One is progressive rock music, mostly Genesis, Yes, ELP, Rush, Kate Bush, and King Crimson, although I'm into many other bands. I like to write, and when the mood strikes I like to write song parodies... I'd like to think that they are more like Mystery Science Theater 3000 than Weird Al Yankovic in style. Big Interest Number Two, though, is aviation. I am the founder/webmaster of OV-10Bronco.Net and that lead to me becoming a founding member of the OV-10 Bronco Association. I also am an airshow aficionado of sorts, and have a collection of about 2000 aircraft and space photos I've taken over the years. The biggest participatory activity I do in the aviation area is to build and fly radio control planes also, I particularly enjoy soaring and silent flight. I am an inactive but licensed Amateur Radio Operator, callsign KD4UGI. (No, that is NOT the same as CB radio. Hams actually know how their radios work, among other things. Well, most of them do anyway.) I was very active in college, but I've found my need for talking to others fulfilled by the Net, with IRC and e-mail and the like. I'll probably get back into ham radio sooner or later when I think of something new I want to try.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., not for showing people "by any means necessary", but by living the ONLY means necessary.
My mom, Linda Whaley, for never pushing me too hard and being supportive when I didn't meet my own expectations.
George Orwell, for 1984 and Animal Farm.
My Grandma and Granddad Brokaw, just for being who they are.
Rick Wakeman - Just a really cool Christian guy!!!
Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett, for having the courage to follow the vision.
Burt Rutan, Dr. Paul MacCready, and Steve Roberts, for pushing the envelope.
Well, that's a representative sample of me in a nutshell. If you have become totally enthralled by now, cruise the rest of the site for more!!