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In 1979, however, some (former) friends set me up with a “joke” blind date. Being that, at that time, I seldom met or went out with anyone that was not in the modeling and/or photography business as I was, my "Blind Date" was thought to be quite a "joke on me" - to set me up with someone short and dark as opposed to someone tall and blond as I was used to in the trade. “Terry”, my "joke blind date", and I fell in love with each other literally "BEFORE" first sight - while speaking first on the telephone; and we decided to get married on our second date! Our "mutual" friends, were most upset - and that was the end of them! We have been together for over 22 years now.
Freelance photography and retouching in Sacto. and Las Vegas briefly, until the end of 1991.
Retired early in 1992; while freelancing two days before our son was born, I had my back and neck broken in a freak accident (the freak dropped a load of Microwave Ovens on me)! I was forced to retire at that time – as 100 pound camera cases were too much for me to easily handle any longer; and sitting at an artists table, bent over like Quasimodo for hours on end or bent over behind a camera were, now, out of the question.
1993, Sumwhat recovered from my injuries. "Retirement" didn't work out too well, so I soon opened a small beverage and "Specialty Syrup" company that I still own.
1997, I “re-educated” myself, again, and went into Windows Troubleshooing/Consulting and the Web Design business, where I am today; specializing, mostly, in Golf Related sites. I also develop custom software for the Speech Impaired – specializing in the ALS and/or Stroke patient; and have a “point and speak” speech computer program being released soon - hopefully!
2000, Much to my surprise, I was offered a teaching and administrative position with a local High School and/or Grammer School. I took the Grammer School running the Computer Lab and still doing my Web Design, Troubleshooting/Consulting and Syrup businesses - teaching computer science and basics to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as well - with Tuesdays being "In Service" days in which I "teach the teachers" in the afternoon. Summers involve teaching Computer Space and Science Camps.
2001 Teacher at Southern Arizona High School - teaching the "core" subjects to 9th through 12 grades to "troubled teens!" I still run my own "Troubleshooting" business on the side and handle several "online accounts" - of which I happen to be on right now updating this Bio under their name!
I still do some additional teaching/tutoring (I guess, once it gets into your blood…) in Tucson for ALS Patients and Stroke speech impaired. While in Green Valley, I teach a lot of elderly “computer first timers” how to use a computer. My oldest student, 99 years young, purchased her very first computer just last year - and has even added on a "Computer Room" to her Green Valley Villa. She's got guts!
I, still, enjoy an occasional commercial photographic job (again, it gets in ones blood), enjoy gourmet cooking and I write cookbooks and children's stories - Ever hear of "Maxi the Taxi"? Well, that's mine! And sometimes together, Terry and I collaborate on Children’s stories in our spare time – what little there is of it, that is! Often, she is trying out "her" stories in front of a "live audience" of children at the local schools.
Actual Accomplishments? Well, we have gotten to "hang" with a number of artists, celebrities and politicians over the years. I even, once, got physically "picked up" and "thrown" out of the state capitol by the Governor's “goons" and had the Governor of South Dakota act as "doorman" for me (now, there's two major accomplishments) - nope, it wasn't Jerry's goons! I even have the distinction of having a CA. Governor OWE ME MONEY! The S.O.B. wouldn't pay me after a job! He thought "dining with him" should be considered "payment enough!" I didn't even vote for the guy!
I guess, I have accomplished what people look for most in life - even though, I don't consider myself really "financially successful;" a soul mate, a great kid, retirement before age 40 (even though it was a hard way to get it), and travel. Plus, I get to have a second career and do what I enjoy and want to earn money; while doing it my own way, in my own time, without having to answer (too much) to anyone. And, I get to do it ALL from home!
"Today's" major accomplishment, was getting all this typed up and uploaded before the local telephone company could "bump" me again! The phone lines are awful out here!
My wife, Terry, is the General Manager of a owners association for the areas, so called, "age restricted elite”; and, also, enjoys writing when she has the time.
I can be found most any day in front of tandem computers typing away and "battling" the phone lines!