I wrote about myself in the Ladder because I believe something I have done all my life which is what I call Seek And Discover (SAD not SAT) gave me a good start on my lowly voyage.

My mother called me intelligent, independent, inquisitive, obnoxious at times and insolent when focused.  I joked about her ability to bullseye with a frying pan at twenty feet as exceptional.  Otherwise, her words got to me, often she was right, they were harsh at the time and I was wrong.  Thanks Mom.

Two of my teachers called me a few names I cannot report here about but I held the record for detention and no one has come close in fifty years at that school.

Maybe,  just maybe some kid out there will find out good things are out there and you just have to seek, bypass distractions and you will discover.  The world today does not give you an E-ticket like Disney did in the 80’s for the rides.  

Welcome to my world.  I made it ! 76 years old.  No secrets, I never thought I would last this long.  One the other hand, I don’t drink to excess, quit smoking cold turkey in 1978,  I joined a gym at 74 for ticker strength, I enjoy cooking good healthy worldly food, in about four plus ethnicities.  

I am a foodie!  I delve, experiment, and think Asian, even made Miso soup from scratch using shaved Bonito and nice Sushi/sashimi this week, Indian Curry’s, Moms Jewish delights, all kinds of Italian and some Cajun when I can get safe live shrimp, mixed with some French ideas and possibly some food from Klingon based on the overage of Habanero peppers I had in the fridge,  sharing heartburns with good friends and in my simple world lived a good life.  I have been blessed. 

I was married over three decades to the most wonderful woman in the world till she passed from cancer in 2007.  She was my rock... not a day goes by I don’t miss her. We traveled together to conferences, trade shows, unique and wonderful places, the best part was WE were privileged to meet incredible real purposeful people, and some that weren’t.  I never found a replacement... I guess my mind was open but not my heart.  

Her passing made me a care-giver to others with the dreaded disease. My current aid is to a two time multiple myeloma patient who went through stem-cell transplantation rearranging her bloods DNA to create new stem cells which like mighty warriors went to their tasks.  We were looking at six months for her and now in August we will be celebrating six years.  My cooking skills are a factor in this miracle, I took a TV dinner diner and converted her to good wholesome fresh food fanatic.

I served my country in wars, made it through a school working part time in the culinary world, and photographing Weddings on weekends.  After I finished with the Military I still have supported my brothers in arms,  serving them with recognition for the troops as a contractor, did charitable work for decades, some uncharitable work I cannot speak of,  and held certificates in diving, flew and owned real planes for thirty something years, did corporate work, managed my small hobby size invention and personal businesses in journalism, mentored children, being a caregiver and photography…  Life, it’s been fair; both exciting;  rewarding;  painful and complete; but living is good, better than the alternatives, and I sleep well at night… 

I owe it all to my High School English Teacher who hated me... and a Librarian who guided me.  

I documented and approved every word of this website. Regrettably though you might not agree with me.  I am a consumer advocate, a tough but fair food critiquer, an aggressive political hound and story chaser,  a good photographer, couple thousand hour pilot, corporate guru and trainer, small business owner, competition shooter with some sniper training, and at times a very antagonistic individual and in your face person when I see things that are wrong.  

I tell it the way I see it. 

No politicians, (the rare good ones), the many fake or otherwise full bodied scumbags, fake preachers, religious leaders, perverts, pedophiles and other scumbirds nor horses, sheep or canines were injured during the writing of this blog  …which is a preamble to my book,  and website even though I had wished a few would have had something really deserving and unfortunate things happen to them.   

If you cannot afford an attorney, my nephew will be available at the usual exaggerated attorney fees for malpractice cases so I can get my cut.  


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