|My life has always revolved around music in one form or another. I began playing the violin at age 5 and, by age 13, made the switch from Classical to Country music. (When a boy is that age, Classical just isn't "cool" any longer!!) I was AZ state champion fiddle player in 1990 & 1991 and, shortly after, began to perform music for a living. I continued on for 10 years, traveling through out the U.S., making a very good living, performing in venues from large Country dance halls ( Like Billy Bob's in TX ) to stadiums, and many others in between. The final year that I was on the road, I held the position as fiddle player for one of the top five Country music artists in the nation ( Anyone who knows me personally knows who he is but I'm not going to mention his name here. Sorry! ). (UPDATE-4Feb.2013; Since some folks have asked me, and I guess it's not that important that I keep it private, the Country Music artist's band that I used to be in is Kenny Chesney's) I had to make the difficult choice 10 years ago to give up the music biz ( the traveling part, anyway. I still do studio work and play for my own enjoyment), as I decided that it was more important to be home for my two children ( they're 12 & 15 now ). As a result of the life style that I led, the girl that I began dating and fell in love with while we were still both 18, who became my wife and the mother of my children, left me after we had been together for 16 years, 10 of them as husband and wife. She is a great mother and a wonderful human being. It was the fact that she has the personality type that says every thing is either black or white, that made it hard on her. Very intelligent, yet simplistic in her view of the world, and I think that all of those years of me living the life style that I did was just more than she could deal with or understand. I have no regrets, though, as I was able to live my dream and experience something and see things that only a select few ever get to. I believe that being a musician is the reason that I have always loved math and science. After all, music is math. It's all about rhythm and octaves, 6ths and 7ths and 9ths and so on. It's been proven that school kids who play a musical instrument do better academically, as a whole, than those who do not. Anyway, I especially love anything to do with radio, too, such as Amateur(Ham) radio, DX'ing (listening to scanners, shortwave ), propagation and radio theory, etc. I also enjoy reading up on quantum physics / mechanics, string theory, and so on. It just fascinates the heck out of me. After all of that being said, the most important thing in my life now and will be until I draw my last breath, is my children. It's funny. When I was around 16 years old, I remember saying to a friend at the time that I would never want to be a dad. I think that I even made a bet with him that by the time I reached 30, I would not have any kids. Boy, was I ever wrong!! When my son was born (the 15 year old) and I held him for the first time, he looked at me (he was 2 weeks late, hence he could see somewhat) and I saw pure, honest to goodness love there like I had never seen or known before. It seemed that at that very moment, every thing in the universe made perfect sense. It felt like I had seen God himself. A miracle. And I felt the exact same way when I first looked into my daughter's eyes 2 1/2 years later. Nothing diminished. The feeling was just as incredible! I adore my children to this day. We always hear about teenagers and how bad they are and all of the trouble that they get into, but I think that it's just hype perpetrated by media who focus on the negative minority because it makes for a "good" story. But I believe that the majority of teens are like mine, and their parents, more like me. Sure, kids stumble from time to time, but that's how one learns about life. And it's our job to be there to help them along the way, at least until they can take care of themselves. I must have done something pretty good in another life as I am truly blessed to have been granted the privilege of guiding through to adulthood these two wonderful human beings. And that is the point that my life is at now and I guess I'll leave it at that. (Wow! I didn't think that I was going to rattle on so when I began writing this! ) |
I haven't been into my profile in quite some time so I figured I should add a little bit here to let anyone who reads this know what's been going on in my life. Unfortunately, the last 3 years have been extremely difficult for me. Not only did I have to quit my job at Southwest Airlines that I had for 9 years, because of my bad back. But, in Nov. 2009, I was diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia. I initially spent 2 months in the hospital taking hard core chemotherapy, the kind that makes all of your hair fall out & sick as a dog with nausea. Then I had to endure another 6 months of out-patient chemo 5 days a week. When that was finally over and I was home trying to recover, I found out that I had a kidney stone. So, on the day that I was to go in to have it laser blasted, my mother came by to take me to the hospital. She tried to wake me but I wouldn't wake up. She, being a Registered Nurse, noticed that my breathing did not seem right so she called 911 right away. When I got to the hospital, they told her that I was in a coma!! All of my organs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, & worst of all my lungs had all shut down. Apparently, my body was in such a weakened state from the Leukemia & all of the chemo that the kidney stone had caused my body to turn septic! And, as if that wasn't bad enough, after doing a brain scan, they also found out that I had had 5 strokes during this ordeal! Well, to try to make this short, I awoke 11 days later to find all these tubes down my throat & up my nose, hooked to breathing & feeding machines among other things. And, it was strange. As all of these specialist doctors would come into my room to see if I had made any progress, they would look at me in astonishment because I was finally awake and say things like "Man, to put it bluntly, we were expecting to come in here and hear that you had passed away in the night!!!" So, it's been a rough couple of years, but, I have faced death knocking at my door not once, but twice now, and, by the grace of God, I am still here for my children! (Who, by the way, are 19 (my son) and 17 (my daughter) now). I think that they are what kept me going and having the will to fight. I just knew somehow that my time on Earth was not done yet. I still have things to experience. Like someday having grandkids, for instance! And I know that they still need there dad, even though they are reaching adulthood now.
The one down side as a result of this is that the strokes have severely affected my speech & my short-term memory. And, my balance has been affected as well, causing me to fall down on occasion & to drop things, such as dishes or glasses. (We have had to buy a new set of drinking glasses because I have broken so many!!) As a result, I have been deemed permanently disabled and am not able to work anymore. But it does leave me much more time for my children and I have a lot of time to keep playing my violin & guitar now. And, I'll tell you, when one goes through all that I've been through, it sure makes you thankful for each & every day.
Guess that's enough for now. God Bless.....
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
I first heard about SETI @ Home while listening to the Art Bell show one night back in the late 90s and thought it sounded like a cool idea. So I signed up in 1999 and have been running it ever since. As I stated in my profile, I've always been interested in space and science so it seemed like the natural thing to do.
Something that I find quite amusing is the fact that the SETI folks ( Seth Shoestack and others ) have a profound disbelief that our planet has ever been visited by ETs, while so many SETI supporters/enthusiasts have quite the opposite belief. Of course the SETI folks do believe that there more than likely are intelligent life forms out there somewhere, otherwise they wouldn't be doing what they're doing. As for myself, the more that I study the phenomenon, the more I'm inclined to believe that we just may have been visited both recently and in the ancient and modern past.
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