Profile: Spaced Out @ 54

Personal background
My name is Ron Bumgarner born and raised in Texas, currently retired from the U.S. Military and living in Paris, Texas. I'm 54 years old. I have a lovely wife (Janie) a beautiful daughter (Jackie Lynn) and our son (Richie) along with the apple of my eye, our grand daughter (Taylor Renee). She is at that awkward age of 13 but with pride I say this, she is going to be a heart breaker when it comes to the boys. Oh by the way, yes, I spoil her rotten when ever possible.
My favorite hobby and pet peeve is Astronomy and I spend every free moment with my telescopes along with my cat Sylvester who spends the evenings and early mornings with me outside. Just like a dog he is always by my side or in my lap as I check out the stars.
I am currently exploring the area of perhaps setting up evening site seeing tours for the youngsters in our area since there are no Astronomy Classes, Stores or for that matter anything of the Astronomy Nature in our little town, and the nearest groups and such are over 120 miles from our area.
I would like to try and get more children interested in this wonderful hobby and perhaps open their minds to the never ending questions of Space, Travel, Time, and what might even be out there beyond our Galaxy.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Now this my sound silly or even far fetched, but do you recall the children's book by Dr. Seuss where the little elephant by the name of "Horace holds a speck of dust on the end of his trunk and finds that there is life inside that speck of dust? In the mean time the little creatures inside that little world or speck of dust had built a radio so as to be able to communicate with Horace and they could be heard.
Well, that's the way I feel about our world and the vast expanses of space and time. It's not impossible to think as big and vast as Earth is, we could still be nothing more then a speck of dust thus there are bigger life forms and planets and we may even be being studied by these life forms. Yes, just as you may look at an amoeba in a magnifying glass as it splits into another life form.
I know, this sounds insane. But then again who's to say? Thus, that is why I run the SETI Program.
As well, I just refuse to believe we are the only exceptions to an intelligent life form in that vast universe and the universes beyond. Thus, my views about the SETI Project.
This just a short version of all I believe and think about during the times I'm out looking through my telescopes.
My Wife thinks I'm a nut, but then again, as she says, a lovely bunch of nuts at that.

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