A brief history of my life.
I was born in Oklahoma but my wife's name isn't Betty Lou Thelma Liz. I grew up in New Orleans. I suppose that makes me a born again coon@$$. I went to college at a little engineering school on the Charles River in the Boston area. I went to work in the chemical industry. I ended up in Austin. I got married and had kids... lots of kids! and dogs! and cats! and fish! You might say I've been following that railroad lady though she's a little bit shady... from South Station in Boston to the freightyards of Austin, from the Florida sunshine to the New Orleans rain...
The things I could never live without.
Easier to list the things I couldn't live with. I have lots of wants, but few actual needs beyond food, water, air, shelter. But it's all the other stuff that make life enjoyable!
My favourite books, TV, music, movies and food.
Books - Spy novels like those by Clancy, Ludlum, Follett, LeCarre, Forsythe, Thor, Flynn
TV - I rarely watch except when there is some sports I want to watch like a Saints game or the World Series
Music - That good ol' rock n roll, blues, calypso... Jimmy Buffett to the original Allman Brothers to Eric Clapton to Led Zeppelin...
Movies - similar to my taste in books plus war movies and just about anything with Clint Eastwood or John Wayne
Food - I'm a foodie and I like just about everything. I like cooking, too, even things I don't particularly like to eat. But recently I have adopted a paleo/primal diet so bread and pasta are pretty much out of the picture anymore. Too bad, because I always liked sopping up the sauce, juices, or gravy with bread. Especially good New Orleans French bread
The coolest places I've visited.
Perm, Russia in the middle of winter? -37 DegC with wind and snow
Although it was pretty cold one January in Lithuania and one December in Ft McMurray
In my free time I like to...
brew beer, cook, garden, and cheer the New Orleans Saints and play around online. I also enjoy playing cards and reading or just chilling on the beach. I enjoy fishing, too. I used to hunt, but it is more trouble and expense than it is worth these days.
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." -- James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution, 4th US President
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C S Lewis
"It is appropriate here to recall that the so-called Dark Ages began with the flight of the individuals into the protection of lords or chapters and came to an end when the individual again found it to his advantage to set forth on his own. We live at a time when everything conspires to push the individual into the fold." -- Bertrand de Jouvenal
"It is quite easy to get change. It is not so easy to get progress." -- Hapsburg Emperor Franz-Josef
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." -- Albert Einstein
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -- Plato
"In theory, theory and practice are the same, but not in practice." -- unknown
"Politics is the conduct of public affairs for private advantage." -- Ambrose Bierce
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity." -- Albert Einstein
"A Technician knows How
A Scientists knows Why
An Engineer must know How and Why" -- Unidentified professor
"Optimists see the glass as half full. Pessimists see it as half empty. Engineers see it as twice as large as it needs to be." -- unknown
"There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen. Yet this difference is tremendous; for it almost always happens that when the immediate consequence is favorable, the later consequences are disastrous, and vice versa. Whence it follows that the bad economist pursues a small present good that will be followed by a great evil to come, while the good economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk of a small present evil." -- Frederic Bastiat
"There are two rules for success in life:
Rule 1 - Don't tell people everything you know." -- Unknown
"You can observe a lot just by watching." -- Yogi Berra
"Government is not reason. It is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." -- George Washington
"Success is having what you want.
Happiness is wanting what you have." -- Unknown
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