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Who I am
I’m a transplanted Upstate New Yorker, who now lives in Culpeper, Virginia. For most of my career I was a technical service librarian. That means I was one of the guys handling things behind the scenes. I have also been responsible for maintaining documents on World Wide Web systems, and I have assisted in Internet training workshops. My computer experience includes five programming languages, as well as Windows, Macintosh, Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, Android, and DOS operating systems. I am currently semi-retired from the civil service, and working as a machine operator for a textile company.
From March of 1996 until July of 2007, I was a Capital critter, living and building a career in the Washington area. Prior to that I had worked in and around Ithaca, New York, Syracuse, New York, and (very briefly) Providence, Rhode Island. Career development brought me to the nation’s capital, and for over a decade I worked in various locations in and around the Washington, DC area. Washington is an exciting place, but at the same time, it’s a constant rat race. After ten years, I had grown tired of the fast paced life of the nation’s capital, and longed for the thick forests and gentle hills I remembered. You can take the boy out of the country, but I guess you can’t take the country out of the boy. As luck would have it, the Library of Congress was setting up a branch operation in north central Virginia, and I was able to transfer in August of 2007. That turned out to be a mixed bag, and I ultimately left the profession in 2017.
I live in a small hamlet just outside of Culpeper, with my lovely wife Lisa, our beautiful daughter Caitlin, and a calico cat named Natsume. My interests include writing, music, computers, Chinese cooking, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, puppetry, space exploration, hiking, and square foot gardening.