Richard J. Pugh

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Who I am

I’m a transplanted Upstate New Yorker, who now lives in Culpeper, Virginia. I am currently semi-retired from the civil service, and working as a machine operator for a textile company. For many years I was a technical service librarian. I also worked in World Wide Web document management, and 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 trying to teach myself some other programming languages, and three-dimensional object rendering and manipulation.

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 daughter Xander, 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.