about the site
The site is kinda plain looking and written in old regular html because I like it that way and I don't care to learn how to make it fancy (though it could possibly save me time in the long run). The site is set up so that all (or most) of the pages are linked from the main page. Not all pictures will be included there though, so dig around if you want. An html file, thumbnail.html, is now in each picture folder that is a page of thumbnails of all of the pictures in the folder for easier viewing.
I started out growing up in Vero Beach, Florida, but moved to the next town south, Fort Pierce, when I was around ten. Most of my spare time was spent with motorcycles, "ramping" bicycles, and the ocean and I kinda regret now, not a whole lot of social stuff. After high school, I went to UCF for a mechanical engineering degree. After graduation, I got a job in Ocala and stayed there for about two years before changing jobs and industries, to power generation in Orlando.
I enjoy endurance sports, especially running and cycling and sometimes swimming, mostly thanks to my time in Ocala. I've done a couple century rides and sprint triathlons and just completed my first half-marathon (1:47) and will hopefully do a marathon within the next couple months. I'm very happy for how far I've come and only plan to improve.
I am a big fan of Wikipedia.
I enjoy travelling and seeing new places and cultures. As you can see from the site, I especially like to do this by motorcycle. Taking a couple months off from work and touring the Americas sometime over the next couple years sounds pretty good. My head has also been filling with dreams of long distance sailing.
I often think about all of the people and places in the world, and all of their stories that I'll never know, partly just out of curiosity, but also a little because I wonder if I'm missing out on anything.
Chipotle is the best of the burrito chains and also happens to be one of my favorite meals. BBQ is also a favorite, and pork from the Southeast is about as good as it gets.
I enjoyed metal fabrication through university, but my interest in it waned as of late. I've also always enjoyed reading and learning about technical things, which I also slightly started to lose interest in. I'm feeling a resurrection in both areas now, though.
I value civil liberties very highly.
I think, when the time comes, I might buy a sail boat instead of a house.
I have real big quads, so most of my pants are tight in the pocket area and squish out the pockets. I hate that.
I can easily go an entire day without saying a single word. I wish more people could do a quarter of that.
Being a writer or photographer for National Geographic seems like a good job.
I've always been a big fan of two stroke engines and the things powered by them, mainly powersports things. I was just about to the point of thinking four strokes were garbage. Four strokes are ok now, but I still have much more than a soft spot for two strokes.
"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." --Chris McCandless
"Ridiculous" might be my favorite word.
"As long as possible live free and uncommitted." --Thoreau
I've heard people say that, if for no other reason, they go to work because that'd just sit around the house and get bored if they didn't. I'm still thinking about that, but it sounds kinda sad.
As of the time of writing this, Dec 28 2010, I've done what I've been threatening to do: ride the Americas. After holding up for awhile in Ocala due to freezing temperatures, I'm now in the panhandle, on my way to the border. I had a well above average job in a good industry, butdecided that regardless, this was the time to do what I've been wanting to do for quite awhile. My job was not satisfying me or making me happy. I have money saved and no liabilities or responsibilities that can't wait for my return. Go time.
I returned to the United States, home for now, at the end of August 2012, making for a 1 year and 9 month trip. This long term travel was completely funded on savings, though it would have been nice to come up with something during the trip that would have allowed some additional income (and now, finding something that produces income without importance to my location, is a goal). To many people, being able to live on savings for this amount of time seems mindblowing, but with this goal always in mind, it's possible. It should never be thought of as unreachable. The process of actually doing it, quitting of a job, leaving family and friends, was difficult, but I think continuing on with something that wasn't producing much happiness in life would have been much more difficult. I wanted to get away from working for nothing everyday. I wanted to explore and see new places everyday and to have everyday be different, and to meet new people and see the lifes of my fellow humans in places far different from where and what I am accustomed to. I think that I accomplished that pretty well, but since I've returned to the US, I am still somewhat in the same place. I found a job "too quickly" after returning, and so am back working in a job without passion. I am not eccstatic about these circumstances, however, I now know that I would like to do more of what I experienced on my trip, would like to live a location free life, and I met a girl in Brazil that I need to spend more time with. This provides something for the time being, but I still have lots more to figure out.... I've also learned that I focus too much on the future and need to savor the present more. I'm always thinking of what I'll do in the future and worrying of what the future will bring and that's not right. Just living smartly day to day will surely bring more enjoyment to life.....
For a large majority of my working life, I have not been able to develop the needed deep interest and ambition in what I was doing...
If I were a religious person, the design lack which necessitates a requirement of tremendous maintenance of our teeth would give me cause to doubt that religion.