I donate regularly to educational, hunger prevention, and various civil liberties organizations. The Red Cross gets donations to help in major disaster relief.
I also make micro-loans via Kiva.
I enjoy the results of gardening, but not the process. There is great peace for me to look at flowers and perennials in the gardens around our home.
I have done quite a lot of genealogical research, posted on Ancestry.com. and might provide some links to it all when I get around to it.
Most of my family came to North America from Great Britain during the 1600s and 1700s, living in Massachusetts, Maine, and Block Island.
I have some royal and noble ancestors. This gains me nothing.
When I was younger I focussed on science, math, information technology, and practical stuff. Retirement has opened-up time for me to learn about those things I missed in the Humanities. The Great Courses are a really good resource.
I still keep-up with science news and can actually understand some of it.
Early in my life I learned how to read music and play basic piano. I hated my teacher and gave that up.
I inherited a tenor banjo. Taking lessons from Perry Bechtel, one of the great players, taught me about fretted instruments.
Once employed, I bought an acoustic guitar. That became my main instrument, self taught. I later took lessons and learned some basic applied music theory on electric guitar. Now I’m way out of practice.
Although I don’t do it anymore, I did experiment with computer-driven electronic music. Here are some MP3 samples of what I did:
- Bach: Gigue Fugue in G major (BWV 577)
- Handel: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (instrumental)
- The Who: Pinball Wizard (instrumental)
- Widor: Toccata from the 5th Organ Symphony
- Young Collin, Cleaving of a Beam
I loathe partisan politics, but am painfully aware of it, not being an apathetic couch potato.
My political stance is socially liberal, economically libertarian-ish, and unsanctimonious. That is, I am a kind-hearted capitalist who freely speaks his mind.
For now, I vote only for Democratic Party candidates. The Republican Party currently has an agenda that would harm me, my family, the majority of my friends, and many other people who I care about. I will not vote for anybody allied with such a noxious platform.
I occasionally donate to political campaigns, but not if they nag me for more.
I am too pragmatic to support third-party candidates.
- Gun Control, take #1: I enjoy target shooting and am a fairly good shot, so that is gun control in a sense.
- Gun Control, take #2: There are no guns in my home now. The idea of protecting oneself with a firearm, and the skills and presence of mind required for it, are beyond me.
I have eleven tattoos:
- The Elements:
- Fire (Ka): A salamander on my left shoulder and a flaming sword on my left forearm
- Earth (Chi): A mushroom patch on my left breast
- Air (Fū): Kokopelli on my right shoulder and the central design of the tarot Ace of Wands on my right forearm
- Water (Sui): A pair of fish forming a ying-yang on my upper back.
- Spirit (Kū): A bind rune on my right breast
- Ganesha, with Mushika attending, on my right leg.
- A Triple Goddess Labyrinth spiral on my left calf.
- A cheeky attitude in an appropriate spot.
I may get more.
I am retired and no longer open to any paid work opportunities.
My employment included Grady Hospital, Shared Medical Systems, Siemens, Grok-A-Lot LLC, and Security Risk Solutions.