Last Updated: October 3rd, 2016
(Added Spruce Finance Letter)
You wanna see me and my friends?
Howdy. This is me, sitting on the deck, reading, in December of
||Here's my son, Zachary. In the distant past, he
held the position of honorary Aircraft Manufacturing Assistant
although I've got to say, patience in building is not exactly
This particular picture shows him in a eating a bowl of
cereal on the deck over the 2008 Christmas school break. He
came out for a visit with his cousin during their vacation.
He was graduated from Syracuse
University in May, 2009 from the Whitman
School of Management and was a member of the SAE
He did an internship at Fidelity,
marketing 401K programs for the summer of 2007 and worked in a
pizza shop for the summer of 2008. After operating his own
sales business in the greater NY area with over 25 employees
and two field offices, he worked at Salesforce for two years
and is currently employed at Amazon selling AWS.
I am extremely proud of him. Especially considering the hell
he put us through in high school, and the distance he's come
MY SON'S CANCELLED WEDDING:
My son and his fiance', Susie, had spent a year and a half planning to get
married on PI day - March 14th, 2020. While at the rehearsal
dinner at the restaurant on March 13th, the wedding venue called
at 9:30 PM to tell us that they were cancelling the wedding THE NEXT DAY due
to a number of their employees exhibiting COVID-19
symptoms. Obviously, this was a traumatic experience for both Susie and
Zach. All those in attendance at the rehearsal dinner who were going to give
speeches at the wedding did so at the rehearsal dinner instead, and for
those who were not there, I've put my
Wedding Speech on line.
MY FATHER'S FUNERAL:
My father died on January 6th, 2007. I've put the funeral
service on line for those who were not able to attend.
MOVE TO CALIFORNIA:
In April, 2005 Scaled
Composites offered me a job in Mojave, CA and I accepted. On
August 24th we began our journey west. I've got an account
of the trip on my other web site (the COZY
one), since I flew the plane from MA to CA over the course of a week.
I've begun keeping a intermittent record of our experiences
Building a House in Tehachapi, CA - As of February, 2007, we
started building, and as of 4/10/2008, we moved in. I've created a
to peruse the unbelievably painful and stressful build process (at least
for a class A control freak such as myself).
- Deanie, Zach and I took the last two weeks of August, 2000 and
traveled around the southern half of Alaska - the part you can drive
around. Geez, it's big. You may view our itinerary
and some pictures and comments.
- We splurged and took the Christmas/New Year's 2000 week down in the Cinnamon
Bay Campground on St.
John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Not much in the way of
an itinerary (hang out on the beach, snorkel, swim, eat), but we bought
a disposable underwater camera and have some cool pictures
- Since Zachary was in Madrid and Deanie's relatives were in
Switzerland, we decided to take a two week vacation and visit them. We
stopped in New York/New Jersey on the way to Madrid from Los Angeles to
visit parents and break up the trip, and we stopped in Boston on the way
home to visit friends. Here you'll find our
itinerary and commentary.
- Not a "vacation", per se, but we did go down to Martha's Vineyard for
1/2 a day (one nice thing about having a plane, and a fast one) in May,
2004 just to get lunch and hang out by the wharf. We took some photos
with my new digital camera.
- We FINALLY got a chance to get the balloon
ride that I'd been waiting for for two years.
- I've presented these papers at Hewlett
Packard's MICON 94 and EuroMICON 95 (MICON stands for Mechanical
- Minimal Documentation - Abstract
- Designing Plastic Parts with SolidDesigner - Workshop
- I've given the following presentation (in various incarnations) to
customers of the Workstation Division(s), as well as to customers of the
Mechanical Design Division (then the CoCreate
Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of HP,
now an independent company).
Engineering the Vision at Hewlett Packard (No Longer
I built this airplane (a Cozy-MKIV) in my spare time
(besides all the house, car and motorcycle work).
If you have an interest in reading about my progress in
building and flying this plane see:
I've maintained a running commentary (with illustrations) of what I do.
If you'd like to know about COZY aircraft in general,
or about the COZY mailing list I administer, or about
other links to aviation related (especially homebuilt aviation), visit:
LETTERS I'VE WRITTEN:
has the worst customer service department on the face of the earth
(excepting possibly Burma's dictatorship), so when I finally found
someone there who exhibited extreme competence, I felt compelled to
write this letter
to her supervisor, supporting her efforts.
- I hate flying commercially (the COZY is MUCH better),
but in January, 2006 America
West Airways REALLY screwed up big time. Again, I
was compelled to bill them in this letter
for time wasted.
- So my family and I needed to fly east in June, 2006 for a vacation on
Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Three letters evolved from this
fiasco. I'd recommend reading them in order of their criticality:
- I found it necessary to write a letter
to the CEO of Clearwire
Communications regarding some extremely nefarious behavior
on the part of their sales and billing departments, not to mention the
utter uselessness of their customer service department.
- Spruce Finance -
completely all bad letter
regarding ridiculously horrible customer service. Got a phone call from
the COO after sending this one.
- My Biography
- I wrote this magnetic poem while in
the midst of a discussion with a previous boss one day.
- My mother bought these icemaker
trays - they apparently come from outer space, judging
from the english translations. Enjoy.
What I like:
- I like Volleyball and racquetball. I like my family. I like flying.
I like E-prime.
Not in that order.
What I DON'T like:
- I don't like idiots. I don't like people whose mouths have no
connection to their thinking apparatus. I don't like the HP/Agilent
Drug testing policy (since cancelled for lack of efficacy - YAY!).
I don't like Nixon (the man, not the movie) - dead or not. I never
thought that anyone could supplant Nixon in my list of "people to
detest", but GW Bush managed to accomplish that - props to him.
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