I am a 40 something building systems control specialist living in Northern Colorado.
Correction: I have changed careers since this first “about” was written a few years ago. I am now a Training Engineer for the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world. No, I don’t teach anything about wind, I run the hands on electrical and mechanical training program for the factory workers.
I have been using this forum to practice writing while taking English classes in College. Yes I am one of those old guys the young students see ducking in and out of classrooms late at night. Like education golems, we lurk in the shadows, trying not to look like examples of why people should go straight to college from high school.
Why Prairie flounder? Why Sky fishing? What you seek is here.
While writing this blog, I am sharing part of my life and what I feel strongly about, with my readers. This can’t be helped; I am not smart enough to devise some persona that doesn’t reflect who I am. Lying is hard work; it’s simpler telling the truth. My life is interesting enough to entertain me and my family, so why make something up?
What I do feel strongly about is freedom. The kind of freedom to do interesting things with chemicals, electricity, and kinetic energy. This is what I enjoy most. Usually this involves violent reactions of one kind or another. It’s also the kind of freedom to make mistakes and take the consequences for my actions.
I revel in what I believe are unnecessarily regulated activities.
To me the A.T.F.E. should be a convenience store not a Government institution.
However, I also follow all the rules because otherwise I wouldn’t have the limited freedom to pursue my hobbies.
I am a prior member of the USAF and served my country as a combat engineer and was trained in welding, sheet metal work, and general mechanics, operated heavy equipment, and spent all my time either building or repairing things.
I also learned to use explosives and become an expert marksman.
And, somehow, I have been honorably discharged three times.
After discharge from the Air Force I became involved with heating and air conditioning, control systems, energy management, electronics, and computer programming.
I am now involved with commercial fireworks, high power rocketry, propellant formulation, trebuchet building, VW restoration, and in my spare time I am working on my education with a goal of getting some kind of four year degree.
I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.
I found it. I love being a Training Engineer. Whatever that is.
Cards in my wallet:
Tripoli L2 (working on my L3)
Senior Pyrotechnicion (PGI)
Zombie Squad member
FUBAR Labs. Founder and general manager
North 40 53.119’ West 104 38.324’
Come out for the noise, stay for the quiet.