My Gestalt

Understand the chaotic world by developing meaningful perception through the acquisition of seemingly disparate knowledge.

Collect information in large quantity with precise detail and connect the dots of meaning to form your own picture of the universe.

Act upon it

Knowledge and understanding without action is waste.

Be Grateful

Never underestimate the power of gratitude.

Charity

Forgiveness will make your heart happy. Forgiveness is not about someone deserving it, it's about healing your heart.

About me

I have always been drawn to something.

What that something is, I don't exactly know… It hasn't revealed itself… yet.

I keep looking… here… there… everywhere… That curiosity and seeking has given me an incredible life with incredible adventures.

Early Life

In grade school, I wasn't in the "in-crowd". In fact. I was pretty much a loner, I had a couple friends I hung out with and played with at Houk Stream. I spent most of my time there playing in the stream and in the woods, basically communing with nature.

My maternal grandfather took me fishing often, we would just get in the car and go find a stream or a lake and spend the day there, fishing, building campfires, and walking around.

I became involved in Scouting when I was 12. It was something that really made me feel good. I loved camping, caving (spelunking), canoeing, fishing, shooting and everything there was to do with the outdoors.

I had several Scoutmasters, but I owe the most to Chuck Comer, who mentored me in so many things, I am forever grateful to him. I rose to the rank of Life (I ran out of time to complete my service project for Eagle). I also was Order of the Arrow Brotherhood. When reaching 18 I became an Asst. Scoutmaster and participated in Woodbadge and counseled at several scout camps. I ran my own summer expeditions to Algonquin Park Canada leading several scouts on 50 mile plus canoe adventures.

My mom had also started buying and riding horses, Arabian horses. Being in the city didn't work for that… My grandfather bought a farm in Lewisburg, OH with a fishing lake and a giant barn. I loved going there and they even bought me a pony. His name was Chico and I loved riding him around the lake.

We moved from the city to our own farm and brought our horses there. I spent most of my time on horseback, competing in horse shows (alongside and trained by a former "Marlboro Man"), participating in 4-H and eventually the Miami Valley Hunt, where I became the Jr. Fieldmaster.

I remember in high school, I was excelling in chemistry.
I am sure this had a lot to do with my teacher, Mr, Risner, who accepted me for who I was and helped me really understand the subject in depth. Most of my other subjects took a back seat to this one. There was something that just drew me in. I owe that man an enormous debt of gratitude for his influence on making me curious about how the universe worked.

This led to an interest in alchemy. I looked all over for rare books in old book stores, but never found anything that resonated. If only the internet happened a couple decades earlier… my school didn't even have a computer.

I had a few little jobs in cleaning and fast food, they were all terrible. I then worked for my dad as a machine cleaner in his factory. I learned to weld, operate a lathe and completely build heavy machines over time. When I got some skill with a compass and straight-edge, he promoted me to a draftsman. My dad had a deep interest in the new personal computers and we had Apple IIs and Atari's both at the house and at work.

I left and came back a couple times and in my early 20s disaster struck. While mowing the lawn on our farm, he slipped under and nearly cut off his foot. This led to me having to manage the business while he was in the hospital.

Since I really had no idea what I was doing… I brought in computers to help… real ones, IBM compatibles for business. 6 months later, the front office was completely automated, I had started drafting with AutoCAD, and things were running smoothly. Dad came back, he was duly impressed with what I had done and I set off to open a computer store.

I have to say that my childhood was incredible. I had lots of rough patches, but the things I was enabled to do by my family was fantastic and I am forever grateful to them.