So, I guess this means you want to know a little more about me. Let me see. I was born on May 25th, a gemini. I've been a native Detroiter since birth. I'm 5'11" (5'10" according to the Navy). I'm single with no children, but hope to one day have a family of my own. I have a great family (See their pictures in the family section of my page. I also have some of the best friends in the world. Now that I think about it, I've really been blessed with some genuinely good people on all sides of me. I love animals and the outdoors. I like all kinds of music but tend to listen to my CD's and MP3's the most. I'm a big Elvis, Prince (the Artist formerly known as), and oldies fan. I also enjoy good romantic latin music (something I was introduced to a few years ago). I don't smoke or drink. Actually that's a lie. I drink socially and may rarely have a cigarette at the bar along with a Gin and Tonic (my drink of choice). I'm also a pool shooter. Check out our table in the "CueStick" section.
I'm what you could call an "Educational Gypsy". I never stayed at a school for more than two years after 6th grade. I've been to several high schools, but graduated from Holy Redeemer High School. I graduated from Wayne State University, in Detroit, with a degree in Computer Science and International Studies. I've had most of my notable "life" education in the military (for more in-depth info on my military time, see the "Military Experience" section below).
I was a sailor in the United States Navy for four and a half years. At the time I enlisted, I was a Pre-Med student at Michigan State University. I always felt obligated to serve and figured what better way to see what medicine was about than to serve as a medic in the military (actually called a "Corpsmen" in the navy). It seemed to be a great idea, until after I enlisted. You see, a month after I enlisted, the Gulf War broke out. I did (2) tours in the Persian gulf as a result.
Most people are most interested in the places I've been. I started my military career in San Diego, California where I attended bootcamp and corps school (for my medical training). From there, I was stationed at the Naval Hospital Philadelphia, for 2 years. After Philly, I was sent to an advanced technical school to become a medical laboratory technician. I spent the next few months in San Antonio, Texas at the Army hospital training facility at Fort Sam Houston. From there, I was sent to the U.S.S. Niagara Falls (AFS-3), in Guam, as the ship's laboratory technician. I spent 2 1/2 years attatched to the "Fighting Falls", which is where I did most of my traveling. Aboard the "Fighting Falls" I visited Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and got to see Africa but unfortunately didn't set foot on African soil.
As you've probably figured out by the links on my homepage, I'm really into bicycling, mountain biking imparticularly. I average at least 50 miles a week during the bicycle season. I enjoy off-road trails but don't get to do them as often as I'd like. I also enjoy computers. I have a LAN (Local Area Network), set-up in my home with several computers and various hardware items linked together. I'm a video game fanatic. I don't play the fantasy games so much though, I'm more of a sports and real-time strategy gamer. I'm trying to get into camping, both on and off my bike. I just bought a tent and hope to get in some camping weekends. Currently, we're planning to take some type of a weekend canoe trip where we stay a few nights in the tent. I'm also a big-time golfer, although like biking I haven't been able to play as much as I'd like too. There was a time when I would golf up to 5 times a week. Hopefully, once I get some normalcy in my life, I can resume my golf outings.
Just a few words on life in general. It's been my experience, both at home and abroad, that you get out of life what you put in. I consider myself a pretty laid back type of guy with a genuine caring for others. Sometimes I wish I could erase all the hate and anger in the world, but I know this just isn't possible. Instead, I try to make little statements like this one to make whomever may reads it stop and think. Take a second to think about what life would be like if people actually lived by the old saying, "Do onto others as you would have them do onto you", instead of just saying it. Hopefully, you've gotten to know me a little better and I've at least planted a seed of kindness in your heart with this personal thought....