Born: September (virgo!), Canada
Died: Not yet
Education: BS CMSC from UMBC. Perry Hall Senior High School, Baltimore, MD
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Colors: Dark Blue and Espresso
Personal webpages are a bit passe in the age of social networking sites (see links to the left!), but I've had my own "homepage" since the dawn of time, err, I mean the dawn of the web, so I continue to maintain this one. I also have many photos of me (this is basically a vanity page after all).
About Me (professionally):
I work with computers for a living and also for personal interest-- you might call me a technologist.
About Me (personally):
I have a variety of interests, but if I had to pick one true passion, it's travel. I enjoy everything about travel, but most of all how it forces a change in context, leaving mind and senses open, better able to appreciate and absorb. You can see some of my travel photos. And it turns out many of my other favorite things fit in well with traveling.
Another great passion is food and drink. Eating, drinking, cooking, going out, discussing, researching - all of it!! Eating is such an integral part of history, culture, social activity, and stimulates all the senses. I cook all kinds of things but desserts are a speciality. I can be a big nightlife person; a lounge with decent drinks, music, small-plate food, people-watching? Perfect!
I'm something of an avid photographer, which allows me to meld the creative and technical. I shoot a Canon EOS500.
I greatly enjoy the outdoors, and like to hike, garden, climb, kayak, or just sit in outdoor cafes (see food above). Contemplative time next to running water in a natural setting with a homemade baked good in hand is pretty darn nice. Considering all those interests, eco-sustainability matters to me. No worries, I'm not sanctimonious about it, but I do frown real hard at people who litter or ignore the obvious recycling bin in favor of the trashcan.
I love my cats, one of whom has been with me for years. I'm definitely a cat person (but an animal person in general). See the many photos of my kitties past and present! My first and most special kitty, Sparky (the black fuzzball in the photos) passed away on July 30, 2008. I miss her.
I like to do many other things: I work out regularly, follow current events and politics, read prodigiously, write profusely (I'm a top Amazon.com reviewer), explore art-galleries, museums and historical sites when I can, watch bad movies, and take care to keep my home pleasing. I consider good strong coffee an essential.
I am a prolific reviewer, with a large number of reviews on Amazon.com. Don't judge! I'm a member of Amazon's Vine reviewing program, also.
I spend rather too much time online. And I think that is quite enough about me.