Pets, Pets, & More Pets:

When I married my wife, I got more than a human partner for life, I got a pair of cats. Unfortunately, one of the cats (Velcro) passed away in the spring of 1999. Our other cat, Slinky, is still very alive and well. She's a small vocal little girl, who has a personality much larger than she is. Slinky is currently 9 years old but still plays like a kitten.

Summer of 1999 , we adopted a 6 month old german shepherd / Lab mix from the Albuquerque Humane Society. Her name is Madison, and she is a true joy to be around. She is very good with children and other dogs.

In June of 2000, my wife saw a dog get hit by a car. The driver of the car did not stop and Hallie stopped and took the little dog to the vet for help. The vets would not do much for her without someone paying for the work. My compassionate wife volunteered to pay for the initial work. After that there was really no way to not keep paying to fix her. Two weeks and an operation to fix her broken pelvis later, she is now our dog. She seems to have a very nice personality, but is still healing from the surgery. She has about a month of healing to do before she can resume a normal life. Until then, she has to live in her crate to minimize use of her healing back end. We named her Laika after the first dog in space aboard sputnik 2.

Here's a pictures of our two dogs as of October of 2000. Laika is all healed and the two are good friends.

My Wife:

Hallie and I were married spring of 1997, after being friends and dating for most of the 90's. It's appropriate that she is on this web site, because I met her through a mutual friend who is also into audio and photography. She is especially tolerant of my silly hobbies, many of which are listed on this site.


Here's a picture of me at the beginning of my engineering career. I currently live in Albuquerque New Mexico, and work for Applied Technology Associates as a contractor to the Air Force Research Lab. The southwest is quite a change from New York and Virginia.

As can bee seen from these pages, my hobbies are music, electronics and audio, as well as photography. Being the hopelessly retro person that I am, I find that vacuum tubes and older technologies can be much more musically satisfying than more modern approaches. I also find the same to be true with cameras and photography. Modern auto everything plastic cameras just aren't fun to use. I much prefer medium and large format cameras that were built back when engineering meant good mechanical design, and not good injection molding.

I also enjoy bicycling, although I haven't done much of it since moving to Albuquerque, the high DWI rate and very poor road designs make this a place where lots of steel between you and the other drivers is the best way to stay alive.

Computers are a bit of a hobby as well, although they are more a tool to get my job and hobbies done than an interest on their own.