Born in Detroit, MI, raised in West Virginia, now living in Florida trying to keep my family safe from the economy, corporate America, and hurricanes.
I moved from the Detroit suburb of Melvindale to a small town in West Virginia while in the 3rd grade over Christmas break. Nothing in my life has made such a deep impression on me as this. Exposed to the friendly, caring people that move at a slower pace, I learned to care about others as well as care for myself, no matter the situation. I also learned that sometimes caring for myself meant asking for help, as much as it pained me.
Not only did my family look after me, so did the Wass family, the Cottrills, and then, as now, the Goffs. Their kindness and generosity still plays a role in my relationships, both personal and in my business.
After high school, I ended up joining the U.S. Air Force as a computer operator, working first at HQ SAC at Offutt AFB then at RAF Chicksands in the United Kingdom.
After getting out of the Air Force, I worked as a laborer, service write at a Ford dealership, photo lab rat, studio photographer, locksmith, PC repairman, IT security admin, mortgage broker, carpenter, and now diver in the pool industry and IT consultant.
Relocating to Florida was due to a taste for fresh orange juice from my mother’s back yard, and my love of fishing. Work was also more available, so I ended up staying far longer than I ever expected.
I now work on turning my 3/2 house on a 1/4 acre lot into a homestead, while always dreaming of ways to get back to West Virginia for good.