seabird Posted December 29, 2014 Report Share Posted December 29, 2014 I was born in 1937 on a farm in California. Yes, ON the farm, not a hospital. I grew up like most farm boys and graduated from a small county High School. In order to pay for college, I spent two years working on Tug Boats on San Francisco Bay, before heading to college, where I went the year around in order to finish in three years. My working career began as a Licensed Engineer in the Merchant Marine until that was cut short by Uncle Sam's needs in the Navy. I spent my Navy time as Engineer Officer on a broken down destroyer trying my best to keep it on top of the water. After completing my military time, I bummed around various paper mills as either Chief Engineer or Plant Engineer until I saw the light and started my own business. Along the way, I found enough time to earn my Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Professional Registration in a number of states and several foreign countries That career came to a crashing end in 1997 when my wife was rushing me to the hospital - I had suffered a heart attack. I sold the business in 1999 and we moved to Arizona, where we already owned a home. It was a good move, I love the high mountain desert and the tiny village where I live. We have no traffic, no street lights and, so far. no crime. The downside however, is groceries are a 27 mile drive, one way! My wife passed away in 2003 and I have lived here along ever since. It is a peaceful life, despite needing to be careful about my heart, I lead a fairly active life with a small travel trailer and a large Ford 4 wheel drive truck. The little trailer has everything I need, including a generator and air conditioning and I frequently go out on the desert and hide from humanity. Much of Arizona is public land and old mining roads cover the state like a spiderweb. The desert is not barren and without water like many people believe, there are springs, willow groves and magnificent views if one knows where to look for them. It bothers my friends that I go out alone, they know about my heart condition. I remind them that it is unlikely I will survive another heart attack, even if it took place in my own bed, so I might just as well enjoy myself doing something I like rather than sit in the living room waiting to die! Charles Bird SeaBird ken barber, JohnnyC and ChrisTheBlizzard 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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