Here's a little bit about some of the things I have an interest in....
My bike is a '94 Harley-Davidson Sportster that I've had about 3 years. It's beautiful black just like the one in the picture. I think it's the most favorite bike I've had yet. It is a great cruising bike and it not only looks great, it sounds wonderful - nothing sounds quite like a Hog!
I used to really like the "crotch rocket" kind of sport bike and even owned a few. But as I've ..ahem... "matured", I've taken a liking to "cruisers" and that's how I picked my Harley. Nothing is more enjoyable to me that taking a nice, leisurely ride on a winding backroad and enjoying the scenery, smelling the trees and flowers and soaking up the sun.
After this intro dive, the next day I took two "instructed dives" where the instructor keeps close tabs on you. You can do this without being certified and actually it's quite safe.
When I got back to Seattle after that trip, I signed up for a scuba certification class the very next day. This was in November and it was really cold. My friend Larry signed up too as he'd always wanted to get certified too. So the two of us took the class freezing our butts of during the four "open water" certification dives. Two of them were at the Edmonds ferry terminal where there is an underwater state park. The morning we arrived, it was 8 AM, the air temp was 30 degrees and there was a inch of snow on the ground! The 45 degree water actually felt warm compared to the cold air!
Since then, I've logged several dozen dives, but only in Hawaii. For me, it's just too darn cold to go diving in Puget Sound although many, many people do enjoy it.
If you care to take a look, I have a page with several photos from some Maui dive trips.
I'm not too keen on people photos, but I certainly enjoy taking scenic nature photos, sunsets, and photos that find an interesting light or pattern in a scene.
I am working on a photo page of some of my photos, but it's not yet ready. In the interim, you could take a look at a small sample of my work on a friend's page. My friend Cindy Ference is an artist and makes a line of photo notecards with many of her images. She's chosen one series of mine I took on Maui in the extinct crater of the Haleakala volcano. I was flattered that she liked them enough to include them on one of her card series. You can visit her home page and see her photos and mine at http://www.oz.net/~moonbeam/
My current computer assortment includes three computers. At home, I have an Acer Pentium 90 desktop with an HP laserjet and HP Deskjet color printer. For work also have an older 486/33 laptop with just a black and white screen. I could not function in life without my trusty HP 200 LX palmtop - I keep tons of stuff on it and depend on it day in and day out for my schedule, phone books, databases, etc.
At my job, I get to use and maintain some very nice UNIX workstations. We have several Silicon Graphics Indigo2 systems with tons of RAM, hard disk space and very fast graphics. We also have a couple of even faster HP c110 UNIX workstations that make the fast SGIs seem slow in comparison. I've been able to learn a lot on the job about UNIX and networking from building our network one computer at a time. Using UNIX machines, particularly SGIs, makes it seem easy to get networking and multi-tasking working smoothly compared to PCs.
At the Met gift shop, I purchased a replica of a beautiful marble sculpture from the Alexandria region from about 2500 years ago. The artist is unknown. It's assumed it was the work of an art student as it was uncovered in the remains of an art studio that appeared to be a teaching studio. I took an art metal casting class at Bellevue Community College about two years ago and used it as a pattern to make two bronze sand castings of the replica. Here's a photo of me and the instructor (Ross Brown) pouring the part. The bright yellow/orange material we are pouring is molten bronze at about 1000 degrees. When it's molten, it's almost transparent and looks very much like gold. And boy, is it hot! you can feel the heat ten to fifteen feet away. Here's close-up photo of the untrimmed casting. The trimmed casting weighs over fifteen pounds! Someday I'm going to apply a nice blue/green patina to it using ammonia to give it an aged look.
Personally I find the Indycar races to be a much more competitive series, but I also like Formula 1 as it's the pinnacle of open wheel racing technology.
I have a small movie library for the movies I really like. I invested in a laserdisc player which really does an amazing job of letting you see a movie at home with much higher quality that a typical video tape.
If you're interested, I have my movie library list here to view.
Last updated: June 29, 1997