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How I came to live in Seattle...

I was born in Santa Monica California back in 1951 (I'm 45 years old) and spent my formative years in the Antelope Valley in a small town called Lancaster California. Lancaster is about hour's drive north of the San Fernando Valley. It is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. But the "high desert" climate all in all is pretty nice.

My family moved to Lancaster from L.A. proper when I was 6. My one brother was born when I was 7. My mom and my stepfather live in Bellevue and my brother and his wife and two kids live in Kent. So it's nice that we all live in the Seattle area so that we can get together more often.

I went to high school and junior college in Lancaster and worked for a few years. I decided I wanted to get my college degree and chose mechanical engineering. So I moved from Lancaster down to the San Fernando Valley and enrolled at Cal-State University in Northridge California in 1974 and graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1978.

After I graduated from College, I worked in LA for about a year and a half in an engineering position with a major computer printer manufacturer designing new printers. One day I was reading the LA Times Help Wanted ads and saw a job offered with a another printer company in Seattle and thought it might be interesting to see if I could get a "joy ride" to come for an interview as I'd never seen Seattle.

Well, after I got up to Seattle, I was very impressed. I loved the beauty of the area and found houses to be very affordable. To make a long story short, after a couple of months of negotiations, I packed up and moved to Seattle for my new job in May 1979. It was a great summer.... the Supersonics won the NBA championship that year!

I didn't know a soul in Seattle, and this was the first time I had moved that far in my life. It was a good experience and one I would do again if I had to do it over.

I really have come to regard Seattle as "home". I can't imagine any other place to live that has so many good things about it. I've been living on Mercer Island since 1980. If you aren't familiar with Seattle, yes, Mercer Island really is an island. It's in Lake Washington just about a mile east of Seattle proper. I have a postcard of Mercer Island showing where I live if you'd like to see them.

What makes me tick...

I think overall I'm a pretty kind, honest and generous person. I can't stand phony people or people that are disrespectful of others. Injustice bothers me whether it's at work or in society in general. My politics are definitely on the liberal side of the spectrum, but I don't like an explicit label of "Democrat" or "Republican" as there are things on both sides of the political center I find worthwhile. Call me an "oozing heart" liberal (as opposed to a "bleeding heart" liberal). I have a great deal of respect for the environment and do make a decent effort to watch out for pollution, waste, contamination, etc. to our environment.

I got into engineering because I was always interested it how things work and how they were designed. My job fits me quite well and always gives me a great challenge and never bores me. I also have a keen interest in science in general and love to read about things like how life evolved, where the universe came from and many other nearly imponderable questions.

I enjoy meeting new people and finding out what interests them and finding out about new things. I especially enjoy sharing new things with new friends whether it be them sharing their interests with me or vice versa. I especially like intelligent women with a good sense of humor. I find myself generally attracted to women younger than myself, but that is not a hard and fast rule. Maybe it's because I feel much younger than my age or maybe it's being in denial about my age <g>.

I used to be much more physically active when I was younger, but too many years of skiing and dirt bike riding have taken their toll on my knees. I still enjoy a mountain bike ride and hiking, but it takes me a couple of days for my knees to recover from a day of snow skiing, so I rarely ski anymore. I've really taken a liking to scuba diving and snorkeling when I'm on vacation in Hawaii.

If you'd like to know more or get in touch with me, please e-mail me at kevint@halcyon.com

Last updated: June 29, 1997