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I am originally from London, Ohio. Currently, I live in the Columbus, Ohio area. I was born in Columbus and have lived in Columbus, London, Springfield, Ada, and Swanton,  Ohio. I've worked all over the state of Ohio, mostly in Cable TV. I like to repair and build computers. I am computer certified as an CompTIA A+ Professional and a Cisco CCNA. I play guitar, bass, and drums.

I miss the Ada area. Quite a lot like I missed London once I moved from there. It makes me wonder if I missed the town or the memories. I had some pretty good times in Ada. Most of my thirties were spent in the same house on Pleasant View. My favorite cat, Boy, was with me the whole time. It was so quiet there. Just my luck they opened a Skyline Chili on the east side of Lima after I leave. At least I had Tony Packo's Cafe while I was in Toledo. That more than made up for it. Now that I am back in Columbus, I eat at Skyline every Saturday at exactly 11:30 AM...

Pretty Girls

I'm not going to ramble on about movie stars and if one might be cuter than another. I have my favorites.  I'm not really turned on by skinny woman. I usually find myself more attracted to "healthy" looking women. I even think Jodie Foster is attractive, though I wouldn't try to shoot the president over her. 

I really don't watch much TV.  Seinfeld was my favorite show. I don't have any favorites now. Anything I like they take off. There's no reason to get hooked on anything. I don't have much time for another hobby anyway. Because I am into music, I really like the Rockstar series and I think American Idol can be cool. I have a plasma HDTV which makes watching TV more addictive.

I wouldn't watch any show just for the pretty girl on it either. I think Fran Drescher is very attractive, but I watched the show The Nanny once and just couldn't relate.

If someone were to ask me if I had a current favorite "famous" pretty girl, I would have to say I reallyy don't. Brittany Spears is very sexy in her music videos, but then she ruins it by talking. All the other young singers and actresses are too skinny, too dumb, and just not that pretty.

I spend most of my time playing music and with my computers. Keeps me out of the bars (and out of jail).

"The TV"

As much as I say I don't have time for  television, I have always been in a business related to TV. I started working for Hobart Francis at Francis Radio and TV in London, Ohio when I was sixteen and worked for him on and off for about eight years. I then got into cable television and have pretty much been a cable guy in one form or another except when I worked as a microwave television broadcast engineer. I used to be this video hardware nut, but my video habit disappeared. I still enjoy hooking up video systems, but not like I did.

I had this Zenith baseband video/audio system in the mid 1980's that was pretty cool. It was a line of  TV's that Zenith made for a short period called VHT, for Video High Tech. It had a baseband tuner, a baseband video/stereo audio /RF switching unit, and separate RGB monitor. It also had it's own stereo amp and speakers, but the

Zenith VHT

only use I got out of them were for surround sound. It was all standard audio component size, so it all really looked like my stereo equipment. The real amazing part was the wiring. It would take me up to eight hours to rewire it every time I wanted to change something. There was a VHS hi-fi and a Beta hi-fi VCR. When stereo TV became available, I bought the matching Zenith stereo adapter, which also had a stereo amp in it. Later I replaced the Beta with a Super Beta. I guess you should've seen it from the rear to really understand how different it was. The RF and baseband cables reminded me of a cable TV headend, or worse. One thing I got from it was a deeper understanding of home entertainment electronics. Being a cable guy, that's wasn't a bad thing.

This is the "best" photo I have of the rear of that TV (1993 ?)

 

Mr. Computer

Some times I am not the life of the party. I don't have much fun with some people because I don't do the coffee, cigarette, alcohol, overeating, gambling, religion, and never question authority thing that is seen as the American ideal for men (and women) these days. I'm no prude, and I wouldn't deny those things to the countless addicts who depend on them to avoid withdrawals, hell, and jail time.

I'm not usually even included until someone finds out that I am an encyclopedia of knowledge on computer systems. I can handle any hardware or operating system malfunction. The hardware is what I really enjoy the most. I can also figure out how to make other unfamiliar operating systems and protocols work, or work better, if you give me a day or two.

There have been many who doubted my abilities only to have me fix the unfixable or solve the unsolvable. That has made me a hero and a chump, depending on whether someone felt like they were helped or were being shown up. I even had a supervisor ask me to quit my job because he was tired of me showing him up. I thought I was helping him. I guess not.

I'm not just bragging (not just), I really enjoy doing these things. I don't consider myself a geek either. I just like having the right answer for people when they ask me. I get off on it. I love troubleshooting. I get a real pleasure out of the range of emotions that I get through the process of searching for the way to solve a problem. I always say that I am the least happy when my computer system works. Once it does work, most times just I sit in front of it, staring at it, wondering what there is I can break on it now. I always find something.
 

The Musician

My other hobby is music. I write and record my own songs. I have enough recorded material for several albums. Not that I would want anyone to hear some of my songs. I play guitars mainly, but I play drums and some keyboards on my recordings. I have a Fender Stratocaster, a Rickenbacker 4001 bass, a Takamine acoustic guitar, and Ludwig drums. I did it mostly with my 4 track Yamaha tape deck. 
I acquired a Roland Edirol U-8 digital multi-track recorder that hooks up to a computer to record. It works just fine, but using a stand alone recorder is much more convenient than even using a sophisticated program like Cakewalk Pro or others like it. Cakewalk has its uses, but using computer recording systems are a burden. You continually have to wait for boot time and any configuration that you have to do. Finding the correct settings sometimes require you you to dig down deep into Windows sub-menus, if you can find them at all.  I bought a Fostex VF-16 digital multi-track. I am able to do 16 real tracks plus 8 ghost tracks on it. I can transfer audio to and  from to my computer over fiber optic cables or my 100 Mb LAN. I then can edit with Cakewalk Pro v9 or Sound Forge v5. I can add effects, remove and add audio, etc, then save it back to the recorder digitally. I can also use my  SCSI Jaz drive's to transport the audio as the multi-track has a SCSI port. It works very well.


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Thursday, September 21, 2006