I was born in and raised in Tuscumbia, a small town in north-west Alabama. After high school, enlisted in the US Navy for four years. I returned home and worked a series of low paying and dead end jobs. Returning to the Navy became my best option. I was lucky; reenlisted for my same rating (Gunner's Mate) and at my old pay grade. GM is often referred to as a jack of all trades, master of none rating. Lots of great training on just about everything but … I did well enough and enjoyed the job and the life enough to do another 20 years. With the support of my wonderful wife, Maryee, I spent a total of 24 years in the US Navy and retired to Iowa.
My wife of 32 years and I have 6 children, four of M's from her first marriage and two we fostered and adopted. We live in rural Iowa and have dogs, cats, miniature horses, a goat, two cats, chickens, ducks, geese. When you add in our two teenagers (1 boy, 1 girl) sometimes things get pretty loud and hectic here. But, we have a great life.
My interest are many and varied. I truly am a jack of all trades, master of none. I can be sarcastic and my idea of humor is warped and somewhat twisted, but I mean no offence and try to keep my little space on our Earth smiling and peaceful.