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About Me

I am 53 years old. Born in Athens, Greece. Grew up an "Air Force" brat
as my Dad was in the military. Attended 7 different schools from 3
different countries (USA, Canada, & Australia) while growing up till
I graduated from high school in Atlanta, Georgia. Enlisted in the US
Navy in 1981. Got out in 1988 and became a navigator for Schlumberger. I
have worked on seismic research vessels since 1988 to present. We
search for oil beneath the ocean floor for our clients (oil companies
such as Shell, Chevron, BP, etc) all over the world. I met my soon to be
wife on August 23rd, 1985. Married her August 26th, 1989. She passed
away from a heart attack on January 27th, 2009. I live alone with my
dog Blue (my daughter watches Blue at her house when I am working offshore)
I work a 5 weeks offshore and 5 week break schedule. I've lived in
Vinton, Virginia since 1990.


WHO I AM: I am the culmination of every life experience I’ve encountered
in my life since memory as a child to the present. I am who I am today
from every encounter I’ve had with every single person that’s been a
part of my life and even the random encounters with strangers and the
friendships that I’ve developed throughout the course of my life. That
includes all the people I’ve communicated with whether that’s in the
real or virtual world. I am who I am from the results of the many
failures and successes I’ve had in my life. I do love people, animals,
nature, and life. I love to read, write, and learn and will be that way
till the day I die. I love children as they bring out the best in me as
they see through an un-jaded world and remind me the constant beauty in
truth, innocence, and unconditional love that I had been guilty of
forgetting from time to time in the course of my busy life. The most
influential thing that I’ve read in my life was when I was 17 years old.
It’s the poem The Desiderata. To this day it is how I try to live my
life. Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be
on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their
story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the
spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and
bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than
yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested
in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing
fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the
world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue
there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is
full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and
disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel
of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture
strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not
distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and
loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You
are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you
have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt
the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and
aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

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  • Age 58 years old
  • Birthday December 18, 1959
  • Gender
    Male Male
  • Location
    Lives in Virginia
  • Interests
    Digital photography, reading, electronics (if it plugs into an outlet, I know about it lol), hiking, driving through The Blue Ridge Parkway, Traveling as my job takes me all over the planet, I am a HUGE animal lover (especially dogs!),sports (big time sports fan especially football - my favorite team is the Carolina Panthers), fantasy football, Spending time with my daughter and four grandchildren, listening to music (LOTS of music!), social networks, Writing (I'm not a professional writer by any means, but I have found it to be very therapeutic when something is on my mind), meeting new people, and of course engaging in good conversation on any topic whether that's in the virtual or real world.

    The cameras I own:
    Canon 7D Date: 01/18/10 $1600.00
    Canon Powershot G-15 Date: 01/13/13 $499.00

    Camera lenses for my 7D:
    Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Date: 03/20/10 $679.86
    Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Date: 03/18/10 $1,179.99
    Canon EF 75-300mm IS f/4-5.6 USM Date: 09/04/05 $579.87
    Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM Date: 03/12/13 $2199.99

    Flashcards & SD Cards:
    1 SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro CF memory card - UDMA 90MB/s 600x (SDCFXP-016G-P91) 03/18/10 $192.47

    1 Lexar Professional 400x 16GB SDHC UHS-I Flash Memory Card LSD16GCTBNA400 Date: 01/14/13 $40.71

    2 SanDisk Extreme 16 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Cards 45MB/s SDSDX-016G-X46 Date: 01/18/13 $45.94

    Photography Books:
    David Busch's Canon Powershot G15 Guide to Digital Photography. Date: 01/11/13 $22.97

    Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 [Paperback] Date: 03/20/10 $44.09

    Canon EOS Digital Photography Photo Workshop Date: 01/24/10 $21.98

    How to Take Great Photos with the Canon D-SLR System (A Lark Photography Book) Date: 01/24/10 $16.38

    Magic Lantern Guides: Canon EOS 7D Multimedia Workshop. Date: 01/22/10 $17.51

    Canon RF-3 Body Cap for EOS SLR Cameras Date: 03/18/10 $9.99

    Hoya 77mm DMC PRO1 Digital Multi-Coated UV (Ultra Violet) Filter. Date: 03/18/10 $69.88

    B+W 77mm Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Coating (010M) Date: 01/20/10 $68.00

    Canon EW83E Lens Hood for EF 16-35mm f/2.8L or other UWA Canon SLR Lenses. Date: 03/18/10 $27.75

    Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack for Canon 7D Digital SLR. Date: 01/28/10 $79.30

    Canon Speedlite 580EX II, Shoe Mount Flash - Basic Outfit with 4 NiMH Batteries, Charger, Flashpoint Flash Diffuser. Date: 01/20/10 $447.94

    MegaGear "Ever Ready" Protective Leather Camera Case, Bag for Canon PowerShot G15 (Black) 01/13/13 $34.99

    Photive Original NB-10L Ultra High Capacity Li-ion Battery For Canon G1X, Powershot G15, PowerShot SX40 HS, Powershot SX50 HS (Canon NB-10L Replacement Date 01/13/13 $21.24

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