About

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I’m a Principal Engineer working on platform infrastructure with things like Ansible, AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, and Linux.

The image above is my avatar for most things online. My oldest son drew this a few years back.

I haven’t always been a geek.

A Saturn V at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in 1976

Ok, maybe I have. A geek though the years.

Tech Support at Autodesk in 1992
Autodesk UNIX Platforms group in 1996
Rackspace Cloud DNS Team in 2012
Rackspace Cloud DNS Team
Rackspace Desk in Austin, TX
2020 Home Office

And I still like the Saturn V.

I did some fishing as a kid.

Fish!

And took creative writing classes in high school.

Creative Writing Class around 1981.

I was really cool my senior year.

Senior-year career day

My first computer was an Apple II. I programmed my own 2D CAD system that used a joystick for input.

I spent summers during college as a cave guide.

Silver Dollar City, 1988

I have a thing for rocks and studied Geology.

I moved to California after college and worked for a few years as an environmental geologist.

But I switched to technology and have been at it since 1990.

I traveled Europe in the early 90’s.

Norte-Dame de Paris

And did a lot of hiking and mountain climbing in the Sierra Nevada.

Sequoia National Park

I’ve done some off-roading, too.

Alvord Desert, Oregon

I even had a few motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson Nightster

And a few RV’s, too.

Colorado, 2006

Sometimes I even work from my current RV.

I have a thing for trains.

And photography.

I met my wife in 2007.

E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest

We married a year later.

Married at the Blue Pepper Coffee Shop in Salem, Oregon — the site of our first date exactly one year earlier.
Awesome cake

And I suddenly found myself with three kids.

E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest

Our oldest got married in Oregon a few years back.

Oregon 4-H Center

Nowadays we live on our farm in rural Missouri.