In 1987 I moved to Huntington Woods, a suburb of Detroit.
(Click here to watch how I remodeled my house 1999-2000 )
In 2007 I left my job at Wayne State University, where I'd worked for 21 years as a programmer, systems analyst, project manager, and finally, quality analyst, in order to spend more time on free-lance writing and personal projects.
When I'm not working on a project I can be found either on a bicycle, given warm enough weather, or perhaps playing music, fishing, kayaking or stargazing. I used to be a competitive airgunner and I still occasionally write on that topic for the sporting press.
In 1996 I finally bought a folding kayak to take me places a canoe can't travel, and out of that grew what is probably the most popular web page on the planet for folding kayak fans. In 2004, I bought my first sailiboat, a West Wight Potter 15, which you can read about here.
In 2006, I bought a 1976 Puch Maxi moped- something I'd thought about for years- and put a few miles on it, happily motoring around the neighborhood and tinkering with the engine and fuel system, before selling it to a friend and buying a 2007 Yamaha C3, probably the most modern and advanced moped available at the time. That in turn led me buy a Yamaha 50RX from a good friend (and brilliant motorcycle mechanic) who has over the years taught me much about engines, bicycles, welding and more. The RX50 was a great beginner's machine to make mistakes on, and led to getting my motorcycle endorsement in late summer 2007. That fall I sold the C3 moped to another friend, and bought a Yamaha Vino 125 and a 1974 Honda CB 125, both of which I use for shopping, local trips, and just plain fun. But now I have my eye on a slightly larger Enduro bike...
Between kayaking, sailing, bicycling and this new infatuation with motorized two-wheeled vehicles, I'm seldom indoors in warm weather.
Lastly, like any good technogeek, I have an amateur radio
license: W8MJE (ex KE8YY, ex KA8OSZ).