About me…

Updated 2018-10-13

About me eh?  Do you really want to know?  Well, I guess you do, you clicked the link, didn’t you?

Well, I am just a guy. A sort of normal guy I guess – well, maybe not “normal”, but what does that mean anyway?

I was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario (near Niagara Falls) and lived there until April of 2012.  I moved to Calgary, Alberta for work in April 2012 and lived there until July 2018 when I decided I would try mountain life.  I have also lived in Fonthill, Ontario and in Orillia, Ontario.  For some odd reason, the 8 months that I lived in Fonthill I had insomnia.  Not sure why.  Actually, I have had insomnia off and on since then, very annoying.  I loved Orillia – worked at a summer camp there for 2 six month stints.  Until I moved to Alberta, I was convinced that I would retire in Orillia – now, I am not so sure.

I grew up on Lakeport Road in St. Catharines and lived there until I was 24.  I went to Sheridan Park from K through 8 and then Lakeport Secondary for my high school years – Lakeport closed in 2014 unfortunately and has now been taken over by a public religious school – don’t even get me going on that…  Sheridan Park is there, I am told it has a new name now.

I attended both Niagara College and Brock University for Computer Programming / Computer Science. After finishing, I decided that programming was not for me but the IT field was.

I started working at a local internet provider and stayed there for a little over 5 years.  I then moved onto a job with the Regional Government and worked there for over 10 years.  I knew that it wasn’t for me fairly quickly into my tenure – the waste of taxpayer money was too much to handle.  I had been told that once you’ve been with the government for more than 2 or 3 years, you are there for life.  Thankfully, I was able to break out of that and I moved on.  I have been with my present employer since April (2012), and it is, by far, the best job that one could hope for.  I have now been in my “new” job for a little over 4 years and still love it.  I now work from home as well which is very nice.  My commute is the time to walk from the living room to the office, 3 seconds.  Not bad.

So, I’ve been in Calgary for 3 months now (as of July 20, 2012) and I LOVE it.  It is now over 3 years (July, 2015) and still love it.  It total, I was in Calgary for 6.5 years and did enjoy my time there.  I had to move out of the house I was renting and am now in the mountains of South-West Alberta in a place known as Crowsnest Pass.  I have an acreage that the dogs and I love, right on Crowsnest River.  Mountain life is amazing.

I came here for a job and I love my job.  I left Niagara because there were no jobs around, or, more precisely, no jobs that I was interviewed for or were offered.  I didn’t necessarily want to leave the area, but after I expanded my search outside of my local area, I figured I would be moving West.

I was offered my new job before the Easter Weekend and I left a week later.  I drove, pulling a trailer behind me and it was an interesting trip.  I have now been coast to coast by car, I’ve driven at least 1/2 of that distance.  When I was in grade 3, we drove to the east coast and when I was 14, we drove from Calgary to Vancouver.  We have a huge country, that’s for sure.

My private life is pretty simple.

I coached baseball (and softball before that) for 25 years and I loved it.  I retired from coaching as of August of 2016.  I decided that 25 years was enough and I needed a break.  I have never reached my goal of a provincial championship, so that is still on my bucket list. I have umpired for years as well – it’s fun and I can set my own schedule.  This past summer, I umpired in the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in Branson Missouri.  It was the experience of a lifetime.  After the tournament, and seeing as I had left Calgary, I decided to retire as an umpire.  The baseball won’t get any better than the World Series and I want to try some other outdoor “summer” activities.  I am sure I will get bored at some point and will return to it, but we will see.

I have been on various baseball board of directors for years and have done everything from convening to being president.  I did not realize that there were so many politics involved but believe me, there are.  I was the Club Manager for the Babe Ruth Calgary Rockies club between 2014 and 2016, 3 seasons in total.  We have two teams, AA (15-16 year old) and AAA (17-19 year old) and it keeps me busy from mid-January until the end of July.  After my 3rd year with Babe Ruth and my 25th year coaching, I decided to retire from coaching.  I did stay involved with Babe Ruth though, on the Board of directors until August of 2018 when I stepped down due to my move.

Speaking of politics, I was involved with the Federal Conservatives and in Ontario, the Provincial PCs.  It was great being able to help and meeting like-minded people.  I was not as involved in Alberta as I was in Ontario.  When I first moved to Calgary, I got involved with a great local association.  When I moved to a new riding, I didn’t get any response from them but connected with a new President and was elected to the Board of Directors so I was involved with Federal Politics until the last Federal election when the MP from the Calgary Centre riding lost her bid for re-election.  I have since decided that although I am interested in politics, I am not going to sit on any boards moving foward and will just cast my vote, like the rest of you.

I am a single guy and I like it that way and can’t see that changing any time soon.  I have three dogs, Blondie, a Yellow Lab, Hera, a German Shepherd and Twix, a Pitbull/Border Collie mix.  Zeus, my first dog, who was a Sheppard / American Eskimo cross passed away in May of 2015 – losing him was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through.  I take them a lot of the places that I go and they seem to like it – they are good dogs and I am glad they are part of my life.  The dogs are a big part of my life and we all get along very well.

I am sure that there is a LOT more I can say, but hey, if you really want to learn all about me, read my BLOG.  You’re here, it’s easy.

Have fun.

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