I started playing guitar and singing in my early 20's. At some stages it defined me more than anything. I learned a bunch of Bob Dylan and Neil Young songs and would play them for whoever was willing to listen.
I got my first mountain bike shortly after moving to Ashland in the mid 1980's. For the first 10 years or so I never made it to far up the mountains. While I did ride to work a lot, I never really rode enough to get in shape. The shortly after turning 50 I found myself way over weight and in poor health. I knew I needed a lifestyle change and it would have be something that would make up for all the hours I spend sitting on my butt in front of a computer all day. I started riding everyday and going for longer and longer rides. Ashland has great mountain bike trails, but you have to ride at least 3 miles up the mountain to get to the trail heads. Pretty soon I was able to make it up to the trail heads and then some. I kept going and before that summer passed I was able to do the 26 mile loop road, and even made it to the top of Mt. Ashland, a grueling 5,000 foot climb from my house. Oh, and I lost 30 pounds that summer.
Getting on the Road
All the years I was mountain biking I though road riding was for old people, but by 2004 I decided I needed a road bike. My excuse that the trails we often snowed in in the Winter while the roads were dry. At first the road bike was a way of training for mountain biking but soon became a passion on its own. I really liked how much distance you could cover on a road bike and the place you could go and see. By my second year on the road bike I was doing centuries like the Chico Wildflower, the Mountain Lakes Challenge, and the Siskiyou Century. I was really hooked on long rides. When winter came I still got on the mountain bike, and soon got in to night riding. With the help of some really bright lights, my buddies and I would go up once or twice a week after work and ride the trails. Great fun.
In the summer of 2005 a bunch of us went on a week long self-supported tour through Northern Idaho. For this trip we had a van, so we didn't have to carry our gear, but this experience started me yearning to see the country from the seat of my bicycle. Then in 2009 we did a fully loaded mountain bike Northwest Passage tour from Ashland, Oregon to Missoula Montana. Bike touring remains a passion and I'm looking forward to my next trip.
I planted my first vegetable garden in 1969.
I had already built some sites using Drupal when I started as a Lead Web Developer at Central Web Services, Oregon State University. Drupal now became my main focus. Anyone who is used to building things from scratch will find a Content Management System limiting at first, but I soon realized that Drupal was a great foundation for writing my own apps. The I like best about Drupal however is the great open source community. This March will be my second trip to DrupalCon and I'm really looking forward to i