I grew up in a small town located in the middle of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Growing up in a small town can be both great and bad at the same time.
The great thing about growing up in a small town is knowing everyone around you. The bad thing about growing up in a small town is that everyone knows your business, or thinks they know your business.
Social networking consisted of locals huddling around at the local hardware store, exchanging secrets and hot topics about everyone in town. Being first to report the hottest tidbit of juicy news took priority over accuracy every time. Nothing like a strong cup of Folgers coffee and getting the daily dump of information to start your morning off.
My family moved around a lot when I was younger. We probably moved well over 10 times from the young age of one. Most of the moving in my life took place between two counties in Virginia, Northampton and Accomack. Somehow I always seem to float around the border of the two counties.
Entertainment where I grew up consisted of hunting, archery, shooting, playing basketball and football with local friends. Our arcades consisted of a Nintendo, Sega, Sony and so on. Usually there was one or two friends in the neighborhood that would be the first to get a game system. My first system was the Atari, it was pretty fun, but it really made my hands sore. One of my friends had the NES and since he was the only one, all the other kids including myself found opportunities to hang with him. You have to understand, the Eastern Shore was not a place where families could afford gaming systems, fancy clothing, or cars. It was a rural area with a lot of manual labor jobs such as construction, waterman, and farmers. That being said, the economy was, or still is, pretty rough. Our crowning achievement was the local K-Mart that was built back in the 90’s and subsequently shut down after the K-Mart bankruptcy. It was the hottest attraction the shore had for a little while.
Moving forward, I graduated from Eastern Shore Community College with a degree in electronics. I worked a few jobs here and there. I have been working as a Computer Technician for the past 10 years.
I met my love, Karen, and she saw how I liked to tinker with various hobbies from electronics, graphics, language, music….. and so on. For Christmas, she got me my first oil painting set and canvas. Needless to say, I painted my first painting the very next day. It was so awesome. My painting and art techniques come from watching good old Bob Ross on PBS when I was growing up.
This site will be a chronicle for all my hobbies and fixes. If you decide to try something from this site, you try it at your own risk. I will not be responsible for any damages.