You may have seen a lot of people posting about their lives recently as people tag them in the blogosphere. When you are tagged, you are supposed to give the readers 5 facts about yourself that the readers would not know otherwise and then tag 5 others. I have been reading lots of these posts and while it is like a chain letter, I find the posts enjoyable and interesting. My buddy from down South, Chris Leckness, tagged me so in keeping the chain going I am posting 5 facts about my life and hope you learn a bit more about me.
- I was born in Quantico, Virginia when my dad was in the Marines. I was born again when I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior at the age of 11 around Christmas back in 1980 while living in Burnett, Washington with my mom, stepdad, younger brother and half-sister. (OK so there were a lot of facts packed into this first “official” statement, but I have a lot to share.)
- I set a goal in 7th grade to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and worked my rear off in school to achieve almost all As in my classes and graduate as the number 2 person from White River High School, made sure I kept my nose clean and never had a drink of alcohol until after my 20th birthday, played sports every season (football, basketball, track), never got any traffic tickets, and had an awesome time in high school. I then received a nomination to the Air Force Academy from Representative Slade Gorton, an offer for an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a 4-year Air Force ROTC scholarship, and a 3.5 year Navy ROTC scholarship. I then took the physical and they said I had a heart murmur so they disqualified me from all of these scholarships. I was DEVASTATED and luckily had other scholarships in line so I went to Norwich University in Vermont for a year. I knew there was nothing physically wrong with me so I worked hard and took further tests to finally pass the Dept. of Defense physical and ended up going to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. I graduated from the Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, served 2 years on a Coast Guard cutter, went to Berkeley for 18 months and received my Master of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture (I also scored the 2nd highest score on the PhD qualifying exam and was offered the chance to continue at Berkeley and get my PhD in Naval Architecture), spent 4.5 year in D.C. for the USCG and then resigned my commission to take a job at The Glosten Associates marine consulting firm in Seattle where I was just promoted to Senior Associate. God has truly blessed my life, even through some hardships at the end of high school.
- I met my wife during my 30 day leave period after graduating from the Academy and within 13 days of meeting we were engaged and on the 17th day we were married. We have now been married 13.5 years and the primary reason it has worked out after knowing each other for such a short period is that Jesus is at the center of both our lives. BTW, my daughters better not try to pull this stunt 🙂
- I played 4 years of college football as a defensive end and while in college I discovered rugby. I played 3 years in college and in our last year we went 15-1 while winning the NorthEast Division II championships. I play loose-head prop and after college I played on several men’s club teams (as late as two years ago I was still playing) and was selected and played on the Coast Guard national team against all the other Armed Forces teams in Florida. I actually broke a couple ribs in the second game, but we were pretty short-handed so I played the whole tourney. I then flew back to D.C. and upon landing my wife had to come get my luggage and rush me to the hospital because I could barely walk or breathe. It turns out my lung was filling with fluid and I was in bad shape. I LOVE the sport of rugby and with my speed and size (240 lbs) I am quite a sight to see on the field. I plan to play more, primarily 7s, but it is tough coaching and running around my 3 daughters at the same time.
- I have traveled to 49 of the 50 States in America and still haven’t been to Oklahoma. I drove across the country 7 times on different routes (lots of moving in the U.S. Coast Guard and as a kid). I have lived in Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, Virginia, Maryland, and Connecticut. I have been to Mexico, Canada, Japan, Panama, Bermuda, France, United Kingdom, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas, and St. Marten.
OK, I think that about covers most of my life and I hope you learn a bit more about me. To keep this tagging going I am going to tag the following 5 people.