As told to YouCanToo
What is your name/username?
How old are you?
I'm just north of 50.
Are you married, single?
Divorced, single, but severely involved with one of the most beautiful redheads on the planet!
How about Kids, Grandkids ?
I have two children. My son will be 25 in August. He's pretty amazing. Because of my divorce, I haven't had much input in certain areas, and his college education was not up to me. I was extremely skeptical about his choice [in the arts]. He has since made me a eat a little crow [no offense Crow] because he obtained in his first job, not only a job in his field, but he has excelled. Apparently they had an industry gathering recently, and he was the only one from his company to walk away with a gold medal. I'm pretty sure those genes came from someone else. My daughter was adopted from Guatemala. She will be 17 in November. She is a gem. The Guatemalans are an amazing group of people that sincerely love their children. I am so happy to have her.
Do you have pets, what is your favorite?
Pets..... swore off those when I had a most amazing cat that I had to take to the vet for... well... you know... I cried like a baby. Not doing that again.
My girlfriend's daughter has a Yorkie-Poo that has taken a severe liking to me. It's not that I don't like animals... just can't take that later stuff.
Are you retired, still working and if working, what do you do?
Still working. Will have to do so until I die. I have a degree in Computer Science [probably why I love Linux] and programmed for I.B.M. while I was in school. I want to help more with PCLinuxOS, but my time is stolen almost 24/7 between work and home. I have a current plumbing issue now that just won't go away. I have to upgrade suspension on my car. If I could quit it all and just help with PCLinuxOS, that would be amazing, but doubt that would pay the bills. Unfortunately, got a little child support to pay and those bills just keep coming.
Where do you call home? What is it like? IE: weather, scenery
I am north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It's hot in the summer and in winter we typically get the worst type of winter weather. For some reason, we are in the perfect place for ice. Not snow, ICE. When it comes, none of these idiots know how to drive on it. Of course, none of the cities are properly prepared.
Where did you go to school and what is your education level?
All school was in Texas. Post-graduate.
What kind of things you like doing? hobbies, travel, fishing, camping?
Hobbies, not really. Have to deal with work, take care of a couple of kids, two properties next, helping family [extended and otherwise], then whatever is left is for fun. Golf every so often. Really like to cook. Unfortunately, I have turned into THE cook. Ends up that I cook when I'm not doing any of the other stuff. Somehow that cooking talent comes naturally to me, so everyone else refuses once they figure out I can. Good thing I like it. I would say that I watch the "food" channels a lot. Some of that I have implemented and it worked out. Pretty cool.
Why and when did you start using Linux?
This is a long story. I tried to upgrade a Win95 machine. I found out the hard way that if you change the hardware, Windows would lock you out. I was just a little upset about it. (Okay, that is a severe understatement, EXTREMELY upset!!) I started looking into Linux and PCLinuxOS was the only system that recognized, without difficulty, my hardware, etc. So, given my background, I decided to kick M$ to the curb and move entirely to Linux. If it weren't for the ease of PCLinuxOS, I would not have done this. I recently got rid of every M$ machine in my office. The only issue left is how the rest of the world works. I do think it is funny when I tell someone "I don't use Windows" and they have this glassy eyed look.
I am so very glad Tex exists. My life would be hell without him.
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