I'm not entirely keen on announcing the specifics of my personal life to the world. However, I really do have to establish my credentials, biases, and agenda for readers -- and sometimes people do ask.
Okay, my full name is "Gregory Vaughn Goebel", and I live in Loveland, Colorado. I was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1953, and raised there. I did a hitch in the US Army from 1972 to 1975; went back to Spokane to get an electronics tech degree from Spokane Community College; then got an electronics engineering degree from Oregon State University. From 1981 into 2000, I worked for Hewlett-Packard in Oregon and Colorado, mostly as a factory contact. I am now writing full time, on anything that interests me; I don't pretend that my work is scholarly.
I'm a tall and thin Anglo guy, possibly with a bit of Cherokee blood, with short-cropped gray-streaked brown hair. I used to keep it long, but scalp problems forced me to change my ways of living.
Bachelor, live by myself, tend to the reserved, not keen on disputes. Hobbies include aerobics; playing the piano (or electronic keyboard to be precise); photography, digital drawing, and retouching; Japanese language and culture studies; and sci-fi videos & animation & comix. Clumsy piano player, BTW, it's always nice to have a hobby one has no natural skill at to foster humility. Writing in contrast comes to me naturally.
I'm largely apolitical, tending towards middle of the road pragmatic politics with a Zen flavor. As far as religion goes, I'm an apatheist, having no interest in whether someone strongly believes in gods or just as strongly does not -- neither endorsing religion nor feuding with it, at least as long as nobody brings the fight to me. As a friend of mine once observed, I refuse to belong to any organization that would consider me as a member.
The photo was taken in 2008, during a visit to the Dallas Zoo. I'm the one on the bottom. The cockatiel's name was "Clifton", by the way.