I came into this world in the chilly part of the year, first week of winter, snow storm, below freezing outside in 1946 in Massachusetts.
I attended High School and then served 4 years in the United States Marine Corp (stationed in Vietnam 1968-69). I left the USMC after that with an honorable discharge and traveled the West Coast and Hawaii until 1975.
For the next two decades I worked blue collar jobs not too much above minimum wage (construction, factory, was member of United Steel Workers of America seven years). For the last two decades worked as Building Maintenance Supervisor, responsible for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc. I worked at a convalescent hospital, 55+ retirement community in California, and an assisted living center in Oregon. Only made 30,000 one year because I was working two jobs.
I also was PR director for Quaboag Riders Motorcycle Club from 1978-1982 and helped raise a lot of money (filled parking lots every event - Hillclimbs, 10 per year at a capacity of 2,500 per event!) The club needed money to rebuild their clubhouse as the original one built in 1946 burned down in the late 1970's. I went back to New England to live for 8 years before moving permanently to West Coast in 1985.
I am single, self-employed, author of a book, and happy.