I’ve had this site, for I don’t know how many years and just now decided it was probably time to do an “about me” page. Well, some may think it’s taken me that long to write it because I am into many different things.
First off, I do computer service in Asheville, NC. That literally translates to me doing most everything from building computers from time to time, keeping them running, replacing hardware, rebuilding, networking, sometimes more advanced networking areas, troubleshooting peculiar problems, some website design and webhosting, and the list goes on. I can’t really describe everything I do in a given month in one short paragraph.
I also teach piano lessons in Asheville, NC. I currently have about 20 students of varying levels from absolute beginner to advanced intermediate. I’ve played piano off and on since 4th grade. In the years I wasn’t playing piano I was playing clarinet and bass clarinet. By the way, I teach at the Asheville Music School, which is a good resource in town for private music lessons in Asheville.
I also attend Pleasant Grove Union Church, where I lead singing and (sometimes) play the piano. I’ve led singing there since around 1991 or so with a brief interruption when we were out of the area. We have a small singing group that sings mostly southern gospel style selections. Depending on the makeup of the group over the years I’ve sung the lead (soprano an octave lower), Tenor or Bass. (I’ve even picked up the Alto part on occasion, again an octave lower.) These days I’ve been singing Tenor mostly.
Hobbies… well, it seems that most of my hobbies have a way of turning into business somehow. The computer work and piano both fit that category. I also deal with audio and recording topics over at the Asheville Music Lessons site because that is yet another of my interests (and it seems to best match that site.) My degree at UNCA was the Bachelor of Science in Music with Recording Arts. I spent a fair amount of time in the recording studio there and that’s still an interest. Of course, I’m also interested in radio, particularly shortwave radio and amateur radio all of that led me to create my Online Radio and TV site. Online, or offline broadcasts are interesting to me.
I also am afflicted with the genealogy bug. For those that know, this is a non-fatal obsession that occasionally goes into remission but when it flares up, it has the victim constantly researching family history. My North Carolina Genealogy and South Carolina Genealogy sites are a testament to that addiction. At one point in time when we lived nearer to the state archives I did genealogy research for hire, but I don’t currently.
Among other things, I am fascinated by languages, the last several years I’ve spent studying spanish on my own. I picked up some copies of a familiar book in spanish and used that to build vocabulary. I also have been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease in December of 2007. It’s suspected that allergies are my main trigger and I’m currently undergoing immunotherapy (allergy shots) in an attempt to turn the corner there.