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Sat. September 21, 2019
Do you really want to know about the author, you must be really bored.
I am your normal kind of guy, I have a wife, 2 kids, a couple of dogs, a mortgage, and generally at any given time someone who is mad at me (sometimes more than one). I contribute the majority of my spare time to an all volunteer soccer organization that my kids have grown up in.
I have been in industry for about 38 years, the last 20 being devoted to software development. The first 18 years I worked in the aerospace electronics industry.
Politically I am very middle of the road. I believe strongly in fiscal responsibility and not creating a debt now through bonds and social programs that my children will have to pay for later. But I am also a strong believer in community involvement and the value of doing good works to aid my fellow man. Life will always have winners and losers, but the responsibility to help those less fortunate or capable should not be deferred to large and inefficient government bureaucracies. The responsibility to help our less fortunate belongs first and foremost at the local community level.
I am a community volunteer, but I avoid contributing to most charities. Throwing money at causes and people who need your help is valuable, but just as valuable is contributing your time, energy, and sweat.
I believe strongly in the value of learning. Our world is a continuously changing landscape. While learning a particular discipline is important, learning how to learn is more important. Learning how to learn means you have the ability to adjust your skills, thoughts, and potentially even beliefs as the world around you evolves.
Historically, I have been around for quite a while according to my kids. I can remember watching one of my teachers cry when the announcement was made that our President had been killed. I remember watching the first moon landing live on a 19inch black and white television. I have seen Pele play soccer. I have swam with sharks in the south pacific and been to the top of Mt. St. Helens back when it had a summit. I remember borrowing my fathers car and being upset at 39 cent/gallon gasoline. One of those ought to date me pretty well.
I dabble in playing 3-finger style blue grass banjo, but I am not any good at it (probably a hillbilly renaissance phase).
I used to believe that I was normal, but I have come to realize that there is really no such thing. Do you remember that scene in the movie "City Slickers" when they were discussing the one important thing in life; I believe I have figured it out, but I am not telling because I think it is slightly different for each of us. I can tell you that when you figure it out, what other people say or do will matter less to you. The exploration of life and it's supposed meaning can be a lot of fun as long as you don't take life to seriously. Can you tell that I am an optimist, I believe that you have to be if you are a parent.
If you took the time to read all this, you really need to find something better to do with your time.
James A. Ray
Success is not the result of making money, making money is the result of success.