I am retired from my job as a database administrator for a large bank, and have studied for (but did not complete) a Ph.D. in Geography.
I am married and have two grown children and a beagle. Our son and his wife are the parents of our two grandchildren, a boy & a girl. Our daughter recently completed a Ph.D. and will be an assistant professor at a university.
I have lived in the Chicago area almost my entire life, except for a brief period when I was in Florida (where I met my wife!). Now our primary home is in the State of Washington, on Whidbey Island, about 47km northwest of Seattle. We also have a small home in Mesa, Arizona, near our grandchildren, and spend some of our time there. My wife still travels to Illinois part of the time for her job.
I was 50 before I finally had an opportunity to travel outside North America! I had a wonderful time in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, and hope to return before too long. Our daughter spent one college term as a student in Freiburg, Germany, and greatly loved the experience, making many new friends with whom she has stayed in touch.
From our Washington home, located in Puget Sound, we can view the Cascade Mountains to our east and the Olympic Mountains to our west. When we take the ferry to the mainland, it is often possible to see Mt. Rainier rising majestically to the southeast of the city of Seattle. Washington has much more moderate temperatures than we had in Illinois, and better still - no mosquitoes! Mesa, Arizona is "low desert", so the temperatures are as high as 46° in the summer, but it's a good place to spend some time (and stay warm) in the winter.
What kind of cards do I like? My tastes are varied and eclectic; I'm likely to appreciate just about anything you choose to send. If you want more specifics, though:
* I'm a technology geek, so anything having to do with technology is cool
* But not into SciFi all that much
* Anything quirky, off-beat, unusual, out of the ordinary
* Risque cards, pinups, and erotica are welcome
* Not fond of generic cat pictures; humorous are OK
* But almost anything with dogs is cool
* I'm not easily offended, but nothing malicious or hateful, please
* Retro or vintage photography and art, including advertising
* Homemade cards are fine, especially if they're creative
* Current advertising is not really of interest, unless it's quirky, off-beat, unusual
I'm quite inconsistent about marking "favorites", and it may vary from day to day, so don't let my favorites limit you in any way.
PLEASE NOTE: When I am traveling for more than a few days, I usually have my mail sent on to me. This means, of course, it will take a few extra days to reach me. I register cards promptly when I receive them - mostly the same day, sometimes a day or two later. However, I do not register cards that I have not received! Be patient! After 60 days, it is removed from your count so you can send to another address