Me

Me as a Wall Street Banker, Halloween 2011
Wall Street Banker, Halloween 2011

When I'm not teaching, programming, or gaming, I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as playing the guitar and piano. I also love to travel.

Hmm, what else? Well, I was married by an Elvis impersonator, I like hiking obscure and beautiful places on the north shore of Long Island and kayaking in Northport Bay. The first album I ever bought with my own money was Billy Joel's Glass Houses, since borrowing The Clash's London Calling album from my friend back in 1985, I would guess I've listened to it more than 1000 times, and I secretly wish I could start a band with David Gilmour, Jack White, and Stewart Copeland.

If you're wondering what teams I root for, you should first understand that my father is from the South Bronx, and so raised me on the principle that there are two types of sports: 1) Baseball and 2) The inferior sports. I do like some of the inferior sports, particularly American football, Ice Hockey, and Basketball, but every spring I do consider flying to Florida and trying out for The Yankees, which is reasonable since my favorite player, Graig Nettles, hitter of 390 majestic career home runs, played into his late 40s, and I'm not quite there yet. Maybe I'll try out next year. If Bartolo Colon and Julio Franco can do it, why not me?

Yes, I love the New York Yankees, but I also root for the New York football Giants, the New York Jets (yes I'm a Giants/Jets fan), the New York Islanders, the New York Knickerbockers, and of course, our very own Stony Brook Seawolves.

My wife and I have enjoyed fun road trips over the years. Like the one we took to Tornado Alley, another we took to Newfoundland (Pronounced "Newfin - Land"), and another when we drove all the way across the country to California and back again with lots of stops along the way. Click on the images below to see those fun little trips. We've also visited Ireland, Scotland, and Puerto Rico and someday we'll make it to Spain's Basque Country ... and maybe the 5 states we haven't been yet. Can you guess which states they are? The answer is at the bottom of this page, way below the footer.

Tornado Alley Trip Photos Newfoundland Trip Photos Cross Country Trip Photos Trip to Puerto Rico

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