Thirty-five years. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS?!! Oh my gosh, where has the
time gone? Feels like I am still taking off. There is still so much
to do, so much to see, so much to discover, just so much more. How
could thirty-five years have past?
I donít normally reflect on the past as there is so much
more ahead than behind but for those that might be curious, I guess
it is time for a little update on these past thirty-five years.
After leaving graduate school, I joined the same little chemical
company as Larry McKeen and Paul Soper, who I see with some
regularity. Shortly after joining the company, I discovered the
benefits of the warm climates and moved to the third coast where I
have lived ever since. I now consider myself to be a native Texan
who just had the misfortune of being born somewhere else.
My career has been pretty typical of those in small
chemical companies. I have done a little of everything from bench
chemistry to running manufacturing units to global technology
management and being part of a couple global business teams. Now I
am part of business critical projects, mentoring new scientists and
engineers, and a wee bit of teaching. Doing the things one loves is
a great way to make a living. And while my current career has been
fun, challenging and exciting, in a next few years I plan to take my
leave from the chemical industry and start my next career. After
all, life is the challenge of change.
As for my personal life, there have been an assortment
of upís and downís. Along the way, I collected more than a few
exís. Over the years I have had an image published on the cover of
a Sierra Club regional calendar, shot the images for a firemanís
charity calendar, played a little semi-pro ball, traveled about,
rebuilt a house after a fire only to have to do it again after
Hurricane Rita, and more. I can honestly say that the past has been
more good than bad but I look forward to next challenge.
So while I wonít be at the thirty-fifth reunion, I hope
you are healthy, comfortable, and have found happiness. Maybe I will
see you at the fiftieth! And if anyone still reading this is
curious, here are a couple of images taken of me during the last
couple of years.