Thank you for joining the circus. The page was created in October 1996. The web page is my way of staying in touch with people and it also gives me a way to publicly express myself.
Believe it or not, I have been updating my website over 19 years now. Since then, I graduated in 1998 from Southern Illinois University and since 1999 I have worked as an Information Services Specialist providing technical support to about 30,000 computer users. I attended class part-time for 9 years while working and finished a master of science degree in MIS (Management Information Systems) from University of Illinois in May 2008. By my calculations, I went to school for 28 years, taking one or more classes per year.
Besides dancing, my hobbies are home automation, reading health and finance literature, new technologies, inventing, robots and vacation planning. I also enjoy inline skating, swimming and reading for personal development. I have membership in two local investment clubs, two professional organizations and pursue other business/financial interests. It's all hard work, but it's worth it!
I was elected President in 2012 and Vice-President in 2013 of the Capitol Chapter of AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) after being Region 5 conference chair for 2010-2011.
My daughter was born Sunday, March 25 of 2007. Visit Sylvia Central for the latest details. You can also see pictures in our family album.
The story goes... I proposed to a wonderful woman named Valerie originally from Mackinaw, Illinois (pop. 3,700). The proposal was made in a hot air balloon above Lincoln, Illinois (pop. 14,800) and we were married April 17, 2004 in Morton, Illinois. Our honeymoon was at the Polynesian Resort in magnificent Walt Disney World. We now live in Lincoln, Illinois.Valerie has a baccalaureate from Illinois State University and master's degree from University of Illinois. She served as a corporate research librarian at a Fortune 500 company in Bloomington, IL for 7 years. Now she is a full-time and on-call 24/7 homemaker to a demanding 8 year old.
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My sister is a 2005 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Marketing. Yes, Destiny got married in 2010 and my family got to be in a wedding. Destiny is married to Josh and working as Association Director at FIRM, Inc. in Springfield. She sold her round house in Springfield, now she lives in Rochester with her husband Joshua, sons Bingham and Bayler and their two Pomeranians.
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My main computers are HP desktop and laptops running Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. I also have tablets, a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.1, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.1 with Android OS and my wife has an Apple iPad Air 2 64gb and my daughter has an iPad 2 16gb tablet. My current smart phone is an LG Enact with slide-out keyboard which are getting harder to find.
My age is 40 as of June 18 and my hometown is Auburn, Illinois (pop. 4,200). My wife, daughter and I live in a beautiful ranch style earth bermed home in Lincoln, Illinois. My parents were long-time residents of Auburn and now live in Springfield, Illinois (pop. 110,000). Valerie's parents are long-time residents of Mackinaw, Illinois.
These are interesting places we have visited in the past few years. Indianapolis, Indiana staying at Holiday Inn North at The Pyramids with Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park visiting The Children's Museum and Indianapolis Museum of Art, also staying at Nestle Inn Bed & Breakfast in Mass Ave district visiting Comedy Sportz, Bazbeaux Pizza, Aesop's Tables, Jackamo Upper Crust Pizza and various shops. St. Louis, Missouri for the annual 4th of July party Fair St. Louis, Magic House Children's Museum, City Museum, Bissell Mansion Dinner Theatre, Gateway Arch, The Loop, Blueberry Hill and carriage rides. New York, New York for Valerie's conference, Metropolitan Museum, Central Park, NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center, World of Disney, Trump Towers, FAO Schwarz, Toys R' Us, Statue at Liberty Island, Ellis Island and Fifth Avenue shops. Monterey, California (good place to retire) for Valerie's annual conference at Portola Hotel, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf, Winchester Mystery House in San Jose (Silicon Valley) and Disneyland in Anaheim staying at Disneyland Hotel visiting both parks and California Science Center for Space Shuttle Endeavour. Tampa, Florida for Busch Gardens, Ybor City, Florida Aquarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Butterfly Garden, jet skiing. Orlando, Florida for Disney World staying at Port Orleans Riverside, Wilderness Lodge Villas, Polynesian Resort, All-Star Music, Bay Lake Tower, RV at Fort Wilderness, Pop Century, Art of Animation, Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani & Jambo), Boardwalk Villas, Grand Floridian Villas, Port Orleans French Quarter visiting the four Disney theme parks eating at Ragland Road, T-Rex Cafe and Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney. We have experienced all the character meals in Disney World. Eastern and Western Caribbean Disney Cruises on Wonder, Dream, Fantasy and Magic visiting ports of Nassau Bahamas, Grand Cayman Island, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, Jamaica, St. Thomas and St. John, USVI, St. Maarten (Dutch & French) and Disney's Castaway Cay private Bahamian island. We also visited LEGOLAND Florida an hour south of Orlando. Las Vegas, Nevada staying at Paris Hotel & Casino riding LV Monorail to visit Stratosphere rides, Rainforest Cafe at MGM Grand, Club XS at Encore, Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay, Todd English's Olives restaurant at Bellagio, helicopter tour of Grand Canyon and Las Vegas at night. Chicago, IL for Museum Science & Industry, Field Museum, Chicago Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium. Olde English Renaissance Faire at Wildlife Prairie state park in Hanna City, Illinois. Swedish colony historic site in Bishop Hill, IL. Wildlife Prairie State Park cabin by the lake near Hanna City, IL. Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theater in Goodfield, Illinois. Annual route 66 R/C Jet Show in Litchfield, Illinois. Cardboard Boat Regatta on SIU campus while visiting friends in Carbondale, Illinois. Shakespeare Festival at Ewing Manor and Children's Discovery Museum in Normal, IL. The nearby zoos Henson Robinson in Springfield, Miller Park in Bloomington, Glen Oak in Peoria, Scovill Zoo in Decatur next to Children's Museum of Illinois. I have traveled to Europe twice, visiting Stockholm in Sweden and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I try to visit my Disney home in Lake Buena Vista, Florida a couple times each year.
10d + 4p = fx3!
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You can email me at the email address on the bottom of this page.
Links to a far away place
217dance - Central Illinois Dance Headquarters