Until May 1st of 2006 two activities occupied my time more than any others, work at IBM and work on the house and yard.
Now that I've retired, I don't know how I ever had time to work! It seems that my to-do list never gets any shorter, and the end of the day comes before I finish the day's jobs.
My retirement plan was to do nothing for at least six months then decide if I need to find something to keep me active. I don't think that's going to be a problem.
I completed my consulting contract with NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California. I can't discuss the specifics but it has to do with software engineering for future manned spacecraft missions. Most of the work was from home but I did take a couple of trips to visit the team at Moffett. I worked with them a few years ago on mission planning for the Mars Exploration Rover project and visited them at that time. It's very exciting work and they are enthusiastic about some of the design approaches I helped to develop.
I'm also working with Tony Temple on a Web site to share our experience in software and systems design. Tony was an IBM Fellow and the IBM Vice-President for Ease of Use. I worked with Tony for nearly twenty years and worked for him for the last eleven before I retired. He also retired in 2006. I was very fortunate to retire as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Director of Outside-In Design Methods, which focuses on customer and user needs. Tony lives near Warwick in the UK and I was very fortunate to make occasional trips there.
I hope to start spending more time on hobbies and travel. I have maintained an Amateur Radio license for over 45 years and plan to spend more time talking to other hams worldwide. We bought an RV in 2005 and did some travel - hoping to do a lot more in the coming years. It's a 36' fifth-wheel pulled by a Ford F-350 diesel truck. Check out the photos in our Travel section. One my first modifications was installing a ham radio station and antennas.
I think my interest in cars is waning. I sold my BMW M3 Convertible and am now driving an F-350 diesel truck. Carol was driving the truck but in the interest of saving it for RV trips we switched around a bit. She now drives a Ford Expedition.
Please use the links at the top of the page to check out my Ham Radio station, the new tree-deck, my past and present cars, and to find out about my career in computer software design.
As for working around the house and yard, itís a lot of maintenance, with occasional improvements. Between the gazebo and the deck around the pool Iíve got a lot of wood to stain each year.
This site was last updated 12/10/08