I have a wonderful 7 yr old named Samantha.  Actually she is not biologically mine, but she is definitely a wonderful little urchin.  Samantha's mommy is Tammy, the love of my life.  Samantha's little sister Shelby Nicole is now 3 years old, and a holy little terror in her own right.  Their little brother Cole West was born on February 15, 2006.

My only sister Sheri and her husband Dave have a pair of boys, Cooper (11), and Patrick (13).  It is my sworn duty to spoil them absolutely rotten in every possible way.  Cooper is going to grow up to be a truck driving fireman, and Patrick is the next Peter Bondra.


I have an adorable 2 year old Yellow Labrador Retriever named Doogie.  Doogie is a typical lab in most respects.  He loves people, thinks all living things other than people are just animated toys, will fetch until he drops  His only strange little quirk is that he is afraid to get wet. 

Goliath is a 5 year old rescue dog.  He is a mix of American Pit Bull and Boxer.  Yes, he is unbelievably ugly, but he is the sweetest and most gentle dog I've ever met.  He doesn't bite, but he will lick you until you are soaking wet.


In my copious free time, I rebuild boats.  My current project is a 1988 ChrisCraft Amerosport 412.  It was bought new from a dealer in 1988, used for about 3 years, and then repo'd and left to die a horrible death on a stack of old tires in a parking lot in Richmond, VA.  It only had about 220 hours in the engines, and 120 hours on the generator, but it was in sad shape.  After I purchased it (sight unseen), I found out that at some point in the past 10 years, it had been partially underwater...  not a healthy thing for a boat.

It is now floating, running, and almost finished.  The Coast Guard Documented Vessel "Rude Awakening" sleeps 8, has a full galley, two zone AC/heat, a full camper canvas enclosure, a wetbar, TV/VCR, and a full head with a seperate shower.  For power, there are a pair of 350hp, 454ci Crusader inboard engines with Borg-Warner V-drives.  It cruises at about 18 knots, and does about 30 knots wide open.


Oh yes, we have toy cars too: