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Hello there everyone, and welcome to my web page!
I live in the city of Seattle (The Emerald
City), in the State of Washington (The
Evergreen State). I live aboard my sail-boat
"Belassis" on Lake Washington, which is just a little south and east of
Seattle. Belassis is french for "Beautifully Situated". I really
enjoy living in the Seattle area. There is so much to see, and do
here. With all of the mountains around us, along with the ocean and
beaches near by, also there is always something doing on near by.
Seattle is set between the Olympics and Cascade mountains. With Elliott
bay, and the Puget Sound between the Olympics, and down town Seattle.
And to the east of us are the Cascade Mountains. The picture is of
a dear friend (The divine Ms. D.),
and I together at a friends halloween party a couple of years ago.
She is a very special person, and was always there if I needed her.
Thanks again my friend, you are a friend in the very truest form of the
word. Not to mention the fact you have a killer sense of humor.
Below is a shot of "Belassis"
in moorage on Lake Washington, which is a little south and east of Seattle.
She is a 1973 Coronado, and is 27 foot in length. Lake Washington
is 20 miles in length, and gives me access to Lake Union, and the Ballard
Locks, which allow me to access Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. I have
been a "live aboard" now for almost 6 years. I love living aboard
my sail boat. It is so peaceful, and quiet. Very beautiful,
and almost sensual with the gentle rocking. And I love the "wild
life" around this marina. (Animal types,
not human) Lots of water foul around
here, plus there are always plenty of fish. It is not uncommon to
see a large eagle dive down and scoop up a fish just off of the ends
of the docks every now and then.
|Here are a few of my favorite photographs
for you to enjoy!
|Descriptions of my photographs.
Here are a few on my personal favorite
pictures of mine. Starting with the upper
left picture, we have "Belassis" her self.
I keep here moored on Lake Washington the full year around. "Belassis"
is french for "beautifully situated", and has been my home for a number
of years now. The next picture
is of the ducks that seem to hang out around the marina. Spring time
around here is when the ducks and geese mate, and raise their young.
It is a very special time of the year around here to see all those young
ducks, and geese as they grow up and them leave in late summer. The
next picture is of me at the wheel of a 65
foot Vantari power boat. This cruise was out on Elliott bay.
We had a blast fishing and crabbing that weekend. On the top
right picture is of my favorite sunset pictures
to date. It is taken off of the stern of Belassis as I cruised through
the "Mount lake Cut" between Lake Union, and Lake Washington. I had
just exited the cut, and was on Lake Washington again, and headed back
to the marina.
left picture is of a cactus bloom, as I love
to raise flowers, even though I live on a boat. I have many Lilly's,
and etc. to keep me busy. The next picture
is one of Elliott bay at night from Carkeep Park. You can see the
Space Needle in the middle of the picture. Seattle is a excellent
place for photographers with all of the water, mountains, our forests,
and beaches. The next picture is
of Elliott bay looking east toward downtown Seattle. The Space Needle
is to the far left, and the King Dome is to the far right. The
lower right picture was taken at "The Gorge
at George", which is a natural outdoor amphitheater. It overlooks
the Columbia river, and has been the home to many great concerts over the
years. This was the sun down just before the concert started.
It was a Celine Dion, and Michael Bolton concert, which I was treated to
by my good friend "Miss D." for my birthday. (July the 4th)
|Lake Washington and boat racing.
Lake Washington has long been a
home to boat racing. They race everything from small outboard powered
hydroplanes, up to the big unlimited hydroplanes on Lake Washington.
Every year in August Seattle holds "Sea Fair"
here. One of the major events during Sea Fair is the unlimited Hydroplane's
making their annual trip to Lake Washington. There are a number of
unlimited hydroplane Teams based out of the pacific north west. And
they use Lake Washington to do their test runs and tuning there.
With many teams based here, and 2 races in the state during the year (The
Gold Cup in the Tri-Cities, and then Seattle's Sea Fair race),
this area is also a home to many drivers also. The late Bill
Muncey, and some recent champions like Chip
Hanauer, and the Evan's
brothers to name just a few. Here are
just a few pictures of some of the unlimiteds. These
pictures were scanned by, and belong to Russ McElroy,
please be sure to check out his link below. It is an excellent place for
hydroplane updates, news, and wav. files.
|| "Miss Winston
One of the nice things about living
here in Seattle is that there are some wonderful mountains, and mountain
ranges, around us. To the east we have the Cascade mountains, and
to the west are the Olympic mountain range. North of us about 80
or so miles is Mount Baker, and 50 miles to our south is Mount
Rainier. Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in the state of Washington
at just under 15,000 feet in elevation, and is very visible from the Seattle
area. I just love looking at this mountain because it is so visible.
You can drive almost anywhere in southwestern Washington and still see
These 2 pictures of Mount Rainier
were taken by another good friend of mine ("Tom
Mallard" a.k.a. "Kite Man"), and you can reach
him at WWW.Mallard-design.com,
for more information on his pictures, climbing Mount Rainier, or his kite
making and other products. Tom is also a very avid bicyclist, and
another kite flyer like myself. That was how I met him. Tom
and I have flown a lot together. We have also gone to Long Beach,
in Washington state for their annual kite festival in august. It's
a week long kite flyers delight. One of Tom's favorite kites to make
are "fighter kites", he has many. Myself, I am into single line kites,
dual line (aka stunt kites), and quad liners.
Both Tom and I have flown our kites
on this mountain, but him being the climber, he does it near the top, while
I use the top of "Crystal Mountain's" ski area. The chair lift up
to the top is a wonderful experience. There are many places you can
stop and visit along your drive around the mountain. In the near
future I will be adding some of my personal pictures of this mountain,
and Mount Saint Helen's. I spent 2 days hiking into see the damage
for myself, and got many good pictures. As soon as I can get them
scanned, I will start adding them in. So check back every now and
them to see the new pictures.
|Mount Rainier, as seen from 15
miles away, and as you start to approach the summit of Mount Rainier.
|More information about me!
I am a 45 year old long time divorced
white male. I have a very large sense of humor, and use it as often
as I can get away
with it. I am a native of Washington state,
having been born in the town of Wenatchee on 07-04-1952, and raised there
graduated from Eastmont High School in 1971.
I enlisted in the US Army in 1971 and served
I took basic training at Fort Campbell kentucky
(The home of the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles")
I then moved on to the signal
school at Fort Mommouth
New Jersey for photography training.
I stayed on there as permanent party as an instructor in color
photography, until I shipped out to Okinawa.
I was stationed with the 62nd military police
company there, as a photographer and
military police investigator. When my tour of duty was over I decided
that I wouldn't "re-up" and become a "lifer"
because the military just isn't known for it's
sense of humor on anything, and I was. I can't stand any one, or
doesn't have a good sense of humor.
After leaving the Army, I went on
to a career in photography, and small engine repair (motorcycles, jet ski's,
outboards and power equipment). I have
many different hobbies, which include motorcycle riding, kite flying, blues
music, photography, dancing, camping, fishing,
and gardening. I especially love to grow house plants, and out door
plants like star-gazer lilies, roses, daffodils, tulips, calli lilies,
cana lilies, and many others. I have many plants on the boat, as
well as a garden here in the marina. I also grow some of my plants
on the deck at the club house here, as well as growing a few of
them on others people's boats who appreciate
the plants with out all the work. Working with my plants is a good
relaxation for me.
Like I said earlier, I have a huge
love of music. Everything from big band stuff, rock and roll, blues,
and jazz, and some ne
age stuff. I am especially fond of the
blues thought. I love to listen to such greats as Eric Clapton, Carlos
Winters, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Howlin
Wolfe, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Doctor John, Etta James, just to name a
few. I am very fond of any good guitar
and saxophone players out there. I even have a number of albums from
as well in my collection. All together
I figure that I have around 2,000 albums, 45's, and LP's all together.
I love to travel to the ocean, and
go kite flying. I have been an avid kite flyer for years, and try
to always pack a kite, and a
camera where ever I go. Even when I travel
abroad. I have a small kite that I can take any where I go.
I have "stunt" kites up to 16 feet in wingspan. I always keep at
least 2 kites in my car or truck where ever I drive. I have even
been known to strap
one on to my motorcycle and head out from time
to time. You just never know where you will find good wind, or a
unusual place to fly. I really enjoy flying
my kites to music if the chance comes up. I love to do stunts to
the music, usually a
good blues tune of some kind. I love to
listen to music doing almost anything.
At 5' 11'' and 240 lbs, I am sort
of a teddy bear with bi-ceps. so to speak. I tend to be the type
of person who is normally
very gentle, and easy to get along with.
I am a very good listener, and people who meet me usually comment on how
is to talk with me. Most feel that they
have known me for a while, instead of just meeting me. I am a sort
of closet comic, and love to make others laugh or smile if possible.
And I can't turn down telling, or hearing a good joke. I have done
as an announcer for a friends local access cable
television show, and was a fill in host of the show one night when she
unable to show up for her show. She had
been in the hospital. (Love you Kathy.)
While in the service in Okinawa,
I learn the art of massage there. I have sort of my own style of
massage that I picked up
from the best parts of the different massage
styles out there. I don't use any certain style, but instead sort
of a best of the rest.
And I can be a rather good cook if I wish to
be. I am especially fond of seafood, and barbecue foods. I
like most foods in
general, but have a thing for Italian, Mexican,
Oriental, Mongolian, and good pizza. Needless to say, I am a real
sucker for a
good back massage and home cooked food any time.
I am the type of person that is very
out going, and some what of a closet comic. I have a super sense
of humor, and use it all of the time.
It has served me rather well. I am a
positive person with the attitude "don't tell
me I can't, just tell me that I
I am very independent, and resourceful. I don't believe in "I can't",
and believe that a person is no better than
their words. I admire honesty, the ability
to communicate well, and a person who like me is a giver, and not a taker.
I am a
laid back sort of person. I am a blue collar
worker, and can't remember the last time I wore a suit and tie. I
like jeans, and
flannel shirts, (weather permitting). I
have a huge passion for tye-dyed anything. I have many T-shirts,
long sleeve T-shirts,
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|"If idiots could fly, this place would be a freaking
||"Du Liejst Mir Im Herzen! (German)"
|"Beware the toes that you might step on today,
because they maybe attached to the ass you will have to kiss tomorrow."
||"Dance as if no one can see you, sing like no
one can hear you, and love like you have never been hurt before."
|"Poor is the person whose pleasure depends on
the permission of others!"
||"Some times it's like playing the those blues,
you just have to improvise"
|"Open your mouth, and remove all doubt."
||"A waist is a terrible thing to mind"
|"A tranquil city of good laws, fine architecture,
and clean streets is like a classroom of obedient dullards, or a field
of gelded bulls-- whereas a city of anarchy is a city of promise." - Mark
||"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying who
shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, here am
I, send me."
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