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A Special Kind Of High -- Longs Peak, Colorado
“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” 
-- John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

This is a view of the back (northwest) side of Longs Peak, taken from high on the Emerald Lake trail.

For +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday  curated by +Michael Russell, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos  curated by +Baki Karacay, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm, and #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow, and #COPhotoWedneday curated by +Stan Showalter, +Howard Weitzel, and +Al Nesbit, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Gorgeous how the light kisses the peaks large and small - absolute grandeur.
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Come Hither -- Portland, Oregon
"The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment."
-- Johannes Kepler

Although the stamens in this lily are delicate and beautiful, they nonetheless made me think of a skeletal hand beckoning with an ominous "come hither" gesture. But maybe that's just me... ;-)

For #FloralFriday! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed  curated by +Liz C, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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So beautiful Lady in Red...+Shawn McClure❤️🌹💋
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I Was Here, Once -- Nunn, Colorado
“They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.” 
-- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

For +Monochrome Monday / #MonochromeMonday, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome  curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld  curated by +andi rivarola, and +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub  curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and +Kardiyanti Djunaidi, and +TuesDecay / #TuesDecay  curated by +Ian Ference, and +Everything Is Beautiful / #EverythingIsBeautiful  curated by +Brad Buckmaster...
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I was close by.. 🎆 
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Down To A Sunless Sea -- Cannon Beach, Oregon
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea."
-- from Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This is a view of Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach as seen through the rocks of Ecola Point from the Crescent Creek beach.

For  #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn, and +Sea Tuesday / #SeaTuesday  curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou, and +#PacificNWfriday curated by +Bob Harbison, and  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm, and  #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome  curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld  curated by +andi rivarola, and +Monochrome Arty Club / #MonochromeArtyClub  curated by +abhishek chamaria, +JR Snyder Jr, +June Penn, +Seth Mayer, and +Steve Tang, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and #WetWednesday  curated by +Jen Baptist, and #ThirstyThursdayPics  curated by +Giuseppe Basile and +Mark Esguerra and #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and +Kardiyanti Djunaidi...
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Such a fantastic view and perfect in monochrome! Great work, Shawn!!! +Shawn McClure 
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Cat-Faced Orb Weaver ( Araneus gemmoides or Araneus gemma )
"These large, beautiful spiders make their webs near lights, closed spaces, and on the sides of buildings. They can also be found under wood, overhangs, or guarded places such as animal burrows. They come in varying colors but are easily identified by the two horn-shaped growths on their relatively large abdomen. Their color changes from summer to winter.

The female will die within days of laying a single egg sac with hundreds of eggs. Egg sacs can survive overwinter, and the emerging spiderlings will eat their brothers and sisters. The babies ride strands of silk in warm air currents, able to transport them to locations miles away.

-- from Wikipedia

This particular young girl was having a bit of lunch on her web just above my back patio door. She and her siblings (I've counted ten so far) are stationed in the rafters of my backyard deck, and take quite a good haul of insects that are attracted by the porch lights. I enjoy having them as guests and am always fascinated by their graceful ballets when spinning their webs. :)

For #WildlifeWednesday curated by +Mike Spinak and +Morkel Erasmus, and #WholeWildlifeWee  curated by +Diego Cattaneo, +Sandy Schepis, +Dick Whitlock, and +Anette Mossbacher, and #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and +Kardiyanti Djunaidi, and +Spider Sunday / #SpiderSunday  curated by +Kimberly Hosey and +Lerato Majikfaerie, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome  curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld curated by +andi rivarola, and #Spiders...
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I remu, you always love your little fellow!+Shawn McClure👍🏼😄
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'Shroom Noir ( Amanita virgineoides or Amanita abrupta )
A large specimen found beneath a recently fallen maple tree in southern Illinois...

For #FungusFrida  / +Fungus Friday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and #shroomshotsaturday +ShroomshotSaturday  curated by +Sabeena LoBello,   +Michael Albrecht +Patricia A and +Keith Elliott, and #MagnificentMonochrome +Magnificent Monochrome Curated by +Christian Madsen and +Kardiyanti Djunaidi, and +All Things Monochrome / #AllThingsMonochrome  curated by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood, and +Monochrome World / #MonochromeWorld  curated by +andi rivarola, and +Quirky Nature / #QuirkyNature  curated by +Carissa Braun...
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Superbly done!+Shawn McClure💛❤️
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A Forever Unfinished Painting -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.” 
-- S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

This was the sunset last night as seen from near my house in Fort Collins. Horsetooth Rock is silhouetted against the sunset towards the left side of the photo.

For #SunsetSaturday  / +Sunset Saturday curated by +Dennis Hoffbuhr, and +Zen Sunday / #ZenSunday  curated by +Charlotte Therese Björnström, +Nathan Wirth, and +Simon Davis-Oakley, and +Sky Sunday - Photography Theme / #SkySunday  curated by +Randy Scherkenbach and +Patrick Scherkenbach, and  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Kevin Rowe +Toshi Nakamura +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow +Krzysztof Hanusiak +Dennis Hoffbuhr +Dave Gaylord +Doug Hagadorn +Eric Drumm, and  #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape curated by +Michael Garza +Leo Schubert +David D +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Gorgeous sunset capture!
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All The Night's Magic -- Seattle, Washington
"Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies..."

For #leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder, and #HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos  +HQSP Urban & Street Photos curated by +Michael Sonntag +Оксана Крысюкова  +Jean-Philippe Jouve and +Roxanne Bouche' Overton, and the #YellowCircle  curated by +Brian Dukes, and +YisforYellow / #YIsForYellow  curated by +Lucille Galleli, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub curated by +Gemma Costa, and +#PacificNWfriday curated by +Bob Harbison...
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Spectacular +Shawn McClure  :D 
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First Manned Landing On The Moon - July 21, 1969 2:56AM
You'll be seeing a lot of moon images today, so here's my own tribute. :) On this date 46 years ago, the Apollo 11 lunar module (the "Eagle") became the first crewed vehicle to land on the moon, safely depositing Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. on the surface of Earth's only natural satellite, a truly incredible feat. Wish I could've been there... :)

For #MoonMonday  curated by +Stephen Krieg and +SyLvAiN RoUx...
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the last two super moons were cloudy . but saw oncel i yelled " oh my god!                it"s a PINK MOON!!!"
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I Remember Well -- Tieton, Washington
“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” 
-- L.M. Montgomery, The Story Girl

For #FloralFriday! The +FloralFriday theme was created by +Tamara Pruessner and is co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and +ColorsOnFriday / #ColorsOnFriday  curated by +Karsten Meyer, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa, and +AllThingsRed / #AllThingsRed  curated by +Liz C ...
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hi
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Awesome , dear Shawn!+Shawn McClure❤️💋
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Goose Barnacle -- Cannon Beach, Oregon
"Goose barnacles gave rise to one of the strangest of animal beliefs. The heart-shaped shell, or ‘capitulum’, is a chalky-white in colour and has black lines, which were thought to resemble the head of the barnacle goose Branta leucopsis. Because barnacle geese rarely nest in Britain no-one had ever seen their eggs or nests. It was supposed, therefore, that the geese ‘grew up on the planks of ships’ and the birds finally emerged clothed in feathers and flew away. This curious theory also provided a convenient way round the church’s ban on eating meat or flesh on Fridays."
-- From http://www.arkive.org/

I photographed this small barnacle cluster at low tide in one of the tide pools beneath Haystack Rock.

For #MacroMonday  curated by +Julie B, +John Dusseault, +Marilyn Benham, and +Nina Katajamaki, and  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Hochholdinger, +William Banik, +Nicole Best,
+Magy Duarte and +Olivier Poulet, and  #CoastalThursday +Coastal Thursday curated by +David Polzine & +Jon Kahn, and #QuirkyNature  / +Quirky Nature curated by +Carissa Braun...
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Occupation
Software engineer, database expert, amateur photographer, occasional poet, inconsistent adventurer, armchair philosopher
Skills
My *skillz* are both many and too few, varied, and sometimes valued. Anything I can't figure out I can fake convincingly. I am doggedly persistent, insatiably curious, and eminently resourceful. You would want to hire me.
Employment
  • Taking Photos and Making Software
    Photographer & Software Developer, present
  • Colorado State University
    Software Engineer, 2002 - 2015
  • Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, University of California, Davis
    Software Engineer, 2005 - 2006
  • PLM Technologies, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 1997 - 2002
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Software Engineer, 1993 - 1997
  • Boeing Computer Services, Hanford Nuclear Reservation
    Software Engineer, 1991 - 1993
  • Center for Non-Linear Studies (CNLS), Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Software Engineer, 1990 - 1991
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
Photographer, Engineer, Mayhem Maker, Space Lord
Introduction

Executive Summary

  • I take photographs of anything that catches my interest.
  • I design and develop enterprise-level websites, databases, services, and software for a variety of applications and Federal agencies.
  • I write poetry, essays, philosophy, fiction, and flim-flam.
  • I have adventures whenever possible (not enough).
  • I am looking for the secret to the universe.
  • I have an inexplicable and irrepressible sense of humor.
  • I'm fairly incorrigible, no matter the subject. ;-)
Other Highlights
  • I’ve eaten a Snickers bar at 19,000ft in the Himalayas
  • I’ve been attacked by a monkey
  • I’ve had a cop pull a gun on me
  • I’ve been offered a hooker (several) in Bangkok
  • I’ve climbed the Golden Gate Bridge
  • I can type 100+ words per minute
  • I have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • I climbed Mt. Saint Helens one month before it erupted
  • I’ve broken all my fingers
  • I have the smallest ears in my family
  • I’ve been 3 feet away from flowing lava
  • I’m writing a paper on applying cellular automata to particle physics
  • I’ve been at the bottom of a crevasse on Mt. Rainier
  • I can play my hands like a musical instrument
  • INTP  is my Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • My software was used in the Rodney King trial
  • I’ve spent three days in a cave
  • I’ve gotten hopelessly lost in Katmandu
  • I have a friend whose initials are P.I.G.
  • I am fascinated by ants, bats, spiders, and fungus
  • I have received money from the DOD, the DOE, the DOI, the EPA, the USDA, the NPS, the BLM, the Forest Service, the FBI, NASA, and the NSA
  • I’ve hiked the wettest spot on Earth
  • I’ve played basketball with Chauncey Billups and stolen the ball from him twice
  • I’ve fallen down a thirty foot high pile of bat guano
  • I have probably written more code than Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg put together.

Photography

The photos I've posted so far were all taken with either my Canon 5D Mark II, my Canon 70D, my Canon Powershot SX50 HS, my Canon Powershot SX40 HS, or my Canon PowerShot A2100 IS. I'm a relatively new photographer, but I'm becoming more and more obsessed with it as time goes by, especially after joining G+ and seeing all the incredible photography posted here. I'm especially fond of natural subjects, such as wildlife, insects, landscapes, and the like, and I'm becoming captivated by macro photography in particular. I also find myself taking abstract, minimalist, and comedic (to myself, at least) photos fairly frequently.

Computing

I work with computers for a living and computing is my first love, technology-wise. I think my overall theory of computing was stated best by Albert Einstein:

"Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination."

Other Interests

I also study particle physics, neuroscience, online trading, philosophy, and cellular automata. When I'm not programming or studying I'm usually found rummaging, relaxing, pottering about, taking pictures, writing, or perfecting my flim-flam. I also enjoy weightlifting, adventuring, playing video games, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.

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And now for the details...

(If you're still not ready for the mundane details quite yet, skip ahead to the Extended Version a little further down and bring your grain of salt...)

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Work

I specialize in developing enterprise-level software systems to manage earth observation data and metadata for environmental planning and scientific research. I have degrees in both computer science and mathematics and have been developing computer software since I bought my first Commodore 64 in 1982.

Currently, I develop and maintain an integrated framework of web and database applications to import, verify, and manage large volumes of air quality data from ground-based monitoring networks, chemical transport models, emissions inventories, and NASA satellites. I have helped to develop an extensive suite of online software tools for visualizing, analyzing, and disseminating a wide variety of science data on the web, and I work closely with leading scientists and researchers to develop standards and best practices for managing earth observation data on the web.

I'm the lead architect and developer of these websites:

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Circle Suggestions

1. For Sure: Add me to any of these circles

  • Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photography
    • Landscape Photography
  • Software Development
    • Computer Programming
    • Software Engineering
    • Database Management
    • Web Services
  • Writing
    • Poetry
    • Philosophy
    • Fiction
2. If you have these circles: Add me.
  • Science
    • Cognitive Science
    • Neuroscience
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Air Quality
    • Environmental Science
  • Adventuring
    • Mountaineering
    • Climbing
    • Caving
    • Spelunking

(Incidentally, I organized this circle information using the overall guidelines suggested here: About Me Circles)

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Extended Version (for people bored with typical profile blabbering in general):

I am an elusively charismatic and extroverted misanthrope, green-eyed and notoriously left-brained. I can often be found climbing tall towers and conferring thoughtfully with world leaders in the shadowy corners of Irish pubs near closing time. I run at night, visiting old graveyards and scaring drunken revelers until dawn. I periodically move sideways in time and backwards in space, confusing my friends and causing a strong sense of deja vu in strangers. I’m a counter of stars, a thrower of dice, and a loser at cards. On the third Tuesday of each month at 3:25am precisely, I can out-drive Tiger Woods and beat Michael Jordan in one-on-one. Car horns sound distinctly different in my vicinity and moss refuses to grow when I’m around. Dogs bark only once at me.

I’m a flawed and jaded perfectionist, a happy-go-lucky cynic, and a professional heckler. I’ve been the subject of critically acclaimed but unpublished essays and have been the cancelled guest on several talk shows. I’ve made beer runs to South Pacific islands and have stolen from archaeological digs in the Andes. I’m a climber of trees, a turner-over of rocks, and a brilliant student of crawlspaces. I explore unnamed caverns at night while composing sonnets in my head, and I collect colorful beans and animal skulls and call them treasure. My totem animals are the fox, the crow, and the praying mantis. I’ve been known to have crushes on Scottish lasses and dance with wood nymphs in Carpathian forests. I tease gargoyles mercilessly and try not to step on any dandelions or ants. Butterflies scream excitedly at my approach.

I banter, I tease, I incite riots among the wild things on distant beaches under the moon, and I speak the language of bats. I can watch small insects for hours and walk on rooftops without fear or embarrassment. Using only a string, a needle, and my right forefinger, I once demonstrated the unification of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to my curious dogs. I’m on the payroll of several secret government agencies and was a frequent consultant for the X-Files. Gillian Andersen once asked me for my phone number. I’ve never seen an alien, but I have reason to believe that one once taunted me from a barn loft in Illinois. I collect Grecian urns and captain a small pirate ship off the coast of Costa Rica. I write compellingly cryptic poetry in autumn and teach the fine art of marrow sucking to disillusioned stockbrokers. I can also levitate tinsel. I fell off a bridge in Paris once and wrote my name in code on Jim Morrison’s grave.

I commune with angels and demons and frequently chase starlight across frozen fields in winter. I cavort on hidden beaches and do laundry while naked. I have extra-sensory forgetfulness, photographic hindsight, and 270-degree peripheral vision. Through much trial and error, I discovered that I have uncanny intuition in the early evening and instantaneous knowledge of the future while playing video games. I once fell asleep in an alley in Katmandu and awoke ten days earlier in the catacombs beneath Venice. I peed on an electric fence in childhood and now expect to live at least 500 years and father rogue poets and genius blonde bombshells. I read some time ago that the answer to the universe is forty-two, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that it's changed since then.

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Still not bored? Wow. Seriously, I'm done entertaining you for now. Go the hell away. ;-)

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I'm my own entertainment.
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Fort Collins, CO
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Richland, WA - Los Alamos, NM - MacDoel, CA - Bolivar, MO - Ramsey, IL