I was born in Ohio, moved to the Inglenook section of Birmingham when I was 1 and lived there until I was 30. I am an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church(USA) and have been in information technology for last 25 yrs.
I was born in Findlay, Ohio, moved to Birmingham, AL when I was 1. I grew up in Inglenook section of Birmingham, first going to Inglenook School, then going on to high school. I went my freshman year to Tarrant High School, and the last 3 years at Inglenook Academy and graduating in 1974. My favorite subjects was science and mathematics. During my junior year, I got my first job at Liberty Supermarket and actually kept it until I was almost 30, when the store went out of business.
During my sophomore year, I found my favorite sport or game in bowling. I bowled in junior leagues at Pine Bowl in Fultondale and Bowlo-Mac in Southside. I became fairly proficient in the sport, winning such awards as high average or high game in the junior leagues. After I was able to make the jump to the adult leagues, I volunteered to be the junior bowling coach for Bowl-Mac, first helping my junior coach and then taking over when she could no longer do it. I bowled pretty much constantly until the year 2000, when finances and family issues preventing me to continuing bowling. During these 20 years or so, I was able to continue to improve as a bowler. My average went from the 160/170 that I had as a teenager to over the 200 average when I quit. I had many series over 700 and had several 11 in-a-row awards that I am very proud of. My only regret is that I was never able to have a perfect game. I also spent several years as officer in leagues either as president, vice-president or secretary of leagues and also as director of the local bowling association.
As mentioned above, my first job was at Liberty Supermarket. I started as a bagger but got a promotion to cashier / stockman after 9 months after passing a test. Liberty required you to take a basic mathematics test before you could be a cashier. I took the test and they originally graded me at a 98 which was plenty enough to get the promotion, but since I was very proficient in mathematics in school, I showed them why my answer was right and they agreed and gave me a 100 and I was the only one ever to make a 100 on the test. I worked at Liberty for 10+ years until the company went out of business. I was able to branch to other areas of the store, such as being in the frozen food department and the dairy department. While at Liberty, I was also going to college either at day or night depending on my work schedule. I started in mathematics and engineering, and later moved into Accounting and thought of becoming a certified public account, but one thing stopped me. I found computers! After I bought my first computer, I realized what I needed to do in my life. I started to write some computer programs, selling them at a local computer store where I bought my computer. When Liberty closed, I immediately got a full time job there and it lasted for 6 years. I did everything at this store, selling, programming, repairs, bookkeeping and even managed the store. After this, I went to another similar store and did about the same thing, except they sold primarily IBM PC based computers instead of the Commodore computers that the other one sold. About this time, I went to a technical college and got my associates degree in computer programming and had a perfect grade point average. A year after I graduated, I was called in and told that the college was closing up but they needed someone to teach the remaining students computer programming so I was hired to teach them and had two jobs for about a year. In 1991, I ended up losing a fourth job to going out of business and started to think, was I the one causing it, but it would be the last company that I would work for that went out of business.
About this same time, some events personally would change my life forever. First in 1986, I got hit headon in a car accident with a drunk driver. This made me more religious than I was already. I wanted to know more and more about the Word of God. I would be asked to become a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) two years later. I was ordained as an elder and began serving my church and Jesus in the work of the Church. I taught Sunday School, and chair to several committees in the church. Later, I moved from the church I was raised in and went to a church closer to my home. It was a smaller church, but feel that my faith journey grew at this church. I was able to do everything except preach and probably could have done that if I had asked. I led worship, taught Sunday School, created and maintained the church's web site, chair of multiple committees. It was about this time my parents death and believe I spent a lot of my time helping the Church as it was my way of dealing with the grief of losing both parents within a couple of months. Secondly, back when I got out of high school, and was bowling at Eastwood Bowling Center in some leagues,I noticed this one particular pretty girl. Her name was Midge and I was going to ask her out but before I did, I found out she was married. Later through leagues, I became close friends with Midge and she eventually got a divorce and we married a week later. It was a long time to wait for someone (15 years) but was worth it! We had two boys, David Jr and Jared and she had a daughter, Paula by the first marriage.
In mid 1991, I got a job as a computer programmer at a computer consulting firm and stayed there for about 15 years. I was let go 2 weeks after my 50'th birthday. At the time, I was very burnt out and welomed the rest from computers. I went back to grocery business, going to the Winn Dixie in Trussville as a cashier, and then becoming one of the front end managers 6 weeks later. I stayed for one year until I found a job up in Huntsville, which is my current position. I hated to move up to Huntsville at the time since I had lived in Birmingham all my life, my friends were here and didn't know anyone up here, but it has been so rewarding working in Huntsville and have met so many new people and made new friends.