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16 posts in 2006 days
Location: Santa Rosa, California
I am a retired Algebra teacher who has been chip-craving about 7 years. I have played the guitar for over 30 years I play worship music or gospel as some call it. I have also been a manager at a major insurance company, a pastor, vocational rehabiltation counselors, claims adjuster, supervisor and as mention, a claims manager.
I attended California State University at Long Beach with a Master Degree in Industrail Psychology after spending four years in the USN with two years in Viet-Nam. I was an adent surfer living in the beach areas of Southern California. I met my wife of 40 years(as shown above) while surfing in 1969
At 55 years of age I went back to school to become a teacher of Special Education and since my minor was in mathematics I taught students with disabilities Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Living Skills( handling your checkbook, using a bus, etc), United States History, Economics, and generally be a friend to those in need the most. I was in college another three to four years taking classes in Special Education and gather enough units to receive my PhD. but finally starting teaching in 2000.
I started chip-craving shortly after injurying my back which eventually lead to my disability retirement since I cannot stand for any length of time and my surfing days are over. However, all my 4 children still surf and/or boogie board for recreation and physical fitness as well as mental fitness. I have 3 sons, all over 21 and a daughter who is 26. I love them dearly.
However the most important thing in my life is knowing, Christ Jesus. I found Him after returning from Viet Nam. He is the most important person in my life. I trust him and try to love according to His principles laid out in the Bible. I hope this doesn't offend anyone it is just who I am.
Chip-craving was open up to me first by the local Woodworkers store and then Mr. Barton online store and books. But, than I found Marty's site and have gotten all my stuff from him. I think I known Marty via e-mails and perhaps a call or two these last 5 or 6 years. I am one of his regular customers. I will download some of my projects in the near future. I think it is great for Marty to open up his life and vast experience in chip-carving to help us be better cravers. I still have problems with letters but I am learning .
All I have to say is "Thanks Marty".