Ehyup, it's one of those immodest personal web-page beasties from the pre-Facebook era. Yeah, I’m now of FaceBook too, though I’ll be honest that I’d prefer not to “friend” anyone other than family now. J
police mug shots reveal a male that is about 5’10” tall and has smashed through
the speed limit... now an unbelievable 62 years old (pics to follow below). I’m
a nearly retired professor in the Basic Science Division at University of Western States (formerly the
College of Chiropractic). My “area” has been genetics, physiology, cell biology
and histology. I’m from Bellevue, Washington (a Seattle bedroom community about
180 miles to the north of my current location). Helen is my LOVERLY
wife, and I have two wonderful kids (well, adults now actually), Carly and
Alex… even a grand-daughter and another grand-child on the way.
WHERE is this guy?
I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon since January of 1980. Helen and I can be found living on a hill on the west side of Portland (in the "Hillside" or "King's Heights" neighborhood - above the NW 23rd district or just below Pittock Mansion a bit). Here are a few photos of the place from the outside (though these shots date from 2005 and are getting rather dated).
Son Alex lives in Lake Oswego and Carly, who married several years back, lives in Klamath Falls (with her husband, Mike). Carly and Mike had a child about three years ago… my first grandchild, Emma!
Oh, wait, you can also leave a message at my
DRIVE-THRU WINDOW!!!! <snicker>
always liked gardens, here is a shot of ME taken in
the conservatory of Queen Elizabeth park in Vancouver,
BC, Canada (1996). I have been accused of being interested in too many things (and,
as they say, master of none)… including pounding on the piano; classical and
jazz music; stereo/audio gear; collecting first edition Twain and assorted
others (which I can't afford anymore); exploring libraries and old bookstores;
computing (including making web-pages like the one you’re currently reading);
electrical wiring; remodeling (though, having done just about all one can do
with a former house, I think this may finally be out of my system); electronics
and amateur radio (my call-sign is N7ALJ - though I hardly use it anymore);
and, um, astronomy (with my 10" Odyssey telescope). I’ve always been a
tinkerer. My strange fascination with original MINIs has waned a bit since
selling all that I had (first a beloved 1962 MINI, and then a 1973 MINI Cooper);
if you're interested in learning more about the famed, former, "Boinkmobile," just click HERE and see my special
"Mini" page. Now I’m into my 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye (Bugeye) Sprite with the same Boink
I love to travel, and I used to make up travel pages for the web (but Helen would rather I didn't put them out here now, so I have pulled all those travelogue pages). Helen and I have gone on many wonderful journeys including: Scotland and England in ’04; Italy in '05; France in '06; eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Solvenia) in '07; Spain/Portugal in '08; Turkey in '09; Southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria (and Scotland) in '10; southern Italy in '11; eastern France in ’12; Ireland and England in ’13; Belgium, The Netherlands and England in ’14; and to Mexico a couple of times (Puerto Vallarta and Cancun). We’ll be in Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark and Norway) as well as Wales this summer of ’15.
Other Important Folks In My Life:
Helen (shot from 2005) is the love of my life.
Carly (an old
photo shot for graduation from high school in April 2000!) graduated from the
University of Oregon in June 2004... and is
living/working in Klamath Falls. Her husband is Mike. They have a daughter,
Emma (who is about 3) – my first grandchild, and another one expected in
Alex (an old photo shot taken in March 2002 – for his graduation from high school!) graduated from Oregon State University in mechanical engineering, and got a job in that field (though he’s mostly doing IT work right now).
My relatively immediate Kaminski family is rather small. My folks are gone, but I have three younger siblings in the general Seattle area (a sister in Bellevue, a sister on Whidbey Island and a brother in Snohomish); each of them has kids so I’ve got an assortment of nieces and nephews.
Summary of My Pages:
THIS HOME PAGE (what, you want a link?)
THE HOUSE PAGE (our new place)
THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE PAGE (linked to the old East Coast Trip travel page – but removed)
THE GREAT ENGLISH GARDENS PAGE (linked to the old England Trip travel page – but removed)
THE AUSTIN MINI PAGE (my former second car)
THE AUSTIN MINI now SPRITE LICENSE PLATE PAGE (AKA “Boink”)
THE DRIVE-THRU WINDOW PAGE (hehehe)
THE FUNNIES PAGE (not linked to anything until right now!)
THE UWS (then WSCC) WEB-PAGE LINK (to this page from the university web-site, that is OLD)
I don't update this page very much, but have
just sort of revised it here in May 2015.
Any feedback on the pages would be greatly appreciated. It’s just a minor distraction, but kinda fun.
"With all of its glories and all of its faults, it seems life is a bittersweet waltz."