Ehyup, it's one of those immodest personal web-page beasties from the pre-Facebook era. Yeah, Im now of FaceBook too, though Ill be honest that Id prefer not to friend anyone other than family now. J

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WHO is this guy?

The police mug shots reveal a male that is about 510 tall and has smashed through the speed limit... now an unbelievable 63 years old (pics to follow below). Im 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 (yeah, too much). Im from Bellevue, Washington which is 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?

Ive 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).

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Contact Information:

You can e-mail Mark at home at mark_kaminski@comcast.net
or at work at mkaminski@uws.edu. No, Im not
in the Portland telephone book. You can contact Helen at

hsw1515@comcast.net
.

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>

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Personal Interests

Having 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 youre 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). Ive 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 Im into my 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye (Bugeye) Sprite with the same Boink plates.

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 Slovenia) 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; Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Wales in 15; and to Mexico a few of times (Puerto Vallarta and Cancun). We visited Jamaica in September of 2015.  

Here's a relatively recent shot (but not really recent) of Helen and me in Cabo (Sept. 2005), and here is a portrait-style shot of me way back in the summer of 2000! OK, enough.

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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 September!!!

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 hes 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 Ive got an assortment of nieces and nephews.

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 Summary of My Pages:

THIS HOME PAGE (what, you want a link?)
THE HOUSE PAGE (our place)
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!)


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THE END

I don't update this page very much, but have just sort of revised it here in September 2015.  
Any feedback on the pages would be greatly appreciated. Its just a minor distraction, but kinda fun.


"With all of its glories and all of its faults, it seems life is a bittersweet waltz."

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