Ehyup, it's one of those immodest personal web-page beasties from the pre-Facebook era (which I'm now on). Though Iíll be honest, I prefer not to ďfriendĒ anyone with about 100 friends or more (because I figure theyíre generally collecting them and then I end up with a lot of feeds)Ö otherwise, Iím easy.† J
The police mug shots reveal a
male that is about 5í10Ē tall and has smashed through the speed limit... now an
unbelievable 60 years old (pics to follow below). Iím
a professor in the Basic Science Division at University
of Western States (formerly the College of Chiropractic). I also teach at a
couple of other colleges on occasion - notably National College of Natural
Medicine; supposedly I know a fair bit about genetics, physiology, cell biology
and histology. Iím from Bellevue, Washington (a Seattle bedroom community about
175 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
WHERE is this guy?
Iíve lived in Portland, Oregon since January of 1980. Specifically, 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). Here are a few photos of the place from the outside (though these shots date from 2005 and are getting a bit dated).
Son Alex lives in Lake Oswego and Carly, who married a couple of years back, lives in Klamath Falls (with her husband, Mike).
Oh, wait, you can also leave a message at my
DRIVE-THRU WINDOW!!!! <snicker>
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)Ö 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 youíre currently reading or
silly ones like this); 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). Iíve 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 Iím into my 1959
Austin Healey Frogeye (Bugeye) Sprite with the 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 must report that the old 1996 East Coast journey and the 1998 England trip are no longer up here (and, besides, they dates from an earlier life). I even pulled the 2003 Australia one, but managed to leave the 2002 Hawaii one (at Hawaii), where I went with just my kids. Helen and I have taken other, wonderful, trips including one in June/July í04 to Scotland/England, to Italy in March/April '05, France in June/July '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 here in '11, and to Mexico a couple of times (Puerto Vallarta and Cancun), but I donít have webpages for those available.
Here's a relatively recent shot (?) of Helen and me in Cabo (Sept. 2005), and there is a shot of me at the UWS website above (in there buried in the academic section here), and finally here is a ďportrait-styleĒ shot of me eleven years ago (summer 2000!). OK, enough.
Other Important Folks In My Life:
Helen (shot from the wedding in 2005) is the love of my life.
(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.
Alex (shot taken in March 2002 Ė for his graduation from high school) has graduated from OSU in mechanical engineering, and got a job in that field! His interests wander about a bit, but he likes computers and computer gaming.
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 Iíve 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 HAWAII TRIP PAGE (2002)
THE MARK TWAIN HOUSE PAGE (linked to the old East Coast Trip travel page)
THE GREAT ENGLISH GARDENS PAGE (linked to the old England Trip travel page)
THE AUSTIN MINI PAGE (my former second car)
THE AUSTIN MINI now SPRITE LICENSE PLATE PAGE (AKA ďBoinkĒ)
THE DRIVE-THRU WINDOW PAGE (hehehe)
THE EYE-FOLLOWER PAGE (total silliness but I love it Ė modified from another site)
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 September 2012.
†Any feedback on the pages would be greatly appreciated. Itís just a minor distraction, but kinda fun.
"With all of its glories and all of its faults, it seems life is a bittersweet waltz."