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Ehyup, it's one of those immodest personal web-page beasties from the pre-Facebook era (which I'm now on). Though Ill be honest, I prefer not to friend anyone with more than 100 friends unless family (because I figure theyre generally collecting them and then I end up with a lot of feeds) otherwise, Im easy. 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 61 years old (pics to follow below). Im 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. Im 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. 

WHERE is this guy?

Ive 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).

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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 a couple of years back, lives in Klamath Falls (with her husband, Mike). Carly and Mike had a baby last year 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 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). 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). I used to post travelogue webpages but have recently decided to pull them all. Helen and I have taken other, wonderful, trips including one in June/July 04 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 in '11, eastern France in 12, Ireland (and England) in 13, and to Mexico a couple of times (Puerto Vallarta and Cancun). This coming year looks like well be in Belgium, Holland and England (and the England part will be extensive with friends, including visiting some famous car-shows). 

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 portrait-style shot of me eleven years ago (summer 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 1.5) my first grandchild!!!

Alex (an old photo shot taken in March 2002 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 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 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 EYE-FOLLOWER PAGE (total silliness but I love it 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)


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THE END

I don't update this page very much, but have just sort of revised it here in December 2013.  
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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