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Recreational Interests

I'm an adventuresome soul. I love to try out new things, see new places, eat new foods and meet new people.

I've kayaked, hiked, flown an airfoil kite, skydived hundreds of times, mountain biked, kept honeybees for more than a decade and many other things.

I also dearly love to lose myself in a good book. Science fiction and fantasy are my favorite genres.

Favorite Books

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I love to read! Here is a short list of books that I have enjoyed.



Science Fiction / Fantasy

Ranking

5 Stars | The authors of these books have done suprebly well in capturing my imagination! These books have had a profound impact on my life.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull | Richard Bach

A Gift of Wings | Richard Bach

Dune, Dune Messiah & Children of Dune | Frank Herbert

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy | J. R. R. Tolkien

Terraforming Earth | Jack Williamson

Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars | Kim Stanley Robinson

The Debt to Pleasure | John Lanchester




Ranking

4 Stars | Great books! Worth the read. High compliments to the skills and talents of the authors!

The Martian | Andy Wier

The Name of the Wind | Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss

The Edge of Tomorrow | Isaac Asimov

Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Robert M. Pirsig

Foundation Series | Isaac Asimov

Achilles' Choice | Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

Harry Potter Series | J. K. Rowling

Hyperion | Dan Simmons

The Dragonriders of Pern | Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsdawn | Anne McCaffrey

The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide | Douglas Adams

Life of Pi | Yann Martel

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline

Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) | James S. A. Corey

Caliban's War | James S. A. Corey

Abaddon's Gate | James S. A. Corey

Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes

The Sparrow | Mary Doria Russell

3001 The Final Odyssey | Arthur C. Clarke

The Call of the Wild | Jack London

White Fang | Jack London

The Sea-Wolf | Jack London

My Side of the Mountain Trilogy | Jean Craighead George

Hornblower Saga | C. S. Forester

The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame

Redwall Series | Brian Jacques

A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle

A Door in the Wind | Madeleine L'Engle

A Swiftly Tilting Planet | Madeleine L'Engle

An Acceptable Time | Madeleine L'Engle

Many Waters | Madeleine L'Engle

The Bourne Identity | Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Supremacy | Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Ultimatum | Robert Ludlum

The Perfect Storm | Sebastian Junger

The Flight of the Phoenix | Elleston Trevor

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea | Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days | Jules Verne

Treasure Island | Robert Lopuis Stevenson

Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe

Swiss Family Robinson | Johann David Wyss

Lord of the Flies | William Golding

Watership Down | Richard Adams

The Chronicles of Narnia | C. S. Lewis

One | Richard Bach

Running from Safety | Richard Bach

Biplane | Richard Bach

Nothing By Chance | Richard Bach

Stranger to the Ground | Richard Bach

Illusions-The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah | Richard Bach

The Bridge Across Forever | Richard Bach

Hypnotizing Maria | Richard Bach

The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexandre Dumas

Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront

R is for Rocket | Ray Bradbury

Ringworld | Larry Niven




Ranking

3 Stars | Good or "Average." Definitely worth the time to read.

I, Robot | Isaac Asimov

The Deep Range | Arthur C. Clarke

Einstein's Bridge | John Cramer

2312 | Kim Stanley Robinson

The Princess Bride | William Goldman

A Princess of Mars | Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rendezvous with Rama | Arthur C. Clarke

The Hammer of God | Arthur C. Clarke

Correllian Trilogy | Roger Macbride Allen

Contact | Carl Sagan

The Phantom of the Opera | Gaston Leroux

Minority Report | Philip K. Dick

The Flag Captain | Alexander Kent

The BFG | Roald Dahl

Island of the Blue Dolphins | Scott O'Dell

Animorphs Series | Katherine Applegate

A Journey to the Center of the Earth | Jules Verne

Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer

Utopia | Sir Thomas More

The Iliad of Homer | Translated by Andrew Lang, Walter Leaf and Ernest Meyers

The Odyssey | Translated by W. H. D. Rouse

The Screwtape Letters | C. S. Lewis

Tuck Everlasting | Natalie Babbitt

Moby Dick | Herman Melville

The Last Unicorn | Peter S. Beagle

Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell

Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen

1984 | George Orwell

The Ringworld Engineers | Larry Niven

The Hunt for Red October | Tom Clancy




Ranking

2 Stars | Noteworthy, but not ranking as high as others.

Spin State | Chris Moriarty

Meg | Steve Aiten

Planet of the Apes | Pierre Boulle

Renegades of Time | Raymond F. Jones

Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

The Jungle Books | Rudyard Kipling

The Great Gatsby | F. SCott Fitzgerald

Animal Farm | George Orwell

The Giver | Lois Lowry

A Natural History of Dragons | Marie Brennan

Voyage of the Basilisk | Marie Brennan

The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | Philip K. Dick

The Bourne Legacy | Eric Van Lustbader

The Time Machine | H. G. Wells

Beowolf | Translated by Burton Raffel

Siddhartha | Hermann Hesse

Fahrenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury

Moonrise | Ben Bova

Ancillary Justice | Ann Leckie

The Way of Shadows | Brent Weeks




Ranking

1 Star | Bottom of the barrel in my list of favorites.

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days | Alastair Reynolds

The Catcher in the Rye | J. D. Salinger

Catch-22 | Joseph Heller



Non-Fiction

Ranking

5 Stars | These are great!

Beekeeping

First Lessons in Beekeeping | C. P. Dadant


Business and Life

The Oilfield Survival Guide Vol.1 | Matther J. Hatami, P.E.

The Toyota Way | Jeffery K. Liker

Extreme Ownership | Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth | Col. Chris Hadfield

Sell or be Sold: How to get your way in business and in life | Grant Cardone

Secrets of a Master Closer: A simpler, easier, and faster way to sell anything to anyone, anytime, anywhere | Mike Kaplan

Basic Economics - Fifth Edition | Thomas Sowell

Managing Business Ethics - Sixth Edition | Linda K. Treviño & Katherine A. Nelson


Personality and Self Understanding

Please Understand Me II | David Keirsey


Aviation

The Student Pilot's Flight Manual | William Kershner

Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook | Rod Machado

Weather Flying | Robert N. Buck and Robert O. Buck

Say Again, Please Guide to Radio Communications | Bob Gardner


Science and Technology

View from a Height | Isaac Asimov

Adding a Dimension | Isaac Asimov

Atom | Isaac Asimov




Skydiving

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Good times!

304 skydives. Two demonstration jumps. USPA C-license. About 18 hours of tunnel time at iFLY Seattle. Primary focus on 4-way RW. More than a decade in the sport. Also, FAA Senior Parachute Rigger (Back and Seat Rated). Home Drop Zone: Skydive Snohomish. Gear: Infinity, PD Spectre 150 main, PD 143 Reserve, Vigil AAD.

Hiking

Hiking

Cascade Mountain Range!

I grew up in the foothills of the Cascades. I love the forest!

Cycling

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Mountain Biking

I've put many miles on this bicycle.

Beekeeping

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Buzz, Buzz, Buzz!

I kept bees for over a decade. There are few things tastier than honey from your own apiary (bee farm) on home baked bread! It is quite satisfying to watch a dozen worker bees peacefully and calmly crawl over your hand lapping up drops of honey! Great memories!

Scuba Diving

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Drysuits are awesome!

I have a total of 5 dives under my belt. NAUI Open Water Scuba Diver certification. Drysuits are great for PNW diving. Many thanks for the lessons, Jason!

Kayaking

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Snohomish River

I've floated the Snohomish River, gone on a sea kayaking tour in the San Juan Islands and skimmed across a small lake.

Motorcycling

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Being on two wheels is fun!

I put 38k+ miles on this 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 motorcycle.