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This page will provide a brief overview of me. What and where I have been. And maybe you might even understand me and how I feel about life. Enjoy!

Well! Where do I begin. I guess here. I am a retired ex-GI. I had spent a little over 20 years in the USAF. After retiring from the Air Force, actually before I retired, I started working for an international trade show company. About 10+ years later I decided to retire and moved to Thailand.
I have now been here forover 21 years, without going back to America. Don't get me wrong - I do love my country. Now I have a new carreer. Teaching!!!!! I enjoy it very much. I have been teaching for more then 20 years now. I love my students. Even though they are sometimes crazy.  Now I am retired - completely retired. My health is going down really fast now. But anyway one thing for sure is I had a very interesting life.
Yea, I know I have done many things in my life and have been many places. Somethings I am not very proud of some of those things, but I have to live with it myself. But everything I have done I have learned something from it. And that is what I try to teach my students. If you make a mistake - don't worry about it - learn from it and don't make the same one twice.

My Education!

I have studied many things. I do have an Associate's Degree in Electronics, that I earned about 40 years ago. I am an aircraft strucural engineer by trade.

My Teaching Career!!

I think my teaching career started in 1992 - 1993. I  had no idea what I was getting into. I only hoped it would be fun aand rewarding. I started at a very small primary school in Ban Najantha, and after one year I ended up at three schools. Which the Provincial Education Office said that was too much only one school. So i stayed at Naku School and taught primary and secondary classes. A year later Nakhon Phanom Technical College asked me to teach there, and this for money!!! Wow I was going to get paid for it now. I think it was about 8 years later NPW High School asked me to join them in a new program they were going to start. MEP - Mini English Program. I was there for 2 years and then moved on to Sakhon Nakhon Rajabhat University. 3 years after that I recieved a call from Nakhon Phanom University Language Insitute - more money - better hours. And that's where I am now. But really now I am retired. hahaha. What a laugh. I still do some teaching but not like before, now it is part time. I do do editing work for who ever would like it done, but it is not free.
Boy! That last part is a laugh. Better hours? I have alot more work now. But its fun - never a dull moment here.

A thought just came across my mind. I have been teaching for almost 18 years now and I have had many classes, I must say that this last term was by far the best I have ever had. The nursing students were just wonderful to teach. They listened and did everything they were supposed to do. Makes me feel it is all worth it.
Thank you my students 18 A and 18 B. You are just great.

I don't know how much longer I can go on. I have stopped smoking for 3 years now, but the damage has been done. I get real tired now and very fast and easily too. I am on medication and I guess I will be for the rest of my life. So now I know what smoking can do to you. If I can make it one more year I will be happy. I have spent a lot on my education now and not sure if I'll get my money's worth out of it or not. I am going to keep trying.

The other day I was chatting with a student who is from France and now is studying in the USA. She asked me "Exactly where do you live in Thailand?" So here you are Nathalie.

Map of Thailand
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May he rest in peace.
Me and my boy Jake