I’m JD and I am slowly starting to figure out who I am.
By day, I am a software developer with primary emphasis on C#.Net, VB.Net, and T-SQL. I do a lot of work with Windows Services, ASP.Net websites, Windows Applications, and SQL Databases.
I am now in the process of converting a used tour bus into my home. She is a 1998 MCI 102-EL3 named Missy. This is a big project and the goal is to keep me busy!
In 2015 and 2016, I lived full time in my motorhome JBAM. She was a 2005 Newmar Dutch Star and a really great rig! My traveling companion is my cat, Buddy. He is a very well behaved young squirt of about one and half years. He’s been with me ever since I picked him from the animal shelter as a wee tiny little ball of black fluff.
I returned to cycling several years ago. Many years ago, I raced BMX and spent a huge amount of time on my bicycle. Not too long after that, I bought a mountain bike and spent a reasonable amount of time commuting on it. For some reason, life got in the way of that and cycling and I parted company. But now, some twenty-five years late, I am back! I have spent the last several years putting many miles under my tires and LOVE IT! Many people have attempted to describe the feeling, the love, the desire to be riding so I won’t bother to try here. Let me just say that I am drawn to it and love the solitude, the challenge, and the energy! I love getting out into nature and enjoying the many New Mexico mountain bike trails. I ride a Specialized StumpJumper FSR. I now also do quiet a lot of road cycling. For that, I have built up all carbon fiber bike using a Chinese frame that is a clone of a Pinarello Dogma. So far, I am happy with her. Prior to that I was riding a Giant OCR-2. I liken the difference between mountain and road cycling to driving a Ferrari and a Jeep – both are very good at what they do and both are a lot of fun. Of course, health and fitness was a very significant reason for getting back on a bike. It seems to be working.
My former life was much, much different than my current life. A wonderful wife, three fabulous boys, and lots of aviating. Lots and lots of change – they say change is good. I’m not so sure – perhaps time will tell.
I have been a commercial pilot and flight instructor (CFI) for many years. I have owned five experimental aircraft and have flown three of them, a (Quickie and Q2 and Vans RV-3B). I love being in the air and enjoying the wonderful planet that we live on from above. I am also a builder so also really enjoy the building, tinkering, maintenance aspect of ownership.
This beautiful RV-3B was my last airplane, sold in March of 2015. Her name is Daisy.
My previous motorhome was a 1994 Fleetwood Pace Arrow named Shaneeda. When we met, she was pretty worn and ragged – we were a good match. We spent a lot of time camping and traveling and it was with her that I decided I could certainly live the full-timing lifestyle.
I’ve tried twice to become a liveaboard cruiser on a sailboat but both attempts have failed. It is something that my brain just cannot deal with, apparently…