Was born in 1940. Went to school. Went to high school. Hated it. Worked during my school years. Barefoot at all possible times. Dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant. Mowed lawns. Worked in a Texaco station. Delivered liquor for a large liquor store. Sometimes two jobs at the same time. The delivery job made me very popular in high school, but with the wrong crowd. Joined Navy because I was bored and Jr. college didn't work for me. After Navy, tried the Cal Poly University at SLO. Lack of money and drinking combined to make that a failure. Came home, married my love and joined Carpenter's Union as apprentice. Worked for 30 years in the field as a sheetrocker, foremen and superintendent. Became an office guy, a suit, in the 90's. Project Manager and estimator for large construction corp. Learned IT and programming. Became instructor and software developer for same large construction corp. All during that time I became a father of 3 and now 7 grandkids and one great grandson. Retired and pursued my racewalking interest. Then art, as in stained glass and gourds. Now watercolor and acrylics. Four back surgeries later and I'm no longer a contender in racewalking...I was given a spinal cord stimulator implant to combat the pain after the failed surgeries. Damn! That didn't work and now the pain is back, though not anywhere near as severe as it was. I must live with it and life goes on. Now I do 2.5 hours of gym work 3x week and that keeps my heart healthy. I'm 73 and looking forward to 74.
On another note, after much investigation I have confirmed what I have always suspected...I was born with Asperger's Syndrome. I'm okay with that. Puts me in the same group as Einstein, Gates and Jobs. Actually glad to know why I am the way I am and why I was always the odd one throughout my school years and career days.