All Work and No Play
Makes Jay a Dull Boy!
While those who know me may question whether or not I actually ever stop working,
to that I can easily answer that I am fortunate to truly enjoy doing what it is
I do for my livelihood. It can be fun and I often do many of those same
activities for my personal amusement and in my volunteer work. I enjoy writing, photography and PhotoShop, creating graphics, devising web
sites and management solutions even in my spare time.
As a father of two; boy and girl, I derive great satisfaction from my special time
with them and being participative in their day-to-day lives. Aside from the
usual dad stuff of homework, we're always up for something fun. And since they
were young enough to express themselves to want to try new things, I have been
there for support and encouragement. Actually, my volunteerism began in my
support of their desire to participate in sports. It's become something of a
passion for me and helps to keep me active with my children and others as
they've grown together over the years.
For nearly fifteen years now I have been volunteering my time and talents to
help manage or coach boys and girls sports teams. I've coached little
league baseball, been certified to coach and referee soccer
Titans!) and even had a short
but successful string with coaching hockey. These days I coach less and give
more to fundraising events and even
as a Director for California's largest high school roller hockey league (read). I
enjoy seeing kids being active and productive and I contribute as I can do to help them
experience positive life lessons with the hope that they, too, will someday give back
and help others.
My interests are not only about work and working with others. I left the cold and high
country beauty of my native Colorado for the sun and sandy beaches of California
in 1985. I first
lived in San Diego's Mission Beach community where I found just that. It took a great job opportunity
and a big struggle to leave for Orange County nearly two years later. Now that
I'm here, I'm grateful it turned our the way it did. Today, I
look forward to boogey boarding with the kids and to quiet Sundays or days off to pack up my bike and head
back to the
beach for a ride, catch some beach event or just to lollygag spending the day soaking up the
sun, the surf and sunsets that follow.
As a native Coloradoan, I didn't give up my fan status for the Denver
Broncos after transplanting myself to Southern California.
I am also an Anaheim Ducks
hockey fan (actually pre-dating the NHL Ducks to 1992 when Coach Bombay
introduced the Flying "V" in the Mighty Ducks movie created by Disney and the
countless times my then three year old son made me watch it with him). My son
still plays hockey as one result and now, in addition to his games, we enjoy
watching the Stanley Cup champion Ducks together every chance we get. Following
the 2007 win of the Stanley Cup by the Ducks, we joined thousands of Ducks fans
for their celebration event at the Honda Center (picture).
And having to endure some hockey-talk from friends in the frozen North, I created
a comic for their benefit.
I've also been an auto enthusiast, some might say gearhead, since I was a
very young boy. Actually, I came by it naturally through my father and his
history with hot rods and race cars dating back to the 1940's. In fact, with the
exception of two sisters, each of the four boys in my family went on to race.
Some on land or in the dirt, on the water and in a range of vehicles (read
more). Sadly, we also lost one of our own to that need for speed when
my brother Dirk passed away resulting from a horrific accident at the Daytona Motor Speedway in
2001 (read more). While
I rarely get behind the wheel of much more than a go-kart
these days, I can still be found in the pits at races and attending auto
I have many interests and enjoy a good balance of work and fun; mixing them both
with a lighthearted attitude. That way, I never find myself a dull boy.
page updated: 01-Feb-08
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