Hi! My wife Lisa and I have a 12 year old boy named Jackson and a 9 year old girl named Lauren. Jackson's a sweet kid who loves math and science and is already way beyond me when it comes to computers. Lauren may seem shy, but ask her about animals, especially West Highland White Terriers, and she'll talk your fluffy little ears off!
Friday night is our family "Star Trek and pizza night," and we like to go for hikes and bike rides. On weekends I play ice-hockey with other old, slow guys, and I'm eager to take the kids to a Kings or Ducks game soon! Lisa and I are also the owners of 2 self-serve frozen yogurt stores, so we like to support other small business owners!
As 2012 ends, we're starting to see the lists of famous people who died this year, and there are some great names on that sad roll-call. The one that saddened me the most was Neil Armstrong, the coolest astronaut of all, my childhood hero.
But somehow, with the year ending on such a heartbreaking note in Newtown, it seems different. Armstrong lived a successful, eventful life. Whitney Houston got the chance to conquer both the music and movie worlds. Dick Clark and Mike Wallace kept going and going it seemed like forever. Andy Griffith, Jenni Rivera, Robin Gibb, Davy Jones, Donna Summer. I liked and respected them all, and will miss them.
But those kids will never get those chances. Was the first astronaut on Mars among them? Or a superstar singer or journalist? They never got to show the world what they could do, how high they could fly.