Who am I? Why am I here?

First of all, I am NOT Admiral James Stockdale, Ross Perot’s tongue-tied running mate who famously uttered these words at the Vice Presidential debate in 1992. Instead, I’m plagiarizing his opening words by way of an introductory blog post. (After all, they worked so well for Stockdale – they are the only thing most people remember about him, despite his stellar military career.)

So, who am I?

I am a 66-year-old, happily married man, the proud father of three outstanding young men, and I live along the North Shore of Lake Superior, truly one of the most beautiful places on our planet. I recently retired from a 40-year career as an Aerospace Engineer designing wind tunnels and other aerodynamic research facilities. All of these things combine to make me among the most fortunate people to inhabit the earth, and I thank my lucky stars every day for that fact.

All right then, why am I here?

I could answer this with some existential musings about the meaning and purpose of life, but that can wait for some future post. Instead, I’ll answer the question of why I am here, on the Internet. I’m here because I like to write, and I like to muse about mysteries. See more on that topic on the About page. Naturally, in today’s world, the Internet is the place to do it.

One final note. One could say I was reasonably well-prepared and qualified for my career as an engineer. I studied hard and earned some college degrees before I entered the field. On the other hand, I have no training at all on how to write a mysterious musings blog or mystery novels – I’m just going to make it up as I go. I think it’s going to be tremendous fun for me. I hope a few of you might also get something out of my musings and books. Time will tell!