About TigerDad

Oh yea, prove it!

First things first, it would be a monumental waste of time for most of you to try to change my mind about anything that I take the time to write about.  Because of that, I’m really not all that concerned about your opinions of my ramblings. The fact that you’re reading this means one of three things.

  • You’re one of a handful of close friends whom I’ve invited by. My friends already know that trying to change my mind about anything is probably a fruitless endeavor. With few exceptions they stopped trying years ago.
  • You came here by way of a search engine. That means that you had an interest in something I wrote about. Interest does not equate to valid viewpoint. If you agree with what I wrote, “Hi, nice to meet you”. If you don’t, “I’m right, you’re wrong, don’t let the door hit you in ass on the way out”.
  • You stumbled in by accident. RUN! Run to the light and don’t look back. If you’re under fifty you don’t have the chops to stand toe to toe with me. If you’re over fifty you should be bright enough not to try.

Having said all that, feel free to leave comments. I’ll feel free to delete them if I think you’re full of crap, although if it’s interesting or entertaining crap I’ll probably leave it alone. Now on to the boring biographical parts.

My wife of thirty-five years is Linda. She’s the most beautiful girl in the world and the only person who could put up with me for that long. Two more years and she’ll qualify for sainthood.

We have two children. Both of them are graduates from Clemson University, hence TigerDad. Our son, Brian, is the Director of Public Relations for a college in South Carolina. His wife, India, works in the admissions department of another college nearby. Our daughter, Kristin, is a first grade teacher and her husband, Anthony, is a world class professional bass angler.

Kristin and Anthony have given Linda and me the most beautiful granddaughter in the world. Her name is Laken.

Since the kids left, Linda and I have opened our home and hearts to high school age foreign exchange students. We’ve hosted students from France, Sweden, Austria, Japan and Peru. Having a teenager in the house helps keep you young. We have two dogs and two cats. I prefer dogs, but cats have their purpose in life.

I’m an engineer who specializes in metal-cutting for a medium sized automotive supplier. I’ve been through plant closings three times in my career, but I still have an overriding belief in the resilience and future of American manufacturing.

Contrary to what you might think from the title page, I prefer people who smile more often than they frown and would rather spend their time fixing a problem than complaining about it. Please don’t read that as I look at life through rose colored glasses. To the contrary, I’m acutely aware of the idiocy and misery that permeates our world. I just don’t buy into the concept that we have to settle for it without trying to make it better.

From a political standpoint, I’m a moderate Republican, which basically means that I like things to make sense. It also means that I consider Rush Limbaugh an embarrassment to my party and that, while I often differ with my Democratic friends, I don’t give any serious credence to the theory that they dance naked with the devil at midnight.

I spend my free time tinkering with electronics, doing woodworking, working on the “honey-do” list and reading. I love science fiction. Heinlein and Asimov will never be equaled and Lazarus Long is my hero. Star Trek beats Star Wars hands down. Anyone who doesn’t agree may leave (Brian, you can stay, but be quiet).

That’s enough useless information for now. Why don’t you go read some of my posts. Hopefully they’ll be more interesting.



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