It began so long ago, a small town, northeastern Pennsylvania, and when things were simpler.
I grew up in a town where most everyone was somehow related, you hung out with cousins, and you spent almost all your time outside playing, fishing, hunting, and hanging out. I found out early that i really liked to work and mainly due to the things I could do with the money I earned.
Painting pickets on houses, washing dishes at a local restaurant, pumping gas, and traveling with a carnival for three years, and all before I was even 14 years old.
After High School, I entered the military and decided on the Submarine Force since on a submarine you have the oppertunity to learn a very large range of jobs and skills.
I really enjoyed seeing so many countries while serving, from most of South America and the Caribbean, to Europe and Asia. Although I did get to visit so many places, I rarely did get to visit tourist type sights and spent much of my time in chasing girls and drinking. Yeah typical sailor :-)
Got to live in Japan for three years, which was so cool. Traveled the big island on a motorcycle and really enjoyed the people, food, and experiences I had there.
From there until present, I married a nice girl whom I met while working for a local firearms manufacturer. After working there for 10 years, they closed the business doors due to being bought out corporation. Both myself and my wife found ourselves without work as did 500 other families.
I went without work for one full year since most places want to pay almost nothing anymore. I went to school for 4 months, gaining some re-education in the IT Help Desk field and just recently was provided a great opportunity to work for a Veteran Owned Business that manufactures medical equipment.
The job is pretty awesome but for now keeps me busy and not here on the forum as much as I use to be. Since it’s a new job, salaried position, I stay there late, get in early, and need to learn so much before I feel i secured a long term position with the company.
As for my interest in Frog Forum and Frogs.
Started out as many others we find here did, bought a frog thinking that my years of keeping saltwater fish, lizards, and snakes, would be more than enough to care for a frog. Ha, how little I knew and how much I needed to learn.
My first frog was a Whites Tree Frog and after finding him hiding in the back of the tank 24/7, i can here for help. I met so many helpful and wonderful people, many still here and some we don't see here anymore.
I learned that i love to build tanks into self-sufficient living things, full of plants, and with these amazing and cool creatures.
I love to hear them calling in the morning and see how they wait patiently for me to come and feed. I can spend hours without a TV or radio on and stare at the tanks and frogs.
Now, after a few years of keeping frogs, building tanks, and most recently, caring for tadpoles from all the dart frogs, I still find myself wanting more and learning more.
I presently have 3 pairs of dart frogs, two Red Eyed Leaf Frogs, a crested gecko (which the granddaughter had to have), and a ton of tadpoles slowly changing into froglets.
I had four beautiful Whites Tree Frogs, and they have been transferred to a FF member, since where we were living didn't allow pets and these guys were loud enough to be heard at the end of the block :-)
Really miss them though.
Oh, recently moved to a much less expensive apartment which allows me to have any pets i want, and actually is a nicer place in a nicer part of town. Can't wait to catch up bills and add some more tanks and frogs to the frog rack :-)
Well, that’s a lot i think and hopefully gives you an idea about me, and who I am.