For a time I was a consultant with the California
Youth Authority, I
was with a group that dealt with the educational problems of juvenile
wards of the state. Some of my graduate work had to do with Chinese
In the meantime, Laura and I had two boys. We seemed to have a
conception problem, so we had our kids later than you folks. One son is
25; the other is 20, and they're both still students. We'd love to have
grandkids, but I guess we'll have to wait.
My wife, Laura, has spent most of her career teaching high school
One of her former students, who is now doing time, was one of a group of
three who kidnapped Steve Wynn's wife (the owner of Bellagio in Vegas).
This guy was caught because he was giving his buddies $100 bills on the
Because I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my wife urged me to
retire from teaching; she felt I didn't need the stress.
I've been adjusting to retirement by traveling, fishing, reading,
etc. There are people who are bored when they retire. I think boredom is
self-inflicted. You can do anything you damn well please, even flip
burgers! Home maintenance is not my favorite activity, but I know I have
some projects to complete.
Another thing retirement has brought, because of having more time, I
was able to explore the Web, and look what happened. We've formed a
Barrier Web group.
Charlie Kaufman went to work in maintenance at the Post Office. He
rose through the ranks to become a northern California administrator for
the Postal Service. When our patrol squadron was decommissioned, I
dropped out instead of transferring to a P3 outfit. Charlie chose to
affiliate with a national guard unit, and I believe he served in Desert
Storm. Since Charlie moved from Sacramento, we've lost contact.