About Me (Updated 2018)

About Me (Updated 2018)

I’m am a 55 year old Mother, Daughter, and Wife.  I was born the same year as the Interrobang.  No coincidence.

I am the Practice Administrator of an Interventional Pain Management physician practice, working in that field since 1996. I was the first in my family to attend college, and summarily blew it…I left the watchful eye of my overprotective parents at 17, pledged a sorority and partied my way through Eastern Illinois University on academic probation, until I flunked out… I eventually made up for it by going back to school, not once but twice, and earning my degrees as a Registered Nurse, and later a B.S. in Health Care Administration.  

In my 20’s, I held two dream jobs…I was there for the end of the classy Airline Era, when we still dressed up to travel and used real silverware, paid attention during safety instructions and even smoked cigarettes at our seats and in the lavatory, if we felt like it. In the mid 80’s when corporate raider Carl Icahn bought out TWA and cut our pay and benefits by 40%, I did what the granddaughter of a Teamster was expected to do and went on strike with Independent Federation of Flight Attendants.  I stayed in N.Y. close to JFK until the money ran out. I remained on strike for 4 years before I was called back to work. I declined.   

In the mid 80’s I married a Sailor, moved to California, and was fortunate to land a job through a local employment agency and worked as the Receptionist and was then promoted to Assistant to the V.P. of Press and P.R. of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, later known as the GPALB.  My haphazard detours gave me the opportunity to work with, rub elbows with, and dine with some of the most interesting and iconic persons celebrated in the 80’s…American political pundits, lovers of the arts, literature, cinema, and the motorsports of Indy and Formula One Racing.  Hollywood living, and I loved every minute of it.  I rented an apartment on Ocean Blvd. where I could view the Pacific Ocean, the fireworks off the Queen Mary and the Spruce Goose from my balcony in the historic Cooper Arms building.  I managed to survive an abusive  7 year marriage, and was later able to break free from that bond, and stand back up on my own two feet, ready to care for myself, and my daughter with the help of my family and true friends.

For the past 20 years I’ve been married to my best friend. He gets me, most of the time.

I believe in Mutual Respect, Personal Responsibility, Liberty, Freedom, Compassion, and trying to find a way to blur the sharp lines of division caused by our two-party system.

I loathe labels, and remain un-defined.  So, I describe myself as a Conservative Libertarian Bohemian Revolutionary.  It’s a fiscally conservative, socially liberal, free spirit who seeks to make a positive change, no matter how small, in the current ‘state of our union’, or disunion, as it so often appears. I believe common sense tempered with a strong sense of decency and respect for others, is the only way we’ll make strides forward as a people.  I love everyone, but I don’t necessarily like them.

I’m a lifetime lover of music, especially my vinyl collection.
I love to cook, especially old family recipes from the Southern United States.
I like to snap photographs of just about anything and everything, and I often make videos with those photos for my family and friends.
I’m into ancestry and known as my family’s historian.  
I adore Stephen King. I still use my library card.
My posts/ blogging are a hodgepodge of photographs, daily musings, recipes, and yes, the dreaded Inspirational Quotes and gasp!, Selfies. Deal with it.

I can be my own worst enemy, and to others, I’m often too nice for my own good. You’re welcome. 😉

Bragging rights
I shook hands with then President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy, when I was a standby crew-member called to bring TWA Flight 847 hostages back home from Andrews Air Force Base to JFK.
This is my favorite ‘Forrest Gump’ moment.

That’s me.  Tell us about YOU.  And thank you Sandy Vetter​​ for your brilliant idea to save and salvage our disappearing “About Me” sections of our profiles, by creating your own collection including just that.  Your work around and your forward thinking are admirable!


  1. Catching up. I feel as if I have missed so many of the posts of those I care most to know about!

    This is a great work-around, and very well-written. I remember meeting on one of Brett Lipton​’s posts and then again on Sean Heffernan​’s. Since then, I have sensed our similarities and how fun it would be to sit, -gulp- sip wine, possibly share coffee (if wine-time was over), and truly talk in person. The girl trip with Cilla C​ truly should happen at some point.

    Definitely on my list of “Not Letting Life Pass Me By 2016”


  2. I’d love to make that happen, Lady Deidre HurlsWaterballoonsLikeAPro …in fact, I’m starting 2016 out with a bang, and traveling to see friends, so I’m setting a precedent… let’s DO THIS!


  3. Hey BT…

    I finally made it to do this About Me thing.  I did one in 2013.  It is on my about page.  HAHAHA.  Talk about not paying attention to stuff.

    I did a updated one of it.  Take a look whenever you get around to it.



  4. I should have read this a long time ago.  I’m older than you but fall into quite a few of your world views.  I was married to a verbally abusive guy after leaving college mid sophomore year.  Had my two incredibly different sons, got divorced and am now married to the love of my life for darn near 35 years.


  5. Other than the Caribbean, and Mexico, I’ve yet to venture far outside the continental U.S.  So many ‘almosts’, cancelled at the last minute. Belgium in ’86…etc.  Hoping for Australia next summer for the 50th birthday of a bestie.
    Almost made it to Canada in January, but alas, a slip on the ice prevented that flight…One of these days!  I live vicariously through my friends and family who are world travelers Carmen Mandich .


  6. BobbieZen I have yet to made it to Australia although it is among my top ten destinations which I have not visited yet. Living in Europe now makes popping from one country to another easier which is good for my need to discover. There is still so much explore……


  7. Hoping to go back and see my Grand Prix buddies next spring Lauri Novak ! One of the best things I’ve done is to stay in touch with old friends through the years, :). Thanks for taking the time to read!


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