I grew up near the water. Swimming, surfing, fishing, and paddling with my Dad, Mom, two brothers and many friends. I have been so blessed, never worked for anyone, always had my own businesses. Restaurants, surfboard and skateboard Manufacturing, and Retail surf shops. Some were quite successful some weren't. I figure that's life. Now in my retirement I have been pursuing the things I have loved since my youth, music, art, woodworking, cooking, surfing, and fishing. I currently build custom fishing rods in my workshop, work part time at a guitar manufacturer, build decks, fences and custom gates for interested parties, paint in acrylics and carve wood in my art studio. I love life, and love to see others embrace it. Every year I try to travel abroad to surf a new destination with family and/or friends. I love my wife, as she supports our daughter and I, and has quite a career in mathematics. (That is something I don't think I'll ever understand.) I think people are interesting. cultures, music, styles, ways of thought. I feel comfortable around most people, but can respect privacy when needed. I don't like staying in Tourist spots when I travel, (I see enough Americans here!) but rather in local resorts where the locals hang out. I hope you get the feeling like your a local after a few days with us. So come for a visit, and enjoy life in Southern California!