I am really enjoying this site. It is my new toy. So I am constantly tinkering with it. Right now things have gotten to the point where I am pretty satisfied with the "look & feel" of the place. As a result I will most likely not be changing everything here all at once. What I will be doing is adding to it. Hence this page.
|05 June 2017||Wow!
Almost five years since I last updated things here! And ten
years since I did an update that was in June! Well, at least this
site is still around to update!|
Lots has changed in the past five (almost) years. I finished things up in Albuquerque after a two year run at that job. I spent some time "on the bench" looking for more work and then wound up landing gigs at SpaceX up in Hawthorne, California. I used the later of the two gigs there to leverage myself up to the LA area and away from San Diego. Twenty five years in America's Finest City™ was a good stretch of time. But the jobs were too few and far between in that town - hence my being out on the road so much.
My plan was to find gainful work gainfully in the El Segundo area as that's where lots of the aerospace companies still are. And, I've succeeded! I'm now living up in the LA and working exactly in the part of it I'd sought to. Yay me!
Along the way I also purchased a new desktop machine as my previous one was getting rather long in tooth. That meant a buncha new software with too little of it being what I was used to. So, I'd no time nor familiarity with things to get back into keeping this site updated. It's been a year now at the job and I've finally sat down to make the time. So, here's the first of my updates. I'm going through page by page and among the first to get "the treatment" was among the first alphabetically - my Folsom Street Fair page. I'd not updated it since my 2012 trip up there. Well, I've remedied that. I added sections for Folsom 2013, Folsom 2015, and for last year's Folsom 2016.
I'll be to working through the rest of the site and updating things now as I'm able. As you might guess, there's been a lot that's gone on since 2012!
|04 October 2012||Folsom 2012 was a blast.
I really enjoyed myself this year AND I've also found the time to work
up and post some photos from this year's event. I'm now in a mood
- and have damn all else to do once back in my hotel room here in the
Duke City - to do some site updating. The pics for Folsom 2009,
2010, and 2011 however, are on my computer back in San Diego so that'll
have to wait. In the meantime, there's this year's soirée to
|30 January 2012||I
prefer to stay current. So, I updated my profile
/ headshot pic. I mean, it's only been six years since I did
|01 January 2012||Just
Mom off to her flight Back East. We'd an excellent week
together and finished it off by greeting
the dawn of the New Year atop Mt. Soledad.
|12 December 2011||Had
the itch tonight, so I did some brief updating. Put up a couple
of pics from my stay in Yosemite
this past March. And I also can say that I have bunnied up at least once in my
|15 April 2011||Guy
was the keynote speaker at this year's Leather Leadership Conference
and his remarks were as timely, insightful, and intense as ever.
His address is now up on the leatherati.com website and I've put a copy
of it here on my site as well. "Herd
Lately?" is well worth the read and Guy nails quite a few
problems and challenges we face in the leather community. I was
fortunate to hear him deliver this one firsthand.
|04 January 2011||During
out in Aurora, Colorado I got to do some interesting
things. One of which was to go
on a flight in a World War Two B-25H Mitchell medium bomber!
|04 January 2011||And
the National Park excursions keep comin! This time it was a quick jaunt through
Yosemite. Brief as it was, it was also some kinda awesome!
|02 August 2010||Zion.
Utah. Ann and I took in a weekend
there in July. There was plenty of awesome awesomeness to
enjoy! I wound up taking over four hundred photos over those two
days and now have some of them up on the new Zion
|01 January 2010||What
New Year's Day I awoke and
brought my love, Ann, along with my Mom out to the top of Mt. Soledad
to feel the light of 2010's
first Dawn upon us.
Later in the day I also updated my site with the pictures we took when the three of us made a run out to the Del to take in "Xmas on the Beach." I did this with Mom four years ago. The ice skating rink is still there. As is the Moo Time as well.
In the evening I dropped in another update. This one noted the fun that we had at the "LA Ponies & Critters" Fox Hunt that Ann set up back in November. This was held up in the Los Padres National Forest and was a very nice excursion for all of us.
|12 August 2009||Time
months since my last site
update have not been idle ones for me. And now my site reflects
this as I've uploaded a pretty damn big update of goings on over on the
My Pictures page. Have
digesting it all!
|14 March 2009||A
friend noted that a couple of the sections here on my site haven't been
updated in a while. So, I'm starting to take care of that.
First up has been my Current Reading List.
least started adding more of what I've
lately been reading. I also updated my Kilts!
page to reflect the changes and additions there. Plus, I've added
the two movies I've seen thus far this year to my Movies page.
|01 March 2009||Updated
Friends page. Nothing major,
some changes in status, the deletion of a couple of folks who were my
friends but now are not - the wankers!
|26 February 2009||A
big update this time around. Since my last gig at Raytheon El
Segundo wound down I've had some time on my hands. So, put some
of that use and updated My Pictures
with what I've been up over the past year or so. This includes a
section about the
six months or so I was in Huntsville, Alabama, the trip I took to
Atlanta, my attending both DomCon - LA and DomCon -
Atlanta, my trip to SF to spend the
weekend with Simone, the weekend I spent in Louisville
attending Wonderfest, and my heading off to DC for Black
early morning to see the dawn for me
this time. Instead, the bulk of my site effort today has been
to... wait for it... update my Movie List!
list of movies that I've seen and
of what I think about them. Thrilling, eh!
|05 October 2008||Hot
damn! Mark Chester's Photos from Folsom arrived today and I've
just finished posting them on my Folsom page. I'm rather stoked
at how well they turned out. Go see for yourself: Mark
Chester's Folsom Photos.
|02 October 2008||Well
since last I updated this site.
That's what happens when you start blogging and when you change jobs
and when you wind up working your very first consulting gig out of
state. Okay, with that out of the way, I do have an update:
excursion up to Sodom-By-The-Sea for this year's Folsom.
|17 April 2008||I
was up in SF for this year's Leather Leadership
Conference and I've both some thoughts about it and a few images to share
of my time in SF as well.
|30 March 2008||It's
decided to set some things right and strike
a balance that had long been left unstruck. Thus, I added a "Women I Find Attractive" page to balance out
the "Men I Find Attractive" one which I
started with this site so long ago. I also added a page which
attempts to define what I define as Attraction.
|16 March 2008||I
recently attended a dinner where Larry Townsend was the keynote speaker
for the event. There was some things of interest therein. Larry Townsend Keynote 2008.
|01 January 2008||I
decided to get up early enough to great the Dawn of the New Year with
my own eyes. So, at 06:51 Pacific Standard Time, I was sitting
atop Mt. Soledad to watch the Sun crest the peaks to the east and thus
start the first day of this New Year. I even took some pictures
to! Dawn 2008.
I also decided to create a page to show the photos I and my Mom took on our trip up to LA to see the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Grand Avenue MOCA.
And since I was on a website updating roll today, I've also put up a page about my dog; Buddy.
That plus updating my Index page photo rounds out the site work for this first day of 2008.
|26 August 2007||This
in Anaheim so I went up there to
have a look. While there, i took a few photos. Here's the
results: IPMS Nationals 2007
|12 July 2007||Gee,
gallbladder removed. Lucky
me! Read all about it on my Gallbladder!
page. With pictures!
|20 June 2007||Updated
Septoplasty page, correcting some
typos and noting the passage of years since I underwent that
surgery. I also set up a new page: Global Warming Is Just Hot Air,
to list all the links and information I'm finding which refute the
whole Anthropogenic Global Warming theory.
|28 May 2007||A
sunny day here in San Diego. This, combined with fully charged
camera batteries and a freshly assembled and glued "Airfield Tarmac"
base w/ sky blue backdrop, allowed me to finally take those long put
off "beauty shots" of my Blue Angels Sea Fury kit. This then
completes my Blue Angels Sea Fury page.
I also took some "family photos" of the other kits I've finished and
have set up a new page, the Flightline,
to feature them and similar ones in the future.
|20 May 2007||Another update on my Models page. This time I brought the
page for the Sea Fury I did as a Blue Angles aircraft. The build
was done back in '05 but I just didn't have the time to work up the
page and such. Now I have so there it is, my Blue
|06 May 2007||Updated my
Models page and the On The Bench
page as well.
|05 May 2007||Updated My Pictures & Travel
page with some passings.
in that regard. In the span of but
a few weeks three of my longterm friends lost their partners.
pluG was a man who made my friend Roadkill happy. Jeff Burnam was Boss' life partner
and a good friend of mine. Another good friend was Scott Greene he was David Janisch's life
partner. The first few weeks of this year were notably sad at the
loss of these men and at the pain felt by their partners still here.
|04 May 2007||Took some time to catch things
up on the main page. Now there's rainbows, a Sherman tank,
of new brakes now on that page.
|02 May 2007||Updated the Current Movie List page
with what I've recently seen in theaters.
|30 April 2007||Yeah, it's been a while.
I'll be doing more catching up as the time allows. For now
though, I've updated what progress I made on my latest model kit, the Special Hobby Blohm Und Voss P.211.
|03 September 2006||Julia's brithday was in August
and some friends of ours, Brian and Jeff, thought it'd be a great way
to celebrate it by taking her to Disneyland. She'd never been to
Walt's first place. Well, now she has. I took a few
pictures of that excursion and so too did another friend of ours,
Buster, who joined us for our trip to the Happiest
|16 May 2006||I
just completed another model! This time it's a kit of a 1930's
vintage French fighter plane moulded by the Heller company in 1/72
scale. My write-up of the Dewoitine D.510
build is now complete and online!
|3 April 2006||I've
the list of movies I've recently seen and
the books I've recently read. It's been since November that I
last noted any new films. It's been two years since I last
updated my reading list page! So, check 'em out! My Current Movie List and Current Reading List.
|19 March 2006||Well,
do some online catching up. I updated
the My Pictures page with some photos
from when my mom came out here to San Diego over Xmas '05.
of the house we used to live in back on Benton Place. To
round things out, I also updated the On The Bench page with
what my new model bench set up is at the new digs as well as what my
next model project is as well.
|18 February 2006||Change
I changed. Drop on by My
Pictures to see.
|18 October 2005||I
took some time and did some catching up here online. Toby,
Julia's eldest came out in August to see us. It was nice to have
him out here and his smiling mug now graces the top of the "My Photos & Travels" page. I
also updated my Folsom page with the pics
from the last two jaunts up there. And there's more new stuff on Luna's page as she's always so damn
photogenic! While I've not been doing much general site updating
I have been adding to the Current Movie List
page as we keep on seeing new films. That'll do it for us for now.
|22 May 2005||We
just got a dog! Her name is Luna and she's all of eleven weeks
old! She's damn cute and quite photogenic. Hell, she even
has her own page! Luna
|17 April 2005||Cross
half months since the event,
I've just now posted a page about the trip. Back in August of '04
I went to Oklahoma City by plane but came back by Ryder truck. I
went there to help Julia load up and drive her life out here to me in
San Diego. It was the longest road trip I'd ever taken and it was
an adventure for me. Now you can look things over about it on the
Cross Country page.
|16 April 2005||TamiyaCon
'05! I just attended my first one of these and I had
fun. I went on Saturday and missed most of the models that show
up on Sunday. I'll remember that for next year. I did take
a bunch of pictures though and the first fruits of that are the ones I
shot of the M-5 Stuart Light Tank which
was on display outside the Tamiya North America HQ building. I'll
add details about the vehicle to this page as I get them. I'll
also be adding a TamiyaCon page as well.
|23 March 2005||I've
section. This one, On The Bench,
will be where I put info about my latest projects as they
progress. Right now the "hottest" thing I've got going is the
finishing of the Monogram P-51B kit that has languished on my workbench
for some time now.
ha! I've done another one! Yup, I just completed my second
OOB (Out Of the Box) model kit and I think it came out rather
well. This time it's a model of a F8F
Bearcat fighter plane made by Grumman back in WWII. Check it
out over in the My Models section.
|28 January 2005||More
some of my pages
here. In some cases this has just been confined to the verbage on
the particular page. In others it has meant their deletion or
their relinking within the site. Nothing major, just a reflection
of the changes that have gone on elsewhere in my life.
|26 January 2005||Well,
I'd planned, but it is now finally
done. My Airfix F-80C Shooting Star is
finally complete! Just head on over to its page in the My Models section to see what I'm referring
to. Although it didn't come out as perfectly as I'd hoped, it did
come out rather nicely all in all.
|20 January 2005||I've
of late. Julia and I like to do
that so we've been hitting the theaters almost once a week now for some
time. Recently we've discovered the joys of the Blockbuster 's
Movie Pass™ deal. So, we're now on a roll catching up with all
the flics we missed over the passed couple of years. With this in
mind, I've put up a new page which lists the most recent films we've
seen, be they in the theater or on DVD. I've also put a little
personal commentary on each one as well. This Current Movie List is now up off of my Opinions page.
the links in the My
Models pages I noticed some of them were
out of date. Now they're not.
|19 December 2004||Things
cleared up enough, that I've decided
to get back into making another model. Last month I finally
managed to get my model workbench cleared off and now that I have the
space available again, I've decided to start work on a relatively
simple kit, an Airfix F-80C Shooting Star.
it and will be updating it as frequently as I
work on it. I'm hoping to get this little kit done within this
|6 October 2004||Change
that in mind, I must have been doing
a lot of living lately as there's been a whole lotta changes 'round
here! Chief among these is Julia. My
Julia. I'm no longer a single guy. Julia moved in with
me at the start of August and we've been charting our path together
since then. She and I have been seeing each other for a couple of
years already and had committed to each other earlier in the year but
the moving in bit was the real change for us both.
With this in mind, it is high time I update my site to reflect my "change in status" and that I am no longer looking for anyone else as I've found my love in her. So, I've made some adjustments to this site as its "search" function is no longer necessary!
|26 September 2004||Well,
Not much of an update
today. Just some minor house keeping. I've had a guestbook
up to serve as a place where folks who've read my Changes essay could
leave their comments about it. While some folks did do that, most
of the entries were being made by spammers. I think that's among
the lowest form of spam but spammers are pretty low to begin
with. For several months I tried to deal with it by simply
editing out the spam entries. I even thought to rename the files
that ran the guestbook as many of the spam entries were done by
automatic spam bots. But doing that, aside from being a pain,
would also not solve the problem entirely. Had there been more
entires by real people and had those entries been more often, then
perhaps I would've put up with the spam. But that is not the
case. So, to solve this pain in the butt, I've simply excised the
update function. The original comments are still there but now
there'll be no more new ones on the Changes
|26 April 2004||Guy
Baldwin recently presented a paper at the Los Angeles Leather
Weekend. Titled "Radsex Rising Tide Turbo
Pervo Tonic," it is yet another of his essays which makes you think
and is well worth examining. I asked and Guy has once again given
me permission to post his words on my site. Read on!
|14 April 2004||Another
do this to a guy.
Today's update brings forth some of the photos I took at the Salk
Institute while my mom was out here in March. This is a rather
stunning bit of architecture and I enjoyed our little trip over to see
it. It's all up on the My Photo
Album and Travelog page.
|13 April 2004||With
I got laid off at SAIC, I've decided to
update my Reading List page.
Since I last updated it I've certainly read more than these few new
books that I've just listed. But, these'll do for now.
|12 April 2004||The
second weekend of April saw the first Gaylaxicon to happen out here on
the West Coast. As this also happened here in America's Finest
City(tm) I simply had to go check it out. My thoughts and photos
of it are now on the My Photo Album and Travelog
|08 April 2004||At April's start I was in Oklahoma City to see my Julia. I didn't take a whole lot of photos but I did take some. And now they're up on My Photo Album and Travelog.|
|06 April 2004||My
mom came out to see me last month and while she was here she took me to
see the latest Cirque de Soleil show, Varekai. It was extremely
impressive and well worth it. I just scanned in my ticket and
some of the confetti they rained down on us at the show's end.
That and a brief write-up of my thoughts about the entertainment
spectacular I just witnessed now makes up the latest update to the My Photo Album and Travelog page.
|31 March 2004||I've
writing over the past few months and have
now decided to put up some of my tales. You can find all this
over on the new My Writings page.
|06 February 2004||Just
updating. It's amazing how fast some
links will go out of date and or disappear. But things should be
better now. Really.
now since I lost my friend, Richard, and I
found myself in a bit of an introspective mood over this. So,
I've put some of that to words and updated Richard's page with
those thoughts. I've also updated the Links
page to make it a tad easier to navigate.
|30 January 2004||Thanks
work by John (a Bionic
Robo-tentacle) who works on the Laughing
Desk, the Changes
Comments log is now back in business. A couple of months ago
it picked up a rather asinine comment which I promptly deleted.
In the process of that it rendered the page inoperative. Only
recently have I gotten around to getting around to that. Now it's
up and running again! Thanks John!
|19 January 2004||More
page. Among other things, I added links to Alt.Com and Bondage.Com as those sites reflect my
current interests. I also found that GeoCities finally got tired
of the inactivity of my
first website. So, they deleted it. Oh well, now it's
not even a placemarker.
|18 January 2004||Some
streamline the My
Pictures page so as to consolidate it a
bit. So, I moved some sections off of it and onto their own page (Angelina Jolie's Nose Hairs got that
treatment), some sections got lumped in with their existing content
(see the Kilts page) and some stuff simply
got deleted, period. I didn't figure I needed to have call outs
for IML '01 and IML '02 nor Folsom '01 & '02 when I call outs for IML '03 and Folsom '03 on the same
page. Like I said, nothing major, just some housecleaning on this
bright and sunny January's day.
|13 January 2004||A
bit of levity to mark this new Winter. Calvin and Hobbes was
always a favorite of mine and his views on snowmen proved this.
So, I thought to put some of that up here on my site. You to can
see this by heading over to my Calvin and Hobbes
|12 January 2004||The
USS Midway is now here in San Diego and is undergoing renovations so it
can continue to serve the nation. This time as a floating
museum. As work is being done on her she is docked alongside the
Navy Pier in San Diego Bay. I took a few photos of this fine ship
and have started a page for her. The USS
|06 January 2004||The
New Year is here! Hail the New Year! My celebrations of
this change were spent with good friends. Some of that New Year
celebrating took place as the year became new. Some of it took
place days later. And a picture of some of the results of that
celebrating took place a day after that. But, took place it all
did and I'm a happy guy for it.
|26 October 2003||What
in San Diego it is and especially for
those of us here in San Diego who are to the south and west of the
fire which broke out in the early morning hours here. I awoke
this morning to find the sky in an almost surreal state, all due to the
fire being less than ten miles away from my house. Heading out to
the edge of the mesa I live on I could even see the flames themselves
as they burned through the thousands of acres. All off in the
distance but all far too close for my comfort. I went back to
that point later and took these photos. The San Diego Brush Fire 26 October 2003.
|03 October 2003||Folsom
I was there.
Again. I took some photos while I was there. Again. I
don't have all of those photos up, yet, but I will. In the
meantime, I've started with some of them. Folsom '03 is the new section on My Photos & Travels page.
|31 August 2003||Just
to go through my Links
page to make sure all was well. It wasn't but now it is.
|21 August 2003||This
for aviation buffs like me. It was the
75th Anniversary of Lindbergh Field and as part of that celebration the
world's only replica of the Spirit of St. Louis was flown in to enjoy
pride of place at the festivities. I was down there too and I got a
whole bunch of pictures of this remarkable aircraft and have put them
on a new page on my site: The Spirit of St.
It's over in the Planes and Stuff
section so fly on over and have a look!
|19 August 2003||Barebacking,
are all terms which have become
part of modern gay culture. While it is obvious that the gay
community has been fighting HIV/ AIDS, fighting the Plague, and while
is just as obvious that this fight has had its affect on the community,
what has not been so obvious is what affect our recent "success" in
fight has been. We now seem to have embraced AIDS and are no
longer fighting it. I've tried expressing this in my own words
my Barebacking and Changes essays, and now I've found that
Fierstein has expressed these sentiments in his words as well.
essay, The Culture of Disease,
recently appeared in the New York Times and I'm very glad to have
a hold of it and been able to put that up here on my site. As
usual, Harvey cuts to the quick and what he has to say is well worth
|12 August 2003||At last year's LLC-LA, Guy Baldwin shared his thoughts with us on the Leather Restoration with his "Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburger" presentation. Back in March of this year, Guy followed that up with another excellent presentation: "Stewards of Magic." Both of Guy's works provide an excellent insight as to the state of our leather community and are excellent ideas of what needs be done.|
|10 August 2003||Nothing
photos I decided to put up. One of
me all fetished-up at a Club X Social and the other of me in more
attire at the recent SD Pride. Both shots are over in the My Photos
& Travels section.
|07 July 2003||A
bit of urban absurdity struck me the other day so I just had to comment
on it. Now I've gotten the pictures up of Angelina Jolie's Nose
|30 June 2003||Interactivity
now my site has gotten with the times.
At least when those times call for being interactive. No, this
doesn't mean I now have some Flash animated game up here.
this relates to the Changes essay I just
linked up. I figured that this essay might generate some
so, I ginned up a Changes Comments Log
and that is now live and running here on my site. I didn't do
alone, of course, as I turned to Bill
for help in getting through the details of making a Perl script
through a website. Thanks Bill!
|29 June 2003||Some
some time now. I've felt
increasingly alienated from the community I started out being in and
I no longer see a place left there for me. I've thought quite a
bit about this and those thoughts have torn at me deeply. Now
put word to those thoughts and put those words on a page here on my
site. This is about AIDS and how it has changed the gay community
into something I no longer feel a part of. That hurts me, it
saddens me, and it has depressed me. I wish this weren't so but
these are the Changes I've written about.
|23 June 2003||Tied
the My Photos & Travels
page with the new info from my recent IML trip and a recent updating to
Allyson was one of Richard Chatterton's friends and she also spoke at
his service. She has now sent me a copy of the prose which she
shared with us there and it is something I thought was very fitting
so I'm sharing on Richard's page as well.
|21 June 2003||IML
25 is now officially part of history. This year I
in a row and fifth over all. I've
gone through my photos from this year's event and worked up an update
with them to my IML page. I had fun at
event this year but I think it's going to be my last IML for some time
to come if not ever.
|04 June 2003||It's
been inactive during the time since
my last update or that I had nothing to post it's just that I've been
too busy to post some things and others I wanted to wait on. The
latest entry in the My
section, the Lockheed P-65 Lightning, is
proof of that. This is the first plastic model kit in over twenty
years that I have taken from start to finish. A contest
run by the folks over at the Starship
Modeler site inspired this effort. I finished the kit in time
to meet the contest's submissions deadline (with but three minutes to
spare!) but thought it wiser to wait until the judging
was finished before I posted word of my creation here. Well,
the contest is over - so now the story can be told!
|06 March 2003||Some
I've just gone through
and verified all the links within my site. Now all the photos
should come up properly and all the page titles and email links should
also be correct. We'll see. I'll now begin redirecting my
|05 March 2003||My
first update! I wish it were something less somber but that isn't
what it's about. This week a friend of mine has gone off to
war. She is part of the crew of the USS Nimitz and that carrier,
along with the rest of its battlegroup, deployed off to the Persian
region. If there's a war to be fought then the Nimitz will be in
the thick of it. This seems so strange and almost unreal.
Especially as Beth is the first female friend of mine to head off to
war. I've a few thoughts about this which I've put down on the My Photos &
Travels page as they were all spurred by Beth's having sent me a
photo of her in her CBR gas mask while aboard the ship. Have a
look for yourselves.
|27 February 2003||Today is the day this site went "live." It may be a few days before I begin listing it as my primary but today I did shift over a large amount of files so I consider today to be its start date.|
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