Click here for vintage 2002-3 “about the author” page.
I was unable to grow up in my hometown of Tustin, California, on the west coast of the United States. I nonetheless graduated from California State University (Fullerton) and worked as a newspaper journalist, reporting and writing news and sports as well as layout pages the old-fashioned way with a pencil, pica pole and dummy sheets.
After only a few years, a buyout of the paper (pink slip for you, kid) allowed me to fulfill a secret ambition to try living in Japan. I worked first as an English teacher (fun!), then in hiring and training foreign teachers (not as much fun) and finally in begging and pleading foreign teachers not to date the students (pretty much useless).
Since 2000, I have been providing bilingual website production/maintenance (mostly international medical and scientific conference sites), and photo/video services. I currently use a Panasonic/Leica Proline DVC30 3CCD videocamera with camera-mounted and lavalier mics, Zoom H2 digital recorder, Nikon DSLR and Panasonic/Leica “ultrazoom” digicam. I can provide photo/video services for Kyoto/Kansai events, tour groups or publication/broadcast assignments. In addition, I perform weddings in Kansai(about 3,000 so far), mostly at a top Kyoto hotel.
I live in Kyoto with my Kyoto native-born wife and our 6-year-old son. You can find out more about me by checking out my blog (since 2002), alive in kyoto.