Until the birth of Sofia, the overarching theme of my life
was travel and movement. One recent passion still related to that theme
was competitively racing a Porsche. I started two businesses related to my
interest, and I raced at Portland International Raceway, Seattle
International Raceway, Bremerton Raceway, and in Mission, British Columbia.
However, family life and the exorbitant costs of gasoline, tires, and
fender benders eventually led me to sell my race car in January 2011. To prevent my mind from deteriorating into
mush from changing too many diapers, I created my own electronics
workshop in our basement and began repairing broken Tektronix
electronic scopes in 2004 (I bought them on e-Bay). From there, I designed both the
hardware and software for an oscilloscope clock. Through mostly word
of mouth, their sale took off, and I had nearly more orders than
I could handle. I sold that business in 2010. My current focus, besides
caring for Sofia when she is with me, is travel. I try to go somewhere
interesting any chance I have. I have Delta Diamond Medallion
status (yes, I know, skypesos) as well as AA Executive Platinum Status.
I was born in Rotterdam and raised in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. On
Thanksgiving 1984 I moved to Portland, Ore. My intent was to work for one year
in the computer software industry, but America and I got along so well that I
stayed longer and I am still here! I worked at
Microsoft for 11 years and am currently designing and building
electronic circuits. Although
I no longer develop software professionally, I still spend much of my time with computers, keeping up with the latest hardware, and surfing the Net daily.
Balkan folk dancing was my hobby in Holland, and I continued in the US. In about
1995 I took up swing dancing. I love wandering abroad, and adventures include visits to
Indonesia, Serbia and Macedonia, Uganda, Singapore, Thailand,
Kenya and Tanzania (I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and visited the Serengeti), the Philippines,
Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Panama and of course many places in the Carribean
on cruises and Europe on visits home. Recent exotic trips were to Mumbai,
India, Vietnam, Thailand (again), Malaysia and Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.
In recent years I also visited Central Europe, Moscow and St. Petersburg,
Shanghai and Sao Paulo.
|Sofia was born in January 2004. She's a high-energy,
high-intensity girl who never stops talking (she speaks two languages,
English and Dutch) and rarely stops moving. She knows her mind, and
she's happy to tell you about it!
Here are some of her favorite
|swimming and playing in water|
|drawing and coloring her own designs|
|dressing up in costumes|
|PBS shows like Ruff Ruffman and the Wild Kratts|
|going to drama class|
|playing with friends|
people and seeing new places.|
She's a good eater and is very aware of "healthy" foods. Some
of her favorites are corn on the cob, carrots and broccoli in dip, and
popcorn. That doesn't mean that she doesn't love sweets, however. One of
her very favorites is candy floss (cotton candy for Americans).
She is an EAP elementary student at Shelton View in Bothell. She
also attends Oranjeschool, a Dutch language school, every other Saturday,
as well as swimming and other classes, rotating of
She's changing all the time and having new adventures, so visit Sofia's
We moved to our beautiful home in Bothell in the summer of 2015, together
with Huyen and Minh. It's
definitely a big improvement from the townhouse in Kenmore where we stayed 2