Who am I?
I test software for a living, before that I worked on and lived on nuclear submarines in the Navy for 10 years.
I like to read, especially science fiction, history and mystery. I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories, I'm learning to golf and I love following politics. I'm a hard core introvert, my political leanings are Right of Center, my favorite charities are for homeless shelters and also animal shelters.
I'm an eternal optimist but my family thinks it's more naďveté than anything else - an example of this is that I believe the Middle East conflicts of the last 5+ decades can be solved and is 'simply' a complex puzzle; I just haven't figured out the perfect winning solution yet.
I'm practicing my meditation skills which are noticeably helping in my ability to deal with stressful situations and maintain balance. I also try to follow a Buddhist philosophy, that practice along with no alcohol, no smoking, no drugs leaves me with my weight issues as probably the most challenging issue to address.
I'm a die-hard sports fan: American Football (Seahawks), Premier League's Liverpool Football Club, Tour de France, Baseball, College sports, Olympics, Major League Soccer (Seattle Sounders), America's Cup, Competitive Shooting, NASCAR and Golf.
I'm learning Chinese Mandarin so I can better relate to the many Chinese friends and co-workers I interact with everyday. This effort to learn the language is slow and frustrating and I wonder if it requires immersion in the culture for it to finally sink in for me.
Last but not least I have been working diligently lately to improve my health and lose weight (in 2013). I've been overweight for many years, as you can see from some of the pictures below. My efforts to lose weight mean a lifestyle change in how I view food and exercise. I'm doing this with several apps on my phone such as MyFitnessPal, and Zombies, Run. You can follow my progress in weight loss here:
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You can contact me via:
andyall at hotmail.com
+1 425 417-1496
Andy, Fall 2013
Andy, Summer 2013
Andy & Hoshi - 2013
Andy, Feb 1985, about one week after I completed bootcamp
Andy, South America 1987
This is me in the mid to late 1980's, standing topside on the submarine USS Sculpin SSN-590 while it was anchored in harbor at Concepción, Chile. The west coast of South America is gorgeous and the people are friendly.
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