I am retired from teaching- elementary and middle school (well, got tired of it and quit after about 20 years, actually). I have been doing virtually all my own wrenching on cars, trucks, and motorcycles since 1968. You know how folks say "find a guy who works on cars down the street to help with that..."? I was that guy. Still am to some extent (new front brakes and rotors on the Volvo this weekend, as a matter of fact!). Was also a bicycle mechanic.
Got into the coffee thing and sort of fell in with the Prince/Schecter/Scace/Jerrett et.al. crowd (not comparing my knowledge with theirs in any way, mind you- just was sort of a hanger-on). After working on cars it is a joy to deal with something so simple (and clean and light in weight) as an espresso machine.
Put my teaching ability together with my enthusiasm for all the coffee/espresso/home roasting stuff, mixed in my bachelors degree in art, added a good helping of my experience of running the community newspaper for a decade (thanks to Spell Check), and began my website. Was originally motivated by Mark's CoffeeKid back when (before CG) and by Bogie's website, and started my own. That was back in early 2000.
Now... I am/working have/worked for three or four coffee-related companies (manufacturers and resellers) doing graphics, writing, and pagination of various things and web work as well.
But enough about me........