I live on the west side of Las Cruces, near the Rio Grande with my wife, Allison, and our boy, Joel.  We try to spend as much time together as possible, much of which is spent outside during nice weather, going for walks with the pups, or heading to the park.  The two of them mean the world to me, and are absolutely wonderful to come home to every day; I couldn’t ask for more.  Here are a couple pictures of us, at White Sands, on Halloween, and just enjoying some QT.  And below, a picture from our wedding in July (2016).



I make a point of including pictures of my basset hounds in each presentation I give, for no other reason than that they are adorable.


Muddy: I’ve had Mud for over 7 years now.  I adopted him from Friends For Life animal shelter in Gilbert, Arizona.  He is named after Muddy Waters.  He can be stubborn and sneaky at times, but he’s a great dog.  Inquisitive, friendly, and playful (until he tires out, which usually takes about 10 minutes).  He’s too smart for his own good, but you couldn’t ask for a better friend than him.


Genny: I’ve had Gen for over 5 years now.  I adopted her from the same shelter as Mud, and named her after Muddy Water’s wife, Geneva.  Whoever owned her before me was very mean to her, and so she was very fearful when I first got her.  She’s come around remarkably.  She’s still apprehensive, but now she readily makes friends with new people and new dogs, and is as cuddly as can be.  I’ve never seen a gentler dog than Gen.


And here’s a picture of the happy couple together, at Las Cruces dog park… just for good measure.


This is the newest addition to our family.  His name is Bowser TurtlePants (Joel named him), and despite the type of pants he apparently wears, he’s actually an African spurred tortoise (also referred to as a Sulcata).  He’s a tiny little thing now, but they live around 50 years and get to around 150 pounds.  So his miniature status is only temporary!  Here’s a picture of him on the ride home.


…and one of him checking out his new digs.