Who is Harmonica Man?
I'm 45, happily married with 3 kids - daughter 10 and boys 14 & 15. I am a Technical Project Manager for a mid-market computer programming/software company, and a life-long musician - hence the Har-moniker.
I've always enjoyed writing. Even as a kid in school I used to love when we were assigned the projects to do a report about something. Most kids viewed this as being sentenced to death row, knowing they only had two weeks left to live before they were executed in front of the classroom. Me? I cherished the challenge, and usually began my research the very same day.
It wasn't until I started college before I realized how easy it was for me to write essays. I could write about anything and always received high marks for my work. Adding humor to my writing came naturally and inspired me to want to journal my thoughts. Unfortunately, I was about 10 years before my time because at that time, there was no easy way for me to do it. Huh? Write it down? Sorry, I said I was creative - not ambitious!
For the purpose of knowing who I am and where my inspirations come from, I can list a few key traits that I think contribute to my writing.
I am: happy and satisfied with life, a professional musician since I was a teen (singer, keyboards, harmonica), a fun dad and sensitive husband, practical and logical, intuitive and intelligent, and funny.
Comedy has always been important to me in many ways. I love to laugh and love to make people laugh whenever I can. And, I rely on comedy to bring me back in balance from my day at my "serious" job. In fact, each night at 10:00 my wife and I have this little debate over which news broadcast we will watch. She likes the real news and I like Jon Stewart. Given the opportunity I'll choose The Daily Show every time (trust me, I'm getting plenty of the serious and depressing news information just fine).
The same thing applies to my reading preferences. I always turn to the comics first when I pick up a newspaper. And when it comes to columns, writers like Dave Barry and Erma Bombeck get my attention long before I hit the headlines.
And that's what you'll find in my View from the Cloud. Lot's of light-hearted life experiences shaped by the humor that has inspired me.
What you won't find are any posts polluted with vulgar language or hurtful or hateful remarks. That's not who I am. Besides, this is a family-friendly blog and everyone is welcome - my own kids included. You also won't find an "artistic" web page adorned with all kinds of clutter. I prefer to express myself through my writing and like to keep my site clean and easy to read.
So that's who I am.
I know, nothing gritty or disturbing, no sorted past riddled with abuse, no psychotic or bi-polar disorders. So what perspective could I possibly have on life that would be of any interest to the blog-reading community?
Well, check it out. You might be surprised to find we have more in common than you expected!