I was born in Bonny Doon, a sparse assemblage of rural folk in the Santa Cruz mountains. I grew up with chickens, cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, some cows, a pond full of tiny fish, all sorts of wild critters, and at least one goat. The oldest of 4 kids, we had a beautiful 10 acres to explore and conquer. Over the years we had made 4 tree houses, one of which had 3 stories at one point in time.

I've been blessed with an amazing wife and family. I still live close to my brother and sisters and we hang out often. These guys mean the world to me.