I'm married and have one kid with another on the way. I've written a couple of books on railroads; CGW depots with Joe Piersen and the DM&E with Andy Cummings. Besides trains, I enjoy baseball, cars, fitness, music, and photography.
I started shooting trains when I was in college. I couldn't afford a camera, so I borrowed them from friends. I started with prints, but switched to slides per the advice of Paul Swanson. I got a digital SLR in 2004 and haven't shot a 35mm frame since. In fact, I still haven't developed the roll of film that was in the camera when I switched. Comparing 35mm to digital is like comparing steam to diesel locomotives.
I have a lot of fun shooting. It's challenging to try and see the same subject differently through experience. I hope you enjoy seeing my photos here and feel free to comment on anything.
I hear or read things from time to time that are interesting and thought provoking. I'll put them here to share them with you.
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." Abraham Lincoln
"History is about people, and there is nothing more fascinating to people than other people, living in a different time, in different circumstances." Steven E. Ambrose
"This nation has a tradition of protecting free speech and the right of dissent. Our policies become stronger as the result of debate." Robert S. McNamara
“I think when everything becomes homogenized, when everywhere you go begins to look the same, you begin to wonder where is our character? Who are we? Is this really want we want? I worry about what’s happening when we become paved over, when we begin to get out of touch with each other. To me, that’s not what America is, has been, or should be.” David Plowden
“Military tactics are like water, for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downward… Water shapes its course according to the ground over which it flows; the solider works out his victory in relation to the foe he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions.” Sun Tzu
“You don’t pass a Wal-Mart without noticing it. The stores have a gravitational force, bending the land, the circulation, the rhythms of the communities where they are planted.” Charles Fishman
"You can sleep when you're dead." Steve Glischinski
"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years." Barak Obama
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson
"I'm not President Bush. If you wanted to debate President Bush, you should have ran against him four years ago." John McCain
"Swim against the current, even a dead fish can go with the flow." Jim Hightower
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive by these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundations on such principals and organizing its powers in such form, as to them seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." Thomas Jefferson
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." Thomas Jefferson
"As a head of state who must defend my country, I cannot be guided by the examples of Gandhi and King alone. I face the world as it is. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement would not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince Al-Qaida's leaders to lay down their arms."
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." Ferris Bueller
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- JoinedJune 2007
- OccupationFinancial Services
- HometownWoodstock, Illinois
- Current cityHampton, Minnesota
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