The economy nearly destroyed our business this last few years. We had some tough times and nearly lost everything. With the Grace of God, we got an invite to come to the Netherlands and start a hot tub factory there. From total loss to total hope and enthusiasm. It is a difficult job, but I have never been afraid of hard work.
We also are playing more music with our band "HavenHead" and we have several good original tunes up on soundclick.com.
Well this is an update from the 2001 information. All of my life I have wanted to pursue a music career.
Well, at 59, I am doing it part time now. (See his website at Haven Head (Music))
We still have the hot tub business (Website at The Spa Specialist, Inc.), but it is slowing down so we are able to practice our music. Sandy has a fantastic voice and we are working on a bunch of new songs.
How can you cover 35 years in a short paragraph. I moved to San Jose area right after graduation. Went to night school while I worked in aerospace, Lockheed in Sunnyvale. Since I worked in a defense plant and was married with kids, I never had to go to war. I worked mainly in the research and development of the "Deep Quest" and "DSRV" Navy rescue submarine.
Worked in technical fields for some time. Moved to Colorado in 78 back to California in 80 then back to Colorado in 83. I've been here since then. I always think of the Monterey Bay area as home.
My wife Sandy and I have a spa (hot tubs) business that has evolved to mostly Internet sales. We have sold spas in most every state of the country and a couple in the UK.
I have three children (Jim Jr, Linda and Matt) and one is still at home, my 14 year old son Matt. My mom, 90 years old, lives in Hayward, CA with my brother John.
Our favorite thing to do is deliver spas across the country. We just (Nov 2001) got back from delivering two out west, and had the opportunity to stop by Pacific Grove and took a long walk along Asilomar, one of my favorite places from my youth.