SpotLight on quakindude
quakindude started folding 9/9/06
Lets meet quakindude...............
Where do you call home these days?
We live in Southeast Alabama, near Fort Rucker and just 90 minutes North of Panama City Beach, Florida. Having moved quite a few times over the years with the Army, we believe we have found our retirement home. My wife and I have been married for 18 years and have an 18 year old in college and a 15 year old at home. We have two Beagles and a cat that loves to harass our dogs on a regular basis. Being in the South, the temperatures can get pretty toasty in the Summer, so my Folding output goes down during the peak electricity months. However, I spool the PPD back up as the temps go down.
What got you started folding?
I started folding in 2004 after having read about it on some tech forum I belonged to at the time. Iâ€™ve folded under variations of Quakindude, but I currently, and will from now on, fold under Quakindude571st. This is in memory of the 8 fellow Soldiers my company lost while deployed to Iraq. The reasons for my folding are many, but my primary reason is simply because I enjoy helping others. Iâ€™m not smart enough to make a change directly to this world, some change that would benefit human kind in a positive way. Folding allows me to contribute indirectly by contributing my unused CPU/GPU power to a science thatâ€™s geared toward finding cures for life taking illnesses. Folding helps balance me from my years of being in the Army. Iâ€™m further spurred to Fold by the deaths of my father, grandfather and step-father, all who have passed due to cancer.
Where are you employed?
Iâ€™m in the Army as Iâ€™ve previously mentioned. Coming up on 20 years in April 09. This is one of the few jobs that held my interest long enough to really do something with my life. Prior to joining in 1989, I skipped through multiple jobs. Always getting bored, I would move on to another, never staying longer than three months and always doing something different. From delivering pizza to framing houses to working as a car mechanic, I worked a lot of jobs. Since joining, Iâ€™ve not been bored for more than a week at a time. Iâ€™ve been a 15T, Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/crew chief, my entire career and have enjoyed it immensely for the most part.
What other hobbies or interests do you pursue when not folding?
[i][color=brown][b][size=150] Iâ€™m an avid motorcyclist. Have been since I was 15. Being 39 now, that puts me in the 20+ yearâ€™s category for experience, but Iâ€™m constantly learning new things about this way of transportation. From the technical to social aspects of two wheel transport, thereâ€™s so much to see and do that itâ€™s a great way to spend time with my 15 year old son. He and I have over 7k miles of two up riding together.
We are also a big water sports family. We own a boat and enjoy using it. This year has seen us on the lake just three times due to various issues, mostly my not being home much this summer. Again, this is an activity and hobby that draws the entire family together and creates memories that last a lifetime. When my time here is done, I want my kids to be able to truthfully say, â€œHe tried his best, he was well respected, he helped when and where he could, he kept a positive attitude despite challenges and he was a FUN dad.â€