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Road Trips
Foreign Travel
  • England '98
  • France, Italy, & Switzerland 2002
  • Amsterdam & Tanzania 2004
  • China, Tibet, Nepal & India 2007

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E-Mail khoffman AT computer.org
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Just Travel!!
"A true traveler is always a vagabond, with the joys, temptations and sense of adventure of the vagabond. Either travel is "vagabonding" or it is no travel at all. The essence of travel is to have no duties, no fixed hours, no mail, no inquisitive neighbors, no receiving delegations, and no destination. A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from."
Lin Yutang 'The Importance of Living'
Question So Who IS this Guy Anyway Question

Thank you for asking! I am a backpacker, climber and computer scientist. Since Jan 1996 I have hiked 1000s of miles. I have also done a number of climbs all over the world. Some of my bigger Backpacking trips were my 1996 hike of the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail, my 1997 hike of the 211 mile John Muir Trail, and my 270 mile hike of the Long Trail in 2000. Check out my net photo album for pictures from these trips. (See left) I have also climbed a number of Pacific Northwest peaks including Rainer multiple times. Internationally I have climbed Kilimanjaro and up to 21,000' on Everest.

I am a computer scientist by training with a B.S. in C.S. from V.T. (That's Virginia Tech ). Since college I did a little programming and Unix system administration work before finally dually specializing in network and enterprise management technologies and information security. This is what I currently do for Costco Wholesale in Issaquah, Washington. As a hobby, I also attempt to maintain various web sites including the one you are looking at right now. Unfortunately my web sites all suffer from being hopelessly out of date and incomplete. What can I say? I have a life! I have managed to set up a Facebook page. You may find more up to date information there. By the way, even though I am currently happily employed ... I always keep an up to date RESUME online!

Just Climb!!
"So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way!"

Dr. Seuss 'Oh The Places You'll Go!'
! Hobbies !
"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."   Dorothy Rothschild Parker

You really care what my hobbies are? Why? I don't know. Well, since you asked for it ... here is more than you ever wanted to know!

Anything Outdoors! This includes backpacking, glacier climbing, hiking & scrambling, and most recently mountain biking and skiing! I love being outside. Being outdoors is the closest thing in my life to a religious experience. (If you live in Maryland be sure to check out the Mountain Club of Maryland. I've spent a good deal of time with these folks in the past and I still keep in touch with the club even though I now live thousands of miles from Maryland!)

Reading ... lots of reading. I love to read. This ranges from science fiction to history to the occult to world religions. (I am not at all religious but something with so much power over humanity fascinates me.) I have recently started reading more about evolutionary psychology in my continuing attempt to understand how the human mind works. (What I've been reading.)

Film. I love watching interesting and unusual movies though my primary areas of interest are horror, science fiction and anything silent. I own a fairly extensive collection of old horror and science fiction films, 1950s & 1960s 'B' movies, a number of classics, and a large number of silent films. I have a very special fondness for silent films and especially enjoy them with live accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre. Although I love film, I can't stand most TV programming so I stopped watching television altogether several years ago.

Music. I enjoy music live, recorded, and occasionally while attempting to play it myself. Although I love live music, I unfortunately don't get to as many live shows as I would like. I do have a large collection of live concerts, which serves as a somewhat satisfying substitute. (See my ROIO Trade List) My interest in recorded music covers a very large spectrum ranging from rock, folk, and bluegrass, to jazz, and Celtic. As with film I like almost any music that is unusual or different. This can really be in any genre. As for attempting to play music, I took several years of guitar lessons at the Musician's Institute of Baltimore but still have a long way to go before I am any good. (Check out one of my former teachers, Doug Mattingly)

Theatre. I have always loved live theatre but I admittedly know very little about it. I especially enjoy shows at two of Seattle's landmark theatres, The 5th Avenue and The Paramount.

Art. This is another area I know very little about. Even so I enjoy wandering through the occasional museum. Although I have visited some of the more famous museums like Le Louvre, I am usually more attracted by the more unusual museums like the American Visionary Arts Museum. I have been spending a good deal of time at the Seattle Art Museum since recently becoming a memeber. On the personal side I have dabbled in calligraphy and most recently black & white photography.

Collecting just about anything. This includes but is not limited to comics, coins, stamps, books, shot glasses, non-sports cards, art, curios, music, movies, and empty beer bottles (Which often occurs unintentionally!!). I truly believe collecting is a disease!

Add to this list anything different, unusual, or interesting in any way. I am constantly looking for new things to try and to do to keep life interesting!

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"
George W. Bush - Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

Links   Obligatory Link Collection   Links
Favorite Hiking Links
Appalachian Trail Home Page
Great Outdoor Resource Page (Gorp.com)
Friends (With Web Pages)
Paul Hough
Felix J. McGillicuddy
Chuck Watson
Organizations I Belong To
American Alpine Club
Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA)
American Long Distance Hikers Association - West (ALDHA-West)
Appalachian Trail Conference
Mountain Club of Maryland
The Mountaineers
Bushwhacker Climbing Club
Favorite Movie Links
Internet Moivie Database
The Silents Majority
Silent Era: The Silent Film Website
The Silent Movie Theatre
The Drive-In Theatre Page
Bengies Drive-In Theatre
Charities I Support
Appalachian Trail Museum
Hostelling International-USA
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Seattle Art Museum

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Last Updated on Oct 19, 2009