VOCATION: Semiretired grass-seed farmer.
Hometown: La Grande, Oregon
AVOCATIONS: Skiing, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, motorbiking, and flying my Cessna 182 Skylane.
LAST YEAR’S ITINERARY: Four months of skiing and volunteer patrolling at my local mountain in Anthony Lakes; a ski trip up in British Columbia, Canada; and two multiweek windsurfing road trips to Texas’s South Padre Island in the spring and fall.
WHAT’S NEXT: My wife and I will be heading down to the southern Texas coast again soon with a motor home full of windsurfing gear -- about a half dozen sailboards and maybe eight sails. We’ll be windsurfing pretty much every day.
PROUDEST MOMENT: Skiing with my great-grandchildren.
TOUGHEST PHYSICAL/HEALTH HURDLE I’VE FACED SO FAR: A heart attack and stent surgery earlier this year. I was back to my normal activities within two weeks.
WHAT I’VE GIVEN UP: Nothing.
WHAT I’LL NEVER GIVE UP: Delighting in my family.
PERFECT DAY: Every new day that keeps me busy. I wake up at six a.m., have a cup of coffee, and then the rest of the day is gone before I know it. That’s the way I like it.
MOST EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE: Skiing a steep chute of Oregon powder and making the first tracks of the day.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF LIFE: Give the e-mail a rest sometimes. Get outside, and keep developing a positive attitude. You’re going to need a lot of enthusiasm when you hit my age.
LIFE PHILOSOPHY: There’s always a higher hill to climb -- that’s something you should embrace.