I was born in the heart of Tex-Mex, in San Antonio, but I've lived in Dallas most of my adult life, since 1971. My first career was in information technology but I retired from that and I am now doing general contracting in the construction industry. Always liked working with my hands, and now I get to do more than I used to. I lived with a girl once upon a time, for almost a year and she gained a pound a month, eating my food. We certainly didn't split up because of my cooking. My friends and family consider me to be a gourmet cook, but the trick I've learned is to try other people's recipes and then vary with a dash of this or that until it comes out to my own taste. UPDATE Jan 29, 2008: Haven't been on here in a while, but I've settled down and I'm now retired, giving my landlady hell and having fun with my grandkids and great-grandkids (4 already and another on the way!) I am now convinced that God created oysters, JUST FOR ME. LOL.