I learned to cook in the Coast Guard, worked in several resturants after leaving the service, and still cook as a hobby. My birthday is January 27th, but I'm not telling what year!! I have 2 beautiful children 2 girls ages 2 and 9, a husband who is very much like a third child, a dog, a cat, and a tank full of fish. My RAK wish list: A friendly smile! A funny joke. Heat resistant rubber spatulas. Good vanilla beans. Any exotic spices. And because this is a wish list after all, a good 10" Nonstick sautee pan with deep sides!