Mother of one, grandmother of four, great-grandmother of one, owner of
several dogs (my adopted, four-legged family), LPN, website designer
and manager, Vietnam Era Army Veteran, community newspaper publisher,
ADP main frame operator, UAW worker, ER Medical Clerk (NavHospBrem)
and community park "Gopher Slaver" ... seems like "Been there, done
that" pretty well describes my life so far!! (I just haven't decided
what I want to be, should I decide to grow up.)
I spent the early years of my life in the suburbs of the San Francisco
Bay Area. When I saw the area changing so radically from my youthful
past, I decided it was time to head north. Having fallen in love with
the trees of Washington State, there was no doubt this would become my
"forever home". Although I live in a very rural community, the Cascade
Mountains, raging rivers and the Puget Sound are all just a short
drive away! Yes, it does rain a lot in the area - but you can't have
all this green without it!!
The one thing that has remained consistent through my life, has been
my love of humor and collecting jokes. The Internet provides the
perfect access and outlet to a world of variety and diversity. I can
now collect humorous items from so many great sources, all over the
world, and share them on my own website and with email friends ... all
from the comfort of my computer desk! Life is so AWESOME!!
For anyone interested, "Sam" was a nickname given to me by my best
friend, back in 6th grade. When I first went on the Internet, she
introduced me to her wide world of friends, via chat rooms. "Sam" was
alright as a screen name but I got tired of the same question ...
"Male or Female?" The "Ms" was added as an answer to that question and
the name has followed me ever since.
Admin, Archivist & Traffic Reporter
I was born in Harrisburg, PA, not far from
where I now live. (Not that I didn't move around.) I spent most of
my childhood moving because of my asthma. We shuttled back and
forth between Tucson, AZ, Monrovia, CA and Harrisburg until 1951,
when we moved to Dillsburg, PA for my high school years.
After high school I decided I wanted to be an Electronics Engineer
so went to college at Lehigh University for a year. Bad
Choice. Still not wanting to go to work, I joined the Air Force as
a Radar Jamming Technician and spent time in Tampa, FL and
Plattsburg, NY. After 4 years I got out and went back to college at
the State University of Agricultural and Technical University in
Farmingdale, NY and got an Associate Degree as an Electronics
Technician. Another bad choice. I worked for about a year as a
Fuller Brush salesman. Another bad choice.
Finally in desperation I joined state government in PA as a
clerk. My position just happened to be heavy in computers, so I
eventually moved into Computer Programming after a few years and
went to school part-time and got an Associate Degree. Over the
years I worked on 5 different mainframe computer systems and
learned 10-15 computer languages. The information you see on the
Traffic Reports is mainly generated from a program using that
experience. After 32 years with the state I retired in June
My wife and I currently live near Harrisburg, PA
and have 3 children, and 5 grandchildren (as of July 2011). We are
active in our church and sing with an interdenominational choir. My
wife is now also retired and I keep busy around the house with
projects and work on about a half dozen other computer projects
besides The Humor List.