I was born in Portland Oregon in 1971. I grew up building tree forts among the Douglas fir trees on the SW side of town. I was heavily influenced by watching Star Wars in the theaters when I was 6 years old. I played jazz trombone and arcade games in the 80's. I played trombone in the US Navy in the 90's. I got out of the navy in 2000 and was homeless for 4 years. During that time, I managed to teach myself computer programming. I developed video game engines with custom coded collision detection using trigonometry. I also made several CDs and websites of my techno influenced jazz music in those years.
I finally became employed doing computer programming in 2007 and have been doing it ever since. I managed to buy a nice craftsman style house in SW Portland in 2014. I had two great relationships with older ladies in the 2010's. Both of them died and now I'm on my own again. I started Rand's Curry in 2020.
Music and Programming
My music site is dottrombone.com. I also use that site for all things programming. I've got 10 apps available for download on DT. I've been concentrating on composing piano music for the last few years. I've made a collection of this music I call By the Fire that I have on the DT music page. This year I'm working on putting a band together to play some of my older music and hopefully evolve into doing some new music.
I came up with the idea of running for office in 2003, when I was living on the streets. I was not living in despair. I knew I would become a solid programmer and get my life together. I thought my story could be used to draw attention to action on climate change. I put together a political platform I called 4040in2020 in 2017. It called for 40% of people to drive 40% less by working from home. I also proposed an electricity and gas tax on non-commercial activity. I feel that increasing taxes on business encourages them to outsource to other countries where these restrictions don't exist. Taxing residents is more fair in my opinion and it encourages them to conserve.
The needle was moved in 2020. It's proven: working from home can significantly decrease carbon emissions. Sure, we can't sustain the numbers we saw in April 2020. We probably could sustain half of it though. That would be an 8% global carbon emissions reduction. Without building anything. What else could we do this year that would accomplish that?
I love thinking and talking about politics, but it doesn't rule my life. I spend most of my time doing music, programming and cooking. I also enjoy riding my bicycle, cleaning my house and making arcade games. I was considering running again in 2022, but now I'm feeling that it's going to be too much of a distraction from my professional work. My 2022 campaign site can be found here.
I've been cooking curries since 2005. I was making curry dinners every night for Cynthia from 2017 until she died in 2019. I've continued having the fancy dinners every night since then. I love cooking and have gotten quite good at it, so I put together my home delivery curry business rands-curry.com in the summer of 2020. Sales did not catch on. I think that it was because my business model was too much unlike a normal restaurant (cold food in large quantities). I closed it down in the spring of 2021. It may come back in some form in the future, but I think the best way for me to make money is still with computer programming, so that is where I'm putting all my efforts now.