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Roger J. Wendell
Defending 3.8 Billion Years of Organic EvolutionSM
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About Me, these pages,
and life in general!

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Okay, this page (and this entire website) is mostly for me - an opportunity for me to express some views, archive things, save the Earth, and rant a bit (please see my disclaimer page). Nevertheless, if you're interested in who I am, and what this now very large* website is about, you can look further down this page, below, for a brief description as I see myself (not very objective but, then again, who is when it comes to the person closest to them?)...

*by early 2006 my site was filled with about 250 mb of text and pix that were generating nearly a half million hits each month - and I wasn't even selling anything!

 

 

Me

In June of '06 I was diagnosed with cancer but was one of those few lucky ones whose tumor was removed, tested, and eventually found to be benign (mostly). In addition to feeling really lucky the incident also changed my outlook on life a bit. Nevertheless, I thought I'd keep this page (and most of my website) pretty much intact as the way I originally started creating it (in the late 90s) since it was all heartfelt then and still relevant now...

 

  1. There is nothing more important than family - I've been very lucky to have had great kids, siblings, parents, cousins and extended family!

  2. I've always loved my country but, admittedly, have been critical of it at times. In addition to my military experience I've also served as an election judge, member of my city's election commission, and as an elected delegate to my party's county and state assemblies.

  3. I've always loved the outdoors and nature. As a young kid, even before my teenage years, I was out hiking and exploring every chance I got.
  4. As an older kid (in my teens), in the late 60s, I started to realize the natural world around me was being destroyed for nothing more than economic gain, ignorance, and just plain old indifference.
  5. In my twenties (1970s and 80s) I became an environmental activist while trying to juggle family life, completing my education, and holding down a job that, although it provided a living for me and my family, was a distraction from all those wonderful things of interest to me. In fact, I never really understood how anyone could submerse themselves in a career (except maybe for research scientists and musicians) in our modern, hyper-ventilated dog-eat-dog industrial rat-race. To me, modern jobs have always been like that Robert Hoyt song where he sings about it being "Quittin' Time" on the high-tech plantation - it's all (or at least most of it) drudgery and tail-chasing that separates us even further from not only the natural world but our own humanity. Okay, maybe I'm a little jaded here as I never really fell in love with a job (except parts of my Coast Guard radioman work and broadcast experience). So, who knows, maybe if I'd become a cancer researcher or evolutionary biologist I'd have kinder things to say about earning a paycheck but as it stands now I think most of us could tell the boss you-know-what...
  6. In my thirties (1980s and 90s) I became politically active and started voicing my opinion about unnecessary wars, poverty, human degradation, overpopulation, environmental destruction, our loss of freedom, and a whole host of related issues and problems.
  7. In my forties (1990s and 2000s) I reverted to my childhood (see item #3 above) and began exploring nature again. This included trips to Asia, Africa, South America, and just about everywhere you can go on the North American continent (Including most of Canada and almost all of Mexico). I also developed an even deeper appreciation for my family (see items #1 above) and enjoyed spending more time with them every chance I had.
  8. In my fifties [which started as 2006 rolled around] I planned on even more time with family, more time with nature, and less time with careers and jobs (see item #4 above). And, I actually did get more involved with outdoor stuff, and nature, but was somewhat delayed with the cancer issue I've mentioned way too many times already... Nevertheless, my early 50s started out really well with a number of 14er climbs, summiting Mt. Baker, some fantastic backcountry ski trips, and wonderful travel to Australia, Europe, Hawaii, Antarctica, southern Africa, and other great places.
  9. In the future (in my 60s, 70s and beyond) I expect to become even more of a curmudgeon, especially on issues related to the environment, corrupt governments, and religions that harm people. As of this writing [I made this portion of the entry in 2004] mother Earth appears to be on her knees while our government (the Bush administration) is about as corrupt and uncaring as any in our history. I plan to continue helping the former and combating the latter. The last thing I want to look back on, when I'm nearing death, is a life that was too comfortable to speak out and work against the destruction, corruption, and mindlessness that's taking place throughout our society and around the world...
- Roger J. Wendell
Golden, Colorado
(page first started on 04/30/04, at age 48, and later
  amended on different dates as time marched along...)

 

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Personality Instruments and Profiles:

I think it started in the military for me (although I don't remember for sure) when the IQ tests, personality instruments and various profile tests started to roll-in. There's no doubt the pace picked-up when I was in college. My guess is that most of this type of testing, in college, takes place in the teaching and social science schools but I think we got a pretty good dose of it in the school of business as well. Anyway, by the time I became a manager (which occupied most of my career) I was taking all kinds of tests - especially when I was involved in leadership training and other related assignments. For what it's worth, here are some of the scores and ratings I accumulated later in my career:

Taking these kinds of tests can be a lot of fun but a bit time-consuming. Some are somewhat expensive (thankfully my employer paid for most of 'em) and can contain anywhere from one to almost two hundred questions. And, although they say there are no "wrong" answers or "bad" profiles, some of it can be a little less than flattering when the instrument indicates unyielding attitudes, dictatorial behaviors, or other less than desirable attributes (I usually score poorly in the "Ability to take orders from others" category...). Of course it's always fun to hear good things about yourself and some of these instruments were amazingly accurate when it came to forecasting different situations that I'd either enjoy or be uncomfortable with. Anyway, for whatever it's worth, the results that I've posted here might reveal a little something about me (as if the 500+ web pages I've created haven't!)...

 

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Yellow Arrow Right Click Here for my "Birthday Video for the World..." (9 mb, 41 seconds, avi format)
Mt. Morrison, Colorado by Roger J. Wendell - 12-07-2005
Mt. Morrison, Colorado - December 07, 2005
It was Sunday morning, November 12th, 2006 - my 51st birthday and I was determined to climb Mt. Morrison, near my home west of Denver, for what was at least the 75th time in less than four years. There was a light but steady snowfall and it was still cold despite having just reached the summit after 2,000 feet of strenuous elevation gain. I was alone with my little Canon digital camera and decided to record a video birthday message for the world. No script, no pen or paper, and no battery power either - after my first "take" the camera, much to my disappointment, went completely dead. So, what you get here is some raw, uncut video that creates not only a digital archive of my extemporaneous presentation skills, but a heartfelt message about the Human condition and the plight of dear old mother Earth. To create the video, I held the camera at arm's length, hoping that my face was properly framed in the viewfinder, while I turned slowly from side-to-side on the very highest tip of rock on top Mt. Morrison - I wasn't even sure if the camera was going to focus at such a short distance with so poor lighting due to the snowfall. Nevertheless, as you'll see, my little experiment seemed to work for the most part...
 
 

 

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About RogerWendell.com's Background Images:

Over the years I've used all kinds of photographs, drawings, and text for the background image on my pages. Since I usually rely on cascading style sheets I can change the background image on over 200 pages with just a couple of keystrokes. One recurring theme, that I've always liked, are either images related to a type of environmental spirituality or math and science stuff. I change the background image quite frequently, since it's so quick and easy (as I mentioned above...), but will try to dedicate this portion of my "About" page to a description of the most current background image:

 

Systems of linear equations take place when there is more than one related math expression. The following two equations are graphed on the same xy-plane:

y = 3x + 5
y = - x

Math Background Image
The solution set to any equation is the place where both equations meet on the xy-plane. This meeting place is called the Point of Intersection. If you have a linear equation and a quadratic equation on the same xy-plane, there may be two points where the graph of each equation will meet or intersect.

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Environmental "Tools" representing resistance
to the distruction of dear ol' Mother Earth!

 

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Links:
Roger J. Wendell's beard - Photo by Tami on 11-18-2006

 

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  4. Evolution
  5. Life
  6. Politics
  7. Roger's Rules of Order
  8. Science
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  10. Writing by me...

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