Debbie is a vibrant, energetic
woman I met in 1984 while I was employed as an instrument tech at
Merck and Company in Wilson, NC. She is native to Wilson and Wilson
County, and was involved in a major overhaul of Merck's preventive
maintenance program. We became very good friends at work, and I guess
you could say that one thing led to another.
After a whirlwind romance, we were married in Dillon, SC in bluejeans
and tennis shoes. We thought it quite fitting, considering the very
casual lifestyle we enjoy. Both having been married before, our
beginnings were very humble...having almost nothing but each other, we
started our new life together. In retrospect,that was all that really
Debbie is a very computer
literate person, and loves to 'surf' the net. She is a power user of
Microsoft's Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, as well as Harvard Graphics,
WordPerfect, DW4, Lotus, DBase3, CCmail, and more. She has been
involved professionally in International Trade, Business Management,
has worked intimately with the FDA, and was a QA Procedural
Specialist with Glaxo for 7 years. After leaving Glaxo,Debbie became the Agricultural
Accounts Manager of a local EMC. She is most recenly, as of this writing in
2008, the President and co-owner of
Scootworks, Inc. in Zebulon NC.
In addition to a busy career,
Debbie was also a student at NC Wesleyan College. She started back to
school in 1991, and graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a BSBA.
It took lot of patience and cooperation for her to maintain classes,
as well as manage her elderly father's finances, maintain our home,
look after Me, and work full-time, but she did it!
Debbie is also an
Amateur Radio operator and holds the highest class of license...the
Amateur Extra class. This license requires the ability to receive morse
code at 20 words (5 letter words) per minute, which is 100 letters per
minute. Keep in mind that numbers and some punctuation have as many as
6 sounds each! It's pretty fast stuff. Debbie worked on morse code
practice in her spare time (!!) non-stop for about 6 months to
accomplish this feat. The license also requires that you pass 5
written examinations in electronics and radio theory, FCC rules
and regulations, federal examination procedures, satellite
communications, etc. She is active on the amateur bands, and often
operates from her mobile station in her car while on the road. We also have
an Amateur Radio station in our
home that Debbie operates.
Debbie is a member of, and
examiner with, the
Triangle East Amateur Radio Association club VE team. She has been
approved by the FCC and the ARRL to administer Amateur Radio exams. She
is also a member of the Franklin
County Amateur Radio Club, Capital Area Repeater Association, and the ARRL. As
you can see, she is quite a diverse person!
In addition to
the many things listed above, Debbie enjoys reading, bird watching, the outdoors,
dancing, travel, SHOPPING, and riding her Vulcan Motorcycle.
Debbie has always loved spending time with her special babies: "Sasha"
Debbie and I went
on a cruise to the Bahamas during Christmas of 1993. It was a lot
of fun, but I get seasick very easily...soooo...we bought a condo in
Freeport, Bahamas and now fly there when we take our vacation. We
spend less time on a boat, more time where we want to be, and I don't
get seasick. Here's a picture of
Debbie and I when we were on our cruise. Debbie and I had lots of sun,
and we "may" have had a bit of alcohol, but it was lots of fun.
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