According to ICANN, I registered ericcloninger.com in June 2001. The first iteration was hosted on a Frankenbox that I built from parts. It was just a motherboard, power supply, hard drive, and RAM that sat on a shelf in my office. It didn't even have a case or any fans. It ran an early version of what is now known as a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). It was connected to my home broadband connection.
It didn't take long to realize that hosting a website on a home broadband connection was a bad idea.
We accumulated a lot of boxes labeled "Misc Stuff" through the years and those boxes inevitably ended up either in the basement or in a back corner of our garage. The basement got so full of these boxes, that it almost wasn't usable as a storm shelter. So, I've been working to get all those boxes emptied and their contents distributed to their proper places, which is often the trash can or the thrift store donation center.
One of the boxes had a collection of books. There were college textbooks, paperback novels, notebooks full of doodles and class notes. At the bottom of the box was a book I hadn't seen in nearly 20 years.
It's been a long while since I posted on here. My life has changed drastically since the previous post in October 2015. I went from a frequent business traveler to stay at home dad after my wife lost her battle with cancer in 2016.
I plan to continue traveling the world with my kids and I hope to find a new travel partner some day. These are some of the places I want to visit, but this by no means an exhaustive list. If I were offered a trip to Paris or London, cities I've visited several times, I'd be ready to go in a matter of minutes.