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Richard & Naoyuki aboard the Norwegian Star, March 2004

September 2007

Welcome to my new location! Grab a chair and your favorite beverage, you'll be here a while if you decide to look at all of it!

Now that I have moved it to its new location, I am updating -- and rearranging -- the content of my website. Under Septmber 2007 you will find out what is going on with me these days but first here is a handy-day set of links to get to background content:


The Psycho Con Artist Roommate


Latest News

As I said on the top page, I made the decision to create a new domain name when it became clear that I was going to have to go through an insane number of gyrations to persuade the registering agency that really did belong to me. So, again, welcome to RPJasper.Org.

Quite a bit has changed over the past three years, starting first with my job situation. In October 2004 I resigned my position as Director of Resource Services at the Wayne State University Library System when it became apparent that the Dean and I had irreconcilable differences (I don't think either of us suspected that was the case until it was too late to work through them.) Perhaps just as well, as it turned out, since I knew my partner,Naoyuki Saito, would be finishing his medical residency at the University of Michigan and that, more than likely, we would be leaving the area. I was happy to land a part-time, temporary position back at my old stomping grounds, the University of Michigan Library, working in the same department (and nearly the same seat) I'd started out at in 1985.

In the summer of 2005 Naoyuki began his new job in Buffalo, New York at the Genesee Community College in Batavia, a 40-mile drive from our home in East Amherst. I earn about what I did as a fledgling technical services department head at Emory circa 1990 but my colleagues are delightful and the students, although on occasion a bit challenging, very much remind me of why I so much enjoyed my stint at Michigan's Undergraduate Library (1987-1989.) They are almost always overwhelmingly grateful for any help you can give them (which more than makes up for the handful who are real twits.)

Aside from that:

We are quite enjoying our new life in Western New York. With the help of a great real estate agent we found a wonderful house on a great street in East Amherst. The house is everything one could want (it's much too big for us, really) on a wooded, one acre lot with a pond in the back. And our neighbors are pleasantly diverse for such suburban environs; there are only eight houses on our street but there is an Indian couple, a Chinese couple, a retired businessman, three families with young kids, and one with college-aged sons. It is not unusual to find us all hanging about the wooded-circle at the end of the street on pleasant summer evenings, the kids playing "let's see who will get the next boo-boo" while the adults catch up on what's going on with each other.

Saki, who will be 14 years old in Octber, is still going strong. Our neighbors compete to see who gets to take care of her when we go out of town.

My children, David and Emily, are now grown-ups, for all practical purposes. They are both students at the University of Georgia in Athens, about 70 miles from Atlanta, where Janet (their mom) lives. Emily just started her freshman year and David is now a junior majoring in international affairs.

When I started RPJournal six years ago blogging really hadn't come into its own. Now that it has, I have utilized a couple of spaces while my personal webpages are languished. I am still undecided as to whether I will keep that content where it is now, or move it to these pages. In the meantime, check out the following:

One Gaydad, with trip updates, movie reviews, family history (started but then stopped; I need to take it up again), and general musings...

Arpeejay, my usual online persona; not one for the faint of heart but it does include another blog, this one primarily focused on working out (and looking at handsome men!)

That's the news for now. Let me know what you think!

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