My name is Larry Gerndt, and I'm a software engineer. I am currently 57 years old and happily married to a wonderful Dutch woman who, like me, loves nature and the cosmos. We live in a rustic, woodsy apartment complex called ShadowBrook in the San Francisco bay area with our three cats. A few years ago, I left my former employer, a startup which was not doing well, to join a new and very large company which is thriving. With the new job came more money, better benefits, and a much shorter commute, down from 50 minutes to only 15 minutes. I would like to think an angel was looking out for me, because the work is perfect and the people are a joy to work with.