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David E. Ross

Oak Park, California 91377


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When I shop for food at a super market or a small grocery, I am puzzled by the way fresh fruits are labeled. Apples and pears are clearly labeled by variety. I see apples that are Granny Smith, Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and others. Pears are being sold as Bartlett, Comice, d'Anjou, Bosc, Forelle, et cetera.

Why, however, are grapes, oranges, and other fruits labeled generically? I see "red" and "green" grapes but not Flame, Perlette, Thompson Seedless, Black Monukka, or Muscat. Yes, I do see Valencia and Cara-Cara oranges; but I also see generic navel oranges without knowing if they are Washington navels or Robertson navels. Why is this?

© 2020 by David Ross


I collect music videos on my PC. No, not the type shown on MTV. I collect videos of symphony orchestras performing (of course) symphonies, concertos, operatic choruses, and similar serious music.

I enjoy watching the orchestras perform, especially how the musicians nod and bob, weave and sway. Their motions indicate that they really enjoy the music they are playing. They are "into" their performances.

Yes, I admit that I also have some popular music and also folk music. However, the number of files of serious music — Beethoven, Brahms, Berlioz, Chopin, Rodrigo, Boccherini, and others — far exceeds the combined number of files of popular and folk music. Of course, given the lengths of symphonies and concertos, the number of bytes of serious music is orders of magnitude greater than for popular and folk music.

© 2019 by David Ross


Anyone who thinks government owns a monopoly on inefficient, obstructive bureaucracy has obviously never worked for a large corporation.

Copyright © 1997 by David Ross

(or never tried to deal with a health insurance claims department)


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Profession

Computer software engineer specializing in requirements analysis and testing. Advocate of software life-cycle methods that minimize errors and prevent budget overruns, schedule slips, and dissatisfied end-users through up-front analysis, ongoing reviews, and formal verification. Proficient with software for platforms including stand-alone main-frames, desktop PCs, and client-server networks. Experienced in technical management and, for small organizations, top-level management.

Expertise includes:

Professional Activities


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Hobbies

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Stamp collecting

Gardening

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Listening to classical music

Surfing the Internet

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When I turn on the faucet, water comes out. At night, the street lights come on. Our streets are swept, and our joint school and public library continues to operate. Both children and adults enjoy themselves in our community's parks. Our public schools are as good as any other schools — public or private — in California. Deputy Sheriffs patrolling our streets and judges in our courtrooms keep our community's crime rate very low in a county with one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Mail is delivered six days each week. In Oak Park, government is working; it is not our enemy.


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