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David E. Ross

Oak Park, California 91377

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Duracell batteries are prohibited in my house. They leak. They have severely damaged several electronic devices of mine, including an expensive Seiko clock that required professional repair.

In my experience, Energizer and Eveready batteries do not have this problem.

Of course, I never buy a store's house-brand battery since I have no way to know if Duracell made it.

© 2019 by David Ross

Some religious missionary left a package on my front porch while my wife and I were still asleep. The package contained a letter, a booklet, and a DVD. All of those materials advocated that I convert to "Jews for Jesus", which is actually a front for Christianizing Jews.

The envelope, book, and letter went into the trash. In the new year (2018), the DVD will join other discs in hanging from my fruit trees to scare the birds away from ripening fruit. The DVD box — with the paper cover removed — will be quite useful for holding CDs and DVDs that are currently in paper envelopes.

Missionaries who try to convert me to their own religion are actually rude. Their efforts imply a superiority of one religion over another, which is a concept rejected by Judaism. They insult my faith and the faith of my ancestors. At a minimum, they are annoying when they ignore the mezuzah on the front doorpost of my house, an indication of my strong commitment to Judaism.

In particular, "Jews for Jesus" is an oxymoron.

© 2017 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)

Community Service


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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Stamp collecting


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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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