I was bred and buttered, as they say, in Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively, but now I live in an old house in inland southern California with my wife and two kids.

“CQ2” is shorthand for “Condor’s Quill II”, since I had a blog-like mailing list years ago, reporting to family and friends on our travels in Southeast Asia, named “Condor’s Quill.” More than somewhat immodestly, it comes from a line in Moby Dick: “Give me a condor’s quill! Give me Vesuvius’ crater for an inkstand!” Oh, how I envy you if you haven’t read Moby Dick yet.

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