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About Dave - THEDaveHughes.com
January 9, 2014

About Dave

Thanks for visiting my web site and for clicking here to learn a little more about me.

If I must attach labels to who I am and what I do, then (in no particular order) I am a writer/author/blogger and public speaker (which is the main focus of this web site), a wedding officiant, a jazz musician, and a presentation skills instructor/coach.  I write a blog called Retire Fabulously!, and I am working on a series of books about retirement lifestyle planning.

As for demographics, I’m a 60-year-old gay man living in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.  I’m married to a wonderful man named Jeff and we have two dogs, Missy and Maynard.

At the end of 2013, I made a big transition in my life.  I ended my 34-year career in the software engineering and semiconductor manufacturing industries by taking an early retirement package.  I had intended to work until I was 60, but this package was too good to turn down.  So just shy of my 57th birthday, I eagerly embarked upon this new phase of my life.

The word “retirement” carries a lot of assumptions and baggage with it for many people, so I prefer to refer to this new phase of my life as my “renaissance.”  It is truly a time when I can rebrand myself, undertake new endeavors that I feel passionate about, and live life (mostly) on my terms.  (Well, that and those of my husband.)

One important element of my renaissance is that I plan to write more.  To date, most of my writing has been centered around my Retire Fabulously! blog.  But I intend to write on other topics as well, and those writings will appear here.  This web site will also be used to chronicle the more public-facing happenings in my life, to the extent that I think anyone might be interested.  I envision this content to be something meatier and more permanent than a Facebook post, but not as self-facing as a diary or journal.  We’ll see how it goes.