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Who's Mike? I am Mike, Mike Metras, your host, a writer for two score plus a few years, a writer at least since Sister M. in my freshman English class gave me an "F" for a writing project. She insisted that, even though she couldn't find the source, I had to have plagiarized my short-story assignment. You couldn't have written something that good yourself." It was mine. And now I have rewritten it as The Kite.

I survived the charge, though not without scars that have healed with time. I am still writing travel narrative, essays, and a little poetry and fiction. Today after wandering Europe and India since 2003 and living two years in Germany, I am back in the US in California.

In my earlier lives, I have: studied philosophy, theology, chemistry, and classical languages; learned Swahili, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, and more; lived with the US Army in Ethiopia for two years; served my time in Viet Nam; calibrated graphic arts cameras; wandered the repair centers of Latin and South America as a service manager for White Motor, a tractor and truck manufacturer; and taught people how to run TRS-80 home computers.

I come to you today as long-time writer, traveler, and programmer. For 21 years I was a technical writer, mostly writing user guides and reference manuals for computer software. When I wasn't doing that, I was writing macros and programs to automate our processes of creating that documentation. And in time there were macros programs that automatically converted this documentation into online IBM Mainframe, OS/2, and Windows Help and HTML online documentation.

In my off time for the past several years, I have studied, bought, and sold all manner of coins. And falling from that, for more than six years I wrote, edited, and published the Elgin Coin Club Newsletter, a five-time, national award-winning newsletter.

I dreamed of a broader and more creative life away from the daily routine of user guides, file conversions, too tight deadlines, and often repetitive tasks. I dreamed of a life writing spiritual and inspirational works; a life of traveling and writing about it; a life of studying, buying, selling, and writing about coins; a life more creatively and more freely lived.

In 2000 I decided to start doing those dreams. I quit my 9-to-5, traveled to Sicily, wrote about it a bit, and began to finish my 30-years-in-the-making book recounting the highways and byways of my life in Ethiopia and Eritrea. I began doing my dreams. Now I have four books done. Check them out here.

I am now more than seven years away from the 9-to-5 in Corporate America. I am doing some of the many dreams I had long thought of doing. So what are those things? For starters I now travel more and write about where I have been; I spend more time on spiritual things and write about them; I sell coins; I read a lot; and I have walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, traveled to India, and married the love of my life.

Now we are really "Petra and Mike" not "I." so I send you off to the another piece that tells you who we are. Come back with your browser's Back button.

Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life.

Mike Metras
Pilgrim, Guide, Wanderer, and Author
March 2008

P.S. With this update I notice that I have been adding little bits here and there to this page since I first created it six or seven years ago and the page is getting to look like it. One of these days I have to submit it to my critic and rewrite it. But that is another day. At least this time I put a new picture on top, one of me at our home in Kisslegg, Germany earlier in 2007. Click here for a rogue's gallery of pictrues of me.

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