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About Us
Hi! We're Rick and Mei-O (pronounced Mayo, appropriately enough, just like the Mayo Clinic) Shabsin from Rochester, Minnesota (home of the Mayo Clinic). We maintain this website just for fun, using only a simple editor, Photoshop, a digital camera (nowadays, usually my Google Pixel phone), and a scanner. It's served off a Mac mini (sitting flat on the bottom of this cabinet) in our son Chris' house in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Mei-O and I have have lived in Rochester since January of 1984 when I came here to work for IBM as a software engineer. Before that, we lived in Warren, Ohio where, after I got fired from my job as an air traffic controller by President Reagan for participating in the air traffic controllers' strike in August of 1981, I attended school at Youngstown State University, earning a B.S. in Mathematics with a Computer Science minor in December, 1983. We have one son, Chris, who lives in the Boston area, having graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1995. On June 9, 2012, he married Dana at Purity Spring Resort in eastern New Hampshire, and on August 24, 2017, they brought our amazing little granddaughter, Lydia, into the world! Then on June 18, 2019, our grandson Max joined the family!

A Note About Lydia and Max
Several of the pages on this website are dedicated to our grandkids, Lydia and Max. In order to view those pages, you'll need a username and password which can be obtained either from me (Rick) or Chris or Dana. This, of course, is to protect their privacy. There will be a few places where individual pictures of Lydia and/or Max may appear which you will be able to see, and those are there with the permission of their parents. Sorry for the inconvenience.

What We Do
On August 2, 2013, I retired from Celestica, a global technology services company headquartered in Toronto, Canada, where I worked at their Rochester, Minnesota, site as a Software Engineer/Senior Application Developer. After 29 and a half years of designing and coding manufacturing and engineering-related applications, I plan to remain retired! Since I've been retired, I've done a bunch of volunteer work, including my favorite project, being the stage manager for the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

Mei-O works in Student Nutrition Services at Sunset Terrace Elementary School for the Rochester Public School District.

Chris is a software engineer working for Google in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dana is also a software engineer. She works for Cargurus, also in Cambridge.

e-mail
If you want to e-mail me, I can be reached at: rshabsin at gmail.com

 

At Chris and Dana's in Somerville with Max and Lydia, Christmas, 2019.

Here's a 3-minute long slideshow of a bunch of pictures which can be seen on the various pages of this website. While most of the pictures in this slideshow are of us and family, there are a lot of pictures of not-us-or-family, too, especially under the "Our Trips" tab. Click here to see a full-size version of this slideshow with captions.