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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 Ronnie 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 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!

A Note About Lydia
Several of the pages on this website are dedicated to our granddaughter Lydia. 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 her privacy. There will be a few places where individual pictures of Lydia may appear which you will be able to see, and those are there with the permission of her 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 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.

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 for Lydia's first Birthday, 2018. (Picture credit: Mira Whiting Photography)

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.