The third child of working class parents- Arlene G. and William L. McElroy- I played football and baseball through virtually all of my years in school. It afforded me less focus on academics and more time for guy stuff. Though this early focus became detrimental in later years I somehow was able to earn a degree from UC Santa Barbara, a fine Southern California Institution. After receiving awards and accolades for sports of all sorts while growing up the most coveted stamp of approval was and still is, my diploma, and then eventually a degree from UCSB.
Successfully navigating my way through a professional career in commercial Real Estate I then went on to launch and sell REMC- Real Estate Management Corporation, a commercial real estate services company. Building and maintaining vacation rental properties in tropical places has paralleled my more formal real estate career. The most recent project -playalomabonita.com in Zihuatanejo Mexico is a culmination of real estate and travel experience all wrapped up into one big, seemingly unending, effort. An Authentic Mexican Retreat encompassing an eventual build out of five Villas, twelve Bungalows, Cantina and all the fine necessities of luxury escape perched quietly on two hundred meters of beach front bliss.
After almost thirty years of working, raising kids and living life to its absolute fullest I am perplexed by one thing. How is it that my life is plagued by thoughts of not doing enough? So, I have written a book. "Wrong Side Of The Tracks" wrongsideofthetracksbook.com is an honest look at family dynamics and how race, culture, status, financial struggle and everything else that goes along with growing up plays into a sometimes regretful yet ultimately rewarding life.
Life's long lesson. So many ways to interpret everything that happens in life. Very basic things like race,religion or simple affiliation can bring such reverence upon even the most innocent of inclination's that you wonder why have them. Crossing affiliation's with my race-Hawaiian, Korean, German, Scottish or taught religion and assimulated culturally mystical beliefs keeps my contemplative mind open and constantly searching out clues to human interaction. Feeling lost or left out at times is an acceptable side effect from this contempltive stance. The commingling of different affiliations, whether due to fear of failure at one or failure to completely understand only one, shown itself in my life at an early age. Crossing between multiple groups in my early developmental years-surf, jock, loadies, straight, I had my foot in every door. Mediation was my regular form of argument while attempting to bridge understanding between the, often times, opposing forces. A position that embraces several thoughts and views feels more normal to me than forging a rigid stance behind one uncompromising stance.
"Wrong Side Of The Tracks" Is a frank Memoir about growing up within a culturally conflicted, financially deprived and emotionally taxing environment. A trial and error path on one hand yeilding dispare and misfortune yet on the other hand somehow also allowing growth, promise and good fortune.
Main interests have to do, first and foremost, with raising well balanced kids. After that,starting and selling new ventures of all sorts.
Surfrider Foundation, LA Mission, World Vision,Green peace, UCSB.
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