Web site of Jim Zimmerlin - JimZim.net

I'm Jim Zimmerlin and this is my web site.  It's all about the things that interest me, such as cruise ships and digital photography.  Plus, it's my chance to tell the story of my life.

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Jim Zimmerlin
Grover Beach
San Luis Obispo county, California, USA

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All About Jim Zim

Let me introduce myself, and tell you the story of my life!  My childhood years were idyllic as the youngest kid in a family of four children...  growing up in the San Francisco Bay area.  College brought me to San Luis Obispo, California...  where I was introduced to radio and went on to become a radio announcer and radio station program director.  (And met the love of my life.) Later, in order to support my wife and kids, I became a salesman of audio/video products and later, Honda automobiles.  Finally, I landed a job at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant that made possible an incredible abundance of great things for the rest of my life.  Of course, there were a few bumps along the way...  including Meniere's Disease and cancer...  but I got past all that and now I'm cruising towards retirement!  And somewhere along the way, I stumbled in to an alternate career on YouTube.

click here to meet Kellyn Zimmerlin

Meet my wife, Kellyn

I've gone through a lot of changes and phases in my life, but one thing has been constant for over 35 years:  Kellyn's love and companionship.  I'll introduce you to her, and show you a few pictures of her over the years.

click here to read about my job at a nuclear power plant

My life on the job at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant

When you hear about someone working at a nuclear power plant, it probably conjures up images of Homer Simpson...  or perhaps Chernobyl or Fukushima.  Let me set the record straight, and show you pictures of some things that most Californian's will never see in person.  Plus, I'll fill you in on my plans to retire, after 28 years on the job there!

My cruise history

My cruise history, and links to all of my cruise reviews

I've been on 49 cruises, and I've written some fairly detailed reviews of all but a few of them.  Take a look at the list of all the cruises I've been on, and follow the links to my full reviews featuring lots of pictures and (on the more recent ones) lots of videos.

Our upcoming cruises

Our upcoming cruises

I fill you in on the cruises we're booked on for the next several years, including two cruises that you're invited to come along on:  an Alaska cruise in July of 2020, and a Caribbean cruise in February of 2021.  Also, you'll get a good look at an artist's concept of the incredible balcony on the suite we've booked for the 2021 Caribbean cruise.  It comes with its own private Jacuzzi!

Hurricane Dorian

Our most recent cruise:  The Hurricane Cruise!

We booked a 3-day Bahamas cruise for Labor Day weekend but Hurricane Dorian was heading there on that very same weekend...  so our 3-day cruise turned in to a 5-day cruise (at the 3-day price).

We didn't get to go to Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas as we planned, but we had a nice time in the Western Caribbean instead.

If you have 28 minutes to watch my version of a TV travelogue, I'll fill you in on our very unusual "hurricane cruise"!

Click here to see Jim's YouTube channel

My YouTube Channel

Over the last few years, something that started as a fun hobby turned in to something much more.  My YouTube channel has become kind of a big deal, and generates a significant amount of income for our family now.  Take a look at some of the best videos I've created...  including one that's been viewed over 94 million times!  Subscribe to the channel if you want to be notified when new videos are added.  There are over 450 videos to browse through on my YouTube channel, including 17 that have more than a million views!

My channel has over 300,000 subscribers, and my videos have had over 250 million views!

click here to read about my experience with Lymphoma

My brush with Cancer

I was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  That's a chapter in my life that I hope I never have to go through again!  Let me tell you the story, and I'll even share a few pictures taken after I lost all my hair during chemo.  Don't worry, though.  My hair came back after that, but the cancer never did!

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I've been in to photography since the 1960's.  A photography class back in the 7th grade taught me darkroom skills, and the introduction of digital photography in the 1990's allowed me to take it to a whole new level.  I've taken some great photos over the years.  Let me show you a few of them, and tell you about some of the digital cameras I've used.

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My Model Trains

Another hobby of mine is fooling around with model trains.  I've got six g-scale locomotives and quite a bit of "rolling stock" for them to pull around our house.  The problem is that g-scale trains are quite large, and our house is quite small!  I'll show you the interesting way we've solved that little problem.

click here for our Cocker Spaniel site

Cocker Spaniels

Kellyn and I bred American Cocker Spaniels for 15 years, before retiring from it in 2010.  Our last remaining Cocker passed away in 2018, so these days it's pretty quiet around our house.  But during those 15 years, things were quite interesting around here!  It's such a long story, full of many cute pictures, that it requires a web site of its own:  ZimFamilyCockers.com

information about cruise ships and cruising

Why sailing on cruise ships is my favorite vacation

It occurs to me that there are still a lot of people who have never been on a cruise.  Let me see if I can explain to you why Kellyn and I absolutely LOVE cruising, and think it's the best possible vacation!  I'll show you some of our favorite vacation photos and tell you all about some of our favorite cruise ships.

Other Items Of Interest:

Jim's Weather Page
A Photo tour of San Luis Obispo, California
Pictures of Our Local Area
A few interesting audio clips
Dog-Friendly hotels and motels in our area
Good restaurants in our area
Scenic Pictures From The Pecho Coast Trail - 2007
Scenic Pictures From The Pecho Coast Trail - 2003
Pictures of my April 2010 hot air balloon flight
2006 Washington Farm Vacation photos
2004 Washington Farm Vacation photos
2001 Washington Farm Vacation photos
1999 Washington Farm Vacation photos
Pictures from our vacation at Disney's Grand Californian hotel

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