After graduation life became an adventure, including some college, lots of travel and just learning to enjoy life. My education has been diversified to say the least attending several colleges and universities a few courses at a time and ending my formal education at Iowa State.
My occupations have been many, with the last 35 years spent in broadcasting
in one form or another. I have many things I love, my wife Chris, my daughter
Paula and my son Shad. I love also love Ames and Iowa. What I am and what I will
be is always grateful to the people and things that have surrounded my life in
this great part of the country we live in. The are a lot of things I've left out
but I'm sure we'll share more as you continue to visit this site.
I'm all excited about our Christmas promotion of The Penny Pickup. We've aligned with "Shop With A Cop" to raise money for families in need this holiday season. The concept is simple, if you've got a little bit of change throw it in the back of our pick up. I'll be doing my morning show in several locations and Trent will do his Your Turn Show ther also. A penny here, a dime there and next thing you know you've brought hapiness to someone you don't even know, thats the true spirit of giving. Don't fool yourself into thinking that we won't accept larger donations, we certainly will. We just wanted to emphasize that it's not the size of the gift, it's the spirit in which it's given. Please help us help others, I gurantee it will make your holidays much merrier.
This is it, todays the day. Much like the groundhog portends the spring, the wooly bear caterpillar predicts the severity of winter, my putting away the motorcycle is the final sign that cold weather is here to stay. As of tonight it will go into hibernation for the winter, there is no reprieve even if it gets warm for a couple more days. Last night my wife expressed her concern over my stubborness to give up my manly freedom for the year with these encouraging words "Lots of people think you're a little crazy, you don't need to be riding around proving it. Either you put the motorcycle away, or I may have to put you away." after over 22 years of marriage I have long learned never to doubt her.
Trent and I were talking yesterday about the wonders of technology, and yes I did agree that it is amazing the things we have at our fingertips. Conversely, it seems that since the computer age we have also seen a dramatic increase in Identity Theft. In my opinion we have become more vulnerable to technological pick pockets by placing immeasurable faith in systems that are flawed. We seem to be more than willing to put all kinds of information through these systems with blind trust that they are safe, yet hear horror story after horror story about friends and associates being victimized. Call me paranoid but I don't shop on line, I still deal in cash and best of all by not doing this not only do I keep my identity (not that it's worth that much) but it encourages me to shop locally promoting those with a vested interest in my community.
Some have inquired "How was your vacation?". If spending 3 days in the Crippen Archival garage counts, they were fine. It is amazing what I found, like the bicycle carrier that never fit our car and we failed to return. Twelve virgin rose cones that had never been used, one "Goofy Gopher" kids sprinkler that hasn't popped it's head up in 14 years, a set of womens golf clubs with wooden heads. This is just a sample, the only thing that has not been in there for years is any kind of motor vehicle and that is about to change.
It is election day and while I encourage every one to vote I also hope that they will vote their convictions instead of a yard sign. I firmly believe that along with the privilege of voting we are responsible for educating ourselves as to who best represents our philosophy of what we would like our future to be. The little sign that says I voted is diminished in importance when that's all you do without understanding the candidates. They've worked hard on espousing their stance on the issues it is your responsibility to match the candidate closest to your beliefs. By all means vote, but please make it an educated vote.