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.
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.
If you truly want to see how time passes by and get caught up on popular culture just see what the costumes are on Halloween. No more cowboys and indians, clowns and Draculas, although many vampires and zombies will abound. I've got a costume in mind that will both frighten, scare and appear clownish, dress them up as a U.S. Congressman.
I miss the sounds of children playing in our neighborhood and while I have often thought that it was because our area has aged out of that demographic I realize that's not the only reason. Some are occupied inside on computers and electronic games, as a matter of fact the electronic playthings have replaced the bicycle as first on the list of wants. It also occurred to me that kids who used to play sports in sandlots are now being put in organized sports, running their parents ragged trying to get to venues all over the place. The drawback in this whole situation is the therapy those sounds could provide. If you were feeling down all you used to have to do was open a window and the sounds of children playing let you know that everything was going to be all right.