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 was feeling a little guilty yesterday about not being able to get dinner started in time, Chris was in Human Trafficing Training at Camp Dodge and no, we're not thinking of starting a new business. I went with what I felt was an excellent alternative, spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. This is my specialty, I grew up in Little Italy on the Southside of Des Moines, we had pasta for breakfast. I sliced the garlic, ribbed the peppers, got basil and oregano from the garden, browned the Graziano sausage and blended them in one of the sweetest sauces ever. My daughter came home with her friend and informed me that she had talked with mom and we're going out for supper. I was told to prepare my sauce to be frozen for a later date. To add insult to injury as we began our journey eat I'm informed we're going to Olive Garden!
It will be interesting to see how the Government Shutdown will affect folks involvement in politics. As a registered Independent I will be more active than ever seeking out and supporting candidates that come closest to my philosophies not because of their party affiliations. People that go to Washington to work for the people not their respective parties.
I was over on campus this weekend just strolling through the beauty that is Iowa State. It is amazing in all the construction that takes place that the utmost care has been taken to preserve the natural attributes of campus. It is also enhanced by the activities that are taking place, a quiddich game, frisbee football, juggling, unicycling and even a little studying. There is an air of youthful energy and cherished memories inundating my mind as I walk through occasionally stopping to overhear dreams and aspirations being shared. Ponce DeLeon didn't travel far enough North or he would have found his "Fountain of Youth" on the campus of Iowa State.
Does anyone besides me find it a bit strange that people buy Halloween costumes for their pets? What is the value in this and who started it? As kids we dressed up as heroes or even as animals sometimes to gather in the bounty of candies that was waiting for us. Pets not so much, mother nature has provided all they need for their tenure on earth and so far as I know did not take into consideration our need to embelish and humiliate our pets with costuming. I have yet to provide a dog or cat treat for those furry visitors on beggars night. I don't begrudge you the right to do so, but put yourself into your pets paws and realize they grow older faster than you and allow them the dignity that goes with their age.
An Octoberfest in downtown L.A. (Lovely Ames) this Saturday night and I feel obligated, because of my German heritage to attend. My knowledge of polka would probably amaze some people and my ability to enjoy a stein or two will surprise no one. Out of respect for my neighbors I will keep the lederhosen put away. My wife, Chris, pointed out that I seem to claim any Nationality that happens to be celebrating as my own at which I feigned sadness and explained "Do you think it's any fun not knowing who you are". Can't wait for this year's Alien Heritage week in Roswell.