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.
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.
Having grown up in Des Moines I really did not realize the importance of High School sports to many of the smaller communities in Iowa. It truly is the focal point of a towns pride and I for one appreciate the closeness it brings. Friday night nearly a whole town will gather at the football field to cheer on their teams and it doesn't matter whether they've got a kid in school because every one knows every one else and the team represents the whole town, not just a segment of it. If you've never experienced this take a Friday night and go to one of our smaller communities games, you'll be caught up in the spirit and feel a small part of americana that will warm your heart.
Why is it necessary to be in contact every minute of every day. We have passed a law about texting and driving, perhaps we need to extend that to walking. The number of pedestrian accidents have increased over the last few weeks beyond any other year, most of these involved the pedestrian being preoccupied with an electronic device. I still enjoy the gifts of nature that surround my constitutionals, they're far greater than any man made diversion available.
A crispness in the air, the leaves begin to turn and the harvest has begun, I love you Iowa. Spent a good part of the weekend taking in all that nature has to offer on my motorcycle, yes I got a little wet and chilled but the payoff was worth it and it will only get better. Still have my annual "Pick a Random Farmer and Thank Him" quest to fulfill but I'll get it done. I hope you all take the time to enjoy the gifts of nature, it's a great remedy for all things that are bothering you and puts them in perspective...ENJOY!
i could spend a lot of time venting my frustrations with the officiatingin Thursday nights Texas Iowa State game but let's face it , never have I ever experienced the reversal of a call and victory given away the day after the game. We will all put this in amongst the many archived games of what should have been. The game should not have hinged on that one play, mistakes were made before it came but like water under the bridge they were done also. IT DID HINGE ON THAT ONE PLAY AND I"M STILL MAD! SO much for trying to reason with myself.