I've been self-employed all my adult life, sometimes with
employees, sometimes on my own. For 30+ years I built and
remodeled, mostly houses. I also designed many of the projects that
I worked on. In January of '09, I bought the little shop where I
had gotten my blueprints printed out, so now I'm off on a new
career. I grew up on a dairy farm, milking cows every morning
before going to school which probably contributed to my
independent, self-sufficient nature.
I am laid back, easy going, and a good friend
What I’m doing with my life
Attempting to "give back"...or maybe, to "pay it forward".
I believe in the concept of personal growth. I've been told that I
give the impression of someone who would "beat a drum out in the
woods". Well, been there, done that. EMPTY ME OUT, MAKE ME A HOLLOW
BONE SO THAT GOOD THINGS CAN COME INTO ME. MAKE ME A CONDUIT, SO
THAT THOSE THINGS CAN PASS THROUGH ME TO OTHERS. I have taught
men's domestic violence classes in Rockford, IL. I have led sweat
lodge ceremonies for various groups, including at-risk teenage boys
on weekend retreats.
I’m really good at
I'm pretty good at listening, and at making points by telling
stories. I have been described as an excellent hugger by both men
and women. I have learned that women sometimes just want to talk
and be listened to, without being told by a man how to fix it.
The first things people usually notice about me
An acquaintance I hadn't seen for some time recently told me, "I
see you've started coloring your hair....gray." Nice guy, huh? He
also pointed out that he noticed I'm wearing it a little thinner
too....and could probably stand to lose a few pounds around the
middle. Did you notice I described him as an "acquaintance", as
opposed to friend? LOL
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm not a big reader...more inclined to wait for the movie, or go
listen to a lecture by the author, if possible. I like Clint
Eastwood, Vigo Mortenson, Robert Duval, Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl
Streep, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney. They could
account for quite a list of movies. I listen to NPR more than
music, but I like various indigenous type music, or Yanni. Anyone
else ever listen to Yanni, or watch his DVD's?
The six things I could never do without
Conversation with my daughter, friends, the PACKERS, loved ones,
road trips, sweat lodge
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics of this country...how humans don't seem to learn from
history very well, and repeat mistakes made in the past. If you
haven't figured it out yet, I'm a liberal.
On a typical Friday night I am
At the Clinton Kitchen for their all you can eat fish dinner, or
possibly at a high school basketball game.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I cry at chick flicks.
You should message me if
You like to watch a grown man cry at chick flicks....or, if you
want to go for a canoe ride, or to catch a show at a dinner theater
or explore this country via the highways and biways.