Odds and ends

Odds and Ends
From time to time, I’m a fairly interesting person who does fairly interesting things. You can read about a few of those below, and hopefully find that I’m an engaged, well-rounded and dynamic person.
I wrote a fishing book with a co-worker. It sold pretty well, but we never made much money off of it. We still got to go fishing for two years and claim it as “work” on our taxes. So I can cross that off my bucket list. Here’s a link to the book listing on Amazon. That’s me on the cover.

When I was 21 years old, I owned a restaurant, called the Hesston Heritage Inn restaurant. I’m a pretty good cook. But I didn’t know a whole lot about running a business, so I went broke.
In college I was considered a “non-traditional student” (see “education” for more details). I worked in a machine shop, and spent my evenings attending school. I even had a backpack and changed out of my work clothes in the bathroom.
I used to be a bit of a computer nerd. But we don’t talk about that anymore.
I like to fish. A lot. I mean, I wrote a book about it.

complete guide to fishing
I’m really into my kids.

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I don’t just work and write and dote on my kids. I go places and do things, too.
Here’s a picture of Pillsbury Crossing, by Manhattan, Kansas.

Odds and ends
I also love to bicycle. I have a nice road bike I like to ride on days when the wind isn’t blowing, which is almost never. In October 2014, I rode the Falun Classic, in Lindsborg. I’m in that picture somewhere, about in the middle. In the summer of 2015, I rode in Biking Across Kansas, which is what this blog is largely about. I’ve signed up to bike across the state again in 2016.

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I used to sometimes get this crazy idea that I should buy an old house and spend all my free time gutting it and remodeling it. I’m not terrible at it, but I’m not good either. But the houses are usually better when I’m done with them then they were when I found them.
Before:

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After:

kitchen better

I’m also not old enough to be a grandfather, but I am. And I’m really into that, too.

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Photo courtesy of Sandra Milburn.

first birthday

at the park

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