Here are the rules for Six Random Things:
- Link to the person who tagged you. *done
- Post the rules on your blog. *here they are.
- Write six random things about yourself. *below
- Let the tagger know when your entry is up. *will do
1. I play bluegrass music, although not as much as I used to play. I own a Martin D-15 LE with a spruce top and a Wynn mandolin built in the late 70's. In the early 80's I played with a band called Backwoods Harmony at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Later I played with the Wynn boys in a band called Cedar Ridge. We played fairs and local venues. Now I just go up to the Ozark, Missouri, Square and pick with jam groups on summer evenings.
2. I also ride a sweet road bike. I posted about my Colnago Dream Plus on my blog once. I was going to sell it to buy a spotting scope and binoculars. Well, I couldn't sell the bike because I still love it, and I bought the scope and bins anyway. So, I've decided to start riding it again. There are recently completed greenways trails in my town, and they keep me off the road, where increasing numbers of drivers are text messaging and not looking at the road!
3. I went to college in 1970 on a small baseball scholarship at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, Kansas. I am left handed and was a pitcher. I pitched when it was very cold in the early spring of my freshman year and ruined my arm. It still is painful for me to throw a baseball hard, but
4. I play disc golf for recreation and exercise. The closest course is only 2 blocks away, and my friends and I completed a country version of a 10 hole course at Lindenlure on the Finley River just last Saturday. We used big galvanized tubs for the baskets, and tucked the tubs back into the brush. It's a decently challenging course. 5. My wife and I were married in 1973, that's 35 years ago although she doesn't think I remember how long ago it was. We were part of the original Mother Earth News and Rodale Press Organic Gardening "back to the land" movement and lived way off the beaten path for many years. I had what I called the "Appalachian School Teacher Dream", where one goes to a poverty stricken mountain community, drives the school bus to and from work, and gives young people the key to escape from their world of poverty and illiteracy. So, we did all of that it in the Ozarks. However, we live in the suburbs now. My lovely, social daughter needed the town connection and besides, that simple, but hard life just burned us out after 24 years. Bicycling to work makes more ecological sense any way!
6. I have not always been a birder. When we camped on the Mulberry River in northern Arkansas in 1973, I thought that the Turkey Vultures soaring above us were Eagles for longer than I care to say. I know what you're saying...... "what was he smoking?" It was years later that my 11 year old son told me he read that the Native Americans often referred to vultures as "peace eagles", as they always appeared above their gatherings and took no life to sustain their own. I like that story, and it was one of the first of myriads of bird lore, tales, trivia, and facts that I have learned from my son since.