Twelve Things About Me

On FaceBook I was asked to reveal 12 things about myself few people know, so. . .

1. I made a bit of a no-no in school growing up. Got two girlfriends the same thing for Christmas, oh about four years apart. A cultured pearl ring. They had two pearls on each.

2. My favorite book in fourth grade was “Sabre Jet Ace”. I like that book so much I never took it back to school from which I borrowed it. I guess that makes me a book thief.

3. I love drawing. I drew cars for years and then cartoons. I was the artist for the high school paper. It got me a position in the Army of publishing, single-handedly for three months the Battalion Newspaper till they got a trained journalist to fill the position. It got me a promotion from the LtCol, Commander of the 6/52d ADA.

4. I love Germany. I’d move back there and live out the rest of my life if I could. Spent a year and a half there while I was in the Army.

5. I’ve also been to Paris, France. I also went to Austria to try my hand at skiing. One piece of advice. If you do trying skiing, do it sober. Nuff said.

6. I saw a flying saucer one cold morning my Senior year. It was also seen by at least four more people. Coach West hounded me about that the rest of the year in study hall. It was also the most remembered thing about me at our first class reunion. BTW, I also got the award for having lost the most hair. Still have that award around here somewhere.

7. Although I flunked Algebra and Geometry, I worked as a field engineer surveying heavy construction sites and my last position was Site Field Engineer. You have to know trig to do some of those projects.

8. I owned my first dream car at 24. It was a ’55 Chevy BelAir with a 327 Corvette engine w/M22 Rock Crusher four speed. It was show quality. I did not know till later my mom coveted my car.

9. I’ve given my life to do the best I can as a Christian since I was 27. I felt the call of God to preach at age 13. I have fulfilled that calling, by being a teacher, deacon, care pastor and preacher. I also worked in the church part-time for 16 years managing a print shop and then their computer network. I was burnt out and left church for several years before coming back to church. I still feel that calling.

10. I’m not perfect and divorcing after 37 years of marriage was a hard thing for me to do. Libby is the person who has helped me realized what a real couple should be like. I love her dearly.

11. I found out via Mike how much my family was worried about me in my marriage for years, but would not tell me about their feelings so as to not upset me. Now I could be upset.

12. I’ve written autobiographical blog of my life from birth to age 28 or so. My earliest memory, unbelievable to some, is while I was still a baby. It was only about a five minute memory, but it is very vivid.

After I wrote these down I thought of another one I felt needed to be added, so I have a Baker’s dozen.

13. I segregate my M&Ms and Skittles by color and when I a get a bag of mixed nuts I separate them into the type of nut they are before eating them. I’m like that with most anything.

About Jim

I'm a 72 yr old guy, who had worked in Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune for 28 yrs and now retired as of 31 Dec 16. I've worked in medical records, Health Benefits Department, Billing, the IT department and retired as the Personnel Security Manager for the hospital. I'm a musician and Corvette enthusiast. Yes, I have had two. I traded my second Corvette for a Harley Davidson Fat Boy mid-summer 2019. I've already ridden about seven thousand miles. I'm also searching for a fresh new outlook on life with new spiritual insight among other things. I was ordained a minister on 20190202. I've become certified with the American Chaplaincy Association through Aidan University in June '21. I've found that with the unconditional love of my companion, Libby Rowe life is complete through God. She's a beautiful, vibrant, giving woman who gives her all in everything she puts her mind to do. She and I married on 24 July 2015. She was ordained in February 2022. She has a blog too called Under a Carolina Moon. Give it a visit.
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