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Monday, June 26, 2017

Share Your World 26 June 2017

What goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

Right now, Suzanne and I are working desperately to get our blogs to actually pay off some kind of way.  We are constantly looking to try to find ways to squeeze a little more out of them.

The YouTube channel is making money, but has not gotten to a point of actually paying out.  You have to reach $100 in ad revenue before it will pay off.

Suzanne has created two T-shirts and is working on more ideas.  We also have the three books, Shattered, Is Homeschooling Right For You?, and How to Pay Off Your Debt.  Those books are all free today, Monday, 26 June 2017, in honor of our youngest daughter’s birthday.

If you have any ideas for us, we are all ears.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

Street racing.  Back in the day, I had a little bit of a reputation with the state patrol.  They would try to catch me, but never did.  Guys would meet at a traffic light and challenge one another.  I only lost twice.

 Once was to a Ford Pinto, of all things.   The guy had modified an aircraft engine some kind of way, or so he said, and put it in the Pinto.

The other time I was driving my father's 1965 Ford Galaxie 500.  This is the same make, model, and year as the second squad car on the Andy Griffith show.  I went up against another Galaxie 500 and we were neck and neck up until the road narrowed.  Then, one of us had to back down or we would both die.  I erred on the side of caution.  Later, the guy met me at our Western Auto store and he declared the race a tie.

The night of Suzanne’s and my wedding rehearsal, my father and I were riding in that same 1965 Galaxie when a teenager challenged me to a race at a red light.  I was going to ignore him since my father was in the car.  My father said, “When the light changes, let him get a good lead, and then take him.”  I did as my father said and then I asked him, “What happened to the man who used to take my car keys when he THOUGHT I was speeding?”  

Later, I learned that when I had possession of the Galaxie, the mechanics in the shop would secretly tweak the engine and make sure that all the barrels on the carburator were hooked up.

When my brother had the car, they would trim the fuel mixture and cut it down to one or two barrels.  They did this without either of us boys knowing it, but my father did.

With a few exceptions, I have not driven since February 1996.  Suzanne is our only driver.  Since the strokes, I don’t think my reaction time would be good enough to street race again.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

Anything for a buck as Larry, Darryl, and Darryl used to say.  I went to the University of South Carolina to learn sound engineering.  The only time I used those skills was as a volunteer in the sound room at church.

When I was set to graduate, my father proposed to Suzanne and he gave her a job and made me the manager of the Western Auto Store.  Although I loved working at the store, I did not choose it.

When he died, I went to work for the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and failed miserably.  Then, I was offered a job in a finance company and I took it up right away because we needed a steady paycheck.  From that point forward, it was just taking jobs because we needed the money.

I have been an EMT, bill collector, collection manager, and repo man.  I have worked in the family business, at a newspaper, at several finance companies, at a cemetery, and a collection agency.  When I was younger, I worked with EMS, The American Red Cross, and the Sertoma Club, a convenience store, and Sears.

I also worked at Shoney’s as a dishwasher.  When I was working there, I was chastised for not asking my father’s best friend for a job.  His wife was very upset.  

We have worked in several convenience stores and worked as merchandisers and mystery shoppers.  We have sold Avon, Amway, Tupperware, and for other multi-level marketing companies.

Now, we both love blogging and YouTubing.  We ain’t makin’ much money, but we sure are having fun.

Have you ever gotten lost?

NEVER.  I have been temporarily misdirected, but as far as being lost, no. There have been times I did not know where I was, but I realized that if I just remained calm and thought my way through it, I would be okay.  We just keep going until we find something we recognize.

Whenever I moved to a new city, I would start where I was and drive down the closest main street.  I would learn what was along that street.  Once I knew that street, I would venture down a large side street.  I would not turn off that street until I knew it well.  I learned several cities this way.

And, yes, I will stop and ask directions.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that I am still on this side of the dirt.  I am grateful for my beautiful child-bride Suzanne and our great kids.  I am grateful for food on the table and a roof over our heads.

This week, I am looking forward to more of the same.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your answers. Not sure about the street racing...sounds pretty dangerous to me. Hope you never crashed! :)

    1. Never crashed. Had a close call or two. Had wrecks when I wasn't racing, though. Have a great week.

  2. It seems that Pintos have always had something against you. If they weren't speeding off ahead of you, they were stopping right in front of you. No winning either way.
    Love you, my Zing!

    1. Me and pintos never did get along. Not the cars, not the beans. I love you, my zing!

  3. Nice to learn more about you. I hope some of your efforts start to show some big profits. I had forgotten about Larry and his brothers Daryll and Daryll. :)

    1. We are hoping so, too. The YouTube channel is growing. Have a great week.


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