What is me

Since my stuff is NOT me, who exactly is me?

I was born in Ketchikan, Alaska during the turbulent 60’s though I remember none of it and to be honest, we were too far north and it was far too wet for any of the hippies to be interested in visiting anyway. We moved from there when I was 13 years old to a small farming community in the way north of California. Why on earth we moved there is beyond me, but it was a culture shock that I’m still recovering from. Actually, it was good that we move because with nothing to do many of my friends finished high school with at least one haunting addiction and I’m not sure I would have survived had we not. My youth was mostly taken up with trying to act cool and playing baseball, and not much else it seems. I played baseball for a few years in college and because of that met a guy who led me to Jesus. I came to know my Savior through baseball and through baseball found myself in northern Idaho in 1983.

I’ve been married to the same woman for over 30 years and together we have four kids, some of whom you’ve met on these pages. We’ve lived in Idaho our entire married life and neither of us can imagine living anywhere else. I call her Dream Crusher, but she’s really the most understanding woman I’ve ever met and while I might make fun of her dream crushing ways I have never really had her say no to any of my schemes… and there have been many.

I am a horse trader at heart and love nothing more than buying low and selling high. I haven’t made a fortune doing it, but it’s allowed me to own a few things I couldn’t otherwise have owned. The reason I started this blog is because I have way too much stuff. I still have too much stuff, but try to hold it a little less tightly than I used to. This blog has evolved from a way to document what I owned so I could get rid of it to what you see now. Along the way it has been very cathartic and has helped me figure out some of my past and why I act the way I do. It ain’t always pretty.

I’ve been writing for a very long time and though I’ve never tried to sell any of my stuff I have read it aloud to different groups of people to some acclaim… no they weren’t all related to me. I’m getting older and writing is just a way to feel like I’m useful in some way. Not sure if that makes any sense, but if someone finds enjoyment out of what I’ve written then that makes me happy. I’m okay if only a few people read what I’ve written and big numbers of likes don’t really matter to me. I understand that very few people read anymore and what I write tends to be a bit longer than most cat videos and I’m really not expecting anyone to pay attention for longer than that.

The rest you will have to figure out on your own.

Thanks for taking the time.

John

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