There is no good time or place to run out of fuel, but in the middle of a Bison drive-through park (aka “safari”) has to be one of the worst places.
Seven weeks ago, we agreed to meet family in Montana. It sounded like a great adventure. And then we realized it was 6,000 miles (9,600 km). We faced either a long flight and a large rental car or a long drive.
Ten minutes later, I fashioned an idea to rent an RV which escalated to buying one. Oh the insanity. Three weeks later, we had a tow vehicle, a new RV and our trip expanded to 8,000 miles (12,800 km). Seven weeks after the initial idea, we are hitting the road.
Follow our travels, read fun family stories and watch great videos as we learn and teach. If we can do it, you can!
Husband, Father of 5, Social Entrepreneur/Mentor, Anthropologist, Angel Investor, Speaker, Author and Photographer helping people find their significance and live their dreams – usually by waking them up.
Photography, singing, public speaking, writing – when you boil it all down, I’m a story-teller. I’ve had many varied experiences in life than many can relate to and still many cannot. My training and education is in the social sciences – observation. My chosen career is that of a social anthropologist – I study what people do, how they do it and most importantly – why they do it. I’ve seen a lot of pain and suffering both in my life and in the lives of others, so I developed a sense of humor. It’s one of my coping mechanisms to make sure life never gets too serious. What can I say – that attitude balanced with a serious focus works – for me anyway.
This tiny little blog used to have 30,000 unique visitors/readers per month in it’s prime. I think we can do better than that. It’s a big world out there and there are many who could use a good story with a meaningful, useful lesson behind it. Please share these with your friends and by all means, comment and interact with the stories and with me. Encourage me – it’s good for your soul and mine as well!
My wife and I will be celebrating 19 years in December 2014 which is a pretty special accomplishment in my family. Julie and I sought out many great mentors who helped us to build something enduring.
Julie and I are parents to five children whose blend of personalities and energies give us much to enjoy and celebrate. That is pretty crazy with Julie being an only child and me with 5 splintered siblings growing up.
One of my great pleasures in life is giving back to others and helping to light the path for people who want to change their destiny. I am where I am today because of mentoring.
My studies in college were centered around social sciences (sociology, psychology and economics) and today, I spend my life there educating, creating structures and giving back personally, with my family and through my business, LifeMAPP.
I love speaking to crowds, but I don’t just love to hear myself talk. Instead I thrive on interaction both during, between and after sessions. I always spend time hanging out to hear how people are impacted and energized to start applying new lessons.
One of my first loves, photography started out as an escape from my father’s depression and neediness – into my darkroom in the 1980s. I love digital photography even more and now, I share it with my kids which is great fun.
While I am naturally charismatic and extroverted about my passions, I learned several years ago that my energy somehow still came through in my writings, including this blog which once attracted 30,000 visitors/month. Now, I am turning that energy and experiences into books.
The only thing I love more than helping individuals and families succeed is helping businesses and communities grow and succeed. In addition to mentoring and consulting with businesses, I love to invest in great socially-aware people with great socially-aware business plans.
Tennis is probably now my greatest athletic passion. I’ve grown to a USTA 4.0 level over the past 6 years of playing with a regular group of competitive guys in doubles despite some surgeries/setbacks.
My writing is usually a humorous outlook on life and experiences that many of us share. I also love to tell stories through photography and travels and I make some of that work available for a modest cost. Enjoy and please let me feedback about what you like. Encourage me – it’s good for your soul and mine as well!
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