About

My name is Kevin. I am a 59 year old guy living in the Midwest of the USA. I am retired, married to a wonderfully lovely and understanding woman who works part-time (her blog is HERE ). I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 30, and control it with an insulin pump. Over the years I have been physically active in all manner of activities and sports. These days I walk with The Mrs, do some running, sail, kayak, garden, work in the yard, do some leatherworking…. and read.

I am an historian by education and interest. I have worked since I was 13 years old, starting out back then washing windows. I have pushed a broom & emptied trash for Spiegel and a Chevrolet dealership; I was a news reporter and later disk jockey for a couple different radio stations in Illinois; I worked for JCPenney for a few years as a stockboy, then in shoes/suits sales; I was a paid Youth Minister and Director of Religious Education for a church in the Catholic Diocese of Chicago for a couple years; I worked as a clerk at a university library for a couple years; then started a career as a state employee.

I am a certified Level 1 US Olympic Foil Fencing Coach. I am a Certified Physical Fitness Trainer. I was an EMT, EMT-Instructor, and EMT-Instructor Trainer. I was a volunteer firefighter. I was a Life Scout, member of the OA, an Explorer Scout, and an Assistant Scoutmaster. I have run half-marathons, biked centuries,  and participated in triathlons. I studied ballet and modern dance for a number of years. I have competed in shooting competitions using authentic Civil War rifles/carbines.

The Mrs and I have bicycled along the Danube from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria. We have bicycled around a number of lochs in Scotland. And in September 2015 we hiked part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in Wales and in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. Nice to meet you! It sounds like you keep yourselves in great shape, and I’m in awe of all the places you’ve been! What an accomplished person you are as well! You sound like a down to earth, all around nice guy, and I so appreciate you stopping by! The doors have been wonderful and I’m enjoying your blog as well. Have a blessed day!

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  2. Thanks for looking at my blog. Yours is very interesting too. You’ve done lots of different things in your life. I love your little sailboat, I guess it is on a lake? How come you once ended up in Southampton?

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    1. We love to travel, and one of our trips was a biking trip in Scotland. We had decided to return to the States on the QM2, which of course brought us to Southampton. And a couple subsequent trips have brought us back there for the same reason! We are looking/hoping/planning to be back next year, btw…

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      1. Awesome. Its always great meeting new people and learning from them and their travels. There is so much to see and it helps when we can see a situation through another’s eyes and words.

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