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The year was 1978. The Vietnam era was still wrapping up, Elvis fans were still mourning and I, at the tender age of 2 was about to be uprooted from the rural suburbs of Detroit. My dad decided to enlist in the US Navy even against the advice of his loved ones. Turns out, it very well could have been one of the best
decisions he ever made.
Over the course of my childhood, through circumstances dictated by the government or in some cases, family health, I made 8 different cities my home. I never had problems finding friends; leaving them each time proved to be a difficult task however. I was in many different elementary and middle schools but somehow I was fortunate enough to spend all four years in one high school. My brother was not so lucky and ended up in 3 different high schools spread out between Wisconsin, California, and Mississippi. This geographical game of life seemed to be perilous at times. Looking back though I see that it was merely another brick in the culmination of my constructive personality. I experienced different cultures, traditions and education, all in one country but vastly different. When I was in the 5th grade, square dancing was a requirement in the curriculum. Trust me, I couldn’t make that up. I lived through the great Hurricane Hugo of 1989. I spent summers on 8 Mile – yes, *that* 8 Mile. I’ve traded clothing with Russians – yes, in Russia. I’ve driven close to 200mph on multiple drag strips around the country. I made my first television commercial by the time I was 7. I’ve fired a 5″ 54cal Mark 45 gun off the fantail of the USS David R Ray in the middle of the Pacific and have the 3 foot long shell casing to prove it. I’ve had more surgeries from the neck up, than most people have visited a doctor at all.
Here we are in 2011, and I’m living in the Gateway to the West with 2 of the most beautiful and wonderful kids that God has put on this earth. January 11th will mark the 8th anniversary of my residence in this state. You may not give much acknowledgement to that, however for me, it is a great accomplishment. I am now proud to call Missouri my home state because it is officially the longest I’ve lived anywhere for a single period in my life. That may not hold true forever, but for now I’m going to embrace it. My life is wonderful. I have family that loves me. I have a humble home to call my own. I have a career that is growing and challenges me daily; I work with brilliant minds. My friends are of a flavor no man has ever known – they constantly amaze me with their zest, their compassion and their call to honor.
Maybe you live in Missouri; maybe you’ve lived here your entire life and see things differently. I encourage you to put on new glasses and view your home as not just the place where you squat at night, but your origin of sanctification. I encourage you to find that spirit of happiness that maybe you’ve lost because things have just been “the same” too long. Many of us spend our lives looking for that magical person or adventurous spot that will justify our very existence and fortify our quest, but often times, the very thing we’re looking for is the very thing we’re running from. Love yourself.
My good friend @chinacat recently posted a blog about all the concerts she’d ever gone to. She had a really long list and I’m not sure I could top hers, but I thought it’d be fun to at least try to remember all the ones I’ve been to. The older I’ve gotten however, it becomes increasingly harder to salvage my memory. I KNOW there’s more to this list, so maybe I’ll just keeping adding to it as I remember.
1984: Hank Williams Jr. (4th of July Fireworks concert in Mississippi)
1990: New Kids on the Block (I know I’ll be mocked for this one)
1993: Guns ‘n Roses (Alpine Valley)
1994: All-4-One (Wisconsin State Fair)
1994: Tom Petty (Phoenix)
1994: Van Halen (Phoenix)
1994: George Strait (Phoenix)
1995: Brooks & Dunn (Phoenix)
1995: Live (Phoenix)
1995: Alan Jackson (Madison, WI)
1996: No Doubt, Weezer (Summerfest)
1996: Brooks & Dunn (Madison, WI)
1996: Dishwalla (Summerfest)
1996: Violent Femmes (Summerfest)
1997: Bush (Summerfest)
1997: Violent Femmes (Summerfest)
1998: Violent Femmes (Summerfest)
1999: U2 (Camp Randall, Madison ,WI)
2000: Violent Femmes (Summerfest)
2000: N’Sync (Summerfest…this was to appease my sister-in-law at the time)
2002: Creed (Alpine Valley)
2005: Anthony Gomes
2005: Toby Mac, Hawk Nelson
2006: Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
2006: Flogging Molly, Scotch Greens
2006: Weezer, Ben Folds
2006: Big Daddy Weave
2008: Skillet, Mercy Me
2008: Flogging Molly
2008: Mother Grove (3x)
2009: Blue October
2009: Flogging Molly