So. The first guy in the COFFEE world. No pressure or anything.
I’m John. To earn income I work as a Paramedic. I also build things. Things like stained glass, custom knives, wooden things, metal things, all sorts of things. I also enjoy the following things in whole or in large parts… Gardening, flying, swimming, eating, cooking, painting, writing, camping, canoeing, picture taking, exploring, creating, singing, guitar playing, learning, and I’ve probably forgotten a few –ing’s, too.
I was a United States Marine in my younger days, and spent a great deal of time learning the finer points of destroying life. Other than the whole killing people thing, I loved my time in the service. I do believe that the US is the best country in the world, but I think we have a long way to go to live up to our potential. A long, long way. Along with my service jobs, I’ve done a few other things since high school. I’ve been a Lutheran youth director, a seasonal vegetable harvester, a custom carpet manufacturer, an over the road trucker, a touring musician, a motivational speaker, a factory line worker, an office manager, a small business owner, and a few other things. I’m a Jack-of-All-Trades, but I don’t feel like I’ve mastered any.
My challenge for this COFFEE adventure is not about overcoming fears. The only fear I have is loss of my family, and my wife and I have a pact that I will die first to avoid that fear. That and heights. Well, not the height really, so much as the falling from and eventual meeting of the ground.
Long ago, I used to go after what I wanted and do it, regardless of the hurdles. I want to get that person back. I want to find the adventure in this life and do it. My first goal is to replace the picture of me on the Mississippi River taken on an expedition in 2002 with a current picture of me paddling somewhere. I used to be fun. I want to be again.
Mostly I enjoy the company of my wife and two kids, as they are easily the most entertaining group I could have asked to be involved with. My dad taught me that all of life is an adventure. I want to pass that on to my kids. Time to get going.