I retired from Mesa Public Schools 6 years ago after an enjoyable 30 years of teaching math. Currently, I am an associate professor teaching part time at ASU and MCC. Occasionally, I substitute for MPS because they are desperate particularly in the areas of math and science. Since January 1, I have not received any calls to sub -- usually my phone rings non stop every Monday and Friday, the only twos days teachers ever get sick. When I checked on it, I was told that my fingerprint card needed to be updated. I guess they dramatically change every 4 years. I asked for an exception for myself but no, "If we do it for you then..." Here I sit, idle, with a skill to use for a desperate need because my old prints are not acceptable. By the way, I am a quadruple amputee. Go figger!
Jun 2013 Carol and I will be facilitators at this years Amputee Coalition Conference in Orlando. Carol will be presenting to caregivers and I will demonstrate tricks and tips for new and old amputees concentrating on things therapists never show you.
I continue to work on my forthcoming book AND and Shimdot Productions has been working with me and 5 other amputees filming a reality TV show pilot about living as an amputee.
Apr 2013 I will be participating in my 7th Pat's run. A 4.2 mile run celebrating Pat Tillman. Before my amputations, I did not enjoy running - preferring to stay in shape using athletics of some type. Now I do this event because I can and it always leads to something -- an interview or a gig.
Mar 2013 I was a guest at the Tempe Sport's Authority Courage Awards as a past honoree. I met many celebrities including two of my heroes, Frank Kush and Danny White. This is a great honor for me. I was almost the only one there not in a tuxedo.
Mar 2013 I placed second in the AMF state bowling tournament missing the national finals by 9 pins - RATS! I have placed second in this event more than once. "We'll get'm next year" is getting a little old. Still, I feel good that I can compete against fully abled bowlers.
Carol and I bought a piece of rental property becoming real estate moguls. This is a reach for us but we both feel like this is an excellent time to buy real estate, plus, it is in a nice retirement/golf community so as owners, we can use the amenities.
Jan. 2013 Carol and I took first place in the fun time doubles tournament in Las Vegas. This has become a bi-annual event. Thousands of bowlers participate from all over the country and Carol and I have made hundreds of new friends.
Interesting semester. I usually work 2 evenings a week at the local community college but now I am doing 3 extra classes 5 days a week because of maternity leave. The total of 5 classes is split between two campuses with 10 miles in between. It is extremely taxing on both my wife, Carol and I. I have to direct a question at the women reading this, "Why are you getting pregnant all the time? KNOCK IT OFF!"
I am not allowed to advertise for companies or individuals when I am given the honor of telling my story, however, I always take the opportunity to say what certain companies have done for
me. I called several golf equipment manufacturers about what they could do for a quadruple amputee. Only one, PING, took on the challenge. PING and Stanford University developed a
set of "snap on" golf clubs that allows me once again to play golf on a beautiful day, on a beautifully manicured course and, like my partners, openly take the Lord's name in vain as my
ball sinks in to the pond. Thank you PING!
I am a quadruple amputee with a sense of humor and a passion for life. I like to tell stories.