This is the “lighter side” of my biography and in a lot of ways, this part is much more interesting. Some interesting highlights and facts include:
I went to speech therapy for several years (kindergarten through seventh grade) for a stutter. It still crops up now and then but in a lot of ways, my “listen first, talk second” approach serves me well both in my accounting practice and in life.
I’m a big baseball fan. For a long period of time I wrote about the Detroit Tigers on my own blog (Tigerblog), I wrote a weekly column on the business of baseball at the Hardball Times and my writing has been in over a dozen books (it gets old but it was neat at first seeing my name in a book at Borders or Barnes and Noble). The highlight of it all was getting to interview Ernie Harwell on the phone.
I’m a single dad and I have my son, Devin, half the time. In a lot of ways it’s like leading two lives. There are the times when he’s home and then there are the times when he’s not home (which is when I get most of my work done). It makes it interesting to schedule my time but the way I do things in my practice are usually done to be able to spend as much time as I possibly can with him.
I like to read…..a lot. My son asked me how many books I’ve read not too long ago and I figure it’s around 2,500 books give or take a couple of hundred. While I’m sure there are people out there that have read more than that, the only person I know who’s read more books than I have is my uncle.
I both collect and play (when I have the time and when I can find someone to sit with me) war games. My son’s favorite game right now is Middle Earth Quest and he’s taken to all things related to the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit. One of the things on my bucket list is to learn how to play Advanced Squad Leader so I can teach my son. I ‘m also a big Star Wars fan and have seen the movies more times than I can remember.
A few months after my 40th birthday I trained for and ran a half marathon. The run was in October and prior to that August, I had never ran more than eight miles before in my life. Since then, I’ve ran more than eight miles only once. I’d like to run/walk a full marathon but our big one here in Detroit is in October and with the September 15th deadline, I haven’t found the time to train enough to do it.
I’m pretty involved at my son’s school. I’m the PTA Treasurer and I also run the Math Pentathlon program. It’s nice having the teachers and administrative staff know who you are at the school. UPDATE – My son switched schools because his mom moved. I’m no longer doing either of these but I’m finding new ways to help out at his new school.