ABOUT ME

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I never realized how much I look like Popeye until I saw this one. Too bad about the muscles, though. Perhaps more spinach.

Every blog is an act of vanity. The idea that anyone else gives a damn about your “observations” on life is presumptuous at best and probably ridiculous. But I like to think it is also a hopeful thing. It is an effort, like Facebook or a phone call to make a connection with other people in the hope of finding something in common.

My name is Dustin Joy. I am an Airline Pilot and a Farmer. I like nature and I like to grow things. I like Geography and I like to travel. My dual vocations suit me well. I live in rural Western Illinois where I practice my avocations; fishing, camping, gardening, beekeeping, and spending time with my wife and  kids.

I enjoy writing. It helps me organize my own thoughts and better understand what I am seeing and thinking. I will not pretend to dispense valuable information here because while my 46 years have brought me “smile lines” around the eyes they have given me precious little wisdom. What I will try to do is tell you about some of the cool places I get to go sometimes and will probably rant from time to time like an aging curmudgeon should.

This blog is likely to be esoteric and disorganized like my brain. I have a tendency to be obsessed with Illinois school funding issues one day and the discography of Glen Campbell the next. I apologize from the start.

As Henry David Thoreau said in Walden, “As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them. I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.” You, of course, will decide if anything here fits. The internet is a big place with many options so while my site is called stuffiminterestedin you can be sure that stuffyou’reinterestedin is only a click away.

Dustin Joy

Dayton, OH

May 13, 2015

18 Replies to “ABOUT ME”

  1. Not only are you a Airline Pilot and Farmer…you’re a hell of a fine dancer!Buddy Ebson ain’t got nothin’ on you.
    Signed,
    Your dark side parent

    1. Thank you. That reminds me I need to work on my shuffle ball change. It’s been awhile. Great to hear from you, Jerry!

  2. This is very cool stuff. It’s about time you shared it with the world. I’ll be passing this address on .
    Love You,
    Dad

    1. I know you “have” to say that being my Dad and all but thank you. That means the world to me.
      Love you too

  3. I think you should put a couple more on there that we’ve seen before like Chloe in the lizard. And the one where the snow was going up in front of your window in the hotel. I’ve been looking forward to you doing this for long time.
    Love,
    Mom

  4. Wow what response did you receive from these comments. They lost when you were not elected. I doubt anyone does all the homework on the job as you do.

  5. Improvement in our society comes slowly. We have seen many many small steps forward. Every once in a while we see a much larger step. This Supreme Court decision reminds me of Neil Armstrong’s words when he took his first step on the moon. ” One small step for man one giant leap for mankind ” Thanks for stepping up to the plate with the story .

    1. Martin Luther King said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I like to believe that is true. All I know for sure is that we each have an obligation to be kind and respectful and tolerant of other people and to stand up for the powerless and the persecuted when and if we can. Do you know who taught me that? That would be you. Thank you Dad. That essay is yours as much as mine.

  6. I have just started reading your articles. I find them extremely well written and very thought provoking. Look forward to reading the rest. Well done.

    1. Gosh it’s good to hear from you Scott. Thanks for the nice comment. I hope you and your family are doing well.

  7. Many many years ago…around this time…I asked a young man “What do you want for Christmas?”
    His reply,”I want Tiddly Winks,a Pogo Stick and $700.00 in cash.”
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Your bad parent.:-)

  8. Jerry,
    The pogo stick turned out to be one of the best Christmas presents I ever got and I’ve already forgotten what I did with the $700. Money isn’t everything, after all………………………………….. (Actually, I never got the $700. It’s probably for the best. It probably would have corrupted me.) Merry Christmas to y’all in Texas! Thanks for continuing to read my stuff. I should get more active again with postings after the holidays.

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