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

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