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I starting writing poetry again in 2012 after a 50 year hiatus.

Born and raised in West Texas, I lived all over the area as a child until my mother remarried, as my father was in the oil drilling business, which required constant moving. I grew up in San Angelo, home of Fort Concho and the Buffalo Soldiers, but spent quite a few summers working on my grandpa's farm in the Texas Hill Country.

I met my wife Toni while I was stationed at Aviano AFB, Italy. I learned to speak Italian fluently and we still speak it at home interchangeably with English. My three sons, all born in Italy after I got out of the USAF, also speak Italian.

We moved back to the USA in 1972 and settled in Missouri, where I went back to school.

We moved to Atlanta in 1988, when Toni relocated here with AT&T. I got a job with McKesson (then HBOC) working with medical information systems, which started my career in this field. I had a natural talent for application design and parlayed this talent into a great R&D management position with an internet startup.

We are now retired. We spend time traveling the world and visiting our grandchildren in CA and NC. We also spend some time in Italy almost every year visiting and traveling with friends in Europe as we have a small apartment there in Sacile near Aviano, not far from Venice.

My other passions are mushroom hunting (the edible kind), gourmet cooking and bread baking.

Age Test

Blog Posted:3/23/2014 8:44:00 PM

Age Test I just made up. How many did you get?

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  1. Date: 3/28/2014 10:13:00 PM
    1. a helmet? 2> a cootie 3. a fuse 4. jacks 5. bus token? 6. cupie doll? 7. coke bottle used for an ironing sprinkler? 8. 35 mm film canister 9. can & bottle opener 10. hmmm shoe horn? accorina? idea - measure for pounds of ice? 12. skate key 13. spittoon 14. kerosene lamp 15.suspenders 16. ice maker 17. going off the air TV symbol 18. sewing machine 19. ??? 20. the wringers off a washing machine

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    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 3/28/2014 10:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    so only 3 wrong I'm TOO old! LOL
  1. Date: 3/25/2014 12:46:00 PM
    I got them all but four. I missed no. 2 (had never seen this) No. 5 (we didn't have busses).No. 10 (had never seen this). No. 11 (we didn't have an iceman.) Joyce

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  1. Date: 3/25/2014 9:09:00 AM
    oh, I forgot to comment to this one the other day. Of course, I know of most of these but I actually can't give names to half of them. I only really used numbers 4, 8, and 9. A few of them I am not even sure if I ever saw anyone use or not!! LIke numbers 13 and one. and a few others I am not sure I really know!! I loved when Dad brought out number 16!

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/26/2014 7:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, church key is the slang name for one of those combo can/bottle openers.
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 3/25/2014 2:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I did not know bus token. hahaha. Nor the laundry sprinkler (one of my least priorities even today) and skate key (I just figured it was any old key). Church key? My gosh, I thought THAT was a bottle opener!!! hmm, in reality I only knew kewpie doll, ice cream maker, radio, cootie, lamp(forgot it was hurricane lamp) and film cannister(I used it a LOT in Spain in the 70's) 5.5 score.
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/25/2014 10:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    1.Vintage hard hat 2.Cootie 3.Household fuse 4.Jacks 5.Bus Token 6.Kewpie doll 7.Laundry sprinkler 8.Film canister 9.Church key 10.Oilcan spout 11.Ice card 12.Skate key 13.Spittoon or Cuspidor 14.Hurricane lamp 15.Sock garters 16.Ice cream churn 17.TV test pattern 18.Pedal-driven sewing machine 19.Transistor radio 20.Laundry wringer
  1. Date: 3/24/2014 8:13:00 PM
    This test may be somewhat valid only for those raised in the USA.

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  1. Date: 3/24/2014 10:50:00 AM
    7 out of 20 ... : D

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  1. Date: 3/24/2014 10:13:00 AM
    yeeaaa.......I know more of these than I want to so think I'll pass Roy! lol

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  1. Date: 3/24/2014 8:50:00 AM
    I'm good with 14 of them, but a few have me wondering.... how old do think I am ?

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    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/25/2014 10:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Catie, only a foolish man would try to answer that question with a number. Thankfully Rodgers and Hammerstein have the answer. Younger than springtime, are you. Softer than starlight, are you.
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/24/2014 8:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    oh...yes, oil can spout! now i see it!
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 3/24/2014 8:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    actually, now that I have read Craig's answers, I recognize all but 3, #5, 10, and 11 are foreign to me... old am I?
  1. Date: 3/23/2014 9:33:00 PM
    civil defense helmet - cootie bug- fuse-jacks-bus token-cupie doll-coke bottle clothes sprinkler-film container-can & bottle open-?--?-skate key-spittoon-oil lamp-suspenders-ice cream maker-test pattern-sewing machine-transistor radio-clothes ringer

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    Eastman Avatar Carol Eastman Date: 3/24/2014 9:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Craig I got the same ones you did. That oil can spout had me puzzled too... Til they said what it was... Then I thought... How could I have missed that one! The ice card I never would have gotten...
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 3/24/2014 6:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ah, never would have got the ice card, but if I looked closer should have gotten the sock garters and the oil can spout because I used to use the oil can spout when I pumped gas in college but it looked like something else in the photo--I remember them as being chrome! Much fun Roy!
    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden Date: 3/23/2014 10:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    1.Vintage hardhat. 10.Oilcan spout 11. Ice card (shows the iceman how much ice you want for your icebox). 15.Sock garters used to hold up socks. Cheers, Roy

My Past Blog Posts

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Limerick Contest Update - Last chance
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Limerick Contest Update
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Roy's Ramblings - The Final Invention
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My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/22/2014I'm a 4Clerihewtribute,
9/15/2014The Empty QuarterAlliterationearth,nature,stars,
8/31/2014Bad GoldilocksAbecedarianhumorous,
8/25/2014Pussy RiotChastushkahumor,
8/23/2014Matryoshkan MultiverseHaibunhumor,
8/18/2014A Roll of Duct Tape - FootleFootlehumor,
8/10/2014The New OneBlank versedark,
8/5/2014Picket Tupp and Poteeta WheyQuatrainchild,children,
7/22/2014A Brush of WingsVersebird,
7/16/2014Great A'Tuin - the Giant Star TurtleHaibundeath,journey,stars,
7/13/2014Blood on the SaddleLimerickfunny,vacation,
7/8/2014Willow: A FableRhymechildren,death,dream,fant
6/30/2014Ragnarok: The StormEpyllionweather,
6/28/2014Dante's PathQuatrainspiritual,
6/11/2014Bill's DrillLimerickhumorous,
5/26/2014Albert EinsteinClerihewhumorous,science,
5/22/2014John Cougar MellencampClerihewbio,humorous,
5/14/2014Into the SunlightHaikunature,
5/7/2014Jonah Falcon He's NotLimerickfunny,
5/6/2014The Well Traveled LinguistLimerickhumorous,
5/5/2014Raise the MastLimerickhumorous,
5/4/2014Are you glad to see me or is that just a wrinkleLimerickage,funny,

My Photos

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AmazementFree verseplaces,voice,life,voice,
Pearl DivingQuatrainlove,
Slow Movin TightsBalladme,red,women,
That Night We KissedRondeauromanceheart,night,heart,
A Voice In The WindRhymeimagination,nature,
Within a StormSonnetinspirational,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan TreeRhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the PoetQuatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
MuseFree versewords,writing,
Falling upwardRhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am DeadLyricdeath,faith,religious,

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