Thomas Jones:  

Verona, NY
The Learning CenterClass of 2017
Murphy, NC
Bel air, MD
Baltimore, MD

Thomas's Story

Where to begin???? When I left high school I tried a semester of college and realized that wasn't where I wanted to be right then---just too many hills to see behind / too many mountains and rivers and oceans to cross. Just couldn't stop myself for a while. Eventually, after six years in the navy, I slowed up and got married and was blessed with two healthy daughters. I spent two more years studying at Johns Hopkins until I felt like I could truly support a family.(If that is ever truly possible) Lots of different schools and different jobs since then.I've run A CVS and a grocery store. I've refinished 7 ton titanium drums for the electronics industry. I drove for Fed Ex for six years.I spent ten years negotiating contracts for a precious metals company.(I guess I've done a lot of different things but the bills have always been paid) I remarried in 1989 and adopted a son. He's turned out to be a pretty cool kid and I'm proud of him. Used to have a Rothweiller... We'd sit up on a hillside and watch the sun come up together. I'd be sipping my coffee while she leaned against me and checked her domain below.She passed on. I still miss her. I'm tired now but still want to stand on a mountain ridge and see how faroff I can see....which leads me to say we're relocating to western NC this spring or early summer. Well the move went well with all the things that can go wrong but ultimately finished. then a big freeze arrived and the pipes froze and the basement flooded and the computer drowned. It's all go good now.....Just lost touch with everyone for a long time. Much has happened and there's no way to cover it all. Often I thought about coming back but it was all changed and I suppose I did also. I about think about high school and get a little embarresed about my awkwardness and shyness. Wouldn't min...Expand for more
d doing it again if I knew then what I know now. Got a new puppy..... she likes to get up to play at four in the AM. She has also learned to uniformly cover the rug with toilet paper pieces.....BLESS HER HEART.....GOTTA LOVE HER. I found that the military changed me considerably. It was hard when I got out. Vietnam was shutting down but the public spit on us if we were in uniform. I wandered for a little and settled in the Carolinas. Found it easier to blend in with the slower lifestyle. Rambling aren't I!!!! The Vietnam traveling wall was here for a week open 24 hours a day....rain or shine and people were there 24 hrs a day. three busloads of school children showed up to learn about the fallen and pay their respects. I didn't talk for a while after that. Still running on huh. Don't socialize much. Like to walk in the predawn mists and the dark evening logging road with the pup. Miss you whether we were friends or not. Had secret crushes on most of the girls but as I said ....severe shyness. Time moves on doesn't it. TOM I'm back. Some years later now....Got a wood stove in the basement ....Lotta fun chipping a hole in the concrete basement wall for the stove pipe. Loose power a fair amount here in the Smokies so backup is always a smart choice. Along with oil lamps and a percolator to put on the stove for the necessary AM coffee. The morning mist still flow up through the pines.and life is especially good then...... one nice thing about living here is the lack of light pollution. I get to see "falling stars" a lot........Had some snow here a week or so ago.....not like what you get up there. Fun to sit and watch it come down and then its gone a couple days later.......All the joy but none of the hassle. Oh yeah. grew a beard and shaved it off. Kinda not so pretty. Tom
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