About UtahJay

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I am an ex Marine, a Vietnam vet, an ex liberal, and ex cowboy, and a recovering addict with 8 years clean who started writing down my thoughts in Okinawa, Japan after a dear friend passed. Years later I was told that I wrote wonderful poetry and I took her word for it. Since that time I have had several "thoughts" published and won cash awards for several other "thoughts". I grew up in the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah and spent my teen years driving tractor, putting up hay, and chasing cows on a ranch in Gunnison, Utah. I recently retired from full time work and I have enjoyed writing here on Blogit. I love to garden, cook, can, play music, and study US History and the founders of this country in their words from the Library of Congress. I used to think I was a fair looking man, but recently my 116 year old father keeps popping into my morning mirror. I like rock and roll, blues, country, blue grass and classical music. I have three cats which are part of the family and the most wonderful wife in all the world.

Location: United States
Primary occupation: Retired
Dream occupation: Scout for UofU football
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Schools attended: South High, U.of Utah
I like: The smell of fresh cut grass and the sound of morning church bells
Favorite writers: J.R.R.Tolkien, Poe, Stephen Ambrose, George Washington
Favorite books: The Bible, Sacred Fire, the Fannie Farmer Cook Book
Favorite newspapers: W.S.J.
Favorite magazines: Ancient American Archeaology, Esnign
Favorite music: Cowboy Junkies, The Band, Van Morrison, The Kills 60s and 70s mucic J.S. Bach
Favorite movies: Saving Private Ryan,Bagdad Cafe,Open Range, The Outlay Josey Wells
Favorite TV shows: The Nacked Archeaologist,Psych,Glenn Beck
Favorite teams: U. of Utah Football, Red Sox,Broncos and Saints
Favorite quote: I'm not older than Moses, but I knew Him
Gender: male
Religion: L.D.S.
Political affiliations: Conservative, but give over 10% to the poor and hungry

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