Pa Rock

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Gender MALE
Industry Government
Occupation Retired Social Worker
Location West Plains, Missouri, United States
Introduction I'm just me - a solitary wanderer who trekked across much of the world and recently retired to a small farm in the Ozarks. My checkered past includes time spent as an Army officer, high school teacher and principal, real estate broker, child protection worker and administrator, and social worker with the U.S. military. Over the years I have resided in a variety of places including Missouri, Virginia, Okinawa, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona. I have also traveled to Germany, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Great Britain, Belize, Guatemala, Taiwan, Guam, South Korea, Vietnam, and numerous islands in the Caribbean - including Cuba. I have ridden in a Russian ambulance, hitch-hiked across Moscow late at night, fought an ostrich, celebrated New Year's at a street party in Hanoi, and bicycled across the Caribbean. My travels have taken me to Ground Zero in Hiroshima, the Bolshoi Ballet, China Beach, and the White House kitchen. The nine things in life that I am most proud of are my children: Nick, Molly, and Tim, and my grandchildren: Boone, Sebastian, Judah, Olive, Willow, and Sullivan. Life has been very good to me indeed!
Interests Grandchildren, Genealogy, Politics, Travel, Theatre, Reading, Writing
Favorite Movies The Last Picture Show, Apocalypse Now, The Graduate, A Fish Called Wanda, The Lost Boys, Cabaret, Some Like it Hot, His Girl Friday, An American Werewolf in London, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Paper Moon, My Man Godfrey, Psycho, Pi, Inherit the Wind, Leap of Faith, Children of Men, The Last King of Scotland, Groundhog Day, JFK, The Reader, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Favorite Music Simon and Garfunkel, Queen, Meatloaf, Beatles, Johnny and June, Dixieland Jazz, Bocephus, Tina Turner, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hank Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson
Favorite Books The Iron Heel by Jack London, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Walden Two by B.F. Skinner, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr, Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Crazy in Berlin by Thomas Berger, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart, The Boat of a Million Years by Poul Anderson, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Northland Castaways by Burton L. Spiller, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, 2666 by Roberto Bolano, and anything by H.P. Lovecraft

The squish of mud between your toes; how would you live your life as a frog?

Sitting on a lily pad, sipping creme de fly, and reading The Wind in the Willows.