Since Nov 21, 2004
Thanks mostly to Jimmah Cawtah, and his grain embargo to Russia, my farming career (crops and livestock) was severely crippled at the very time I was getting started (and had began a family as well). That was my first big wakeup call to politics. More importantly, it made me SERIOUSLY seek the Lord, which resulted in both my wife and I becoming born again (the Bible way!). I kept on farming, but worked other jobs to supplement it, until after a landlord died, and me being unable to compete with the big operators and the ever higher cash rents, waved goodbye to that career in 2001. Jobs held during and after the farm include: grain elevator assistant manager, aircraft mechanic (not licensed, although a private pilot), auto mechanic, metal fabricator (probably what I'm best at), heavy equipment operator, and class A CDL driver (have pulled a wide variety of trailers). Self-styled quote about myself: I can do a lot of things, but am not good at any of them. I guess that makes me good-for-nuthin.
After 62 years in northwestern IL, the wife and I left for south central TN. So far so good.
Some here on FR have wondered about the name ‘Zuriel’.
I was looking for a biblical one that is hardly remembered by even regular readers of the ‘good book’. It means ‘God is the Rock’.
Zuriel was chief of the families of Merari (who was one of Levi’s three sons), and was in charge of the boards, bars, pillars, sockets, vessels thereof of the tabernacle in the wilderness. It was pitched like a tent, with a courtyard curtain 'wall' around it, and was reliant on the various fixtures to stand. In other words, Zuriel and his tribe were responsible for the foundation and framework of it all.