Passion in 2011

Everybody who knows me knows I love art, history and culture.  That’s why I can’t wait for this year’s World Taxidermy Championships in St. Charles, Missouri.  I got to know St. Charles back when I was an accountant working for Arthur Andersen & Co.  AA had its own training college in St. Charles and so I remember trying to stay awake during the day, loosening my tie around 6, and jumping in the bed of a pickup truck to head into town for beer. 

The fact that a then Big 8 accounting firm allowed an old man to take it’s employees to town in the back of a pickup truck to avoid the liability of a booze bus says alot about the difference between the spirit and the letter of the law, and the downfall of AA.  But that’s a different story. 

The real reason to care about St. Charles today is the World Tax. Championships.  I went two years ago and will go again this year.  The mounts are amazing.  Here’s a shot I took of one of my favs:

I’ve got a bunch of cool projects in the works relating to passions around the world we never knew.  Reptiles were my passion when I was a boy and I got to write a book about them.  Now I’m going to spend some time telling the stories of what others are passionate about.  2011 promises to be a very fun year!

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