A busy mind in many places. One of my children was asked what I did for a living. The list given includes my main occupation of farming but also goes on to school bus driver, carpentry, furniture making, developer, designer, landscaping, handyman and more. I've traveled in most states of the union (I'm missing two) and several foreign countries. My favorite vacation is a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I like to read. Favorite authors include western author Louis L'Amour, science fiction writer Anne McCaffrey and architect Sarah Susanka. I like to sing and am a bass in our local barbershop chorus. In church I also prefer the bass part. My best friend and wife, Karen, and I have 3 children who are all busy and happily building their own lives. We have twin granddaughters born in September 2011.
I came across this interesting graph of the spending change from 1949 to today. The huge shift away from food and apparel as the place most of our money goes tell a lot about our country. We live in an area of abundant food and cheap clothing. So we spend less. The move to bigger, more expensive homes says much about what we do with that money. We enjoy having a nice place to live. That medical care and transportation more than double also tells a story. We are getting older as a country and need more to keep us healthy. The travel number is more a function of free time, some of it also because we are getting older and have more free time, so we travel.