I have a tendency to get into involved conversations with complete strangers. Not by my doing. My friends are all used to this; it happens a lot. The result is that I come across a lot of interesting people who have interesting hobbies or unusual Northern Kentucky careers. To wit:
- The produce manager at the Latonia Kroger is a ham radio operator. His father was amateur radio operator too and delivered messages to men at sea from loved ones, back when there was no other method of doing so. I didn’t know that ham radio operators still existed, but he assured me that it’s as popular as ever. His amateur radio equipment is roughly the size of a large dog house or small shed.
- One of my neighbors, Tommy, crafts the most beautiful homemade beeswax candles I’ve ever seen. Tommy rolls the homemade beeswax candles at home and sells them to stores in the malls and through his Web site.
- Donna Salyers is one of Northern Kentucky’s biggest success stories. Her fake fur catalog and store, Fabulous Furs, was followed by a “wedding mall,” partnering with Covington businesses and providing services from the dress to the hall. Salyers and her husband have purchased the best Northern Kentucky real estate available today, from Covington through Newport to Bellevue.
In a recent blog I poked holes in the “so what do you do?” conversation starter. Still, if you or someone you know lives in Northern Kentucky and has a creative career or hobby, let us know. Ann and I once met a guy in mainstrasse who claimed to be a movie director, but we couldn’t tell if he was telling the truth or making it up on the fly.
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