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Way back in June, 1982 when Bonnie asked me if I wanted to move to Tennessee I had a job I liked as the manager of the Uni. of GA School of Pharmacy animal facilities. It was a little facility on the roof of the Pharmacy school. I had two employees. It was a really sweet deal.

I don't know what I was thinking. I guess moving to Tennessee sounded like an adventure; and I didn't realize it was going to be for the rest of my life. I thought I'd be able to fish and swim in all the lakes surrounding Knoxville, TN and it was going to be like a 5 year vacation. I don't know what I was thinking.

When we first moved to Knoxville I had a difficult time finding a job I liked and I ended up cutting meat at a little IGA near our house. I did that for a year and half till I got hired on as the Coordinator for the Animal Facilities for the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. That was in the fall of 1983. So it took me over a year to get a "real" job with benefits and leave time.

What was amazing to me was that the job at the UT Vet School paid less than what I had made at the University of Georgia managing a facility that was much much smaller with a whole lot less animals and employees. But I was desperate at that point to get a job with benefits so I didn't argue and I just jumped at the chance to be working with live animals again.

So here I am 31 years later, retired, house husband, and still in Tennessee and I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll be living right here till they carry me out of here feet first in a body bag.

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