Retired from owning a paint store, I now work on commission selling and installing Hunter Douglas window treatments for the store I used to own
Christen - b. 1983 BA from UC Berkeley, lives in Harrisonburg, VA
Joshua - b. 1984, MA from Tufts More…University - lives in Ashburn, VA city planner with Louden County
Becca - b. 1985 - lives in San Mateo,CA - licensed optician with Costco
What have you been up to:
1969-1974 - attended VCU, graduated in Biology Ed
1974-1978 - taught Biology/Chemistry in K & Q country
1978-1979 - taught Biology/Chemistry in King William County
1979-1982 - Operated Olde Church Painting & Decorating in Richmond/Henrico
1982 - moved to Harrisonburg, VA and formed Shenandoah Paint & Wallpaper(retail & wholesale paint & decorating store)
1982 - married Laurinda Fowler from King William County
1982-present - Laurinda & I continue to operate Shenandoah Paint & Decorating Center in Harrisonburg, VA
2008/2009 - Laurinda & I have made some huge changes in our life in the last year, including buying a 6400 sq ft building and moving our paint store for the first time since 1983, selling our house and 23 acres on top of a ridge in beautiful Rockingham County and moving to a townhouse in Harrisonburg and downsizing since all of our children are now grown and gone.
2011-present - run a prayer and resource center out of the back room of the paint store called The HUB. This was Laurinda's vision and has really taken off. Something is going on there about 4 nights out of the week now and it gets used sort of randomly other times by groups from different churches and student groups. Laurinda and I do short term schools on Wednesday nights open to everybody free of charge.,
in 2014 we sold the little townhouse we had downsized into and bought a 4000 sq ft house built in 1968 that is in JMU's backyard. In 2017 we ripped out walls and did a major renovation to our new house and now live in the house we have always wanted. Large enough for all the kids to come home and close enough to downtown Harrisonburg we can walk anywhere, which we do a lot.
On Shenandoah Paint: I sold the building in January of 2017, moved the business across the street to a rental space and then sold the business in June of 2017. Since then, and for the foreseeable future I am selling and installing Hunter Douglas window treatments on commission for Shenandoah Paint, working 15-20 hours per week. I'm having so much fun in life Laurinda now calls me Giddypants.
I am now in a Rock n Roll Band(60's & 70's Classic Rock of course) called The Backroad Hitchhikers. We perform about every 3-4 weeks in local bars, breweries, parties, etc around Harrisonburg. You can check out our sound if you're interested on our Facebook Page: The Backroad Hitchhikers.
Laurinda has been taking Bible classes for the last 4 years and will soon be qualified as a pastor. She has pretty much been pastoring people her whole life anyway, this just adds some documentation to who she has always been.
She has also become a real estate agent in the last couple of years and is doing very well with that. She was invited to become a partner with a longtime friend who is looking at retiring and who wanted to pass along her business and her customers to someone who would keep it going.
So between Laurinda's real estate sales and my window treatment commissions we have decided to delay taking my Social Security until I am 70. The men in my family have typically lived long and prospered so I will take my chances on recouping the difference with the extra 32% by the time I turn 77.