It’s tough running contests. The work, the grind, it can be exhausting. The preparation alone…studying late into the night, getting up early, the tests, the papers, the homework…oh wait, I’m thinking about college. Nevermind.
The Other Husband
The Son and I went out for our usual daily hike up the Iron King Trail at around 3:33 p.m. Up until yesterday, I had not been approached by anyone and though I certainly realized it could be a homeschooling Dad, I was fully expecting hoards of homeschooling Moms. Free books for the kiddos and watch out my friend. You do not want to get between a homechooling Mom and her child’s education! No offense to the Dads out there who are in charge of the homeschooling duties, but most of us Dads are or were in supporting roles in the realm of homeschooling.
So this guy is coming up the trail toward us on a bike thingy—it was kind of a scooter bike (maybe The Other Husband can tell us exactly what it is in the comments below). Anyway, we always say hello to people.
“Hello,” I said and he started to slow down. This seemed a little odd to me (this is most likely why I was not in charge of homeschooling The Son). Then he stopped.
“I’m looking for the ARTK12…”
It did not immediately click for me. I think there is something in our brains that tries to anticipate what someone is going to say or do and when they don’t respond the way our brains think they were supposed to, the gears have to shift or in my case maybe grind a bit in the process.
“You’re the ARTK12 guy,” he says.
Of course I had to look at my shirt just to make sure. “Yes, I am!” We gave each other some high fives.
Later, he told me that while I was retrieving the books, The Homeschooling Mom called and said, “He’s there. He’s there. I just saw the post.” He scored some big points when he told her he had already found me.
The Coolest Job is Not Web Related
We had a nice chat. The Other Husband is also a web developer so there was, of course, a bit of talking shop. HOWEVER, this is not the coolest thing The Other Husband does (though being a web developer is pretty darn cool, just sayn’). Your kiddos are going to love this.
The Other Husband is the Owner / Wrangler at Critter Tec. That means he will come to your house and remove a rattlesnake that you find in your backyard or under a tree in your front yard or wherever you happen to see it. He comes, captures the rattlesnake and then relocates it to a less populated area. And we have lots of rattlesnakes here in the Prescott, Arizona area. I’ve seen a couple while hiking and on more than one occasion been told by a hiker, “Be careful there’s a rattlesnake up the trail.”
So for someone who captures rattlesnakes, finding some dude on a trail wearing an ARTK12 t-shirt had to be child’s play.
Congratulations to your whole family for not only being the first winners this year, but the first winners ever in a contest that we hope to make an annual event.
We still have 2 map sets to give away. There were no winners last night while I was on my shopping run. Good luck and good hunting and watch out for rattlesnakes!