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Throwing My Loop… Find What You BY MICHAEL JOHNSON MY WIFE AND I graduated from the same university some years ago. It’s a branch of Texas A&M called Texas A&M-Commerce, with about 12,000 students currently, and we both love the institution dearly. She now works there as Assistant VP for Student Access and Success. Recently, we attended the annual awards banquet honoring selected former students who were given the university’s highest honor – the award known as “Distinguished Alum,” an award recognizing former graduates for their accomplishments, and for their “more than significant contributions to the world.” One honoree was now a renowned surgeon, another the first Hispanic woman to become a federal judge, and so on. Each was asked to make remarks, and I found it so interesting that all four said the same thing. “Find what you love,” they said. “Find what you love.” That caused me to think about the things I love, and in addition to my wife and the animals on our farm, of course, there are three. I love to hit golf balls, rope steers and make tables, windows and doors. Obsessed with all three. Can’t stop. If the Betty Ford Clinic ever offers services for any of these three addictions…I’m checking myself in. Even at 64, I must hit two hundred balls a day, I have to ride my horses even if it’s just for a little bit and I am driven to create something – and that something is always big. I make three things over and over and over…tables, windows and doors. Some have suggested I have a bit of a tendency to oversize. Our barn doors, for example, are five feet wide and nine feet high. The last project was a cedar dining table destined for the barn porch. At three feet in height, four wide and seven feet long, it must weigh five hundred pounds. When Sherry saw it, she said, “My goodness, it’s huge!” I said, “Hmmm – I don’t think it’s quite big enough.” She looked at me for a time, put her hand on my shoulder with a caring touch, and said, “Michael, I do love you, but sometimes I think you really need to see a Christian counselor.” Third Quarter 2012 • 35 http://www.naylornetwork.com/nrw-nxt3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT
RURAL WATER: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE
CURRENT CHALLENGES TO THE RURAL WATER INDUSTRY
CREATIVE FINANCING TOOLS TO FUND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
NATIONAL REGISTRY OF WATER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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