Tagged — I’m It!

I’ve just learned what an Internet meme is. Dictionary.com defines meme as “a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.” Quite a mouthful! Often memes are spread spontaneously by word-of-mouth. In the blogosphere, memes are often intentionally spread by one blogger posting something and tagging others to post on the same topic.

Miriam Midkiff at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors tagged me to share five things about myself that you don’t know. Then I get to tag five more bloggers to do the same.

So here are five things you probably don’t know about me:

1. I carried on the ranching tradition in my family until November 1999, when my ranch hand left for another job. I was not physically able to do the work myself, so I reluctantly sold the ranch. My dad always raised cattle, and I grew up with ranching in my blood. I raised registered Red Brangus cattle, and I still miss going to the cattle auctions – in fact, I miss everything about ranching, even though it paid about as well as writing does.

2. Since I haven’t made my fortune in genealogy, ranching, or writing, I own a business to pay the bills. dabow-inc. has provided credit card processing to business owners in San Antonio since 1990. Now the business is online as well and serves customers around the country.

davidbowles_motorcycle3. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most in life is traveling throughout the western US and Canada on my Gold Wing Touring Motorcycle. In July 1997, I wanted to escape a very hot summer and go someplace cool, so I headed north. I spent the night in Chama, New Mexico, and met a family from Corpus Christi, Texas headed the same direction in their van. The next day, we kept passing each other on the highway. That night I was eating dinner in a restaurant when the family came in. They had seen my motorcycle in the parking lot and decided to join me. The kids were thrilled when I let them sit on the motorcycle. 

The lady asked me, “Where are you headed?”

North,” I answered.

“Where north?”

“I don’t know,” I answered. “I’m not there yet.”

We continued to travel the same road, waving as we passed each other from time to time, all the way to Missoula, Montana. Then they split off, and I headed up to Lake Louise, Canada.

davidbowles_goldminingOn the return trip, I stopped in to visit my friends Bob Watts and Phil Phillips northwest of Idaho City, Idaho in the Boise Mountains. They were gold miners – they didn’t pan; they used modern gold mining equipment that I thought was supposed to make it easier. I worked with Bob from 8:30 in the morning til noon – shoveling mud from the creek to the slew – and at the end of the morning, I’d mined about $35 worth of gold. I decided gold mining wasn’t the way to get rich quick, either! The evenings were spent at Diamond Lil’s in beautiful downtown Idaho City, and I spent two nights at the gold camp. The third night, after sleeping on the hard ground long enough, I stayed in a bed and breakfast in Idaho City that originally had been a house of ill repute. I still have the little vial of the liquid gold as a souvenir of my one-day career as a gold miner. 

That trip was a favorite of many great motorcycle adventures. However, a serious accident destroyed my bike and almost destroyed me, ending my motorcycle-riding adventures.

4. I’ve always been active in the community. I was named Business Leader of the Year in 1994 by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the next year appointed to the White House Conference on Small Business by Congressman Lamar Smith. The first civilian appointed by City Council to the San Antonio Police Review Board, I’ve served as a Commissioner on the San Antonio Crime Commission under four different mayors. I belong to several genealogical and historical societies and am Vice President of the San Antonio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

5. A fifth generation native of Austin, I moved to San Antonio in 1968 for a temporary job during Hemisfair … and I’m still here.

Next up, I’m tagging three genealogy bloggers and two writing bloggers:

Jill Fallon at Legacy Matters

Becky Wiseman at kinexxions

Sasha Mitchell at Memory Lane

Helen Ginger at Straight from Hel

Lillie Ammann at A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye

Tell us five things we don’t know about you.

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