Mike Martin

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Mike Martin
Mike Martin

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Campobello, SC USA
Spouse/Partner Alesia
Homepage www.martin29322.com
Occupation Small Business Owner
Children Elizabeth, born 1967; Jennifer, born 1972, Sarah, born 2003
Military Service USAF  
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11.29.1015 This will be our first Christmas in our new home in Campobello, SC. Alesia and Sarah are excited and have started decorating. Alesia tells me she wants/needs a set of tires for her car and Sarah wants a paddle board for Christmas. Just a few days after Christmas Alesia and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Time has flown by since I proposed to her more than twenty years ago. Is it me, or does time go faster and faster for people our age in general? And so many changes in our world - the only thing that seems to remain a constant is our inability/reluctance to elect people into public office who have our best interest in their hearts instead of their financial well being. It's time for us to send our politicians to fight their wars and our young men to serve in Congress.

School Story

God bless you, Mr. Gaskins, wherever you are. I signed up for French my junior year and after two days I told Mr. Gaskins I was dropping French and taking a study hall instead. I told him I didn't need French because I had no desire or means to go on to college. Mr. Gaskins talked with me and asked "What do you enjoy doing?" I told him I enjoyed tinkering with electrical stuff. I told him my dad had a TV repair shop and I loved working in it, but my dad passed away the prior year and we had to sell the shop. Mr. Gaskins took me across the street to the IEC and introduced me to the electronics instructor, Mr. Ed Becton, and they enrolled me into the electronics program, which was 1/2 the school day during my junior and senior years, as well as the summer between. This changed the course of my life. So thank you, Mr. Gaskins, for taking the time to talk to a lost soul and helping this teenager find direction in my life.

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Sarah ready for her first prom dance, 2017
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Sarah, just after she found out her group was named top Colour Guard in their division for the 2018 season. It took several hours before anyone else was able to pry the trophy away from her!
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My 15-year-old. Gawd I love her so.
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My favorite pet joke. So true...
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Posted on: Jan 13, 2019 at 2:59 PM

Sandra, I managed to delete your message, which isn't a positive endorsement of my mechanical ability, but I could give you a heads-up next time we visit Sunset Harbour and I could drop by and take a look at your grandfather clock? Of course, there wouldn't be a charge for an old school chum.

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Posted on: Jan 12, 2019 at 8:06 AM

Susan's announcement about the wonderful Barber Park Event Center & Ruth Wicker Tribute to Women opening reminds me of a very special person here in the Tryon, NC area. I repair vintage and antique clocks in NC/SC and I received a call from a Ms. Deaver, who is living at a retirement community there. Ms. Deaver will be 100 years old on March 26th of 2019.

My daughter Sarah and I arrived and found that Ms. Deaver's clock was an inexpensive battery powered clock that she had owned for years. She had bought batteries but the clock was too high on the wall for her to reach, or she would have changed the batteries herself and been done with it. I replaced the batteries and then I mulled over what would be the right charge for making the house call, changing her clock's batteries and correcting a few mechanical issues in the clock, and 'spiffing it up' a bit. I call my service policy "The Golden Rule Service Policy" and I do try to treat each of my customers as I would want to be treated, were I the customer. I said "Ms. Deaver, the charge for the service today is $8.00." Ms. Deaver paused from completing the check she was writing to me and said: "Mr. Martin, you're never going to get rich if you don't charge more than that for making a service call, especially this far from where you live." I was floored! And then I laughed and laughed. This lady was wise beyond her 99 years! But I stuck to my guns, and Ms. Deaver completed the check for $8.00. I also lowered the clock's position on the wall so she can reach the hands to change the time when necessary. And change the battery next time it runs down. I promised to call her on her birthday and sing 'Happy Birthday' to her.

We chatted a bit - Sarah was enthralled with the old books and magazines laying about Ms. Deaver's home and the pictures on the walls. Ms. Deaver was a retired physical therapist who worked with soldiers who had been wounded and had been sent to her hospital in New York to recover. She shared photos of her time in New York City in the 1940s with us. By the time we left, I felt like I should have paid Ms. Deaver for sharing her experiences with us. It was certainly an opportunity that Sarah will not soon forget and that I cherish. And on March 26th, I will call Ms. Deaver and sing Happy Birthday to her!

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Posted on: Dec 23, 2018 at 8:09 AM

Ahem! I would like to share my favourite seasonal joke:

Why did Santa Claus plant a garden?








So he could ho ho ho!



The end

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Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! My flag and my pirate canoe.
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Is it just me or is it HOT in here?

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Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:33 PM
Sarah ready for her first prom dance, 2017
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:33 PM
Sarah and her first boyfriend. Bah humbug.
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:32 PM
Sarah, just after she found out her group was named top Colour Guard in their division for the 2018 season. It took several hours before anyone else was able to pry the trophy away from her!
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:36 PM
My 15-year-old. Gawd I love her so.
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:37 PM
My favorite pet joke. So true...
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:29 PM
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:37 PM
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! My flag and my pirate canoe.
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Last Saturday morning I stepped out onto the deck when I got up at 0400. The big moon in the west, shining down on the lake was beautiful, I thought, so I decided to share it with you!
Posted: Jan 13, 2019 at 4:35 PM
Back surgery December 30th, 2016 (one last medical tax deduction). Now my top seven vertebrae are happily fused together! Thank you, Doctor Lim! Arthritis was the culprit. All done through a three-inch incision in the FRONT of my neck. February 27th I can chuck the neck brace and (legally) drive again. 01.2019 That surgery was the best thing I have ever done for myself.