Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Birthday to the "Man in the Green Shirt"

October 1 is the illustrious occasion of Joe's, my business partner, (aka "the Man in the Green Shirt," you'll have to ask him to explain) 54th birthday. In honor of this auspicious event, I would like to present 10 of my favorite facts about Joe, in no particular order:



1. Joe is the oldest of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls

2. He went to Catholic school all the way through

3. Joe's middle name is "Herbert," after his dad

4. Joe's great-great-great grandpa was racquets (a pre-cursor to modern tennis) champion of Great Britain; Joe's grandpa was the tennis pro at the Detroit Country Club and had many of the Fords as students

5. Joe collects pocket knives; he especially likes this little kind with a trick closure that only will open when held a certain way

6. Joe's favorite band is Mott the Hoople; coincidentally, they are playing in London this weekend; he says he's available if anyone would like to take him

7. Joe graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan with a degree in English, emphasis on creative writing; he received the Waldo Sangren award his senior year and produced a book of poetry entitled "Reliquary"

8. Joe is a voracious reader

9. He loves to dance and has more than 1500 LPs

10. He's a certified appraiser and a fabulous auctioneer

Whew! Joe, you are the best business partner ever. (: Happy Birthday, buddy. And many more. xo

12 comments:

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Happy Birthday to the Mayor of our Neighborhood!

ann at greenoak said...

happy birthday joe!!!
and so nice to read the bio.... next time you come check out our opiule of lps and our old rock mags.... from when we had our recored store...
hugs from another english major.i think sandy is lucky.....ann....

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Oops -- sorry if I deleted your comment -- that was an accident! (:

dede said...

Happy, Happy Day to you, Joe. This a great time of year to have a birthday. See you at Kane.
xox,
dede

Anita said...

Happy Birthday Joe from a fellow Catholic School survivor :) JK, actually, I loved it. Seriously. I did.

Sea Witch said...

The happiest of birthdays to you Joe. I'm one of the last of the good Catholic girls, but then I was raised Kosher Catholic...nobody did guilt like our family. I hope to catch one of your auctions one day. Sea Witch

VanDaff's Interior Design & Antiques said...

Happy Birthday Joe from Dan & CJ. Incidentally Dan will be 54 on Oct 13th and we will celebrate our first anniversary on Oct 10th with you guys at Greylake! Have a great one!!!

katie said...

Happy Birthday Dear Joe! We'll celebrate later this month! In the meantime have a corona on me!

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Thanks to everyone for your nice comments! I'm going to print this out for Joe as his "card"! xo

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

WOW JOE! ALL THAT IN ONLY 54 YEARS? WHAT A GUY! I WOULD LOVE TO READ YOUR POEMS SOMETIME! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO IN THE NEXT 54 YEARS! A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HUGS, JUDY

elise said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Joe, To the hardest working man I know ! Wishing you many more to come, xo To the Mayor of the hood ;)

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

For some reason, some of the comments keep disappearing from this post. Does anyone know why that might happen? Let me know. I've heard of links mysteriously vanishing, but not comments. Thanks.