Barney the Dinosaur competes in the clogging competition at Mt Airy Fiddler's Convention

For many years I attended the Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention (in Mt. Airy NC).  Although there is a stage where one can compete for prizes (best band, best fiddler, best banjo player, etc., etc.) the real reason I attend is to visit with friends and play music.  There are hundreds of jam sessions going on all over the park.

On Saturday night (really, early Sunday morning) after all the music competition is over there is a dance (clogging) competition.  Most people who enter really can dance.  Some who enter intend to be humorous.

One year I entered the dance competition wearing a Barney the Dinosaur costume.

How to dramatically enter a conference

I was hired by the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to design and deliver a 3-day leadership development program for 120 employees from across the state.  I wanted to start the conference off in a memorable way - - no boring stuff here!

Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie's were one of my favorite toys growing up.  Comedian Brian Regan helps me remember one of the things I like most about this technology - - the name!