The Most Interesting Person I Know...  

Steel_Legs 60M/F
310 posts
8/20/2006 9:30 pm
The Most Interesting Person I Know...

As a part of a writing class, we were given the assigment of writing a short piece describing the most interesting person we knew.

The teacher, a successful novelist and friend of mine considered rejecting my offering as "obvious fiction" until I offered to have Jim fly out to meet him.

Jim Hatfield

Jim Hatfield has been a contractor, a journalist, a gold miner, a mountain climber, a developer, a city councilman, a cowboy, a musician and a pilot, though not in anything like that order.

I should probably mention that Jim also has a black belt in Karate and numerous sub four-hour marathons to his credit.

Having climbed the highest mountains on two continents, Jim was close to making it three, but for the death of two close friends less than 1,000 feet from the summit of Mt. Everest.

A successful general contractor and very close to real wealth, Jim sold everything to invest in a gold mine in Central America. After more than two years of battling malaria, dysentery, claim jumpers and financial ruin, he ultimately went broke. Jim tells me that he was never under any illusions about “striking it rich”, and probably would not have made that leap were it not for his love, perhaps even need, for adventure.

Shortly after his return from Central America, Jim’s marriage of 23 years ended in divorce, in what Jim describes as the most painful time in his life. He shoulders the entire burden of the failed marriage and honestly believes that his decisions and actions were completely selfish and totally unforgivable.

Not one to lick his wounds for long, Jim set out with a flat wallet and a broken heart. Working for wages for the first time in 30 years, Jim provided complete financial support for his ex-wife while putting his two sons through college. Jim is not short on honor.

Luck, or perhaps divine intervention is also a good friend to my good friend. Take the time Jim accidentally flew his airplane from Phoenix to Tucson, upside down! He discovered his mistake when he broke through a thin cloud layer, looking up, he spotted the headlights of the cars on the interstate. Or, just two months ago, when he made a perfect landing at Sky Harbor International Airport, but neglected to put down his landing gear. Luck? Certainly, but maybe the universe is not quite ready to be minus one Jim Hatfield.

Jim is currently keeping busy developing a subdivision. The subdivision is in New Mexico. The price range of the homes is between 3 & 5 million dollars and each one sits on its own 640 acre “lot.”

In his spare time, Jim and his friend are building a 65’ sailboat, which he intends to sail around the world. I hope Jim is a better sailor than he is a pilot. For all his many talents, Jim is only an average swimmer.

And because I just know you want to know… Jim has since found great love and is married to Billie, a hugely successful interior designer, cowgirl and poet. Sound like a good match to you?

qosmann 67M

1/20/2007 9:14 pm

Thanks for dropping by my own blog and posting the link to this article of yours. Great story!

Steel_Legs 60M/F

9/22/2006 3:15 am

I met Jim about 5 years after his divorce. He was managing a division of a large construction corp. Set up as a business unit the division performed sales, design and construction of large steel buildings. I was a Dist. Sales Mgr, (sales guy) with the company they bought the steel buildings from. This was in 1993, when I was basically a rookie in the industry. Jim and I became friends, training together for short course tirathalons.

I've been on cattle roundups with Jim on his ranch in New Mexico, where I spent 14 hrs a day on a horse, having the time of my life. Ending each day with sunsets just the other side of my imagination, with only enough energy to eat before falling into a soul clensing sleep.

I haven't seen Jim in a few years. My 2nd wife went to work for his wife, and that makes visiting uncomfortable. But dammit, its been too long. I'm gonna go see Jim in the next couple of months.


Artimus4U 56F

9/13/2006 6:43 am

You didnt tell us how you met Jim or at what part of his lifes journey...

- Artimus

Bard of Norcal

deliciousngood 65F
1666 posts
9/10/2006 5:07 am

I always feel "right there" when I read what you havae written! I think that is one of the hallmarks of a GREAT writer!

Blog on!



Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/30/2006 10:08 pm

    Quoting economickrisis:
    Your mate Jim sounds like a very good bloke. You seem ok too.
Jim is more fun than the proverbial monkey with a football. You would like him, I'm certain.

Suffering from a micro economic crisis of my own, as last year I was divorced, in april of this year I had some health problems, which insurance paid very little of becuase I went to an "out of network" provider as I don't live near one and, oh yea, it was a fucking EMERGENCY.

Last week my employer said, "take a hike" as I wasn't hitting the numbers they expected, (I expected I'd do even better than my employer hoped, and was I ever wrong). First time I've not made or exceeded my numbers in 20+ years of high dollar outside sales, with 5 different employers. So, guessing I was due for some humble pie.

Thanks for the visit and the comment.

Look for a comment relating an actual "economics joke" on your blog soon. Turns out it was the only thing I learned during two sememsters of college economics.


Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/30/2006 9:57 pm

    Quoting tracy_de_lacy:
    he sounds like a really amazing person, i would love to sit and hear the stories of someone like that...doesn't he blog?
Yes, Jim is damn interesting and also a REALLY good man. If he blogs, it's a secret to me, but I doubt it. His B/A is in journalism, so I know he can communicate the written word, but I don't think he would take the time from other activities.
Thanks for the visit and comment,

Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/30/2006 9:53 pm

    Quoting funintheday2006:
    You are an excellent writer, consider yourself pimped on my blog when I get the opportunity to do so.[image]
That's some compliment, considering the source - thank you. Any blog pimping, by anyone - can be a great help. When the anyone is Fun God, well, I'll just shut and say thanks.



Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/30/2006 9:45 pm

    Quoting waggypolly:

    Keep on the good work of blogging, .......... whatever gets thrown back at you.

Thank you for the visit. I do get a kick out of your blog, even if we don't always agree, (you are the lady, so you are right - now that's settled).

I hope you don't view my comments in your blog as an attack on you. Just putting my thoughts (of which I'm certain I've never had an original one) out there in hopes of at some point, perhaps sounding intelligent, or at least not like a moron.

economickrisis 56M

8/30/2006 7:25 pm

Your mate Jim sounds like a very good bloke. You seem ok too.

tracy_de_lacy 106F
9268 posts
8/29/2006 10:12 am

he sounds like a really amazing person, i would love to sit and hear the stories of someone like that...doesn't he blog?

Bye everyone, it was a blast

funintheday2006 57M
9659 posts
8/29/2006 1:55 am

You are an excellent writer, consider yourself pimped on my blog when I get the opportunity to do so.[image]

Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/27/2006 12:12 am

    Quoting GoddessOfTheDawn:

    ~ smilez ~ on seeing waggypolly's comment

    as for the post: some peepz are amazing....

Thanks for the visit and the comment. I was advised when I started blogging that I should (as waggyppolly suggests above) become a regular visitor on the blogs I vist and always post a comment. I follow the advice as often as possible, but I think maybe I'm spending too much time actually reading posts, to see if I really like their writing, or have something to offer.

When I comment I want the blogger to know that I read the post and that my comment is not simply a tactic to develop more views/comments, but a communication of genuine feeling inspired by their post, or sometimes a goofy, off the mark, sarcastic little snippet, but always related to a specific post.


Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/27/2006 12:05 am

    Quoting waggypolly:

    Steel, I came over cos I saw you asking gotd about how to attract the type of reader you want and you sounded interesting. You posts are interesting, so I'll come again. (I take writing classes sometimes too.)

    My advice, visit persistently the blogs that you enjoy reading and always leave a comment to show you've been there. At first people will come out of curiosity to see who you are, then they will pay return visits out of courtesy, and finally some of them will get hooked on your blog. After all, if you like their blogs, the chances are they will like yours.

Thank you for taking the time to provide some advice, really appreciate the hand. A nice compliment too, double thanks.

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
8/26/2006 2:13 am

~ smilez ~ on seeing waggypolly's comment

as for the post: some peepz are amazing....

Steel_Legs 60M/F

8/25/2006 3:43 pm

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    Sounds like a great match..liked the lil story.
Every detail in this "lil story" is true. You, Jim and Billie would be fast friends and though I may never meet you, I already consider you a friend.

Become a member to create a blog