Andy Priestley of DWebware tagged me some time ago for the "Get to Know Your Author" meme.  It has taken me a while to get to it but here we go.

The rules of “tag” are simple:

  • Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
  • Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

Seven random and/or wierd things about me:

  1. I am not named after Rush Limbaugh or the rock band.  The truth is my mom has a bit of flair for the unusual or dramatic.  For further evidence, my brother’s name is Roman.  Turns out I was named appropriately because I started walking (actually running) at seven months and was kind of a terror as a young kid.
  2. I was born in Germany.  There was been wide speculation about whether this will halt my presidential aspirations but I contend I am a natural born citizen because my father was in the military at the time and I have always had American citizenship (although I did have dual-citizenship until the age of 18).  And no, I really don’t speak German very well and on one of my trips back to the homeland I thought Wienerwald was a place to get hot dogs.  (Actually the restaurant was named after Vienna Woods and sold chicken).
  3. I grew up in Corydon, Iowa (population about 1,600).  We had no stop lights in town and definitely no McDonalds, Wal-Mart or even a Pizza Hut.  But it was a wonderful place to grow up and I’ll never forget the fun I had playing quarterback for the greatest team in Wayne Falcon football history.  While that assertion may be disputed by classes before us (but none after us), there is no denying our senior record speaks for itself – case closed.
  4. I love baseball.  My office is decorated with baseball memorabilia featuring George Brett and Cal Ripken, Jr.  I coach both of my sons’ little league baseball teams and this year will begin coaching an AAU team after the little league season. 
  5. I am a business lawyer but I started my career handling just about everything including traffic tickets, personal injury, family law and criminal law.  My varied background has served me well in representing business people who often run into these issues and don’t know who to call.  My first trial involved representing a lady accused of running a red light and hitting another car.  The only independent witness testified that my lady had run the red light.  My cross-examination must have been okay because miraculously we won the case but I was so surprised I needed the judge to repeat his verdict when he ruled from the bench.  
  6. My wife is a lawyer and when we got married our pastor told us that ordinarily he doesn’t recommend it but would advise us to "talk to our lawyer" if we ever had marital problems.
  7. For my dream job I would love to be a sports announcer.  I used to sit in the stands as a little kid and announce the high school basketball games with a buddy.  Maybe I could trade places with Bob Costas?

So there you go.  Seven things you may, or may not, have wanted to know about me.  Now I want to hear from:

Back to business law on Monday with word on a big Iowa Supreme Court ruling that has a big impact on home builders.