I haven't had any time for posting the post I wanted to all week.
It's 4am and I just got off the phone with work again and now I can't sleep.
It is not unusual for me to get called through the night.
Yesterday I went in at 2am and got home at 6am for a shower and breakfast, then back til 9pm.
It's gotta settle down soon. Crisis after crisis.
A few weeks ago, I was in the diner talking to the head of the local Tea Party Caucus, Dennis Moore.
We meet there often and talk.
Dennis is well connected nationally for a guy who is a construction worker.
He mentioned that the Caucus wanted to bring in William Federer to speak at the diner and then arrange for him to speak at a larger venue the next day (Saturday).
How big was my church, and could they use it?
Well it wasn't big enough, but they found another nearby in Belleville and it was all scheduled.
They were going to put Bill up in a motel, but he preferred to stay with locals when in town.
I was very concerned as last weekend approached that work would interfere with our plans.
Friday, I was to pick Bill up at DTW at 2:30 PM.
I put out a fire at work as he called from the airport and he very pleasantly told me to take my time. I arrived at the airport arrival pickup at an hour after he did.
We left in my truck and I asked if he had ever seen an automated factory.
He had not, and so I offered to show him ours as we had time to kill before dinner. I did not realize that he had a radio interview to do at 4PM.
We arrived at my work at 3:58, so Bill did his interview from the cab of my truck. When he was done, I took him on a tour of the facility, showing him the hot stamp furnaces and presses with their robotic load and unload systems.
Then the robotic welding cells.
He was impressed.
Then at 5:15 he had another interview and I took him to a conference room where he went on air with Thayrone Hughes (about the 15 minute mark),the station co-owner (with his wife, the lovely Linda) of WAAM 1600, Ann Arbor.
Afterwards we drove to my home and I changed and Scherie, Bill and I drove to Haab's for dinner where we met up with Thayrone, Linda, Dennis and Linda Moore and had a wonderful meal and discussion.
Afterwards, we went to the Big Sky Diner.
Bill had never heard of Demetrius Ypsilanti, so I had the pleasure of describing the namesake of our city and his influence in pushing back the Ottoman Empire and freeing Greece.
Bill then spoke for 3 hours and after book signing and mingling, we got home about 1:30 am Saturday.
We awoke and the three of us went for breakfast at The Bomber Restaurant, a local favorite, whose walls are decorated with military memorabilia, a lot of it related to Bomber Production at Willow Run Airport in WW2.
It was wonderful talking to this decent humble informative man of God who is striving to do something for his (our) country.
We then drove Bill to Belleville along Ford Lake and Belleville (formerly Edison) Lake, explaining how those two industrialists had dammed the Huron River to produce electricity to supply small Ford plants along the river, creating these lakes in the process.
We said goodbye to Bill, and Scherie and I went to the Radio Station to prepare for the show.
Gary Wellings and I did the show as usual and then at 1:35, Bill called in and I interviewed him.
I highly recommend you listen to him.
The Drift Radio Show with William Federer Interview.
Please let me know what you think.
Now I'm going back to bed.
Oh, wait. It's time to get ready for work.