My first few weeks on AR, I kept seeing a name over and over. The guy would always post on the same blogs that I posted on. As I started to write a few blogs, he would comment on my blogs. I like what he had to say. For the most part, we agreed on most everything.
For those of you who are either new to AR, or who don't get out much, I would like to introduce you to one of my newest friends and heroes, Mr. Simon Conway. He is my friend for the usual reasons; great guy, good businessman, loves his kids, conservative ideals, and plain all around nice guy. He also coaches tennis which is one of my favorite sports. I would bet that as a real estate agent, he makes lots of friends just for showing up. He is that good.
The reason that he is my hero goes a bit deeper. Most of us in this country don't think too much about other countries and what they could offer. Even countries that we like to visit and play in don't really ever cross our minds as possible places to live. And even if we did move to any of those countries, we probably would not be fully supportive of them like we are the good ole USA. Can you imagine moving over to say Denmark, and being their Olympic Team's biggest supporter? Or how about moving to Brazil and thinking that their military is just the greatest thing on Earth? I don't think so.
Simon is a full blooded Londoner. Born and raised there. He even ran a succesful business there. At some point he decided to move here. He not only started anew, but he also went through the legal 7 year process to become a US citizen. Most of us did it the easy way and could not imagine doing it the hard way. He, and many like him, are probably better citizens than some of us.
Simon hosts a radio show out of a station in Orlando, Florida. He even writes a blog for the station. Here is the link: http://www.540wfla.com/pages/simon_conway.html I highly recommend it.
All of these things about Simon are great, and he is a great guy, but they are not the reason that he is one of my heroes. There is a guy named Spanky Gibson. Simons knows all about him and has written numerous blogs about him. Here is one of them: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1089197/always-remember-that-freedom-is-not-free-a-tribute-to-our-servicemen-and-women
He has constantly reminded those of us who were born here, and take our citizenship for granted, that there are people like Spanky who are willing to give and give again, and even again for our great nation. The people who give the most are often the most overlooked. While many people have written about Spanky, it is Simon's writing about him that sticks out at me. Simon is the guy who moved to another country and became that countries biggest supporter.
FYI- Simon even has groups named after him on other websites. The man is simply too darn popular.