Sunday, May 15, 2016

Getting to Know You…

Say hello to John Presler.  

-Where do you live now?  
Miami, OK - Our house is right on the Historic US Route 66.

-Where were you born? 
Portland, OR

We have 2 cats (Mischief and Rascal) and they both work hard to live up to their names.

 Our kids are all grown with families of their own. They live in California and Oregon.

My hobbies include building / working on web sites and reading cozy mysteries (especially with animals in them).  I also enjoy working on old cars. I made a trade with a friend to get a 1958 Ford Thunderbird. It is kind of buried right now, but when it gets here, I will start restoring it.

-What do you do for fun?  
During the summer, I love to ride my Toy (the front end is an ’83 Gold Wing and the back end is a ’71 Karmann Ghia). I also like to go to motorcycle rallies.  The first web site I built was for motorcycle apparel and accessories (

-Do you travel? 
My wife and I love to travel.  Got a fav place?  We have a couple of favorite places. One is Branson, MO - It is close, offers a wide variety of entertainment, and has numerous museums (we love visiting museums).  We also like the area around Manitou Springs, CO - There you will find The Royal Gorge, Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and Pikes Peak.  There is so much to see and do in a fairly small area.

-How did you come to reading mysteries?  
My mother was an avid reader and she got me hooked on reading and mysteries, in particular.

-Do you have a fav mystery show? Movie?
 My favorite mystery shows are the oldies like Columbo, McCloud, Murder She Wrote, Ellery Queen, and Nero Wolfe.  For Mystery Movies, I especially like The Thin Man movies and the Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone.

-Do you have a fav book that you reread from time to time?  
Some of the classic books I never tire of reading are Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings series.  For more current authors, I like Duffy Brown’s Consignment Shop Series, Leann Sweeney’s Lexi Baker Series, K. J. Emrick’s Darcy Sweet Series, The Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown, and E.J. Copperman’s Haunted Guesthouse Series. I usually go back and re-read earlier books when a new one comes out so I can be sure I don’t confuse one set of characters with another.

-Do you remember the first mystery your read?  
I don’t remember the exact title, but I know it was one of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe Mysteries (I have all but one or two of his books in my collection).

-Is there a character in a book or movie that you whish you could pal around with?  
Some of the characters that I would really like to get to know are Columbo, Darcy Sweet, and Archie Goodwin.

-Tell us anything else about yourself.
 We all love meeting new friends. 

In 2011, I was offered an early retirement option (I was 63 at the time) and it was such a great offer, I could not refuse. It turned out to be a win-win situation, as the company was preparing to lay off some workers. As a result of taking the early retirement, I got to spend time going to motorcycle rallies and building up our own business (RiderStop) and a younger person (who probably had a family and needed to work) got to keep their job.  We ended up selling the business in late 2012 to some friends, but we still help them with some of the rallies and I still maintain the web site. The best part is that my wife and I can now do some traveling and sightseeing around the country.

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