Dwight Bennett

Married    Number of Children 2   Grand Children 0 Great Grand Children 0

Occupation/Career Description

Youíve heard that the modern worker typically has multiple careers. That was based on me. When I was a kid, as dorky as it sounds, I collected butterflies. After high school I went to Texas Tech and got a BS in Entomology (bugs). Iíd always dreamed of forests and jungles, so when the opportunity presented itself, I went to Florida to get a Masters in Entomology with a minor in Zoo. Let me assure you, there are lots of bugs in Florida. After 12 years or so, I decided I was tired of researching poisons and watching people roll their eyes or make faces when I told them what I did. Back to school -- this time I got a Masters in Educational Media. Since a couple of my hobbies in graduate school were eating and paying bills, Iíd taken a job as a graphic artist at an environmental firm. After I graduated I continued to work there Ė somehow 13 years flew by. Iíd never really used my last degree, but had become a manager and multimedia specialist at the company. When the company began to fold, I started running my own small business out of my house. Iíve done everything from event videos (tons of weddings), TV commercials, educational videos, to designing various websites. Three years ago I became the Webmaster for a very active Health Science Center Library at the University of Florida. I do very little with the business at this point. People still know me as the bug man from Texas. Iím folkís best friend when they think they have termites.

Military Service (Branch/Date/Locations/The Good/The Bad)

None.

Hobbies

Photography, nature, writing, movies, techy toys, art, eating, paying bills, supporting the IRS.

Most significant thing in my life between 1965 and 1970

Moving to Gainesville, Florida -- where I got over educated, met my wife, made many strange new friends, experienced the real world, became a father, and put down some deep roots.

Best job I ever had (or place of residence) and why

My present position is the one I like the most, although my years at the environmental firm were very good. We provide support, training and information searches for medical trainees, doctors and research staff. I was born with a heart defect and wouldnít have made it to high school if it wasnít for modern medicine. So this gives me a feeling of giving back. Itís one of the largest medical centers in the SE. Pay and benefits are good. And if youíre going to pass out and fall down, thereís no better place.

Worst job I ever had (or place of residence) and what I learned from it

Delivering pizzas. Shouldnít need much explanation there. Helped remind me a college degree was probably a good thing. Although we settled in Gainesville, weíve also done stints in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida. We would move away, following jobs, but end up coming back to Gainesville. Itís a medium sized college town, with heavy forests, ponds, streams, alligators, and Spanish moss. Itís a nice place to raise kids. However, Florida is now known as the plywood state, and yes, we got hit twice last year by hurricanes in Gainesville. Every part of Florida got hit last year. I have plywood for my windows, lots of batteries, and a chain saw. Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill, and no matter how many times you flick the switch,
lights don't work without electricity.

Ready to retire or more dragons to slay
(What will you do with your time in the next 10 years)

I love my work, my projects and techy toys. Someday Iíll make enough to retire the way I want. Bet youíve heard that one before.

Best book(s) I've read since 1965

My wife says itís ridiculous because Iím a writer that doesnít read. Well, I do, just not much anymore. She reads enough for both of us. Stacks and stacks of romance novels. I am an avid movie watcher, internet browser, however.

 

Favorite movie(s) I've watched since 1965

There really are so many movies out any more. I like a variety, from romance comedy to horror, according to my mood. I like action movies as much as anything. "Oh, Brother", "Big Fish," "Shrek", "Kill Bill 1&2", "Casablanca." There are so many, old and new.

My most enjoyable trip/vacation

My most memorable trip was to Jamaica where I almost died. Well, so much for memorable. My most enjoyable trip was to Costa Rica in Central America where I finally got to see even more jungle, rain forest and wildlife. Sloths really do move very, very, very slowly. The dollar goes very, very, very far there. The Central Valley stays a constant 68 degrees year round and is a favorite retirement place for Americans. People who can barely afford food, rent, and medicine in the US, can have a decent place and a maid there. The coffee is thick as mud, and the folks are friendly. Well, that was 17 years ago.

Most rewarding thing about the last 40 years

Hands down, my family. As much fun as I poke at my wife, and complain about the kids sucking money up like a Hoover, I wouldnít trade the life theyíve given me for anything. My son is graduating with a degree in computers. My daughter is finishing a degree in mechanical engineering. I guess we did alright. Engineering is not a common career for a woman. I knew there was something fishy about Vicki in high school when she asked me if she would get my tools when I died.

Three things I did that I never dreamed of doing in 1965

Get married to a black attorney, raise two kids, return to the home I was raised in to celebrate my Dadís 100th birthday.

Three things I haven't done but would like to (or will) do

Travel the US. Travel across Europe. Win the lottery. OK, the last oneís too obvious. How about, learn to cook? I could maybe handle that.

Personality trait or quality I like most about myself

I learned to laugh at myself.

Most important lesson I learned from my spouse/best friend

There are more kinds of love than there are words for love.

Life has pain so just expect it.

Time heals pain, fogs the memory, and rewrites history. God bless time.

There are more good times than bad, more good people than bad people,

and more open doors than sealed fates. God bless doors.