Day 0 //
March 17, 1976
Inspiration many times originates from very
odd sources. Such is the case with beginning this journal. I've wanted
to start one for several years but just haven't been motivated enough
to maintain it. Recently, three entirely unrelated events have given
me inspiration to begin what I believe will be a journey full of interesting
people, places, activities and thoughts.
The first event triggering this pseudo trip
down memory lane is my 26th birthday. This particular age doesn't trigger
anything particularly important but the occasion itself brings thoughts
The second event is my friend David Barrett's
trip around the world.
I would love to join him on this adventure of a lifetime but at the
same time I've come to realize that my lifetime has been quite an adventure
And the last event is the birth of my friends
Joshua and Kristy Mock's daughter, Riley.
This ties everything together in an odd way but it got me to thinking
about my own birth and all of my "firsts".
Like my first smile, March 18, 1976. My first
laugh, October 3, 1976. (OK it took me a little while after my first
smile) My first, second and third steps, February 14, 1977. My first
words, November 1976, "Hi dada". And on and on and on. So,
where else then Day 1 to begin a journal.
I was born John Harold Wallace III on St. Patrick's
Day, 1976. I greeted the world at 9:14am in the little town of Ishpeming
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I'm a "Bell Baby" which
simply meant having the distinction of being born at Bell Memorial Hospital.
Although I'm "John the 3rd", I'm
the first of three children of my parents, Karen and John. It seems
my doctor, James Tobin, had some very precision instruments because
I weighed 8 lbs. 10.25 oz. and was 20.5 inches tall. Over the next four
days I lost an amazing 4.25 oz. but I found my appetite soon after.
I've always had a fascination with numbers
and statistics and they will be appear quite frequently in my writing.
One interesting fact is that 3/17/76 was the 76th day of 1976.
This seems to be a good place to wrap it up
and continue with another entry tomorrow. I plan on choosing certain
days, skipping around my life and adding something new daily. As it
evolves I'll be editing entries, adding photos, video, other documents
and archives, creating message boards and other features and much, much
more. Bookmark this page, visit often and maybe even start your own
journal on paper or online. III