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When my sons were 4, 6 and 8 years old, I bought them their first knives. As parents know, you can’t buy one kid a gift – you have to buy all three, which got quite expensive. But I digress. I’m an outdoors kind of guy, hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. So, they all got knives. I took them out to the woods and showed them the proper technique to skin a stick. To no great surprise, they all cut themselves. Nothing bad, but I’m sure it hurt a little bit. Lesson learned. Oh my gosh, you should have heard the commentary in our neighborhood, though! It really intensified when I brought the boys back home after an afternoon at the gun range and we were seen unloading our cased firearms. Throughout their young lives, we “gave them some rope” in their activities. We didn’t put them in harm’s way – but hey, if they tripped while running, heads up, kid! Look where you’re goin’!
A 26-year industry veteran, Joe has taught certified salon operator training for the last 15 years, as well as advocating indoor tanning in many capacities. Joe is a sought-after speaker and presenter at both national & regional trade events, also interacting with the FDA, state & local regulatory agencies. During his most recent tenure with the ITA, he served as director of membership.
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