One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for June 15, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Sometimes when you live in a smaller community you not only get to be friends with one sibling but their entire family or least a part of it. That has happened to me a lot living in Robeson County, NC. One example is Joanna Price Read who I have gotten to know very well and consider her a friend along with her family.
Joanna is married to another good friend Carey Read. Together they have four children two boys and two girls. Some of their children are the same age as our children so the Read’s and Kenney’s relate well parental challenges we both face.
When you want to be around a fun couple then you need to be around Joanna and Carey Read. We have been with them several times over the last year with trips to Savannah, Auburn, and Asheville and always have a great time.
Photo of all of us at Auburn September 2014.
Joanna is a Physician’s Assistant and graduated from Duke University in 1994. She has two brothers and a sister and considers Lumberton her hometown. Her husband Carey is in the same category.
When you have two people who are from the same small town some interesting dynamics occur. Joanna father is Nelson Price who is a long time Certified Public Accountant. Carey Joanna’s husband father was a coach and teacher at Lumberton High School. Joanna with the help of Carey pretty much knows everyone in town especially those that grew up here.
Joanna is also a connoisseur of craft beer. In 2014 while I was attempting to drink a different beer each day she and Carey were a great inspiration and source of information. I still laugh every time I hear Joanna or Carey say they have a guy in California that gets them beer. I would say that if metamorphoses was possible to take a beer and turn it into a husband than Carey Read would be replaced by “Pliny the Elder”. Joanna loves Pliny and for the record that is a beer.
Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
“Pliny the Elder” the beer is an American Double / Imperial IPA style beer brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. It has a IBU Rating of 100 that means hoppy and ABV of 8%. I can say that this beer is always rated high by either RateBeer or Beer Advocate. I would have never tried this beer if it wasn’t for Joanna. I am not ready to leave my wife for Pliny but it is without a doubt one of the best five beer I have every had.
Joanna siblings also has a lot of unique talents and interest. Her youngest brother Andy is a barbeque pit master and her older brother Greg Price is Civil War reanactor.
The Friend-JOANNA READ-with her husband Carey
The Friend of the Friend –GREG PRICE shown with his wife Gwen
The Accountant and Confederate Soldier
Greg Price Joanna’s brother is a pretty easy-going and talented man. He is a partner with his dad in Nelson Price and Associates a CPA firm in Lumberton, NC. Greg Price is also a man who believe in service back to his community.
Greg is involved with the Kiwanis Club of Robeson/Lumberton, local shag club, United Way and many other non-profits. He finds lots of ways to give back to our community.
Greg is a big fan of East Carolina University and he is very proud of the football team. He takes pride in the fact that ECU’s football coach Ruffin McNeill is also from Lumberton, NC. Greg when afforded the opportunity will travel to Greenville, NC and do some tailgating at a Pirate football game.
Greg also does another form of outdoor living that is called Civil War reenacting. He has participated in a number including the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville. Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865.
Greg shown on his horse during the reenactment at Bentonville, NC
I am glad to call Joanna and her brother Greg friends.