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 August 30, 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.
The past three days I have spent driving 1200 plus miles from North Carolina to Alabama and back to see a great friend Ken Kitts go thru his “Investiture” as President of the University of North Alabama. Got to see some great friends including Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dr. Rich Cosentino, Dr. Mark Canada, Dr. John Jones, and Dr. Kyle Carter. All of these men have ties to UNC Pembroke. It was great to see such a strong turnout from Pembroke to support Ken Kitts.
Even though I got to see good friends in Alabama as I drove home I reflected on the good friends I had back home in Lumberton, NC. One in particular is my next door neighbor Ron Brown who is not prone to do some traveling of his own. In the past two years he has visited China along with frequent trips to North Myrtle Beach and Blowing Rock, NC.
Ron and his wife Colleen have a son named Patrick and this past summer they shared a family exerience by going white water rafting. Apparently 42 degree water and the thought that you might flip out of the raft can bond a family together. I will let you the reader decide if in fact the Brown’s did bond together on their trip. I submit the photo below for you to decide if they bonded or feared for their lives.
(l-r) Raft Guide smiling-Ron, Colleen, and Patrick Brown not smiling.
Ron and Colleen have been good neighbors to us for the last 17 years. They have witnessed us totally rehab our house and we have witnessed them do the same to their home. Our rehab was taking a 1910 home back to single family residence after it had been used as apartments. Ron and Colleen rehab was after a hurricane brought down a gigantic live oak in their backyard down on their home. We both have empaty for the trials and tribulations of home construction/rehab.
Ron and Colleen have also allowed us to share in a neighborhood tradition they started many years ago. Each November on the Saturday before Thanksgiving the Lumberton, NC Christmas parade comes by in front of our homes. Ron and Colleen would have a parade viewing part on their front lawn and porch. They have allowed us since we moved in 1999 to join them in making that parade party a joint venture. I can not tell you how special that day is to many of our friends and family. Almost everyone of our friends have attended at some point over the past 17 years and that parade is one example of what makes living on Elm Street in Lumberton, NC special.
One of Ron’s friends is Rob Redfearn who also is a Elm Street resident.
The Friend-RON BROWN
The Friend of the Friend-ROB REDFEARN
Rob Redfearn was born in Canada but has been in Lumberton, NC a large part of his adult life. He epitimizes the word entrepreneur.
Rob has been involved with a lot of business ideas and projects. I am not sure I am even aware of everthing he has been involved with. I do know he was the creative energy to bring a restaurant to Historic Downtown called Black Water Grille which is located on West 3rd Street. Today that business is called Candy Sue’s Downtown. I hope one day another similar business or even a micro-brewery will give downtown Lumberton a shot.
I can personally promise that a entrpreneur who opens up a microbrewery in Lumberton, NC will have customers including me and a bunch of closet beer snobs. Joanna Read, Scott Billingsley, Zac Greene, Ron Roach, Carey Read, Drew Richards, Doug Reedy, Dr. Bob Andrews, Christine Bell, Jeff Neelon, Ben Miller, Joe Terranova, Dick Christy, and Tony Jenkins you all have been outted.
Rob today is the owner of TerraStar Energy. That business is a designer, integrator and contractor for affordable turn-key anaerobic digester systems. TerraStar Energy has ongoing commercial projects in development across the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Africa.
That business has Rob doing some traveling. He also has two fantastic children that are creative, intelligent, and hard working. His son and daughter call Austin, Texas home.
(-r) Rob, Carly, and Wade Redfearn
As I wake up in my own bed on a Sunday morning after 1200 miles of traveling I am grateful that I have friends right here on my own street.
It is nice to travel but I’m glad it is not a requirement to find special friends. All I need to do is stroll up or down Elm Street in Lumberton, NC.