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The Adventures of Uncle Kevin and Flat Stanley: Day 1

Flat Stanley has stopped by to visit me for the next week. For those not yet familiar with Flat Stanley, more information can be found at or on I will try to post updates about our adventures  each day.Flat_stanley

On Wednesday, Flat Stanley joined me at work. I am a mechanical engineer at GROB Systems in Bluffton, Ohio.

Day 1 Travel

Day 1 Travel


GROB has manufacturing plants around the world


GROB in Bluffton, OH

At GROB, we design and  manufacture machines that make engines for cars and trucks. Flat Stanley saw how I used several different tools including my computer, calculator and pencil and paper while I worked on designing a new piece of equipment.

Flat Stanley at GROB

On our way home from work, we decided to stop and put some gas in the car. Stanley does not often have to stop for gas, so he enjoyed seeing how the gas pump worked.

Stanley helps pump gas

Tomorrow, Flat Stanley and I will travel Northeast to Tiffin, OH to meet up with some friends after work.

New Signs!

My alley got a big update this week with the replacement of the one way sign in my backyard and the addition of this fancy new one way sign on Main St. The neighborhood is looking pretty nice lately.


Well, I can’t go a whole year without posting or no one will ever visit my blog again. I decided to get out of the house Saturday and nothing sounded more exciting than a mystery cache, so I drove down towards Lima to Ford Reservoir.

I got headed off on the wrong trail at first, and realized it immediately, but decided to see how far and where the trail went. It followed the nearby railroad and passed behind some houses and some ponds.

After I had gone about a half mile down the trail, I decided I had better head back and find the cache before I ran out of daylight. I got back and found this ammo box much closer to where I had parked than what I expected. It was right where I expected it, so I must have solved the mystery correct. If you are interested, this is a really good cache, I would highly recommend it.

I left a 3rd place trophy from a 10 mile race in Lima, and not a trophy that I had won myself, but obtaining the trophy is another story entirely. It just fit in the ammo box, so somebody will have to take it out if they want to put anything large in there.