Herald-Whig

Your Turn/Josh Welker

Josh Welker
Posted: Apr. 20, 2019 10:50 pm Updated: Apr. 20, 2019 10:53 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a professional baseball player or Davy Crockett. Unfortunately, my baseball skills didn't turn out to be as good as I had hoped, and I later found out coonskin caps are no longer in style.

What would you rather be doing right now? I have several hobbies I enjoy, but right now I would really like to be outside playing golf and enjoying the nice spring weather.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I spent a semester in Australia while I was in college on a study abroad program.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating with my bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and then with my master's degree from the University of Missouri were both proud moments for me.

It really stinks when ... spring takes forever to come. I don't mind winter for a little while, but after January is over, I would be fine with spring starting immediately.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Optimistic. I like to think that I tend to look on the bright side of things.

I always laugh when ... my sons do something ornery and then give me the smirk that shows they know they are being ornery.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus, Benjamin Franklin and Alan Greenspan. Alan Greenspan because I would really like to pick his brain about the economy and finance, which are in my field of work. Ben Franklin because I would love to hear his stories of how the United States came to be and the original intent behind several sections on the Constitution. Jesus because, well, it's Jesus.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... relax at home with my family. I have a great family that I look forward to going home to regardless of how my day has gone.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... friendly, I hope.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I'm not sure I have had any real brush with greatness. Maybe that is still yet to come.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... pitch for the Cardinals.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... root for the Kansas Jayhawks.

America should be more concerned about ... social media and how quickly and easily information (correct or incorrect) travels. I think technology advances faster than people know how to deal with and use it.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... baseball caps. I have many, many baseball caps, but I seem to only wear one or two.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... news sites. I check the local and national news headlines several times a day. Some people may say I have a slight news addiction.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Treat others as they would like to be treated.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... an audiobook. I have around a 40-minute commute to work, and audiobooks were the answer after I got tired of listening to the same music every day.

I always get sentimental when ... I think about loved ones who are no longer with us.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how great my family is. I am very fortunate to have such a great immediate and extended family.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... pass on the opportunity. You learn the most from your mistakes. Plus, everything I have done has led me to where I am today, and I don't want to change that.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I'm not sure I have a favorite item of clothing.

If I've learned anything at all ... It's that you should never take anything for granted. Life can and will change in the blink of an eye.

Josh Welker, 34, lives outside of Canton, Mo., with his wife, Brittany, and his two sons, Weston and Nolan. He works at John Wood Community College in Quincy, and when he's not working or at home with his family, he enjoys spending time outdoors golfing, fishing or woodworking.