From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce. (Thomas Edison)
Our six month on the road anniversary had just past, and we found ourselves camped next to Andy and Carolyn. We were in our travel trailer, and they in their tent. The sight reminded me of years past, camping with a tent and sleeping bags.
Retired military, now international private pilot, Andy jets passengers from here to there. He is also the inventor, and patent holder of “Kettle Gryp”. The Kettle Gryp converts a set of dumbbells into a complete set of Kettle bells. NICE!! I had to ask, “Are you considered going on the show “Shark Tank?” “No, that’s not in the current business plan, besides my wife Carolyn is the company president. It’s kind of up to her.” Carolyn had recently, with a leap of faith separated from her nineteen-year corporate carrier.
Deb suggested Andy should write a book. We all kidded about making it a murder mystery, and the only clue was a dumbbell with no fingerprints. BTW – Carolyn was not the vic, and Andy was not the purp.
We lifted up a pregnancy prayer for Carolyn and Andy. Rain was in the forcast, so Andy and Carolyn packed up their gear and motored back to their building project. They are working on a new home, and a hanger for his plane at an airpark community. Of course every international pilot needs a hanger, and workshop. I get that.
9 thoughts on “From The Neck Up”
Don’t know if I’ll even get a response but I was saddened to see what Shark Tank had on the screen after tonight’s episode was over. Sympathies to the friends and family of Andrew Thomas.. so sad
I saw it too. Very sad.
I just read that he was battling cancer.
Just saw the caption at the end of Shark Tank about the passing of Andy. Shocked and saddened. Can’t find any other information about it. Does anyone know what happened? Prayers to his family😢
Andy taped Shark Tank in September, in early October he wasn’t feeling well, within a couple weeks he was diagnosed with cancer, a couple weeks later he began chemotherapy, during the second round of chemo his immune system was compromised and he caught a secondary infection. Within a few days his organs began shutting down and he passed very quickly in mid December. His body was cremated and a celebration of life was held at his airplane hangar in Locust Grove in mid January
This is so incredibly sad. The older I get the sadder I become when hearing about people I dont even know. Perhaps it’s maybe knowing how a death such as his affects his own family and friends. I lost 3 siblings from 3 different devastating cancers.. my prayers to his family and friends…
On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 12:41 PM Living In Eternity wrote:
> commented: “Andy taped Shark Tank in September, in early October he wasn’t > feeling well, within a couple weeks he was diagnosed with cancer, a couple > weeks later he began chemotherapy, during the second round of chemo his > immune system was compromised and he caught a” >
It’s July 4th, Independence Day 2022. I loved meeting Andy, and sensing his love for life. This day Americans recognize and celebrate freedom. Andy lived that freedom, you could just tell he had very few restraints about him. If just 5% of America had Andy’s positive outlook on life,,,,,,, ohh how different this world would be. God loves you, as much as he loved Andy.
When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother’s womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there—
you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began.
I saw it too. What happened?