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The Garage Is Coming Along

Joe Pearce Garage - More Signs
Joe Pearce Garage - More Signs

The garage is slowly coming along thanks to the hard work of Sherri and Haley before Sherri and Tanner's surgeries. I have helped very little due to working so much lately. Many signs have been put up, and other great things continue. The addition of another Craftsman toolbox has helped tremendously in getting my mess of tools in order. I also finally got the tool tracking ordered for the walls, and caulking of the base completed. It will take another run of caulk, but much of the water that was coming in has been reduced. The tool tracking may require some changes of signage, but that is yet to be seen. More photos soon.



The Pearce's - Joe and Sherri Pearce's Home
421 Tollett St, Hampton, TN 37658
United States
36° 16' 57.288" N, 82° 9' 10.044" W

July 3rd 2017 Visit to Laurel Fork Falls

Laurel Ford Falls July 3rd 2017
We recently hiked to Laurel Fork Falls, a trek we used to make often, but haven't since my heart surgery. My heart did great that day, but the rest of me was not so well. I was sore for two days afterwards. I was surprised by the erosion damage we encountered. I was also surprised by the many trail updates that have occurred since our last visit. The Appalachian Trail Society has done a great job in this area keeping the trail up to date. Here are a couple of photos. I will upload more to the gallery soon.
Laurel Fork Falls
Hampton, TN 37658
United States
36° 16' 21.936" N, 82° 8' 5.2512" W

Bristol Baby

This is a YouTube video taken froma cell phone I posted recently. I am posting here to test integration with my website.


Bristol Motor Speedway
151 Speedway Blvd, Bristol, TN 37620
United States
36° 30' 58.2192" N, 82° 15' 25.002" W

Southeast Autorama in Erwin

Erwin Southeast Autorama - 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra
Erwin Southeast Autorama - 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra
We recently attended the Erwin Southeast Autorama with the Northeast Tennessee Mustang Club. I have included a couple of photos. The car has some new chrome trim around the tail lights. I believe it makes them pop out more.
Erwin, TN
Southeast Autorama
United States
36° 8' 28.1256" N, 82° 24' 53.964" W

Cobra with Styling Bar

Joe Pearce - 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra with Styling Bar 1
Joe Pearce - 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra with Styling Bar 2
Sherri and I rode up to Watauga Point on Watauga Lake last night. Here is a shot of the Cobra with the new styling bar. I didn't get any photos of the new engine dress up items, but I will post those soon.
Watauga Point Recreational Area
US 321/TN 67 Hampton, TN 37658 Watauga Lake
United States
36° 19' 14.988" N, 82° 5' 8.016" W

Jaden's Birthday

Jaden's Birthday Dinner at the Peddler
Jaden at the Peddler, Gatlinburg, TN

Sherri and I take Jaden to Sevierville/Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge every year for this birthday. This year was no exception. We went to the Aquarium, played Putt Putt, and ate like pigs as we always to. Check out the great birthday cake the Peddler offered for Jaden. We all love the Peddler in Gatlinburg.

Garage Is Finished

The Pearces - Hampton, TN - Garage Outside with New Lighting
The Pearces - Hampton, TN - Garage Inside with New Lighting and Drywall
The Pearces - Hampton, TN - Garage Inside with New Lighting and Drywall

The garage electrical was finished up last week. The next new set of surveillance cameras are also up. Another new set will be going up soon. Signage is displayed alerting visitors that cameras are in place and recording. Smoke detectors are purchased and in place as well as two new fire extinguishers. New network wiring has been run for the house along with a new high end AC 1900 router. I will also be completing the network wiring for the new garage in order to support the new cameras going in.

The garage project started back June 6th. It didn't finish until the last week of October. I wasted much of my vacation and worked many days from home to ensure someone was here with the workers so it could get completed. Thank goodness work allowed me to do that. The folks who did the work did an excellent job, it just took a great deal of time. The framing for the drywall is super heavy duty which will also help with hanging cabinets. The electrical was run with extra capacity planned in case of additions in the future.

We still need to refinish the floor, get garage floor mats in place, get a sink or at least a wash basin in place, finish the cabinetry, and get heat and air installed. I am looking for a short distance lift also. We are starting next on finishing up the excavation of the back of the property in preparation for the next projects. Once that is complete I will most likely pave the driveway and get the concrete slabs poured in the back for the future projects, and a slab poured for a new front porch. Hopefully we will get started on adding to the house and a remodel sometime in the next year or two.

My Wife's Amazing Birthday Present

My Birthday - Hot Wheels Shadow Box to Hang in Garage
My wife knows I loved Hot Wheels as a child, and still love them today. She also know I love Ford Mustangs. Check out the amazing present she put together for me for my birthday. She put some hard work into finding all of these, and received help from some great friends from the Northeast Tennessee Mustang Club, another great charitable organization we participate in. I am truly blessed with a great family and great friends.


Joe Pearce Garage - Dried In
Joe Pearce Garage - Cobra Inside
I recently had a steel garage built beside of the house. It went up in two days. I decided to add electrical and sheetrock. Here are two photos showing the garage frame complete. I will post a link to my photo gallery with all the photos soon.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Shark Reef Acquarium Entrance - Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Acquarium Fish- Mandalay Bay
During the Cisco Live! conference I took the chance to visit another aquarium, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. It was not the best experience. It was one of the less clean aquariums I have visited. We have no idea how lucky we are to have the aquariums here in Tennessee, Ripley's in Gatlinburg, and the one in Chattanooga. Those are the cleanest I have ever visited.

Surgery Follow Up Day - December 22nd, 2016

Surgery Follow Up Day - December 22nd, 2016
Surgery Follow Up Day - Me and Sherri - December 22nd, 2016
This first photograph is me one month after being released from Vanderbilt. I had lost weight down to 235 pounds. My lowest weight since just after high school. I definitely felt lucky to be alive and thankful to god for letting me live another day. I continue to be blessed. Thanks to all who prayed for me, visited me, and took care of me. A special thank you to my loving wife for being there for me.

Recent Stay In Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach - View From Hotel Room
Pensacola Beach
I recently received the outstanding opportunity to stay in Pensacola at the Hilton on the beach. The view was great. It was wonderful to run on the beach early of the morning before heading out on our flight, or walking the beach after a long day of work. Prices were great due us being there before the spring season began. If you are looking for somewhere to vacation this place is great. The beach was amazingly clean.

Recent Trip to Europe

Demolished German Bunker Pointe Du Hoc Normandy 01/17/15
I recently had the chance to travel to Europe on a trip for my employer. I have some photographs I will be uploading to the photo gallery soon. Here is a photo from Pointe Du Hock Normandy of one of the old German bunkers now nearly demolished. We actually walked through several of these which was one of the many awe inspiring moments I had while there. Following the steps of the soldiers hitting Normandy beach then to the top of the hill was a touching moment for me.