David S. Weldon, Dora High School Class of 1988 currently lives in Bagley with his wife Dannielle Capps Weldon, his son Zachary James who is 9 years old, and Zoe (pronounced Zo-ee) Brooke 16 months. But David isn't spending much time in Bagley because his job with the Harbart Corporation has him in Burma.
David's favorite high school memory was having the ability to interact with others. "I loved the way I could talk to everyone. I did not have a best friend in high school. I had a lot of friends, so I could go outside with the smokers or talk to the guys on the steps going to the library (you know who you are) or anyone in between. I really loved going to school there. There was not a race issue, people were just people," David says.
David's favorite teacher was Coach Coleman. "Never have I seen a man that could command respect the way he did. I still remember the first time I saw him. We had gathered for meeting in the gym and he was announced as the new head football coach. I thought he looked crazy with the wild hair. It did not take long for him to convince us that he new more about football than I had ever thought about," he says.
When asked what are you currently doing and how did you arrive at this point? "I am presently employed by B.L. Harbert International and working overseas in Rangoon, Burma as the project electrical engineer for the new US Embassy Compound. After graduation, I attended Bevill State. I then worked for several small engineering firms before joining Harbert in 2000. This is a very interesting company to work for. I have been to Tunisia, St. Thomas, Aruba, Sweden, Paris, Frankfurt, Bali, East Timor and Puerto Rico. I have met a lot of interesting people and seen some things that are very different than what is normal in Dora. But I have learned that people are just people. Deep down we are all the same. Sure there are cultural differences, but most can be worked out on a one on one basis," he explains.
David's heroes are his wife and his parents. "Dannielle is very strong and she has been great through my travel schedules. She has been more wife and friend than I ever could have asked for. In short, she puts up with me and loves me no matter my flaws. My parents support me in all that I do," says David.
When asked - what do you want to do when you grow up? What are your dreams? "I want to open a landscape business and sweat for a living. My brain is tired," he says.
When asked - how do you want to be remembered? "As someone who loved his family and loved life. Someone who took time to smell the roses. (The roses seem to be moving on me)," he jokes.
David's hobby is hunting "I have a passion for bird dogs and quail hunting and making wooden hunting bows," he says.
Life in Burma has been nothing like I expected. These people are very poor yet they do not complain. They live on very little yet they are clean and are always eager to help. I have not had a single problem since I arrived. If my family was here then I would love it. The food takes a little getting used to. I have eaten some strange things like fish eggs (not caviar) I mean yellow, straight out of the river fish eggs, eel (eel is very tasty when fried) and all manner of fruits that I have never seen or even heard of like, mangosteen, rumbadon and pompano. Pompano looks like a large grapefruit, the inside is very similar as well except it is sweet instead of sour (this is one of my favorites). Mangosteen is a small fruit that is so sweet, almost as sweet as sugar so you can’t eat too many of them. Rumbadon looks like a red sweetgum ball. It has a white center that looks like an egg. It is not so sweet yet it has a good flavor but the best thing about it is the consistency. It is chewy.