A Little Bit of Chicken Fried
A Surveyor’s Guide to Great Food, Grounded Family, Grand Adventures and Living the Good Life
What makes life meaningful? J.M. Laurence wisely said that in the end, “It’s not what we have in life, but WHO we have in our life that matters,” yet many of us spend our lives chasing dreams, salaries, houses and things which will ultimately fail to make us happy.
Jobs are important, and salaries give us something to live on. But it’s the moments that take our breath away, the unplanned, spontaneous, revealing, sometimes awkwardly painful and deeply emotional ups and downs of life, that make it a life work living.
You can’t put a price tag on first kisses, butterflies in your stomach, seeing the sun rise over the ocean, receiving your first paycheck, witnessing the birth of your first child or sitting hand in hand with someone you love more than life itself, watching the stars glistening in the distance as the night slowly fades.
The ninth child of 13, Asher and his family know what really matters most, and live a life reflective of their love for each other and passion for not just existing, but thriving. The Stottlemyers’ move from rural Minnesota to Defiance, Ohio when Asher was a child brought them closer to family and the church his father was called to lead. Deeply connected with one another, and entrenched in their local community, Asher’s family imbibed in him from an early age a love of family, the outdoors and life.
“Life is short,” said Mark Twain, so, “… break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. “
Ready to embrace life yourself? First, learn from the expert! Read on to learn more about Asher (and his ginormous family), his love for the outdoors, his prowess in the kitchen, and his path to the survey world. In case you were wondering, his famous recipe for fried chicken is included!
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Years with NCI
Associates Degree: Construction Engineering Technology
Northwest State Community College
Continuing Edu: The University of Maine (Survey Engineering Degree)
Minnesota, but he’s called Defiance, OH home since the age of 10.
Asher is the ninth of 13 children born to Reverend William Stottlemyer and his wife. The youngest is 17 and the oldest 43.
Canoeing, hiking, fishing, woodworking, hunting, and camping. He and his wife love to travel and have been all over the country.
Two dogs, a Beagle named Bo who will be three this summer and a Redbone Coonhound named Copper that they got as a puppy July 2018.
The Great Outdoors
“I’m an avid sportsman, and I enjoy bow hunting deer in my free time during the fall and winter months. I also like to take my beagle (Bo) hunting in the fall. Just being outdoors is a great time for me. In the last year I began deer hunting in the mountains of Pennsylvania with a group of men who have been hunting in this same camp for almost 60 years. I shot my first Pennsylvania buck last year.
I also enjoy carpentry. I like creating wooden bowls and other small wood items on the lathe. When I was younger I was given a lathe by a man at church and my joy for turning wood began then. I also like building furniture and working on our house. The hard part is finding time to do woodworking.”
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A lathe is a machine for shaping wood, metal, or other material by means of a rotating drive which turns the piece being worked on against changeable cutting tools (Google Dictionary).
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All About Asher
The Man, the plan and how he likes his chicken fried!
Life As A Surveyor
Asher didn’t always know he wanted to be a surveyor. In fact, it wasn’t until a survey class in college that he caught the bug, intrigued by the chance to spend a lot of time outdoors and earn a living doing something he truly enjoyed. He’s continued his education after graduation and is currently working on a degree in Survey Engineering, with the hopes of one day getting his PS (Professional Surveyor License) to further his carer in the surveying world.
Pathway to Surveying
“I think my desire did come from my love of the outdoors. Surveying allows me to be out in nature almost every day which I enjoy immensely.”
“I would tell someone who is considering surveying to make sure they have a great love for the outdoors and that they don’t mind the heat and cold because surveyors work in all weather. Also to consider if bugs and poison ivy are not your thing then I would tell them to consider a different job because we run into both all the time, and most of the time there’s no way of avoiding them. If you can handle these issues then I would tell them to “Go for it!” Surveying is a fun job with its ups and downs but those issue are present in all jobs. Most days surveying is enjoyable work. I would suggest taking some surveying classes to see if you like the work before you get in to it.”
Favorite Part of the Job
“I would say being outdoors is my favorite part of the job, because it allows me to enjoy nature day in and day out.”
Least Favorite Part of the Job
“[My] least favorite part of the job is when you get a highway job that will just keep going and you spend months and months working on it and it seems to be eternally unending.”
“I have had many projects that I’ve enjoyed working on. One was the North Bass Runway Survey job that was in the middle of an island that only had 10 people living on it. The place was quiet and peaceful, you just had to watch for planes from time to time while surveying. I also enjoyed the surveying we did at Magee Marsh along Lake Erie to replace a couple of bridges that went over the marsh.”
Family: An Anchor During Rough Waters
The Journey to Toledo
Asher was born and raised in rural Minnesota, spending the first ten years of his life enduring harsh winters and hot, muggy summers. After his tenth birthday, his father received a call to pastor a church in the countryside of Defiance, so he uprooted the family and moved to the buckeye state. This move not only brought the Stottlemyers closer to their grandparents, but helped bring them closer together as a family. Home schooled from first through twelfth grade, Asher began working at a local dairy farm after graduating high school, a job he continued while attending classes at Northwest State Community College. After receiving a degree in Construction Engineering, he applied for a job at NCI and the rest is, well, history!
Copper and Bo
The Stottlemyer Family
A Baker’s Dozen
Family, Faith and Fun
Asher comes from a family of 13 children, the oldest is 43 and the youngest will be 17 in September. He is the 9th child of Reverend William Stottlemyer, pastor of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, and his wife Debbie, a stay at home mother. Read on to learn more about what his other siblings have been up to!
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Cows, Camping and Comradery
In addition to helping out at the dairy farm where he used to work (and playing the occasional video game), Asher loves to spend time with his wife as they camp and canoe their way around the country. In the past few years alone, they have gone on an impressive number of trips, visiting Michigan, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas and a number of other states encountered along the way.
In the fall of 2018, they drove to South Dakota to visit family as well as do some fun sightseeing, and ended the trip with a visit to Cortney’s godparents in Iowa. They ended the year on a high note, traveling to up-state New York to visit family and celebrate Christmas and New Years together.
Check out the photos below to see some of Asher & Cortney’s amazing adventures, delightful dogs and bird’s eye views of some of Asher’s favorite survey jobs.
“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”
In his four years at NCI, Asher has worked on an impressive number of jobs. Check out the list below for a few of his most recent highlights.
- SUM-76-10.95 Akron Beltway, PID Nos. 106002 & 100713
- Project No. 71-17-04 in Erie and Lorain Counties
- VAR-District 2-Survey & ROW Plans; PID 102467
- LUC-475-1.85, PID 99731
- VAR-District 2-Survey & ROW Plans; PID 99363
- MED-18-1.72/1.93/2.42, PID 88876
- VAR-District 2-Survey & ROW Plans; PID 96481
- DEF-15-14.77, PID 96605
- JAC-327-0.77; JAC-776-10.67, PID 96297
- LUC-475-7.53, PID 99737, Dorr St Interchange
- LUC-75-1.10, PID 93594
- LOR-6-9.67, PID 92013
- VAR-District 2-Survey & ROW Plans; PID Nos. 95594, 96481, 99363, and 102467
- Anthony Wayne Trail Gateway, PID 95676
- WOO/LUC-75-30.70/0.00, PID 93592
Asher loves a wide variety of cuisines and is particularly fond of BBQ, although as of late he has gotten a bit tired of his favorite restaurants given he has had to work out of town so much. It’s a good thing, then, that nothing beats home cooking, and that he has perfected the art of homemade fried chicken! Looking for a finger-licking good meal? Check out Asher’s famous, tried and true recipe for the best fried chicken you will ever eat!
1-2 lbs Chicken (whole cut up or just breast and legs)
Vegetable Oil for Frying (as much as needed)
Hot sauce (I like Texas Pete but use what you like)
2 Cups Flour
¼ cup black pepper
1 cup salt
¼ cup garlic powder
⅓ cup water
In a bowl beat the egg and water together with hot sauce until egg mixture is orange. In small baking dish put flour. Mix together the salt, pepper and garlic powder and use it to season the chicken, I firmly press it in to ensure it stays. You will only need a little bit of the mix per piece, the rest of the SPG can be put in a container for later use.
Dip chicken in egg mix and drop it in the flour making sure to mash the flour in well to the chicken, that’s how you get a good coating when frying it. You could also dredge the chicken back through the egg and repeat with flour a second time for a thicker breading.
Heat the frying oil in a Dutch oven to 350 degrees and fry chicken until done (165 degrees internal temperature, I prefer to use a cast iron Dutch oven) and place onto a plate or tray topped with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Allow to cool slightly, this will help the coating to stay on and keep you from getting burnt from the internal heat of the chicken.
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