Well, I’ve finally decided to do it. I went and got myself a blog. Now I suppose I’ll have one more thing to be worried about keeping up with every day.
Okay, so a little about me and why I decided to do this. I’m going to be 35 this year, which means I’m old enough to realize I’m not young anymore, but still young enough to not be taken seriously if I’m not careful. So with a wife, one son, two cars, a house (a mortgage), and a good job, why would I want to undertake this little venture?
Simple. I love this state. I was born in Spokane, moved to Colville, then to Bothell, then to University Place, then back to Spokane again, all before I graduated high school (Mead – go Panthers!). Then three years in Pullman for my BA in communications and back to Spokane to start work (KXLY Radio/TV).
Four years later, I decided to join the Army Reserves and shipped out for six months of basic training and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. I had my father send me Mariners box scores clipped from the Spokesman-Review so I could follow what turned out to be the last great season for the M’s (2001). After graduating with honors as a 54B (later 74D, Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Operations Specialist) it was back to Spokane for another year.
Then it was time to venture out on my own. So where did I end up? Las Vegas, Nevada! Fortunately, after a year in Vegas I met and married my wonderful wife, Kelly, which is the best thing that happened to me…let’s just say I’m the kind of guy that Vegas could get to in a hurry.
In 2005, we decided to leave the heat and head back to the great Pacific Northwest. After searching for jobs and homes in Portland, Oregon, Boise, Idaho, and the Puget Sound Area, I landed a temporary job at KING TV in Seattle. Since we didn’t know exactly where the permanent job would turn up, we threw a dart between Seattle and Olympia and hit Lakewood. Not the best choice, but we endured a year in an apartment until I got a job with the Senate Republican Caucus in Olympia and we found our home in Lacey.
So I work for the state, though we’re in the minority (so don’t blame us), and have been through five legislative sessions now. It’s one thing to observe what’s going on at the Legislature from the inside, but it’s another thing not to try to call shenanigans when they are clearly evident. That’s where this blog comes in.
I hope to write about all the great things Washington has to offer…from it’s natural beauty to it’s storied political activity. I promise it won’t be all about politics, rather a vast array of all the great things life has to offer in the upper-left corner of the country. From our underdog sports teams to our small town way of life, I’ll hopefully be blogging on all the things that make our state the greatest in the lower 48.