"Believe it or not,
Cincinnati has a small but respectable ski hill."
somewhat left of the political center twenty something"
"I got tired of living my life in a
constant state of emergency."
It should be noted that this was written in 2002, I'm no longer this young, energetic or literate.
The fact that I'm out there enough to plan a trip
like this isn't enough insight into who I am?
OK. I'm 28, and lived most recently in Cincinnati,
Ohio. I grew up in Jonesville, Virginia, a tiny tiny town
in the mountains of the tip end of the state sandwiched between Tennessee and Kentucky.
"Feed for the Insatiable
In the past six years I've worked for six television stations, moved
nine times, and hiked over 500 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I've
worked as a TV news reporter, an anchor, and most recently as a
promotion producer for the NBC station in Cincinnati. The listless
nature of this trip is nothing new.
"Upright and Locked
As with all TV types, I sometimes struggle to have a life outside
work. Mary Alice Williams once said "Television requires ten
to twelve hours per day in the full upright and locked position."
Basically, if I'm not working, I'm sleeping, on the computer, or
doing something outdoors. Probably either running about five miles
a day, mountain biking, or hiking somewhere.
My first love, though, is skiing. I started as a kid
on the icy mountains of North Carolina, and after a childhood of
sucking at pretty much every other sport, it's something I'm actually
good at. Believe it or not, Cincinnati has a very small but respectable
ski hill. Still, a couple of trips west or northeast each winter
are a must when you're stuck in the Midwest.
If you're wondering how an adventurous
twenty-something landed in a conservative town like Cincinnati,
it was a long road... or actually a fairly short road with many
curves, stops, and detours. I went to college to be a TV news reporter
and anchor. I did that for about three years in Johnson City, Tennessee;
Altoona, Pennsylvania; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
"The Creative, Behind
the Scenes Side of Things"
I got tired living my life in a constant state of emergency, as
is required by the news business, and quit what was a fantastic
job for someone my age at the NBC station in Raleigh. I took about
six months hiking the Appalachian Trail and visiting friends and
family, then got back into television on the creative, behind-the-scenes
side of things. The CBS station in Peoria, Illinois was willing
to take a chance on me and I stayed there for almost a year, when
my current boss came calling. I spent a little over four years there.
Since no one has offered me a princely advance for
my memoirs, I'm guessing I'm pretty much writing to myself here.
If for some ungodly reason this isn't enough about me, do check
out the details for more than you
could ever possibly want to know.