After 17 years in the Permian Basin and 43 years in West Texas, I'm moving to Austin this week to be with my fiancé.  Our wedding is May 15th in Austin and while I'm looking forward to my new adventures, I am reflective  about leaving this place that I've called home for so long.

I want to thank my coworkers who were all my second family.  And I also want to thank you for listening...letting me come into your home, car or work to for our radio visits all these years.  Instead of being sad, I want to be thankful for everything here that I've experienced in the Permian Basin.  Here's a short list:

  • The Permian Basin Fair.
  • Concerts at Dos Amigos.
  • All of the great Tex-Mex restaurants.
  • Our co-sponsor for Midland On Tap, the Blue Door.  My favorite hangout.
  • The traffic (yes it's worse now than in 1999 but still not as bad as in Austin!).
  • The duck pond.
  • The sunsets.
  • West Texas thunderstorms.
  • Suddenlink.  No, I'm not saying that because they are a sponsor, I'm saying that because for over a decade, I've used them as my ISP and cable provider.  They are the nicest people around.
  • My church, Grace Presbyterian.
  • The non-profits I've worked with, including Mission Agape, Safe Place and United Blood Services.
  • A couple of places I can't mention that serve the best bloody marys and a couple of others that serve the best margaritas.  You probably know the places I'm talking about.
  • My veterinarian at Tall City Vet.
  • I've also had some of the best experiences with dealing with doctors right here in the Permian Basin.
Of course, my "real" full-time job at the Recording Library of West Texas.  That has been one of the best experiences of my life!  I love the people I worked with and also doing work for those who have disabilities.
And the people at Townsquare Media.  They became a huge part of my life a couple of years ago and it has just amazed me how quickly I fell into feeling like I was part of a family.  I didn't know the day they invited me to join them would be a truly transformational day that completely reignited my passion for radio.
I technically grew up in San Angelo but I feel like I truly "grew up" here in the Permian Basin.  I'm certainly not the same person leaving as the one who arrived here.
So thank you for reading this blog, thank you for listening and thank you for being part of some of the best times in my life.  I'm truly humbled and blessed to have been a part of your lives.