A New Adventure
It’s hard to believe its been nearly 11 years.
While that’s a pittance compared to the longevity of some of my NBC4 weather-department colleagues, it’s still a long time to spend in one place. Historic events pass. Technology advances. People come and go. And, now and then, a moment arrives and you know it’s time to move on.
When I came to NBC4 in January 2002, the events of September 11th were still fresh in our minds. The deepest debris was still smoldering at Ground Zero and emotions were still close to the surface. But, despite the subdued mood of the nation, it was an exciting time for me. I was starting a new job, close to home, at a TV station where I had always dreamed of working.
In Bucyrus, I grew up watching WCMH. Doug and Mona were behind the desk. Gail and John hosted PM Magazine. Angela did the 7pm show. Cabot flew in hot air balloons. And Jym and Ben were there with the best forecast in Central Ohio. It was the heyday of local television. And from early on, I hoped to, someday, be part of it.
After wandering around from Illinois to Toledo to Cleveland, only spending a few years at a time in each job, I landed in Columbus. And the folks at NBC4 welcomed me into their family. I was home. Finally.
Things were different from what I had remembered as a kid. Now Cabot and Colleen were on the desk. PM Magazine was long gone and Gail was doing the 5pm with Mike. Angela had jumped across the street. Jym and Ben were still there with the best forecast in Central Ohio. It was a close-knit on-air family. And I was thrilled and honored to be part of it.
When I sat behind the desk with Mindy that first weekend, she was the mother of only one. Kylan was a few months old and Kami was just barely on the way. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of watching them turn into amazing young people, Randy winning championships, and Mindy celebrating titles with her beloved Buckeyes. We’ve been through joy and loss together. We’ve built a one-of-a-kind bond that we both treasure. Mindy and I have become a lot like siblings. And, along the way, we’ve become the second-longest-serving team in Columbus, right behind Cabot and Colleen.
It’s been an amazing ride with all the ups and downs of a Hollywood screenplay. Together, Mindy and I have talked to mayors, movie stars, chefs, survivors, and rescuers. We’ve survived a few snow storms, some floods, and a couple of tornado outbreaks. We’ve grilled, ridden, thrown, sword fought, and zip lined. We’ve laughed a lot. We’ve cried more than once. We’ve welcomed new colleagues and bid adieu to long-time co-workers.
She cares. She’s loyal. She’s passionate about her friendships (and her Buckeyes). She’s truly “good people.” I am privileged to be able to call her my friend. And, I can admit, I’ve shed tears knowing that we won’t be spending our weekends together any more. I know she has, too.
But it’s time to move on to a new chapter. A new adventure.
Change is scary. Terrifying, in fact. Even when you’ve chosen to bring it on yourself.
But Daniel and I are very excited to take a shot at another dream. We are packing up our world, giving up our careers, and moving to Paradise. We love Key West and we intend to build a whole new life there.
Our plans are still evolving. That’s part of the adventure. We are thankful to still be young enough to make it happen. It’s not going to be easy to start over. We know that. And we’re okay with that. We know it’s going to take a lot of work and, perhaps, a little bit of luck. But it’s thrilling!
It’s difficult to step away from a 28-year career that you’ve truly loved. It’s a life-changing decision, to be sure. What’s even harder, though, is leaving friends. You can buy a house anywhere. But its friends who make wherever you are a home. Personal or professional, Dan and I will miss the people who have become an integral part of our lives.
We won’t say, “goodbye.” That’s far too final. We’ll see you again. We’re only a short plane flight away.
Thanks for all the wonderful support you’ve given us in Columbus. And thanks for believing in our new dream. We appreciate the positive energy!