5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me
Hey all! I've been on your radio waves in Boise for the past ten years (minus a three-year sabbatical). I've noticed there's always someone taking an interest in the personal side of who I am, my goals, opinions, and so-on. So I thought I would share five things you didn't know but may like to know about me.
1. Where I'm From
I was born in St. Louis Park Minnesota, which is a suburb of Minneapolis. I lived there with my mother until I was two or three. Then we packed up and moved to Tampa Florida. Though I only lived there till I was fourteen, I consider Tampa where I'm from. And yes, Go Bucs!
2. I've stood behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office
While I was growing up, my mother was a flight attendant for a big airline. Every once and a while she would come home with stories about someone famous she met while working on a flight. On one trip, that was being chartered by the government; she met a member of the secret service who offered to give her and her family a V.I.P tour of the White House. The agent took us everywhere, including the oval office. I remember running over to a big wooden desk which was decorated with coins. I didn't quite realize I was standing next to the most famous desk in the country. The only reason I remember it was because my mother came up to me and said: " remember this moment for the rest of your life."
3. I have flown a plane, by myself.
My father loves to fly, and he was a pilot and flight instructor for decades. So growing up I was always hanging around airplanes. Because of him, I joined a group called The Civil Air Patrol. Think of it as a cross between the Air force and Boy Scouts. One of the programs they offered was Solo Encampment. Cadets left home for a week during the summer and learned everything there was to know about flying. I completed the program and soloed a Cessna 172 in Waseca Minnesota.
4. I was severely bullied in high school.
When I moved back up to Minnesota during the seventh grade, I enrolled at the local high-school. To this day I still don't know why but I never fit in with the other students. Most of the kids had been together since elementary school, and I was the new kid trying to find my way. I'm not the most passive person when it comes to confrontation which made some of the issues worse. The bullying progressed for years. Racial slurs were keyed into my locker, and fighting started to occur. It even reached a point where arrests were made. Ultimately, I transferred schools and graduated early. Years later I caught up with one of the main bullies and came to terms. Apologies were made, and I have moved on.
5. I wouldn't be here without my parents.
I know that sounds cliché, but it's true. Both my mother and father have been a beacon of support on my life. When I had this crazy idea to become a radio intern, they supported me. When various jobs became available in different parts of the county, they guided me. In every way, shape, and form possible they have been there for me. I don't know what I would be doing, or where I would be, but I know for sure I would not be sitting here typing this if it wasn't for them.