It has been 106 days since my last post, and I can only blame loving West Palm Beach so much that I haven’t had time to update! That, and the fact I had internet issues until December. However, to be really honest, it took another blogger to point out that I have been doing a horrendous job updating my blog. Thank you to “Johngy’s Beat” and this post to remind me that there are people who read (and miss!) my blog.
With that, I smiled when I read what I had written in September. Although I don’t have a huge group of friends, I definitely have a few who I refer to as close friends. One lives on the same street as I do and shares my love for de-stressing with a great catch-up session at our favorite bar (Shocktop for her, Blue Moon for me), another one lives on the floor below me (and also works at The Breakers) and has graciously let me borrow anything from a hammer to a wine opener., and the last one is also someone I met at work who is undoubtedly on the fast track to becoming a fantastic teaching pro.
Thankfully, I haven’t needed a large number of friends to feel welcome not only at The Breakers, but in West Palm in general. Since my first day at work, so many people have given me advice on where to live, where to go, what places to avoid, and a helping hand and friendly smile without asking for anything in return. Everyone knows what it’s like to be the “new kid,” and these people, my “work” family, has made it effortless for me to feel welcome. A huge and wonderful thank you to everyone!
The downfall of living here, however beautiful and fun this city might be, is the fact that I don’t get to see my family frequently. I was lucky enough to spend Christmas with them in Bonita Springs (in between Fort Myers and Naples) and had a great time. My sister made the trip over to see my new apartment and I took her out to show her the town–we had such a fun time and I sooo wish she still lived in Miami so we would be closer!
I know some of my readers (if I have any left!) are used to more sport-related posts and stories, so I apologize–hopefully you can tolerate general updates on life until I work my way back into sports (still my passion!). However, I do have a few articles and an interview I wrote for this baseball website this past fall. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to sit down and write anything for a bit but will post the stories that are under that link shortly!
If you’re still a reader, THANK YOU! If you’re new, welcome!
I’m not even going to point out the fact I have been absolutely awful on updating this…so let me catch you up in a nutshell what has happened since my last post in March. I had an awesome time on spring break, finished up my last real semester of college, started and finished summer school in six weeks (officially DONE with college!), moved home in June, and spent the remainder of my summer at the lake in Culver, with some of my best friends in Chicago, and rounded my footloose and fancy free time off with a mini-vaca to Florida in July. So, that’s that. This is what happened next:
As my life seemingly keeps guiding me away from the Midwest, I have found myself in Florida, again. This time, however, I moved to West Palm Beach to work for The Breakers Palm Beach in their Golf Operations. I have been in orientation and training for the past week and have my first “real” day tomorrow. I am beyond excited to work for such a great family owned resort–something really rare for a hotel/resort in this day and age. If anyone ever visits Palm Beach, you can find me in the golf clubhouse! We have family friends down here who have been a tremendous help to me getting acclimated with the area and I can’t thank them enough. When I moved to Fort Myers in 2008 and 2009, I didn’t have to worry where to live and had friends already down there–this time is a little different. Luckily, though a couple connections, I have met a few people and went out last night on Clematis street, where all the bars and restaurants are in West Palm Beach.
It’s kind of funny trying to make friends when you’re older…when you’re little, you can attract friends because your mother forcefully made you play with your neighbor or set up a play date or you had a really cool new toy or Nintendo. At 23, the newest “toy” I have is my iPhone and I really don’t think I’m going to draw any friends with that. That being said, it takes being out of your comfort zone to try new things, meet new people, and really rely on your personality to make the most of your surroundings. For instance, I didn’t meet anyone, but I went to the movies alone the other day. Granted, I went at 4:05 so I didn’t feel like THAT much of a loser (but I mean really, it was kind of nice watching it in silence, not having the person next to me asking questions or what not) but a lot of people find it very uncomfortable doing things like this alone. I am definitely not a ‘loner,’ per say, but I don’t mind going to movies alone or shopping or exploring. Lucky for me, downtown West Palm, right along the intracoastal, offers plenty of things to do and see. And, I don’t seem to be the only newbie around here. My friend and I also met someone last night at Roxys (a bar on Clematis) that had just moved here not too long ago. Welcoming him into our “newbie” group, we all exchanged numbers and have plans to grab dinner/drinks again soon. So, apparently, THAT is how you make friends when you’re my age. Sit at a bar in a very small number to show you don’t know anyone and wait for a bite. In our case, it worked and we weren’t even trying. Whatever works, right? Anyway, this is life as of right now…let’s hope my friend count keeps growing!
It’s not often I have not one, but two hours of free time on my hands where I don’t have ANY homework waiting for me. No Stat S-300 folder sitting lonely in my backpack, no “Espanol Tareas” to complete (Spanish homework) and no Sport Marketing P418 waiting for me to figure out what market I am targeting for the next up-and-coming sport product. No, readers, I am sitting in the Indianapolis International Airport, very new and clean might I add, waiting for my 7:14 p.m. flight to Ft. Myers, Florida, home of the Spring Training Minnesota Twins, their High-A affiliate Fort Myers Miracle, and many of my good friends that I have made since making this sandy, sun-filled state my second home.
Currently, I am sitting at an un-named sports bar watching the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team hopefully defeat Northwestern…and if they lose, hopefully it’s in exciting fashion….an exciting loss is almost as good as a win for us these days. Ah, but I am optimistic that by the time I return to IU to see if I have really outgrown Kirkwood and Walnut that the basketball team has redeemed itsself. To might right is a man dressed in a suit that is worth at least five times that is currently in my bank account talking about “capital trust, capital qualified, and capital non-qualified trust” on his BlackBerry Tour. To the left of me is a man from the East coast, only identifiable by his thick accent that I hear all too much on the IU campus. His heaping plate of pasta and bread sticks that he brought from the “authentic pizzeria” across from the bar also gave him away. Have you ever seen the movie “For Love of the Game?” If you have, remember the man in the airport rooting for the Yankees? According to IMDB, his real name is David Mitchell Evans. Anyway, he precedes to name every Yankee player and their number dating back eons and is a general annoyance to everyone else in the bar. Yeah, that is who I am sitting by right now. Between him and Mr. Business on my left (Tour still glued to his right ear discussing an account in Persia), I am stuck somewhere between the Bronx and Wall Street.
I also just ran into my journalism Sport Research J-460 professor, on his way to Maryland, where he lives permanently. Good think he canceled class today…apparently we both had important flights 🙂
Oh, IU is leading 20-17 over Northwestern. HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOOOOOSSSIIEERRRS!
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Oops, been a bit since I last wrote anything, but things have been pretty busy between school and job searching! I’m leaving for spring break on Thursday, so hopefully I will have time to write a little more between the flight down to FL and my free time! Check back in a few days for an update 🙂
The Peppermint Pie is underwayyy!
“Some people have vices, some people have magic pills. I have the woman I’ve been married to for 20 years.” -Urban Meyer
Being passionate about your job is a rarity….Thankfully, we have Peter Gammons and ESPN. Or did, at least, for 20 years. Read about what ESPN did for him in his goodbye tribute: