Sometimes, it’s time to move on. Sometimes, everyone has to spread his or her wings and fly.
Yes, after 32 years calling the Tri-State my home…32 years watching snow, thunderstorms and wind blow outside my window in the Cincinnati area…I’m on to adventures outside of the I-275 loop.
Come December 26, I will be departing Greater Cincinnati and heading south on I-71, south on I-65 and then west on I-40. Corey, Christina and I are all re-locating to Oklahoma City to finally chase the dream…by chasing severe weather.
In the short term once we get there, of course, everything is going to be focused on getting liveable (meaning taking work outside the field for which we’re relocating). Longer term, the plan is to turn Mesohunt into a full scale, full service forecasting operation. I have, of course, done forecasting for Mesohunt, and will continue to. I’ve spent the last 5 years learning meteorology informally. In 2019, once I’ve been established in Oklahoma for a full year, I’d like to get back into college at the University of Oklahoma, which is the premier school for meteorology (especially severe weather forecasting) and get that formal education.
Unfortunately, this all means saying “so long for now” to all my Cincinnati area friends and family. It’s not forever – I’ll be here for Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati Walk and Roll every year in late September and I’m still going to remain a member of the SBCC family (there are no SBAA chapters or local organizations in OKC as of yet). And of course, there is no doubt I’ll come back home for some birthdays, and definitely for Christmas. Who knows – there may be a random visit here or there other times of the year!
A few shout-outs before I get too teary eyed to continue.
–My BBRG family. What can I say? Even though I’m moving to OK Victory Dolls territory, you’re still top of my list. You guys introduced me to the sport of flat track roller derby years ago and with that came a lot of friends. I’m so glad I met you all! Uncle Creeper, thanks for all the help over the years to organize SBCC fundraising opportunities, and I’ll see if I can’t make it work so as to make one of those return visits each year in order to still do one. Thank you for making my last bout and last end of season party so awesome.
–Speaking of SBCC – thank you to Rhonda Morrison, Beth Yantek, Katie Black, Deneen Wolber, Diane Burns, all members of the board past and present, all the talented folks I’ve served on the Programs, Walk and Roll and Advocacy committees with, and to our other families for the opportunity to serve you in a cause which I so strongly believe in. I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve spent in service to SBCC. As I said, I’ll still be a member of the family – even 750 or so straight-line miles away from Cincinnati, and count me, Corey and Christina in for the Walk in September 2018.
–My Hubbard Broadcasting Cincinnati peeps. Holly Morgan, Sandy McIlree, Jon Curl, Toria Cannon, Mollie Watson, Katie Walters (Q102 Promotions Coordinator), Jeff, Jenn, Fritsch, Tim, Grover Collins (B105 Program Director), Brian Douglas (even though you’re not in the building up there so much anymore) and everybody else including the entire promotions team – I love you all! You guys have helped make radio great here in the 513, 859, and 812. I’ll be listening to you guys continue to produce radio excellence from the 405. Jon and Toria, best wishes on the wedding day in April! Remember what I told you guys the weekend you got engaged about sticking together. We all have to connect one more time before I go.
–To my Better Bus Coalition peeps. Specifically, president Cam Hardy, Andy Shenk, Justin Jeffre (yes, THAT Justin Jeffre), Mark Samaan, and Isaac Smith. I may be leaving Cincinnati, but I will absolutely still support the effort by all means possible. I may have similar work to do in Oklahoma City. We will still be heard.
–Last but not least, to my family: My parents Stephen and Tereasa Herald and Larry Moses: You prepared me for this. Yeah, I’ll be 750 miles away (about 725 miles further than you had ever planned on). But, you’ve told me I shouldn’t stop pursuing my dreams. It’s almost time to put that into action. If things go as I hope, pencil in May of 2024 to see me accept the degree you (especially mom) have pushed me so hard to get. Mark, Andrew, Mitchell and Truly: We fight like hell sometimes — but family lasts a lifetime. Call me if you need me. To Novelei, Shaelynn and Bladen: I’ll always be Uncle “Me-Me” regardless of where I am and I will always love all of you.
This is quite possibly the hardest move I’ve ever undertaken. It will be rewarding, it will be exhausting. I’ve been saying for several weeks that it’s bittersweet. But, I can’t wait to take on this huge new challenge.