Inspired by my little bro and my two oldest nieces (and finding myself with some unexpected free time on my hands), I thought I might put together a personal blog.
Back in 2001 and 2002, prior to heading to law school and during a period when I thought I might want to get a second degree in journalism while I got my J.D., I had a little web site called theMargin.org (now defunct, although I still own the URL). It was a politics and commentary blog that attempted to look at the edges of the political debate and the people and issues that sometimes get pushed to the sides of the mainstream. I interviewed a few of the local oddball politicos and personalities, did a little first hand reporting on a handful of labor and anti-war rallies, and posted some random opinion essays on the Seattle political and social landscape after 9-11 and into the lead up to the Iraq War. I loved doing the site, but underestimated how much time and energy it would take to keep it going and fresh.
For this, my ambitions are much smaller and (hopefully) manageable. What I'm looking for here is a space to post just a personal blog, where family and friends can check in occasionally to see what the heck I'm up to. I will probably post some photography off and on, but I'm not looking for this to be a photoblog. I guess I'm hoping that this might finally be the journal format that I am able to actually maintain on a regular basis (although not daily, or even necessarily weekly). My ambition is to post updates here once or twice a month. I thought about using the Margin's old URL, but Blogger seems much easier to maintain for what I'm looking to do. (And while I can't imagine having the time to restart theMargin at any point in the near future, the idea of one day revitalizing the site and the idea is something that I still am holding on to.)
I find myself at one of those "big transitions" in life. I've just graduated from law school at the fresh, young age of 37. (Hey, some of us take a little while to figure out what we want to be when we grow up.) I did well in school and find myself hired as an associate to a very nice, somewhat large, and not at all unserious law firm. I'll be working in the firm's Chicago office. K and I have got ourselves a little place on the north side of the city and we are looking forward getting ourselves grown up furniture for the first time in either of our lives. We have both been enamored of Chicago since we moved out to the Midwest for school and are very excited to start calling it home.
All this makes me feel like I should be writing down and documenting the experience, marking the moment and the resulting changes somehow.
If you are stopping by, it's probably because I emailed you and invited you to come take a look. Leave a comment if you want, or just e-mail me, I'd love to hear from you. Much love to you all. Talk to you again soon.