Panhandle to Portlandia

Am I the luckiest guy on earth??

I wake up every day now and I get to look at lush, green mountains.  It’s pretty awesome.

Depending upon where in Portland I end up living, I might get to wake up and open my window shades to reveal distant mountain peaks at Mount Hood or Mount St. Helen.

(Insert “amazed face” emoji here) I’ve always been awed by mountain views.

However, I’ll say it once and I might say it again.  And I apologize ahead of time.  I’m used to bright sunshine hundreds of days per year.    When there are three cloudy days in a row, I usually start whining about the sun being gone.

Sunday brunch is really awesome when it’s gorgeous every Sunday.

Maybe you’ve made the excuse for staying in on beautiful, sunny days:

“There will be another one soon”

You can do that in Florida.

I don’t blame you if you’re shaking your head (or waving your fist) right now.

For a born-again “Florida Boy”, these are important things for me to mention as I introduce myself to life here in the Great Northwest.

I come to Portland after more than 7 years living in the “Sunshine State”.  There are too many fun adventures to count.  Places like Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Panama City, and Tallahassee (Go Noles!).

But there is another place.  A place “where thousands live the way millions wish they did”.

Pensacola, Florida.

It’s known by many people as “The Redneck Riviera” or “Lower Alabama (L.A.)”.  It’s also known as part of the “Emerald Coast”, home to some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere.

It’s home to the Blue Angels.  It’s the place where NFL great Emmitt Smith was raised.  Boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. just wrapped up a retirement bout at his hometown arena in downtown Pensacola.

He won.

Two time PGA Masters champ Bubba Watson learned how to swing the club in good ol’ Milton, FL.  If you don’t know, look it up, it’s basically Pensacola.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin will also probably tell you about his younger days growing up in Northwest Florida.

Anyway, Pensacola is a place I consider my second home (Kansas City being my first).

I have many great friends and hundreds of fond memories in PCola.  I have many great friends all across the state of Florida.  They all know who they are.

Also – I would absolutely not be the broadcaster I am today without the people at ADX Communications (WYCT & WNRP) there in Pensacola.  Again, they all know who they are.

So, as I take on this new challenge here in my new home, I want to say thank you ahead of time.  My Portland family, so far, includes the great broadcasters here at KXL and your hometown radio company, Alpha Media.

I am eager to know so much more of Portland and the Pacific Northwest.  It is exciting to be in this new, wonderful place and I think I can really get comfortable here.

I’ve always said if I didn’t live near the beach, I would live near the mountains.  Now here I am!!  So, I’m looking forward to this Northwest adventure.  I hope you find it worthwhile too.

Oh, I’m just remembering.

Last week’s sports story about the high school football senior’s mom walking out on him at signing day….

That was Pensacola.

Number 5 football prospect in the nation.

Just saying…..

Ok, yeah I’ll catch you on the next blog.

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