hello (again), las vegas.

IMG_0891It’s official. I am moving back to Las Vegas some time between now and Tuesday, 21 January 2014.

On Friday, 26 March 2010, I packed my Chevy Blazer and, with a heavy heart, left Las Vegas. I vowed I would be back someday; not just as a tourist, but as a resident once again. It only took about 1,400 days to make it happen, but it’s going to happen. For the better part of three years, I’ve pondered, plotted and planned my return to Vegas. Having done the trek across country once, I was determined to be more organized and more prepared. As of yesterday, when I was informed I’d been hired by Clark County in Nevada, my Las Vegas Move went from the theoretical stage to operational.

This Is Not A Drill.

Between now and Jan. 21, I’ve got to:
* Get my car fixed (thanks, fender bender!)
* Install a trailer hitch on my vehicle
* Rent a trailer
* Pack a trailer
* Find a place to live (remotely)
* Get Dino and I to Nevada

It’s going to be a fast and furious three weeks, but I’m ready for it. I’m ready for the move. I’m ready for the job. I’m sad that I’m moving away from family and friends, but I will plant the family flag in the desert and give them an even better reason to visit Las Vegas. Perhaps “better” is a bit of a stretch. I’m not sure I can compare with the allure of the Strip and all its trappings, but maybe now my mother and such will come out for extended vacations and live like locals for awhile. I think that would be fun.

I’ll certainly miss not being able to announce the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Midwest Regionals this year, but hopefully I can get some PA duties with UNLV and the Mountain West Conference.

The past year and a half have been a long, challenging transition period for me. Some chapters closed, but a couple very promising new chapters began. Here’s to hoping 2014 is one of successes.

Hey. Ho. Let’s Go.

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