Hello reader(s), I think there is only one of you for now. My name is James and I am sharing what will resemble a diary more than anything else with you in preparation for some life changes I am in the process of making. It is in part to make myself accountable for the things that I will be doing throughout the year(s) but it gives me a chance to hopefully become a better writer, meet new people with similar interests and/or struggles and to let go of personal barriers I have put in place that insulate me from letting people in and keeps me from being the person who enjoys life and is actually a pleasure to be around.
I live in the St. Johns area of Portland Oregon and have spent most my life in Portland having moved from Yakima, WA. when I was five. I grew up with two older sisters and one younger brother by a single mother. I don’t remember life being challenging but I am sure it was a struggle for my mom. I remember fondly playing most days outside around the neighborhood, around the train tracks or Powell Park that we lived near to.
I went through the first twelve years of school as per normal but waited ten years after my high school graduation to get me AA in the Applied Science of Electronic Engineering from ITT.
Here I am a 41 y/o married man for less than a year and a half working in the not-so-exciting industry of internet conferencing. I have been in this line of work for ten out of the last twelve years.
I enjoy getting out to explore Oregon’s wonderful green space to camp and fish – weather permitting, read lots of sci-fi/fantasy (mostly novels), play Magic the Gathering and have regular Wednesday night Dungeons and Dragons game for the last eight years. I play cribbage and bowl as well as disc golf. I also collect old American currency and any foreign currency.
I think I have probably said more here than was necessary but this is all to me and I will chalk it up to inexperience.
My best to you all.
More to come…