Welcome Reader to this the first blog entry. I am your host, Gary Randall Willis, a published poet and writer. Eventually, I am sure, a published book will result from my blog posts here. My inspiration and model you wonder? The quite successful science fiction writer, John Scalzi, who has provided us his blog site Whatever for longer than most of us can remember.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, USA, in the fifties and sixties of the century now past I have lived within a few miles of Interstate 20 (and its predecessor Highway 80) my entire life: first in Dallas, then Abilene, Texas, where I earned my BSED and my MBA degree from Abilene Christian University in the seventies, and presently in Midland, Texas, since 1982. I shan’t be here in Midland too many more months.
I retire on 3 June after my 45 years in the professional workforce. Seven of them I spent at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, CPAs (now KPMG), twenty-one of them as the chief financial officer of a Midland based private corporation, one of them teaching English full-time at Abilene Christian University, and the other sixteen years teaching English, Chemistry, and/or Mathematics in public schools in Dallas, Abilene, Midland, and Odessa, Texas. My MA in English earned 2004 at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin was quite helpful.
As I suffer reverse-seasonal-affective disorder, wherein I find myself truly charged-up and ready to conquer the world every rare Texas morning I am greeted with grey, overcast skies with a cool mist in the air, I am likely certifiably insane having lived in Texas all these sixty-six years. But, hey, the professional salaries were here and the money was good.
For the past several months I have been plotting my escape from Texas for my retirement years. In my life I have traveled extensively having seen Paris, France, twice, Brazil twice, Hawaii, Alaska, most of the lower forty-eight continental United States, Mexico once, Nova Scotia twice, eastern Canada four times, cruised out of New York City and Galveston, Texas half-a-dozen times to ports of call in Canada and the Caribbean, Northern Ireland once, England four times, and Scotland five times. The trips to Alaska were cruises out of Seattle, Washington, and both of them stopped for day-excursions in Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. I plot my escape to Victoria, British Columbia.
You can expect over the course of time, should you become a regular follower of this blog, to learn all about why I shall become an Expatriate Texan living in Victoria, my current preparations and process for the relocation, and what I discover and learn as I live in Victoria, retired, blogging here, and continuing to write poetry and prose, seeking publication of my creative efforts. But I shall not try your patience today. Until the next blog, cheerio! (I learned that common salutation in 1974 in Great Britain when living for ten weeks with an Edinburgh Scottish family).