It's with a heavy heart that I write this column. I am moving on from the Tahoe Daily Tribune next week.
I know, I know. Not again.
It was about this time last year that the Tribune had to hire a new sports editor. Not to mention that there have been a few position changes at the paper during the past year. But, there is no one to blame but Tahoe. And I mean that in the best way.
This is a great town, and I credit this great community with instilling those who are lucky enough to live here with lofty ambitions. I am not taking a step back in my career, but a step forward, and I am fully prepared for that because of my time in South Lake.
I have met so many talented people here in Tahoe, who I expect will someday go elsewhere to advance those talents. But I'm sure they'll give credit where credit is due, and that is to this community.
I had never been to Tahoe prior to accepting this position, even though I was born and raised in California. This town became home for me and wife, Sandra, who moved here just days after being married. This was our first stop on our journey together, and because of that, you will never really get rid of us.
The people I have met and worked with while at the Tribune have been tremendous. The players I covered to the coaches I had to work with, I thank you. The sports community fully accepted me when I started, and I ask you to do the same for the next person who fills my seat. I'll be sure to warn her (did you catch that hint) about some of you. And if you have to ask yourself, "Does he mean me?" the answer is yes.
During our time here in South Lake Tahoe, my wife and I found ourselves getting more and more involved with the community. From the writers club in Meyers, to the photo club held the first week of the month, to playing softball for the undefeated Steamers men's team, we have had a lot of good times and will miss that.
I will miss Friday night football and those South Tahoe vs. Whittell volleyball and basketball games. I will miss the students at Lake Tahoe Community College, where I taught photography. I will miss just staring out at the lake and feeling so lucky.
I will not miss shoveling snow at 6:30 a.m. and those Fields Advisory Committee meetings. I will also not miss construction season.
There's one thing I will miss more than anything though, and that is coming over Echo Summit and seeing the lights from the airport or view of the lake after a weekend away, and feeling like I am home. I've heard from many people that most don't stay away from Tahoe long, and I'm sure it'll be the same with us.