This will be my final blog entry on IlliniHQ. I mentioned last time that I will not be doing a basketball prediction blog this season. I know a number of you were looking forward to that, especially since this team has been one of the bigger surprises in the country so far, but I am getting ready to start two new chapters in my life.
First of all, as of tomorrow I will be a married man! Rachael and I have been together for two and a half years and tomorrow we will be tying the knot. We are both looking forward to this big day, and love each other very much.
The initial plan was to get married in September of 2013, but due to the other big change in our lives we decided to move it up to tomorrow. Rachael was able to land a social work job at the Veterans Administration in Amarillo, TX, so we will be moving down there in early January. This job opportunity was too good to pass up, so it was no-brainer for us to pursue it. .
I have lived in Illinois all my life. I was born in Charleston, and then moved to St. Joseph in the 6th grade and stayed there through high school and part of college. After that I've pretty much apartment hopped all over Champaign, Urbana and Savoy. While I have traveled a bit, I haven't spent much time outside of the Midwest. The move to Texas is a bit scary, but having Rachael by my side will make the transition a bit easier.
I am currently looking for work in the radio field in Amarillo, but as of now don't have anything. I'm hoping to have something lined up before I move down, but if not, I will try to find something else once I get there.
The closest D1 school to us will by Texas Tech in Lubbock. It's about 120 miles south of Amarillo, or a hour and a half drive thanks to the 75 mile per hour speed limits (I drive 80. Now I know what Sammy Hagar was talking about). I expect to see a lot of Red Raider fans, as well as Texas Longhorn fans. Of course the Cowboys are big in that area, and the Houston Texan fans are picking up a big since the team is becoming relevant. Plus, high school football is a completely different animal compared to Illinois. Even though I will be in Big 12 country, one thing won't change. I will always be an Illini fan. I have rooted for Illinois my whole life and that will not change. I will still find ways to follow them, and cheer on the orange and blue til the end of time, regardless of how down some of the programs are.
I once again want to thank you guys for making my time on IlliniHQ enjoyable. When I came up with the idea for the prediction blog, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Needless to say it caught me off guard when predictions started pouring in left and right, and before I knew it, it became a fun project. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I will miss it.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and I wish you all the best going into the new year. And of course, GO ILLINI!!!
One final time...
No matter where I go
No matter what I do
I will always bleed
Orange and Blue