I guess it is time to introduce myself after breaking my silence the other day.
I grew up in Montesano, Washington (State), a small town of 3000 people, which relied heavily on the logging trade. I loved sports and participated in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country and Track. After graduating I went to community college for two years; I use the term “went” loosely here as I paid for the classes but chose not to show up 70% of the time. I did make the college golf team and was able to play the local courses for fee, which was nice. At the end of those two years I finally woke up and realized that I didn’t want to live with my parents for the rest of my life so I transferred to Washington State University. I arrived on campus a svelte 200 lbs, however I started dating a girl that lived right next to the campus Burger King which happened to be running $1 whopper specials my whole first semester. Burger King + Beer = serious weight gain (This is an important turning part in my life stay with me). I was looking for a way to lose the new found pounds so I started to attend Physical Training each morning with my roommate who had joined ROTC. For the sake of keeping the intro short, the Army Offered me a scholarship and I needed the money so I took it. That was the second best (never say the best if you are married, it could come back to haunt you) decision of my life. I graduated in 2002 with a degree in Political Science / Pre-law and received my commission in the Army as a Medical Service Corps officer. I served 15 months in Korea, spent 7 months in Pennsylvania, 12 months in Iraq (Karbala, Najaf) and I am now stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington with the 62 Medical Brigade. We deployed to Iraq last July for a 15 month tour in Baghdad.
After reading all that you may be wondering, so why did this guy join a Bourbon board? He hasn’t even mentioned it yet! Ladies and Gentleman I’ll be honest with you, I do not know the first thing about bourbon, only tried it a few times and loved it (I can’t even remember the name of what I tried). I figured it was time for me to learn about bourbon if I was going to get serious about it when I returned home. After browsing a few boards I came across this one and liked the layout and discussion of your passion for bourbon; just like the Cigar Board I frequent, I find the depth and breadth of information and the friendships forged discussing our hobbies and interest one of the great benifits of participating in online communities such as this one.
I look forward to learning from all of you.