Um, hi.

I’m Ryan.  This is my blog.  I’d like to say that I’m going to have a major focus on this and that it’s JUST going to be about my recent move down to the Nashville, TN from Central Illinois.  But I’m too ADD for that to be the case.  Instead, the main thrust will be about that but I’ll probably be taking some detours along the way and talking about other things.

So, consider this my soapbox.  I probably won’t get too political because I’ve discovered that it’s really very divisive amongst friends.  I try not to get involved in those conversations.  But expect general life events, reviews of movies and TV shows and all sorts of fun stuff like that.

My first entry, more than anything, is really going to be about me: where I come from, why I’m here and what I hope is ahead.  This entry will probably be a little bit on the serious side but I really hope that once I get going, I’ll be able to add the funny.  Right now, things ain’t that funny.  But that’s okay.  I know that will change.

For the majority of my life, I lived in Peoria, Illinois.  It’s smack dab in the middle of the state.  For those of you who don’t know: No, in Illinois, south of the suburbs is not just farmland.  In fact, the Peoria metro area has about 375,000 people in it.  It’s the seventh largest populated city in Illinois and is the home of Caterpillar and the birthplace of Richard Pryor, Dan Fogleberg, Jim Thome and Joe Girardi.  While I was there, I worked in media and in law and did a lot of community theatre on the side.

Why did I move to Nashville?  If you’re friends with me on Facebook (and let’s be honest — if you’re reading this, you probably are), I’ve been a little coy about my move (but context clues could probably help you figure it out).  To put it simply: It was a necessity.  I lost my job at the end of October and realized that the economy in Peoria was not conducive for me to continue on there.  My parents retired to the Nashville area a few years back and have been trying to convince me for some time to move.  It finally worked.

While I’ve not landed a full-time position yet, I’m glad I made the move.  This city is awesome.  There is so much opportunity down here whether it be with jobs, activities or just people to meet.  Everyone’s so nice down here and has been unbelievably welcoming.  I’ve made some friends, tried some great restaurants and seen a few cool things.  I’m not much of a country music fan, but there are so many different types of music down here.  I’ve barely scratched the surface on that scene but hopefully, once money starts coming in, that will change.

Because I probably overdid it a bit with theatre up in Peoria, I don’t plan on getting involved at this time with any troupes.  I need to really get a handle on life here, find a job and a place of my own and really focus on living my life for at least a year.  In the meantime, I’ve gotten involved with the Music City Chorus, a barbershop choir that meets downtown.  While money and employment probably will be keeping me from doing this, they are going to be competing in an international event in July in Vegas.  I think that’s awesome and I wish them the best of luck!  This is helping me keep the creative juices flowing without being in rehearsal five nights a week.  It also will let me do other things.

And maybe, I don’t know, find a girlfriend?  Who knows?

So yeah, that’s about it for my first entry.  Having been down here for two months, the only reason that it took me so long to write anything is, well… not a lot’s happened.  But, things are starting to move in the right direction so hopefully this will be more entertaining and well, timely going forward.

Take it easy, guys.