On Dec. 18, one day before my 52nd birthday and 30 years after my first day of work at the Los Angeles Times, I was laid off by a company that continues to shrink its work force.
So as its longtime former outdoors and action sports reporter (here's my final story as a full-time LAT employee), I'm launching this humble blog and will see how it goes.
I had a good run and learned a lot while covering a beat that involved countless fishing trips, sporadic hunting adventures, attending surf contests, diving with great white sharks, kayaking with whales, hitting the slopes and much more.
The blog, which is a work in progress, will not involve extensive travel--unless by some miracle I land a very generous sponsor. It will, however, call upon my experience and recollections, and will share news and commentary regarding the wonderful world of outdoors, action sports and adventure.
There will be extra emphasis on Southern California, because that's where I live, but there will be no boundaries restricting what might be posted. And because my chief priority is finding a job that will pay the bills, it might take time for the blog to hit stride, but hopefully it will gain momentum and people will enjoy my posts.
Feel free to chime in and I do welcome constructive criticism (the basic design on display now is going to change). After all, I'm not an expert in all of these areas, but I have been around long enough to recognize an interesting story or amusing news brief.
Sincerest regards to all visitors and may 2010 brim with good fortune, goodwill and fun surprises.