I guess it is as official as it can get at this point (the house we live in is sold)…I am leaving Howard County after nearly 20 years of living in Columbia. We are moving to Carroll County (more on the final location at a later date). This move is happening over the next week.
As I mentioned, I have called Columbia home for nearly 20 years. I have actually lived in Columbia longer than anywhere else I have ever lived in my life. As someone that moved around a bit growing up, moving a lot during my nine years in the U.S. Navy and then even when I landed here in Maryland in the late 90’s moving to a few different cities and counties early on, I found a city I loved in Columbia. This place will always be one of my homes (to go along with Fayetteville, Tennessee where I spent my Jr. High and High School years). My daughter attended and graduated from the Howard County Public School System and remains a resident and employed in Howard County (adding to how much this place means to me).
It has been wonderful to live in Columbia. I have seen this city grow and change. One of the things I will never forget is when I first moved to Columbia I was so annoyed that the grocery stores were hidden in village centers and if you did not know this area they were difficult to find. I kind of miss those days…but also love some things about how the area has grown and how there is so much to offer residents today.
I have met a number of wonderful people here in Howard County and made some life long friends that I will miss seeing as often as I get to today. Upside is that I am not far away and still close enough to see folks around here from time to time.
I have built a following through the Blog in Howard County (two time Howard County Best Blog award winner) and I will continue to have an interest in happenings here with family and close friends living in this county. I do plan to continue to cover local news, events and happenings on the blog (at least for a while…you never know what changes could happen in the future). I may not be able to attend as many Howard County events or press conferences in person, but I seem to have enough resources to continue to be one of the local news/information sources for my blog readers.
I am not leaving the county never to return. My business address remains in Columbia and I have a number of clients in Howard County so I am sure I will be around supporting those businesses (just a much longer commute for me in the future). As I mentioned, we also have a great number of close friends here in the county and I expect they will come out our way and we will come back this way on occasion for visits and events.
I look forward to our new adventure in Carroll County and I am sure I will be writing about the transition and some of the fun adventures and activities we get into around our new home. I had already started covering some news and happenings in Carroll County and that will continue and probably grow on the blog.
The blog might be a little quiet during the transition from this place to our new place over the next week (not an easy transition moving from one place to another and trying to get everything setup). I will continue to do my best to keep up with significant happenings in the area over the short term and updates will return to normal soon.
Thanks everyone and stay tuned for more information,