July 15, 2000 was my first day on the job in the Accounting Office at the Gore 2000 National Campaign Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fast forward exactly thirteen years and I have to say I never imagined I would find myself in Nashville again, but here I am. I am with a friend who has a quick in-and-out work commitment here. As soon as I found out about his assignment I impulsively said, “Oooh, may I join you?” When he said, “sure, I have the rental car and a hotel, you just get yourself there,” I was all in!
With a connection in Charlotte, North Carolina, where all of my college years were spent (NC, not Charlotte per se) and I was a history major and got “the bug” I am in Nashville again on July 15. Yes, I stopped dead in my tracks during on-line check-in when I realized I’d be in Nashville again on a July 15.
Being the history major that Elon made me, I’d love to say let’s have a look back at the past thirteen years, but instead, no, let’s not!
Living in Nashville was a lot of fun! I filed my little burgundy Toyota Corolla and drove from Alexandria to Nashville with a stop in Knoxville (my first alone in a hotel, I remember) that summer. On July 15, though it seems like yesterday, I walked in the front door of Headquarters excited, scared, nervous, and anxious and with eyes definitely wide-open. Gary Gruver was the big boss of the Accounting Department and Cynthia was my immediate supervisor in Accounts Receivable. I made friends immediately despite my nervous energy (or maybe because of) and still keep in touch with many of them to this day. Some are missing, but I’m sure are definitely still in action. Back then we had only had the Clinton-Gore Alumni list-serv (or was it a Yahoo!Group?) to connect us, but now it’s thanks be to Facebook, that I am able to keep up with so many people from that fun 13 years ago!
Richard, Torian, Patricia, Meagan, Varun, Tom, Kevin, and ahhh the list goes on! What fun we had! That day, my first day on the job, the candidate himself, then-Vice President Al Gore, came to tour the new campaign headquarters (previously a Sprint warehouse) and he even posed with the Accounting staffers! Yeah, we like to say he knew who paid his bills! (yeah, I can’t find it on my computer right this second…will upload soon enough! I know right where it is on my desk!)
So much has happened and changed since then: personally, professionally, medically, geographically and in terms of technology and communication, well, everything, really! But…. won or lost, friends remain through it all.
Thanks for the memories, Nashville, now I have to get out there and make new ones!
Off we go!