This blog belongs to its protagonist, Jim Stalker. Jim is writing in the third person right now. Got to admit it, makes him sound far more important than he is.
Jim was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, moving to Palos Verdes Estates, California, the summer between 7th and 8th grade. Jim is still recovering from that cultural whiplash.
One result, it took Jim nearly ten years to earn a BA in Philosophy from UCSB. The Philosophy degree, interestingly, equips Jim to over explain “why” it took so long to earn the degree. When it was finally awarded, it was a proud moment for the Stalker family. Siblings with degrees from Columbia and UCLA were unimpressed.
Almost twenty years later, proving the degree from a “party school” no mere fluke, Jim received an MA in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. The only party there was basketball. Jim can now locate Spokane on a map with only modest difficulty and has a team to root for during March Madness. Go Zags!
Professionally, Jim has had two concurrent careers. One as an enterprise sales executive The other is a super-stealth one, group exercise instructor. Jim currently teaching “group cycle.” In both roles, Jim has worked for some terrific organizations, meeting thousands of smart and fit people.
Personally, Jim is raising a teenage son in Granite Bay, California with his wife, Annette.
Incidentally, Granite Bay is a community so snooty that many pretend it’s not part of Sacramento (which it is). Granite Bay is famous for being the former home of some famous people like Eddie Murphy and Dean Koontz. They got sick of the hot summers and split. They had the money to do it. So today, Granite Bay is most famous for getting a mention in the Oscar-nominated film, Lady Bird. So, there is that. It was a good movie!
Jim began blogging nearly ten years ago while earning the aforementioned Masters degree. Since then, Jim has written several hundred posts, some reaching thousands of readers, others, hardly anyone. That, my friends, is the nature of the blogging beast.
So here, on these pages, is the open chronicle of a middle-aged man trying to have one more go, at the big whatever-it-is.
Hope you enjoy it!