Hello and Welcome visitors from the Social Sun!!

When I was in the fifth grade, my entire class lined up in the hall to walk to the auditorium for a graduation ceremony.  We had almost reached the door when my teacher pulled me to the side and said “You’re giving the graduation speech.”  That sudden thrust into the spotlight is quite similar to how I feel now as a Featured Local on the new Baltimore Sun Social Sun site.  So, um…hi everyone!

The new Baltimore Sun social media directory
The new Baltimore Sun social media directory

I’ll try to spend the week being as interesting as possible.  I’ll also spruce the place up a bit, starting with my hastily thrown together Twitter background (Hey, I’m not a graphics guy.  Don’t judge me!)  By way of introduction I’m a recent import into the city of Baltimore, having moved here to work at a federal consulting firm located near Ft. Meade.  When locals recommended that I move to Columbia or Laurel to be closer to the office I chose instead to move to Baltimore.  I didn’t know anything about Baltimore (OK, outside of The Wire) but I did know that it was similar to my hometown in a lot of different ways.  Even in just five months I’m appreciating the character of the city and looking forward to being a positive part of it.

So that’s about all…again, welcome, and I’ll try to do at least one of these a day.  Thanks for visiting!

The Blog…Rebooted

I’ve maintained a blog in various forms since right around 1996 when I had a modest personal site on the University of Michigan College of Engineering web servers.  At the time the intertubes were still geeks-only, Netscape gray was still the standard, and animated GIFs and blink tags were quite the novel idea.  A solid thirteen years and several platforms later, here we are.  Personally I’m entering a new phase of my life, so I figure why not reflect that on my personal site, a site that is no longer a novelty but a standard in an era where web presence and online branding is everything, and “you are who you know” has become the standard with the prevalance of social networking.  I may not be a member of an elite geek club anymore, but I like to believe that I have a unique perspective and can still bring something to the table.

The most recent revision of this site saw me in a bit of a transition phase, where I wasn’t quite sure exactly what the audience of this particular web space would be.  I did know that it was time to move away from the frank and often vulgar honesty that used to occupy this site, particularly given the Google happy world that we’re living in.  Said transitionary period reflected one I was going through personally, that I am proud and blessed to report that I am now past.

So dear readers, sit back, relax, and get ready to read a gaggle of posts written from the perspective of a 30 year old Black native Detroiter recently relocated to Baltimore.  Topics will include but aren’t limited to my beloved hometown, my profession, my passion for politics at every level from local to global, my nascent start-up company, and of course, just random thoughts that might wander through my mind.  If nothing else I’ll try to entertain with my trademark blend of sarcasm and insight.  And I’ll make a serious effort to keep the cursing to Facebook, though I don’t know how long that’ll last.  Maybe I’ll pull a Livejournal and lock posts where I really want to vent my spleen.  We shall see.

Commentary & Musings from Jason Rashaad