An Open Letter to Casper – Thank You
I was taught that you should always show gratitude when it's called for. That's why this is a bit overdue. I want to say a big thank you to the kind folks here in Casper.
We love the fact that if you make eye contact with someone in the parking lot of a store, they will almost always say hello and ask how you're doing.
If you've never done it, it's no easy task to move your family. In radio, moving is unfortunately a very common thing. In my 35 years as a radio personality, my family has moved probably a dozen times. It's no fun.
One of the reasons why my family wanted to come to Casper is we never wanted to move again. We wanted a place that we could love and never leave. We wanted a city that might eventually like us, too. My wife and I knew that might take some time, maybe years. But, thanks to the kind people of Casper, that acceptance was immediate.
It's the small things that have made us fall in love with Casper. We love the fact that if you make eye contact with someone in the parking lot of a store, they will almost always say hello and ask how you're doing. You might think this is a common thing. Trust me. It's not.
I have 3 kids in school and they have all made friends already. Walking my kids to school, my wife constantly has people saying hello and offering rides. Maybe you're used to that, but it's not something my family has experienced much at all in other places.
This city seems to never run out of activities. We've explored Casper Mountain and played around in Rotary Park. Let's pretend that I didn't take a wrong turn trying to get to the falls and led my family on what would have amounted to a 7 mile hike. My misstep (literally) was saved by a couple of bikers who could tell we were lost and directed us the right way. A small but very appreciated gesture.
That's what I'm trying to say here. Thank you, Casper, for being so welcoming to my family. My wife has mentioned how crazy it is that this already feels like home. I agree and we hope it stays that way forever.