Howdy everyone! My name is Sally “Shot” Winderson and I am going to tell you the story about how I became a Gal of the East through the reasons why I love this place. Well if you ever read my tiny little background at the very beginning of this semester I said I was born in the heat of 1845… well that’s just not true! I was actually born in the heat of 1995 but the rest of me is true! I lived in Tombstone, Arizona my whole life, up until recently, and had a Mom, Dad, and 6 brothers. I was indeed made fun of when I was younger for acting too much like a boy and I do pour a pretty mean whiskey and worked at Tumbleweed Saloon pretty much all my life. I lived in a small cramped flat just above the saloon with my family until I was about 16 and could afford to rent a room across the street. My family thought that I was betraying them by moving out but living with 8 other people was just too much. When I turned 19 I bought a plane ticket east and set out on my journey. I remember the day I was leaving so clearly. It was 6am, the airport was an hour away and my entire family wanted to take me. Our car was too small at the time so my parents drove me and my brothers stayed home to work. I gave each of them a bear hug and told them that I’d send them a ticket once I hit the jackpot. They all laughed and said “Sure ya will Shot, eryone will love ya out there!” Before I got in the car I looked at myself in the mirror. Decked out in dirt covered jeans, worn in boots and a what-once-was-white-now-brown t-shirt. My hair was all frizzy and wild and my scar on my chin from falling when I was seven was as taught as ever. My freckles were coming out of hiding due to being in the sun too long and I was also a little sunburnt. My Mom called from the car and I knew it was time to go. Saying goodbye to my parents was the hardest. I thought moving into a room across the street was harder but this was worse. I was going to a place where I knew no one and had no knowledge of what would await me. I gave them both a hug and kiss and was on my way. That was a year ago today, with a stroke of fortunate events I now attend the University of Mary Washington and am getting my degree to be a school guidance counselor. Every morning when I wake up I see a glimpse of the old me, the freckles, the scar, the frizzy hair. But when I go to class or work I am a new more refined me. I am happy. My hair is sleek and straight, my freckles and scar in hiding and I wear a nice blazer and jeans sometimes if my t-shirt doesn’t cut it. I have never been happier and I want to show you all the reasons why thanks to Virginia and UMW!
Why I Left Tombstone – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Another reason I love where I live now is the weather! In Tombstone it was always hot and dry and was just not pleasant to go out in. Here, I get all four seasons!
The collage below is not just from UMW and VA but also from travels I have had while attending the school. New York City and Broadway were both where I traveled to during New Years. The black and white “gangster” photo was from spring break when I attended the Arnold Sports and Fitness Expo in Ohio. The picture with me and a friend in snow as well as the one with the time slightly showing, is showing how I have made new friendships on campus. The hiking picture was from a weekend I went up north to go hiking. Not only do I love the east but I have the ability to travel and make friends and that is something I am so happy about!
While also being able to travel all over I finally can call a room of my own home. The one I live in at school changes frequently but I finally have a place up in Northern Virginia that I can call my own! It’s much more spacious than the little flat I bought when I was 16!
My Home on the East Coast! – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Since growing up in a small western town was pretty boring, living out here is wonderful. I showed you all the reasons why through different forms of media I learned this year. And here is me, Sally Winderson, signing off on this wild rodeo called DS106.