I know it’s been a while since we have updated the blog. I always thought, “Running a blog would be so easy and fun!” Little did I realize that the activities of daily life take up a lot of time resulting in putting blog posts on the back burner.
Now, let’s begin my (in)formal introduction. My name is Jack Pedro LaRue and I live with my wonderful wife, Gabby, in serene Waco, Texas. I was born in the southernmost city in Texas known by the name Brownsville. Brownsville is a border city that has a unique culture that blends Mexican and Texan customs where a majority of the population is of Mexican-American descent. I actually spent the first part of my life growing up in a remote community 25 miles outside of the city limit in a nearly abandoned neighborhood named Kopernik Shores. My backyard was almost literally the Laguna Madre and the front was the mouth of the Rio Grande River knows as Boca Chica. I had a thriving outdoor childhood which has contributed to my life long connection to the coastal region and the outdoors.
After graduating from high school I moved around South Texas attending schools in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Brownsville. Some schools I have attended include Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Del Mar College, University of Texas San Antonio, and San Antonio College. Eventually (after pressure from the wife) I settled on a university and degree that I felt could facilitate my interests and needs. I graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Our Lady of the Lake University. I have held many different jobs throughout my adventures including, pizza delivery, large box stores, bar staff, barista, security, and construction. Currently I am an intellectual and developmental disability service coordinator for HOTR MHMR. I’ve taken my education to the next level by enrolling in a teacher certification course through Mclennan Community College. By the Fall of 2017 I hope to be a 7-12 Social Studies teacher!
Some of my hobbies include Jeeps and the off-road industry, motorcycles, reading, video games (we’re currently hooked on Battlefield 1), and my recently acquired obsession with bicycles. At the moment I have four bicycles in my stable with the most recent purchase being a Fuji Touring 2017. (I’ll most likely be writing some blog posts about this very bike.)
Gabby and I have almost made it to six months of being married (woohoo!) and we are looking forward to our future together that involves starting a family and buying a house! We are extremely excited to see what the future has in store for us. I have adjusted to living in Waco, which is an excellent city that is growing exponentially in a positive way.
I look forward to contributing more often to this blog and hope that y’all enjoy what I have to contribute.