Just to say, my identity is not a secret, but it's also not exposed here. I have a pretty broad digital footprint in a work capacity. I have political views, which I express here. But I also work in a political sensitive role in which I must deal in an unbiased fashion with public servants of both the elected and appointed kinds. I work congenially across all major political parties and have friends across the spectrum too. I draw a clear line between my personal views and the work I do, but others may not. And I'd rather it not be drawn to the attention of any potential future employers what a curmudgeonly ol' cuss I am. Let them find out when the ink on the contract is dry. (And in truth, I write a bit in character here - I'm not always this snarky)
So, if you've figured out who I am, I'm afraid there are no prizes.
The Vol Abroad
I'm a woman in my prime years, born and bred in Tennessee. As a double triple legacy of the University of Tennessee (both my grandfathers and both my parents have UT degrees and I've got a couple myself) my blood runs Deep Orange. I graduated from Law-Co-Hi in the late 80s. I've mostly worked with the public sector in the UK.
I have been living in England for since 1996 and in London since 2000 with my British husband. Hence, the Vol Abroad.
The Vol-in-Law is said British husband.
He's just a single treble legacy of Oxford University. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up just outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland. He's been living in England for even longer than I have. So I could have called him the Prod Abroad (a sectarian joke), but I like to define people through their relationship to me. So he's the Vol-in-Law, and this post explains how he got his name. He is an academic teaching something or other at a Central London university.
Together we have two cats and a shockingly large mortgage (updated - I wrote this in 2005 and the mortgage is significantly smaller and we now only have 1 cat - the survivor is pictured here)
We also have a boy, born in 2007. Who is known on this blog as Buddy or the boy. He's a corker.
I enjoy gardening and taking long walks (and I realise that makes me sound a lot more boring than I really am). I love living in London, partly because nobody pays a lick of attention to me and my doings. Also there's very good Indian takeout, beer, art, theater, etc. As Samuel Johnson says: "When a man grows tired of London, he is tired of life; for London holds all things that life can afford."
Other characters you may read about
VolBro - Vol Abroad's brother, resident in Knoxville, UTK grad
VolMom - VolAbroad's mom, lives in Lawrenceburg, TN, UTK grad
VolDad - Vol Abroad's dad, lives in Georgia, UTK grad
Granddad - now dead, a UTK grad, his oral history which we recorded together features in my Tuesday Granddad blogging