I don't know Paul Ryan
News flash! Everyone in Janesville knows Paul Ryan. That's what it seems like if you watch the national news. While I was a year behind him at Craig and I have bumped into him at a few local establishments I don't know him. I've yet to receive a Christmas card so I'm not even a distant acquaintance.
He's been friendly if we stood next to each other at a function, but a nod and a "hi" is about the extent of my 'friendship' with the Congressman. I met with him on official business once and he was busy. It was around the time he unveiled his budget. Aside from the real reason I was there we also discussed Mr. Douglas and the Royal 5 club. He had time for good old Mr. Douglas stories - down to earth.
The last week has been something! It's been interesting to see some of my former Craig classmates get tagged on Facebook through a tmz.com photos or etonline.com. While the photo are all about Paul, I've seen some other faces that look really familiar. Good friends. That's pretty cool.
I can't imagine that Paul will be back in Janesville to walk in the Labor Day parade. It will end an almost decade-long streak of being able to wave at my former classmate. I know he waves right back at me. I'm from Janesville so we should be buddies, right? ;-)
Good luck Paul. While I really don't know you I know you'll make your friends in Janesville proud.
Do you know Paul?
Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.