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?
Last updated: 10:41 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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.