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Opinion column: Writer blown in from the South

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

Hello Torrington Telegram readers! My name is Emily Siegel, and I am 26 years old. I have recently moved to the Torrington area from a small town just outside of Fort Worth, Texas.

I moved here to write for the Telegram. I come from a town called Aledo, Texas, a place where we pride ourselves on our high school football team, the Bearcats, who have a knack for winning state championships.

Aledo is also a small town, much like Torrington, except we don’t even have a main street. Our homecoming football game day parade is our most popular event, just as an idea of how small it is.

It is a town where everyone knows everyone else, and the people you graduate high school with are the same group you went to elementary school with.

Sunday mornings at the city café consist of regular costumers sitting around and, as we call talking about anything, “chewing the fat.”

After high school, I took some time off before attending a community college in my county. I then transferred to Texas Christian University, where I studied broadcast and journalism. I wrote for the college’s campus newspaper for two years before calling it quits.

I am the youngest of four, with two brothers and a sister. Being so, I had no choice but to grow up tough, and it sometimes makes me a little rough around the edges.

A few things I enjoy doing are spending time with my family and friends, cooking and listening to music. I also like to go fishing as often as possible, making people laugh and hunting.

Back home, my dad is my favorite hunting buddy when it comes to hogs, critters and birds.

For wetting my line, my mom is my go-to fishing partner. She usually out-fishes me and anyone else we are with. Don’t be fooled, I am not a bad angler myself. My mom was a professional sports fisherman at one point, so she uses that to her advantage!

Even so, I still catch the big fish, and bragging rights are usually on the line when making it a friendly competition.

I am a fun, loving and easygoing kind of person. I am comfortable doing just about anything outdoors.

I like to look at every experience as one I can learn from.

During my time here in Torrington, I hope to learn many new things about myself, as well as life outside of Texas.

Growing up, I did spend a great deal of time camping in the Rocky Mountains. I have traveled all over Colorado, so I like to feel I have some sense of how things go up here.

Although this is my first time in the state of Wyoming, I already feel right at home.

The people in the community have been very kind and accepting towards me, which I know can be challenging being the new face in town.

I have already been told my accent, which I never thought I had, is a dead giveaway that I am not from around here. So, if you hear someone saying words like y’all, goodness gracious or bless your heart, it will probably be coming from me.

After being here for a whopping four days, I am comfortable saying I know I will soon fit right in. I look forward to being a part of the community, as well as writing for the Telegram.

So, if you see me out and about, please feel free to say hello. I enjoy meeting anyone and everyone. Otherwise, there is a good chance I will just flash my big Texas smile and give you a friendly “hi there.”

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