Dave’s not here. Oh wait, yes he is!
I meant to post this late last week after my payday lending post, but things got busy for me. At the request of a few of my League bloggers and League commenters, I thought I would write a brief post introducing myself to those of you that don’t know me. I promise to keep it brief.
My name is Dave. As I do need to keep some degree of anonymity, you can call me Dave. I am the Dave that is referred to here, one of the original members of the League, recruited by my co-blogger Mark Thompson from our days together at Publius Endures. I had a presence, albeit a small one, at the League for roughly the first two years or so (2009-2010). I published posts when I could and I think most of them were pretty good. As things at the League started to take off, my interest in blogging declined and other things had my attention. By the time that the League wanted to run a leaner site with more frequent contributors, it was the perfect opportunity for me to step away. I retreated to Libertarian paradise and learned everything I could about de-regulated markets, limited government and pirates.
I’m back now. While I was kidding in a way when I asked Mark for my old job back (in my previous tenure, I turned the job of enforcing the commenting policy into an art form), but when I realized that he really did want me to come back and assured me that the posting environment fits with my schedule, it sounded like a good idea. The fact that I’ve been able to speak to several people within this community away from the pages of the blog makes me more happy about returning. Good people are good people.
In real life, I’m a married 40-year old guy with two boys. I have almost 18 years of experience working in the commercial real estate business with an emphasis on the advisory/capital markets side of the business. For the last four years, my primary focus has been on healthcare real estate. If there is something interesting about my business that I think is worth sharing, I’ll be glad to share it, but I don’t see it dominating my posting. The subjects that typically interest me are jazz guitar (I am a student of the art), finance, economics, certain areas of constitutional law, and, of course, American whiskey. Whatever the subject, I think my payday lending post is a representative example of the kind of blogging I do best. I’m not much of a polemicist nor am I a policy wonk. I’m just a dumb real estate guy with a few extracurricular interests. I’m sure I’ll find a way to add a little value here.
I’m a pretty simple guy. My views of the world lean libertarian, but I am a self-described labelphobe. Who can blame me given some of the recent discussions here at the League? It’s less messy if we address each other as individuals. I like disagreement so long as we focus on the substantive points. It’s not rocket science. It’s something that separates the League from a lot of other web sites as well as common courtesy.
Also, did I mention that I have a pretty twisted sense of humor?
That’s pretty much it. I’m very happy to be back in good company. I will try to learn as much as I can and publish posts that match the quality of the material posted at this site (no easy feat for me). Other than that, as I am the self-appointed Chief of the Commenting Policy Police, I ask that everyone behave. 😉
P.S. – I don’t do meta. I live by the slogan “You get meta, I get lost”.