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New Hubber says HOWDY!

  1. SuaveDoggie profile image55
    SuaveDoggieposted 8 years ago

    I'm new and excited to get going. I'll probably make a few mistakes, but I'm a fast learner. I'm going to spend tomorrow morning going over sample hubs, topics, answers, Hubbers, and forums. By tomorrow night, I'll be much better acquainted with rules and Hub etiquette.

    Here's a little something about me:

    First and foremost I'm the luckiest man on earth. I've been married to my best friend, Donna, for 41 years. We moved from beautiful Western Montana to the Indianapolis area in late 2009, to be close to our grown children and grandkids. I sure miss Montana, but I also want to be on hand, watching and helping those grandbabies grow up.

    I owned radio stations and a weekly paper for almost 20 years. I also owned a real estate brokerage and still have my brokers license.

    Don't hold this against me, but I was a Montana State Senator and Montana State Representative. I was a Chairman of the Business and Industry Committee and also chaired the Health and Human Services Committee. As it was a citizen legislature, we made about minimum wage to cover our expenses when we left our homes every 2 years to go to the state capitol. No professional politicians. Just everyday people like farmers, educators, small business owners and doctors. It was the best experience of my life.

    I've read through some Hubs and I'm impressed with the content and quality. I would like to become friends with everyone offer any help I can. You seem like a great group!

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      Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Welcome to HubPages from a fellow Hoosier!

      Your thread title caught my eye 'cause I initially like anyone who says "Howdy"!  haha

      You sound like a nice person.  I do hope you'll pardon my hesitation about anyone who's a legislator or former legislator.    (No I'm not holdin' it against you necessarily, but right now most of 'em stink! ha)

      Umm.....are you a Lefty or a Right-wing?  (Now that's the important thing).  wink

      P.S. Congrats on moving closer to the kids/grandkids.  That's always a real Blessing!

      1. SuaveDoggie profile image55
        SuaveDoggieposted 8 years agoin reply to this


        I'm a recovering politician. I actually loved it and did some really good things in health care, workers compensation and fighting against more entitlement programs. My biggest disappointment was in not getting a bill passed that essentially said" If a legislator introduces a bill, he or she has to find two statutes to take off the books". I think you can tell that I was and still am conservative.  We had a quadriplegic daughter until she passed away 2 years ago, so I have no issue with helping take care of those that truly can't help themselves. I do have a problem with "professional victims" that ride the system.  Even though this is a Hubber Hangout, it's probably not appropriate to go and further with politics. I like the people I've met here and feel right at home. Well, I've got to go hangout at the T-ball practice and watch my  grandson.
        See you in the forums.

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    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    hello there. enjoy your experience at HubPages smile

  3. ChristinaScibona profile image74
    ChristinaScibonaposted 8 years ago

    Nice to meet you and welcome! smile

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    pinkyleeposted 8 years ago

    welcome to hubpages

  5. Rochelle Frank profile image97
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    Welcome-- looks like you are taking the right approach.

  6. Lynda Gary profile image57
    Lynda Garyposted 8 years ago


    Thank you for such a thorough introduction.

    Sounds like you got lucky and found some of the better hubs.  There is a bit of a "quality control" issue we've been discussing later.  (Never hesitate to give a "thumbs down" vote to any hub you read that is less than quality.)

    Again, welcome, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who is eager to read what you submit!


  7. shazwellyn profile image57
    shazwellynposted 8 years ago

    Yes, welcome to hubpages!  You will be amazed at this site... enjoy!

  8. Ohma profile image74
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    Welcome to HP. Cannot wait to read your work. Enjoy!

  9. Michael Willis profile image79
    Michael Willisposted 8 years ago

    Howwwwdddyyyyyy!! Welcome to Hubpages.

    lol, I won't hold your political career against you!

    You might be able to share some insight into the political arena in hubs at some point. Glad to meet ya!

  10. KCC Big Country profile image87
    KCC Big Countryposted 8 years ago

    Being from Texas, the howdy certainly caught my attention as well.  Welcome to HubPages!  Thanks for the informative introduction.

    1. SuaveDoggie profile image55
      SuaveDoggieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      RE: The "Howdy".  I didn't put it in my bio, but I am a horseman, too. I used to rodeo and have been a rodeo producer for 18 years. I've been around cowboys all my life and the "Howdy" seems a heck of a lot more natural than hello>

  11. Faybe Bay profile image73
    Faybe Bayposted 8 years ago

    Welcome to Hub Pages, from Florida! I want to retire to Montana, I drove though on the way to Seattle and fell in love with the place. I am sure you miss it, but being close to your family is important!

    1. SuaveDoggie profile image55
      SuaveDoggieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Faybe Bay,

      It kind of goes back and forth from week to week. We left a beautiful little Valley in Western Montana, about 40 miles south of Missoula. We had a little ranch with horses. I could ride out my back pasture and into a million acre forest wilderness area.  I miss my horses, my ranch and my activities. I was a volunteer and horse counselor at a therapeutic riding center for disabled kids. We were there for over 35 years and that's hard to give up.  However, when I go to all the family activities like T-ball, soccer, little guy football, ballet recitals, etc. I know we did the right thing.

  12. TamCor profile image82
    TamCorposted 8 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages!!!  It sounds like you've lived a very interesting life--you probably have lots of stories to "hub" about--can't wait to read them!

    I have family in Indy, and I love that area, but I think I'd prefer Montana, lol...lol


  13. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages! I hope you enjoy your time here. smile

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    wordscribe41posted 8 years ago

    Welcome, welcome.  Great intro, by the way.  smile

  15. Rafini profile image88
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago

    Hi & welcome to hubpages!

    With the howdy, I was expecting someone from down south.  lol
    Enjoy the grandkids & I hope to be reading some of your hubs.  smile

  16. sportyfunster profile image66
    sportyfunsterposted 8 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages and thanks for the into...Enjoy!

  17. thisisoli profile image72
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago

    Welcome, and good luck!

  18. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Welcome... Your political leanings don't matter...

  19. pddm67 profile image59
    pddm67posted 8 years ago

    Howdy yourself SuaveDoggie big_smile

    Welcome to HubPages! A great group of people here. Enjoy smile

  20. AEvans profile image79
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    Hello! Welcome and I hope that you enjoy it here! smile

  21. Internetwriter62 profile image83
    Internetwriter62posted 8 years ago

    Welcome SauveDoggie, you are already starting on the right foot,it  is good to introduce yourself and the Hubbers Hangout is the best place for this kind of interaction. I wish you every success on all your hubs and I hope to see you in the Hubmob.

  22. blondepoet profile image69
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    Gidday Doggie welcome!!

  23. K Partin profile image59
    K Partinposted 8 years ago

    welcome aboard, glad to have ya here.

  24. Laura du Toit profile image86
    Laura du Toitposted 8 years ago

    Welcome - always nice when more people join Hubpages - fresh ideas and more scope for everyone smile