A Fond Farewell

blog161202_chrisby Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

It has been nine years almost to the day. My first day at Oak Crest was December 3, 2007…my last day is today, December 2, 2016. I’ve had more apartments and roommates than I’ve had full-time jobs in the span of time I’ve worked here.

First Day vs Last day
First Day vs. Last day

I am going to miss this place terribly. The residents, the staff, the families, the buildings, the grounds…all of it. This was my first full-time job ever, and it was my first job after college. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting to when I graduated college, but it was a job that was willing to pay me. I learned quickly that this job and this place was so much more than I ever thought it would be.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the residents of Oak Crest. Those that are still with us, and those that are no longer here. From the smallest greeting to the longest, most dedicated volunteers, every single resident has had some impact on my life. Your life stories, your kind words of encouragement (and your kind suggestions for improvement), your smiling faces…all of it has made my day each and every day of the past nine years.

I also wanted to thank the various staff members that I’ve worked with through the years. Just like the residents, many of you have had a large impact on my life and helped to make me the person I am today.

Also, thank you to all the guests that have come through the studio doors. The residents, the staff, and the off-campus visitors have each helped to create some very entertaining segments that helped me to bring joy to the residents of Oak Crest.

Thank you to all my friends and family that have been so supportive during my nine years. You’ve each supported me and this community in ways that you may never fully understand. Special thanks to one of my best friends Brian for never passing up the opportunity to help me with an Oak Crest shoot even if the pay was non-existent. Another special thanks to my girlfriend Amanda for supporting me through the whole process of transitioning to my new job.

Finally, I wanted to thank the various TV Studio employees I’ve worked with at Oak Crest: Josh, Lauren, Stephanie, Tameka, and all of the studio’s past interns. Things in this studio can be incredibly hectic, and I’m so proud to have created some fantastic programming to present to the residents of Oak Crest. Each of you has some amazing skills that I hope will continue to benefit you for days to come where ever you may end up. Specifically to Josh and Lauren, thank you for helping me to get to the next chapter in my life. You two have been so understanding and helpful with my interviews and getting ready to wrap up my time here. I’ll miss seeing you guys every weekday morning at 8 AM.

Specifically to Josh and Lauren, thank you for helping me to get to the next chapter in my life. You two have been so understanding and helpful with my interviews and getting ready to wrap up my time here. I’ll miss seeing you guys every weekday morning at 8 AM.

For those that don’t know, I’ll be starting at our sister community Riderwood in Siver Spring, MD as the Manager of their TV studio. Josh and I have already discussed planning some inter-studio events between Oak Crest, Riderwood, and Charlestown, so don’t think that you’ve seen the last of me.

It’s definitely going to increase my commute, but my girlfriend and I are preparing to move down to Columbia, MD early 2017. I will be sure to keep Josh and Lauren up to date on what’s going on in my life, so feel free to bug them to find out what I’m up to!

Well, that’s it! I don’t want to wrap this good bye up, but the telethon is starting soon, so I’ve got to go. For the last time, though: “For Oak Crest Now, I’m Chris Taydus. Have a great day, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!”

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