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Marty's Musings

Marty Pay, MBA, CLU, LUTC-F.

I remember moving to Tehachapi in 1989. It was a dream move, going from my 45-minute commute on Highway 101 to a 10-minute drive on Valley Blvd. It wasn't easy at first, I remember working four jobs, selling real estate at Century 21, doing a once-a-week radio show, going out on the speakers tour twice a week with a book I had just written, all while I was trying to get my insurance business up and running.

But Tehachapi was great to me. It fit me like a glove. I raised three of my four kids here and loved everything about the town. The insurance agency took off and I was able to go back to school, teach on the side and do a radio show I loved. I was blessed to be able to be involved in several organizations and be a part of something much greater than anything I could have imagined. I've loved this town.

Now, Laurie and I have both retired and our priorities have definitely changed. Between the two of us we have seven children, almost all of which have moved out of the area. So, we made the decision to move closer to two of the kids in the Reno, NV area. In the middle of this process, I had some health issues that returned, but thank God a surgery and a few visits to USC in the middle of the move took care of the problem.

So, we have a new dream, one that entails starting a new life. But there are so many great friends with so many incredible memories here we will never forget. We still have business interests in Tehachapi, and we'll still be around, but as of now, we'll be living a new dream in the Reno area.

Marty Pay is a retired local businessman. He was the Farmers Agent in Tehachapi and a Professor at the University of Phoenix. He's currently been doing a lot of writing for various publications.