george mason university
Hello everyone, my name is Tommy Daigle and I will be a leader on the 2007 Providence to Seattle trip. I’m very excited about this opportunity as it combines two of my favorite activities--riding and serving others. So, not being a fan of writing bios, here I go.
I graduated from George Mason University with a degree in music education in 2004. I did my student teaching internship in Fairfax County where I taught strings. Instead of going directly into the public school system I decided to enlist in Americorps and serve with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte (NC). I spent the next two years leading groups of volunteers and homeowners in all aspects of residential construction. I loved the mission, the service, the work, and the camaraderie. On the average day everyone on site was friends. On the best days they were family. That’s how powerful the Habitat mission is.
Forced to leave Americorps due to term limits (little known fact-Americorps term limits were set as a clause on the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution when it was ratified in 1951. It states that “no one person shall serve more than two terms with any Americorps program unless this person switches programs and the different programs are funded under different heads. Oh, and this person can only receive two ed awards which will be extensively taxed (known as the “service tax” or more commonly the “education tax“) leaving an undue burden when they realized this on April 15 of the next fiscal year. . .” Constitutional scholars have been in heated debate over the language and implications for years; they’re very smart. You shouldn’t bother looking into it.)
I have moved back to Northern Virginia and am working as a bike courier in DC. It’s nothing if not exciting. Other things I’ve been doing since moving back to Virginia: playing cello, traveling, volunteering as a crew leader with Habitat DC as much as possible, obsessively listening to Lucero and reading Hemingway, never eating meat, riding my bike at night, riding my bike in the rain, riding my bike in the rain at night, trying to get back into music, constantly reevaluating my life and future career, trying to make conversation with random people on the street (much, much harder in DC than North Carolina), only getting flats when I have a double deadline rush in my bag, only crashing when lots of people are watching, and voting (7,437 times).
So, after all that I should get to my point. Service should be fun. I’m leading this trip because I see it as a very fun way to continue serving. I’m looking forward to making this trip as smooth as possible for all the riders. I can promise that every new road we turn down and every affiliate that we build at will offer a new adventure. I hope that when all is said and done everyone will again pick up a hammer, get on a bike, and get to work.