I'm pretty proud of the people I went to high school with. Most of the folks I associated with in high school have gone on to some pretty impressive things.
Whether they've served in the military, work in law enforcement or public safety or are just plain successful in their career choice, most turned out great and I enjoy catching up when we cross paths.
That's why I was delighted to learn that Jason Lindsey was hired as one of our new athletic trainers here at California State University Bakersfield.
Jason and I go way back, not only did we grow up in pretty much the same Golden Hills neighborhood, but we also naturally went to Tehachapi High School together and were on a few of the same baseball and football teams, although he was a year older and a member of the class of '97.
Both of our fathers were small business owners, his father a plumber, mine an electrician, so we also crossed paths on a different sort of job site many years ago.
We did cross paths professionally several years ago as well, I was filling in as play-by-play announcer for the now-defunct Bakersfield Blitz in the Arena 2 League, he was assigned as the team's trainer.
We also spent a few weeks on the road together in Huntsville, Ala., and Oklahoma City, Okla.
Those road trips were my first exposure to "professional" sports and I use that term loosely.
But we did enjoy postgame "refreshments" courtesy of the players that were fined for being late during the trips -- that's something you can't do in the college ranks.
Part of Jason's duties will include working with men's basketball, which means we'll travel together once again. He's also already agreed to work with me on a few show segments for "Roadrunner Rundown."
Naturally we've selected to center it around food on the road so our fans know exactly where to get a solid meal when traveling to one of the eight different states represented in our conference.
Plus we both believe we're culinary experts -- translation being -- we've both sampled a lot of grub along the way.
So after being Warriors together in Tehachapi, we're now both Roadrunners working with the student-athletes here in Bakersfield.
When our old friend Michael Duffy showed up to take fall sports pictures for our teams, he wanted to get a shot of us as well.
Talk about history, about 15 years ago, Duffy was snapping photos of us on the playing fields.
Now he gets to take our picture as working professionals.
I think that makes us all feel a little older.
Another Tehachapi success story joining the ranks here in Bakersfield. I guess they know where to cherry-pick the good ones.
COREY COSTELLOE, a Tehachapi High graduate, is Director of New Media and Broadcasting for California State University Bakersfield.