My name is Brendan Loy. I’m a husband, a daddy, an attorney, an erstwhile journalist, and a blogger. I’m also a weather nerd, a news junkie, a stargazer, a sports fan, a Tolkien nut, a photography buff, an Apple fanboy, and an all-around geek. I am blissfully married to the lovely Rebecca, a.k.a. Becky. We have three wonderful daughters, who are known on the Internet as “Loyette,” “Loyacita” and “Loyabelle” (not their real names). We own a house in Denver, Colorado.
I’ve been blogging since 2002, most notably as the “Irish Trojan,” when I garnered international attention for my coverage of Hurricane Katrina. You can read about my blogging history here. The name of this blog, “The Living Room Times,” is taken from the unofficial school newspaper that I published from 1993 until 1999 (i.e., 7th through 12th grade). You can read about the Living Room Times‘s history here.
As for my personal history: I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in one of its suburbs, Newington. I graduated from Newington High School in 1999, then went “west, young man” to Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2003 with a B.A. in Print Journalism and Political Science. After taking a “year off,” during which time I lived in Newington, New York City, and Mesa, Arizona, I went to law school at the University of Notre Dame starting in the fall of 2004. Becky and I got married in 2005.
I earned my J.D. in May 2007, then moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where I was a judicial clerk for 15 months. Loyette was born in Knoxville on December 31, 2007. In October 2008, Becky, Loyette and I moved to Denver, where I now practice law. (And that’s about all you’ll ever hear me say about my career, due to my strict “no blogging about work” policy.)
So, to review: I’ve lived in Connecticut, California, New York, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee and now Colorado. (Relatedly, I’ve been to 49 of the 50 states — Becky has been to all 50; I’m still missing Alaska — and six foreign countries.) But after moving a combined 14 times in the six years between May 2003 and April 2009, Becky and I have putt down roots, and we intend to stay in Denver for the long haul.
My hobbies and interests — and topics I will doubtless discuss frequently on this blog — include politics and current events, sports (especially college basketball and football, with a focus on USC, Notre Dame, the University of Denver, Gonzaga, Buffalo, and “mid-majors” generally), all things space and science related, technological geekery, extreme weather (most especially hurricanes), and anything that lends itself to a beautiful picture.
Politically, I like to think of myself as a pragmatic moderate who generally abhors doctrinaire stances and values intellectual honesty and rational argumentation above any specific predetermined set of ideas. However, in practice, I’ve swung wildly in recent years from a pre-9/11 liberal, to a gung-ho Lieberman-esque security Democrat in the wake of 9/11, to an Obama-supporting center-left lib who is utterly disgusted with what I now perceive as the intellectual vapidity of the mainstream Right at the moment. (I felt much the same way about the Left a few years ago. And in both cases, I was distressed because I think it’s bad for the country to not have a reasonable, rational opposition.) How much of this is me reacting to changing facts on the ground, and how much of it is my own ideological inconsistency and fickleness, I guess y’all can form your own opinions about.
Rebecca Loy, neé Zak, more commonly known as Becky, is my lovely wife, my best friend, the devoted mommy of my children, and my occasional “co-blogger” here on The Living Room Times.
Becky grew up in the Buffalo area, where she attended Buffalo Academy for the Sacred Heart, better known as “SHA.” (To this day, our best friends are Becky’s “SHA girls.”) Then, like me, Becky went west for college to USC, where we met and fell in love. But whereas I’m an “Irish Trojan,” Becky is a Trojan Devil, having earned her B.A. in Political Science and History at ‘SC and then adding an M.A. in History at Arizona State. She subsequently followed me to South Bend and Knoxville before we finally settled down here in Denver.
Becky has taught community college, run her own daycare class of three-year-olds, worked as academic support staff, freelanced for a local weekly and edited a school paper, served as president of a feminist organization, interned in Parliament, and done all sorts of other cool stuff. Once the kids get a little older, she may teach again or pursue some other career ambition, but for the moment, she is a stay-at-home mom — which means she easily has the hardest job in our family. And she loves it.
Politically, Becky and I are usually roughly on the same page — though she has the added quirk of being a devout contrarian, so a conservative arguing with her is likely to come away thinking she’s a committed liberal, and a liberal arguing with her is likely to come away thinking she’s an arch-conservative. Meanwhile, anyone who gets her talking about her compost bin, her love of the local farmer’s market, or her ambitions for our garden, is likely to conclude that she’s a tree-hugging hippie. :) In that regard, Colorado definitely suits her, and you’ll see Becky’s hippie-ish tendencies come across at times in her posts here on the blog.