It’s bright and early, 6:30AM. I hit the snooze button. I don’t want to get up. It is going to be a long day followed by many other long days, but then again that is the life of a businesswoman in the professional sports industry. I get up and rush to get ready for work. I’m on the road by 7:30. Living in a crowded metropolitan area it can be hard and time consuming to get to work. When I park at the Metro stop an hour later I rush to catch a train. AH! I won’t have enough money to get to work. I quickly fill my card with $50. I go through the turnstile and run up the steps, like everyone else this morning. A train pulls up to the busy platform. I file into the car as fast as I can to get the seat I sit in now to type this. It is cold and snowed last night. The Metro is busy and I sit thinking about the summer time; Metro filled with sweaty people, pushing their way into the cars just to stand on top of one another.
I wonder if anyone will ever slow down but I already know the answer to that. As Steve Zahn said in the famous 1996, one-hit-wonder movie, ‘That Thing You Do’, “You gotta be quick with me, I’m from Erie, PA!” That is a true statement for me. I am from Erie, PA and I am definitely quick. I talk fast, walk fast, drive fast, think fast, eat fast, work fast, I do everything fast. Although I am always in a hurry, that is not life in Erie, PA. Erie, PA is a small city in Northwest Pennsylvania which is home to a little over 100,000 people. Erie is best known for its horrible, lake-effect snow ridden winters, as it currently ranks the number one snowiest city in America. The summers are home to comfortable temperatures, Lake Erie, Presque Isle State Park, free concerts on the beach, block parties on State Street (where you can get a beer for a quarter), Pat Monahan from Train (and yes, Train plays ALL THE TIME there!) and most importantly, a community filled with the most genuine and kind people in the world. In Erie, living is fairly easy. There is no traffic, everything is close by, people are polite, you will even get a wave when you run down the street and see another runner. It is the perfect American small town and it is home to the first 18 years of my life.
My name is Jessie, and as you already know I proudly come from Erie, PA. If you know me at all, you know that I am always rushing around. From work to home, from home to soccer, soccer to football, football to baseball, baseball to hockey, hockey to basketball, and finally home again. I am a sports girl at heart, I work in sports, I play sports, I am entertained by sports, I am in love with sports. It is my life. If I had to have slogan, I would twirl around in a $3,000 Giorgio Armani evening gown at the beginning of some Bravo reality show and say, “I may look like a small town girl, but I play in the big leagues,” in a proper, Lisa Vanderpump-like, English accent. Unfortunately, I am not a cast member of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills nor can I afford a $3000 dress. I am just a regular, actually quite weird, 30 year old working girl. I live in Baltimore, MD and work in Washington, DC., but my heart truly belongs to the city of Philadelphia where I spent four years.
So that leaves Athletchic. What is Athletchic? Athletchic is a personality or character style, a certain type of person. An Athletchic is a female, she is an athletic-chic, someone who is an athlete at heart but also a feminine goddess. She is smart, driven, witty, free-spirited, fashionable and most of all, she loves sports. If Athletchic Personality Disorder was added to the DSM-5, I would definitely be diagnosed. I am the girl you see standing on the soccer field in shorts and a Manny Machado t-shirt jersey, talking about the Tom Sandoval vs. Jax Taylor fight last night on Vanderpump Rules. My thoughts and questions can sit in my head no longer, so I am here to share them with you all. It won’t be perfect, it may not be in order, there even may be Kanye West-like rants, but it should be interesting. I will bring to you current events in sports, pop-culture and travel from the perspective of a small town girl living in the city. The most important part of this website will be the readers. I want to stir up a conversation. I want to hear from you. I may write specifically to you, I may interview you, I may ask you questions. Please comment and ask questions. Please answer my questions. I hope to meet you all!
Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Instagram (Athletchic) or on Twitter at @Athletchic.