Greetings from somewhere out here…okay it is actually cold and slightly snowy Massachusetts, but just pretend it is somewhere more exotic.
How’s everyone (is there an everyone here nowadays) doing?
It’s been a long time since I’ve been moved to post something here and even when I did have the notion to post, I couldn’t remember my password. Tonight, after reading B.O.B.’s 2017 wrap up blog post, I realized I still had the email with my login info saved. So here I am.
After the passing of my mother in November 2016, I’ve been busy with the new life changes that brought. Some changes have been for the better, some not so much.
I haven’t had a lot to say about sports in the last year. My Patriots won the Super Bowl last season and look good towards contending to do it again now that we’ve reached the playoffs for the NFL.
The Boston Celtics have been a pretty fun watch as well.
I’ve kept tabs on the Red Sox, Bruins and the Boston College teams here and there. Oh, and Alabama’s fortunes on the college gridiron.
But truth be told, that’s about it. I don’t read the newspapers anymore so I don’t keep an obsessive lock on my sporting interests these days.
Ever since my coaching days came to an end, each successive year has seen me branch off into other interests or expanding the other interests I already had.
Speaking of coaching, this is pretty much the last year any of my players will be in a high school uniform. I’ve got two players (at different schools) that are seniors and then I won’t have any ties left to the programs. I did learn this week that another of my former players from years ago is now an assistant coach on the girls basketball team here at the local high school.
The chill that came from how my coaching days ended thawed a little when my mom died. I’ve gone to a few games, but despite being asked if I’d come back to coach, that’s not going to happen. I just don’t have the desire.
Did I tell you that I actually text now? Now I text a buddy of mine about the Celtics.
I’ve started going out and meeting some people at group dinners too. I’ve even, gawd help me, gone on a few dates. I even went to a Halloween/Xmas party where you had to go dressed in a costume!
Oh, and I started going to trivia nights at the local restaurant. Not too brag much but I won 13 or 14 times.
I’m still writing CD and concert reviews for KNAC.com. I also write reviews for a message board called Classic Rock Bottom. Usually those reviews are for discs that don’t fit the KNAC format or ones that someone there has already written about.
I went to four concerts this year and had a great time at all of them. I waited over 20 years to see Beth Hart live and it was one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever seen. (My Review)
It was over 30 years before I got to see Doro Pesch live and it was a great show as well. (My Review). I saw Iron Maiden for the third time this past summer and their performance was as hot as the weather. (My Review). The last show I saw was a local Boston band called Flight of Fire that I really like.
I also picked up another music related writing gig during the past year. I’m writing for Limelight Magazine.com. I am doing a series called The Cassette Chronicles. I have a bunch of cassette tapes (from a vinyl record shop owned by a friend of mine) and I take a listen to each one and then write up an article that combines some light review notes with my thoughts and impressions of what I might’ve been doing during the time when the album was originally released. I wrote 33 of those articles this year and the series continues into the new year.
I’m also now able to claim, tongue in cheek at least, that I’m a paid professional writer because for the last year, I’ve been writing book reviews for Mystery Scene magazine. I’ve written 17 reviews that the magazine has used in their print magazine or as online exclusives on their website. It’s been a blast to be able to write about these books. I’ve gone to book signings for four authors this year, meeting Ingrid Thoft, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Hallie Ephron and Craig Johnson. Meeting Johnson was cool because Ryan conducted the interview with him and she introduced me to him before the event and told him I wrote for Mystery Scene.
I haven’t been going to many pop culture conventions. I ended up cancelling plans to go to the SuperMegaFest and Rhode Island Comic Con conventions. But I did end up going to the Boston SouthCoast Comic Con in early December. (My Review) I got to meet actress Gigi Edgley from the sci-fi show Farscape, which was one of my favorites when it was airing.
That’s kind of it for me. My extreme sports fandom has lapsed a bit I’d say, though I do keep my eye on some things still. I’m just more interested in other things these days and keep busy with that and certain other new interests and experiences. Heck, I spent most of today writing up year end Top 10 articles for books and CDs along with a movies list I did yesterday.
I can’t say that I’ll be a regular contributor here, but should the mood strike me and I have something to say about sports, I’ll do a post. Or I’ll do this kind of periodic life in general posts if that’s okay too.
Happy 2018 everyone!