I’m a Man! I’m 40!

That’s right; today, July 31st is my birthday and Lordy-freaking-Lordy, I am 40.

First of all, I’m happy to be alive, and to be healthy. I’m happy to have four special children, and a fantastic wife, and I’m happy to have my health. I’m very pleased to still have some hair. I destroy Matt Hasselbeck in that area.

And yeah, 40 is just a number, I know. Problem is, so is 87, so that little cliché offers very little relief.

I’m not real good on the aging thing, and I’m not exactly sure why. It may be because I reflect on the various phases of my life more than the average person, who just chugs along without really thinking about what’s going on. I was the guy in High School who said to people, “Man, these are times we’ll never forget.” My friends replied “Yeah, sure,” as they checked my fridge for human heads. Of course, many of those people now live in the past. I don’t live in the past, but I take note of all the phases of my life, and it’s never easy to say goodbye to one of them, as I did last night to my [...]

We lost a true gem today

It’s a little after 4pm on a Friday, and although I have no boss and can leave the office whenever the heck I want, I’m still here, working, and preparing to have a beer or two on a balcony in our building, which happens to be 2 blocks from the beach here in Ventnor, NJ.

I’m feeling good 20 minutes ago, but then I got some horrible news. One of my all-time favorite human beings, Tim Russert, has died. I’m pretty shaken up by this because this country and our society will never be the same. I wrote once that I didn’t even know for sure what political party Russert belonged to – and that was why I loved the guy so much. Maybe he leaned to the left because of his blue-collar background, I’m not sure, but I found him to be the last of a dying breed, a throwback, and a legitimately objective political reporter. I see no reason to watch any political commentary on TV now, at least not right this very moment. And I think we’ll be hard-pressed, in this day and age, to ever again come across such an extraordinary political pundit. He was [...]

Another off-football post

Just a moment today on another off-football post. If you read this blog you may recall a soapbox moment of mine last February on how kids need to diversify because they’re generally too into sports these days. I wrote about how I was no longer sweating my oldest kid’s baseball career because it just wasn’t nearly as important as I thought it was. Oh, it would be great if the kid had a nice HS career, but it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t. More importantly, it behooves parents to point their children to more than one endeavor, and not just sports, just in case the sports don’t work out. Or just in case they hope to be interesting adults.

Well, he played HS ball and Babe Ruth last year and had a solid season. Ironically, his BR team won the county championship, yet he wasn’t there for the big game. He played in all the games leading up to the championship, but after six years of clearing my schedule out in June I decided to book a trip for him and my 10-year old to the mountains to do some hiking and the like. Of course, they [...]

Random thoughts…

Just a few random thoughts today..

This week is tax week for me, which means I go through a range of emotions. I start with fear, then anxiety, and finally anger. I don’t even do my own taxes, but it takes me 2-3 full days to get all the stuff together for the accountant.

So I’ve been working on that all week, and also keeping up with the free agent tracker on the site. Adam Caplan and I will be doing a free agency Podcast this week, too, so check that out on the site either today or tomorrow if you’re interested. We’ll go over all the free agent activity, and Adam’s got a lot of good information on these guys in terms of their new team’s plans for them.

Also coming up the pike is our new site design. In case you didn’t catch the [...]

Going to see a great Band tonight, of Horses

You would think, since this week is basically the first week since at least early July that we haven’t had a ton of stuff going on with the site, that I would be relaxing with nothing going on. That is hardly the case, however. In some ways, this time of the year is more hectic and stressful than the season. At least during the season I have serious deadlines and really don’t have the time to do anything else but the site work. This time of the year, I’m a little overwhelmed with all the things I need to get done, and all the things I could get done or explore now that I have some time. We’re gearing up for the baseball stuff we’ll be doing, and I’m focusing on a lot of developmental stuff. For example, we’re beginning to explore a total site redesign this year. First the main homepage, and then the subscriber homepage. I want it to be slicker, cooler, more interactive, etc. This is also the time of the year when we explore what new technical tools we can add for the upcoming season (this time last year, we spent 4 months developing our new back end, which [...]

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