November 20 and I may be back!
Sabbatical – that’s my story and I am sticking to it! It seems I have been AWOL from the blogosphere since August 19th. Three months which is likely long enough to turn away even my most rabid fans, assuming of course that I have any.
While my memory is suspect about all the fates that conspired to keep me away – employment – volunteer – home – fun – family – aggravation, I hope that I have managed to survive a “busy” time and can get back to the keyboard. I have not been a total social media derelict as I have had periodic Facebook appearances plus a tweet now and then but the Blog was not a happening thing.
Since someone actually asked if I had given it up, I will interpret that as a call to action and attempt to get back in the irregular swing. Since I have been at it for about 6 years now, in looking back, I find some interesting content and it does become somewhat of a chronicle of what goes on.
So just to put my “missing chapters” in context, here are some of the opportunities that kept me away from scribing. Some of them may lead to future content when I get desperate but just as a tease, in no particular order:
Celebrating my Mom and Dad’s 60th Wedding anniversary. A very nice night up in Stratford. Great chance to see some friends and relatives and realize how much they have changed even though I have not. Yes I am several years past the 60 mark and my oldest brother is even older (a day younger than Prince Chuck) so you figure it out.
Having Big Red’s deluxe Lithium Ion battery crash and burn very prematurely grounding me and initiating a battle for a replacement at other than the $1,200 they wanted (in a bike that cost me $1,500 and could be replaced with a brand new and improved but Lead – Acid version for $1,400. Ended up caving in for $500 and back on the road – anyone want to try to resuscitate a Li battery = let me know.
Continued home reno to move my office and all my toys to a new room and redo the exited room as a guest room.
As an added benefit a continued clean out the basement and garage dump run as well as saying bye-bye to the “old” Jeep TJ that was gracing our garage and driveway.
Orchestrate a national program launch with travel to the Rock and back with sundry stops in between and all around Ontario.
A workplace division office relocation.
Present for the 7th annual Sport Recognition Awards as Pres. Of Sport Oakville to award somewhere around 250 individuals as athletes, volunteers, team members, coaches. Plus the other incidental Sport Oakville activity.
Have #2 son get engaged and check out the nuptial site – wineries are a cool choice – already tasted and bought some.
Heavily into planning for the 14th annual FSMT tournament in January with meetings and web stuff and whatever.
A week away at Georgian Manor in Collingwood to recharge the batteries.
Thanksgiving dinners and photo ops with the relatives – inlaws and outlaws.
Halloween – although that was a bit of a bust.
Checking out the annual coaches helping coaches MLSE / Tim Hortons event.
The occasional foray off to watch slo-pitch baseball with the old guys or to soccer or skating or hockey games for the next generation and relatives.
Regular forays to Burlington or home duty to baby sit the GKs.
An ISP stress session where it was reinforced to me that my FrontPage 2003 creation tool is way beyond end of life, that it is not supported any longer overall or by many web service providers – clear message – migrate to something else – soon – or you will likely have even more problems. Just to say that I now started the hunt for an easy authoring package that is either web or desktop based.
And as the song goes . . . and so on and so on. . . just to point out I have not been sitting around doing nada.
Snow Daze – is my descriptor for yesterday. We did not get much in the way of snow – check out the Buffalo pics if you want to know what snow is all about. However, it seems like everyone on the road ODs on Stupid Pills for the first “snowstorm”. Jane left the house at 5 PM to do a couple of quick errands on route to picking me up at Clarkson for around 6 but got hung up on Winston Churchill and then Royal Windsor such that she did not get any errands done and it took her an hour to get to the GO station and even then not even all the way into the lot. The classic “A” holes on the road are the inconsiderate, idiot drivers who know they want to turn, but refuse to get into the turn lane until they are right at the corner and then figure they can “force” their way in ahead of everyone who was “patiently” waiting their turn. Horns, rigid digits, swearing and fender bender log jams are the result. Never mind distracted driving as an issue. There should be an offense for ignorant driving and every one of those clowns should get tagged.
A close second place goes to the idiots who block intersections on stop lights as they foolishly enter an intersection on a green (or the real winners on yellow) without being sure there is room ahead to get through to the other side and then get stranded in the intersection blocking the cross traffic. Stack a couple of these clowns and you have gridlock 101.
By the time we got home, usually a 10 minute round trip, Jane had been on the road for two hours.
One of my team left the office and did not get home (St. Catherines) until after midnight due to all the wonderful drivers on the QEW.
Hockey – another couple of items that spurred my return to the cyberworld relate to minor hockey. They will likely form the basis for future content so that this comment will likely pique some folks interest on the basis of “what is he up to now”? Two stories, one very nice, the other – not so much so stay tuned.