(WAKE YOUR ASS, WE'VE GOT A BLOG TO WRITE!)
I bet this one surprised you a little bit. Didn't see it coming, did ya? Yeah well, neither did I to be honest with you. I've been on a four-month or so, "hiatus," if you will. After all, it wasn't the first time I went away--after shifting into a completely in the zone writing period of six months in which I waged an all-out war against the Internet (late February-August 2010), I vanished for a little while. I returned later in the fall, but never was able to find my rhythm and faded once again after the 2nd annual Oscar Running Diary the last day of February. I wasn't planning any miraculous comebacks or anything like that, but when the renewal notice came in my email for the Beer and Cleaning Products domain name, I figured, what the fuck, it's here for me to do my worst with, right? Nothing has changed in that regard, no matter how many readers I may have alienated or let down with my frequent disappearing acts.
This website became a way for me to express myself as an artist (a fucked in the head one, at that), but like any writer, I've gone through a couple rough blockages over the last year or so. These periods aren't a surprise to me at all, but when they come, they hit with all their might. They sap any and all creative energy and motivation from me, and unfortunately I prove to be somewhat powerless in defending myself against it. I've been making excuses for awhile, but it just seems like the right time for me to start terrorizing my own little corner of the Internet again. As I'm aware, I've probably lost most readers of this website. Don't worry, if I were you, I would've disappeared like LeBron James' heart in the fourth quarter of the NBA Finals, too. I haven't been very much fun lately, I understand this. So this time around I figure I'll just keep it low-key and not let mine or anyone else's expectations run roughshot...at least for the time being. I know I've got a small amount of loyal readers that will come back on board no matter what, so I guess I'll start there and work my way up. I don't know how much I'll be around, but I can promise you that it will be more than the invisible me of the last 9 months or so. Like Robert De Niro tells Calogero in A Bronx Tale, "The saddest thing in life is wasted talent." Ain't it the truth, LeBron?
Unlike Queen James, I don't want to let my talents go to waste. Just like playing a sport for a living, writing is fun. It's a good thing to be good at, so I don't really know what the hell the problem's been with me lately. I won't really get into the specifics because it's not that interesting or important--just know I haven't given up my attempted ability to entertain people with my warped view of how the world works. So we'll see how things go. I think at least for the time being, it'll go back to just me writing content for the site. My platoon of dutiful contributors is lurking on the periphery, I'm sure, but I won't do them a disservice by bringing them back into the fold until I'm certain to myself that I'm back. This remains to be seen, but hey, I have faith. After how fucking sad my life has become at certain points over the last couple of years, I have to imagine that there's a loud, dark, demented voice that still needs to be heard. Stay tuned.
That being said, what might you look forward to in the coming days and weeks (remember, we're curtailing our expectations and starting off slow for now)? Well as usual, there's a lot rattling around in my brain right now, and here are some potential topics:
- How Freaks & Geeks and Arrested Development, two of America's most furiously short-lived television shows, launched an unprecedented amount of talent all while garnering two immensely loyal cult followings.
- Why Twitter is both an incredibly useful source of information AND one of the most pointless, maddening productions of modern technology.
- The NBA Draft (a.k.a. which team drafts Charles Jenkins and becomes my second favorite squad for the next 10 years?)
- The 10 Best television series of my lifetime
- The state of American cinema, summer edition
- The absolute best blog (aside from this one when it's running full steam ahead) for the average white male
- Sports Illustrated swimsuit models: the Murderer's Row of hot chicks
- The anatomy of a fantasy baseball kamikaze
- And the topic that will make me want to dive headfirst into an active volcano: Why Boston is the greatest sports city in America
So there you have it. Based on the vast array of topics listed above, I should have enough material to keep myself busy through the rest of the summer. Hopefully, I'll come up with even more new ideas along the way. If you rejoin the madness again, great; if not, I'll still be here if and when you decide to knock on the door again. Yep, Special Ed is back in town for another go-round. How I reliable I am this time (What about your wife, Arnold? She got reliable) remains to be seen, but I owe it to myself and anyone that's ever read anything written on this website to give it yet another shot.
Damn glad to be back,