It's been a long time since we commiserated.
I haven't been around here since the Dodgers' season ended, and that feels like a pretty long time to me.
I haven't lost my passion for writing or blogging, as others before me. In a way, it's only increased over this time.
No, I haven't run out of ideas to blog about either.
Most certainly no, I haven't lost my love for our beloved hobby.
And regardless of what you may have heard, I didn't ebay my collection and buy a seaside condo in Costa Rica.
I mentioned the last time I was around these parts that I've been working on a project, and I would fill you all in on it sooner or later.
As I write this, I'm divided about spilling the beans about my mysterious project, because on one hand I want to share what I've been doing, but on the other hand, while it is in motion, it's not as far developed as I would like. I want you all to see, but I want to add a bit more before I pull back the curtain.
The project is another blog over on Wordpress. I'm learning how to build a website with a blog, and while lots of the parts to build a website are simplified, it has taken quite a bit of time to get it up and running, looking like I want it to look, and having enough content for people to read.
Sure, some of you computer whizzes can knock out a website in a couple of hours, but the fact is, when I started, I knew nothing about how to do any of that, so everything has been baby steps for me up to this point.
Writing for the Dodgers website, Lasorda's Lair , working on my new website, and all the stuff of which is life, unfortunately forced me into putting this humble little blog on hold. I don't intend to let it die - but I also haven't had the time to give ATBATT the love and attention it deserves.
For that, my fellow card collectors, trade partners and those who just dig reading my pieces here, I apologize for letting it seem like I've walked away or dropped the blog.
I actually have a couple of pieces intended for ATBATT, one of them being a post about some great cards that I received from the great JBF a while back.
I have several trade packages also that need to go out. Rest assured, I haven't forgotten any of you. I can't forever blame my bad memory or not having enough time on that one. The main reason many of those packages sit today is I have been in hard financial times this 2014. I mean - hard financial times.
Some folks think it's hard times when they can only go out to dinner twice a month. I used to think that too. My situation went well beyond that a long time ago.
I don't expose this to all of you because I'm fishing for pity. Heck, it's hard enough to get a comment out here sometimes for what we feel is a brilliant post, so I know pity's certainly out of the question. lol
The reason I mention it is because I've read a few of your posts in the past where you mentioned hard times and losses of jobs, or the loss of your spouses jobs. I mention my situation so you will know you're not alone.
We come together here because of our love of the cardboard, but we also share a camaraderie that other hobby communities do not.
Stamp collectors don't have rivalries between collectors of train stamps and stamps with nature scenes. Bird watchers don't feel bitter emotions between those that watch Orioles and those who admire Cardinals. But we have among us Yankee fans and Red Soxers, Pirates and Phillies fans, Dodgers and Giants (Booooo!!!!) fans - but those rivalries are crossed because of our trades and shares.
We can forget for a moment that we hate that other team when we read each other's blogs, comment and send emails, and form friendships across the country because of our love for the grand game and our hobby.
That's why I can't ever stop sharing my love for cards with all of you. Things may have slowed down on this site for the time being, but keep your eyes open for the news and link about my website, and at least a few more posts to come here on ATBATT.