Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Return to RCPU

For those who don't remember and the many more who never knew, RCPU stands for Redmond Channel Partner Update. For more than half a decade, I wrote the RCPU newsletter for my former employer, 1105 Media. And I loved it. I mean really loved it. It was the most fun I've had in my career.

Thanks to the grace of Scott Bekker, who still runs Redmond Channel Partner and does it exceptionally well, I got to write an entry for RCPU today (yes, it's at the link) for the first time in I can't remember how long. It's a look back at Microsoft Windows Vista--a favorite punching bag in my days as RCPU editor--and why it still casts a long shadow over Microsoft.

Incidentally, I had time to write an entry because I am, at the moment, between assignments. A shift away from written content at BusinessTown, which was really an excellent employer, left me as the odd person out, so I'm actively seeking both freelance and permanent opportunities as a journalist or marketing writer. Hit me up! And thanks to Scott for the opportunity to jump back into RCPU one more time.

Friday, October 28, 2016

These Boys


It feels like time for an annual update. Isaac is 6 now, and Andrew is 3. They're the main reason I don't blog anymore, but they're great boys and totally worth it.

For those of you scoring along at home, I now work for a Website called BusinessTown.com, which offers advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and people who run small businesses. I write and edit for the "blog" section of the Website, although not using my own name. It's a good gig.

Home is Chelmsford. It's a long way for work in Cambridge, but it's a great place to live.

There's more but no time to type it. See you in 2017, maybe.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

So Much I Haven't Said


I'm not totally sure why I let this blog drop fairly unceremoniously several years ago, but until a new friend reminded me of it today, I had totally forgotten that it was still here. It's not as though the well of blog-worthy topics has run dry. There are, perhaps, too many of them, so many that they overwhelm me until I sink back into watching another episode of Three's Company on one of those nostalgia-TV channels rather than hovering over the keyboard. Or maybe the problem is that I'm too busy chasing my two small boys. (When in doubt, blame the kids.) In any case, tons of stuff has happened since 2011 or so, and I'm not inclined to try to catch up on all of it here, just as I'm sure no one is inclined to read my ramblings about the last four years.

For anybody who might be curious, however, here are a few basics worth noting. We now live in Chelmsford, which is really more a suburb of Lowell than a suburb of Boston, but it's all pretty close together, anyway. We bought a house here, so I don't anticipate having to post anything about moving again for quite a while. (We'll see.) I might have mentioned in my last post that my mom now lives with us. There are five of us in the house: Suzanne, my mom, me and my two sons. Yes, two. Those of you who have been out of touch would be forgiven for not knowing about Andrew (pictured reaching out to the camera), who is 2, because I've barely posted here since he was born in 2013, and I think I've only mentioned him once. He's a good little boy, though, and he does all he can to keep up with Isaac (also pictured!), who will be 5 next week.

It's not fascinating reading, but if I'm going to keep this little online presence going, it's worth at least noting events like, you know, the birth of a child and purchase of a house ... trivial stuff like that. Maybe if something earth-shattering happens in some non-political, mostly meaningless realm, I'll come back and comment on it. I promise this blog will never be controversial. There's enough of that out there as it is. For now, though, I'll see you again ... sometime. Maybe. Hopefully.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Greater Lowell United Football Club

Hello again. Is there anybody out there? It has been so long since I last updated this blog that I'm basically starting it over, although I don't anticipate having much time to actually post here. Anyway, I haven't touched this blog since my younger son, Andrew, was born in July 2013. My older lad, Isaac, is 4 now. My mother has moved from Texas and lives with me, my wive and the boys. Time doesn't really fly, but it has been a long time since I've typed anything here. More about the family later, if there's time.

For now, though, I just want to leave a link to Greater Lowell United Football Club, a semi-pro soccer club in Lowell I've been working with for a couple of years now. I could fill many blog posts writing about GLUFC. I have, in fact, filled much of the GLUFC Web site. Our National Premier Soccer League season starts this weekend with a game in New York, and our home opener will take place May 10 at Cawley Stadium in Lowell at 8 pm. Come out if you can. Tickets are $5 each, and kids 12 and younger get in free. Sorry to restart the blog with an ad, but I love this club and everybody involved with it. It's a very important project for me. Besides, if you show up on May 10, you'll get to hear me on the stadium PA system and see me host halftime. What a deal! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

North Andover

Just a quick note: yes, we have moved from Waltham to North Andover. Other than that, things are nothing less than insane. Not in a bad way, though. Just in a crazy way. I hope to be back here in a more serious way one of these days...but today is not that day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Touch a Truck Day

The lad and I took in Touch a Truck day at Bunker Hill Community College last Sunday. This was a tremendous (and free) event for the under-five set. There were all sorts of enormous vehicles, all open for exploration. This was apparently the work of the Charlestown Mothers Association, which did a great job getting all of these huge pieces of machinery into one parking lot. Thanks also to Aunt Christine, Uncle Steve and Eben for tipping us off to this.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Here's the Short Version of the Story

About a year ago, I started getting crippling migraines, and it was really all I could do to get work for my real job done. The headaches were a result of too much time spent in front of the computer. I stopped blogging because I physically couldn't do it for a while. Then, after a few months, with the migraines gone (and a new monitor at home), I decided it might be nice to take a full year off of blogging. My son was reaching chase-him-around age, and I was getting very heavily involved in the Stanley Cup playoffs. I had a blissful spring of watching the Bruins win the Cup and then a wonderful summer that included a long vacation in Maine. 

Now, here we are, more than a year later. I've been to Texas and back with the family a couple of times. I've been to Atlanta and Las Vegas on business. I finally made it to my first Patriots game on New Year's Day 2012. The Bruins were failures this season, but at least they've won the Cup in my lifetime now. West Ham are trying to bounce back up after an awful relegation season in 2010-2011. TCU football did me proud by putting together an 11-2 "rebuilding" season last year. Aside from sports, I'm in a new role at work, primarily working in custom publishing. My son is 19 months old and sets out on a quest every day to destroy everything in the house. He usually succeeds. He's still a good boy, though. I wouldn't want anything about him to change. I couldn't ask for a better son.

And the blogging is back, too, although it's likely to be very sporadic and also somewhat less long-winded than it was before. The Boston Breakers have gone away--likely forever--and so has the Boston Breakers Report blog. I'm going to try to fire up West Ham USA again soon, though, maybe even today. And I'll try to drop in a thought or two here for those who are still interested in this site. Suffice it to say that I'm alive and well, even if I've been dormant online. Hopefully that will continue for a while...