Monday, May 18, 2009

Am I Alive? Of course I am

To my dedicated readers, I humbly apologize for no updates recently. I have a myriad of excuses for not writing, but more than anything, I just haven't had anything to say about the world of collecting right now.

Not that there isn't anything going on, there is. Razor, a newish company that specializes in unlicensed prospect sets has been alleged to be funded and run by Upper Deck CEO Richard McWilliam! The Baseball season is well underway, and while my beloved Angels haven't come out of the starting gate on fire like they had been the last couple of years, the Halos are making advances in the AL West (despite being swept by the Rangers this weekend!). The seemingingly unending NBA playoffs are in their conference finals with the Orlando Magic taking on King LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers, and the upstart Denver Nuggets playing the beloved LA Lakers beginning this week. The NHL seems to be winding down as well, their unending playoffs are also in the conference finals if I'm not mistaken, and apparently the series between the Washington Ovetchkins and the Pittsburgh Crosbys was exciting. Oh and I saw Star Trek over the weekend, so it's not like I have a lack of topics to cover. I could (and kind of plan to actually) do a piece on Trek collectibles that are out there for this new movie, and which ones are worth hunting down and which ones need to be given a wide berth (for the record, the Burger King Glasses are a must buy, the kids' meal toys - not so much, though they are fun).

There are two major reasons why I haven't blogged lately: 1) Nick Adenhart's death affected me much more that I could have imagined and 2) I've been going through a family crisis over the last couple of weeks.

My immediate family is quite fine; I got a call from Good Samaritan hospital two weeks ago, saying that my paternal Uncle had been treated and was ready for discharge, and that he needed to be picked up. He has no other kin, I'm his entire family at this point, and while I don't want to rehash what's been going on, he's been diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and is now in the process of being placed in a permanent assisted living home because he can no longer care for himself at age 58. So that's been a huge weight on my mind, and I've really not been able to focus on much of anything beyond this situation for the last couple of weeks, and I doubt that until he's actually in the home that I'll have any energy for new posts.

On the plus side, I now have a three Mac network in my home, and at last have a workstation where I can do computer work without using my laptop (say what you want, but sometimes you need a full-size keyboard).

I wish that I could be like a number of other bloggers who update daily, or multiple times a day, but I'm not that guy. I like to think that you would value quality over quantity, but I've let you all down on both fronts lately. I can't actually promise to do better either, but I'll give it the good old college try. At some point anyway.

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