Where I’ve been all this time….
NOTE: Not using any style. Its been edited but not that much. This was written in February of 2013 and didn’t touch it until today.
It’s been a long time since I wrote here full time or in the very least with some form of frequency.
This post and the previous post were, without a doubt the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. and the reason I’m posting this now is that it took me this long to even write about it and publish. This update was written in two parts – The first was the eulogy to Jessica Redfield. This is the second which is an update on where I’ve been and why the long time off and the second. These both are going to be pretty somber and I’m throwing any form of a styleguide out the window. Don’t like it? Don’t care.
I stopped writing back in September of 2011 pretty much after the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl disaster. When this event happened I was in a place in my life where I could follow every part of this story as it developed. I was up in the middle of the night when the plane crashed and I followed all aspects of the story including the Russian media’s coverage of the crash both with their English language coverage and their Russian language coverage. What I didn’t know at the time was that ‘tact’ and ‘respect for the dead’ were two phrases that weren’t even practiced in that part of the world. What this means is that when it comes to covering a plane crash of this sort, it seems to be common practice to show unedited photos and video of all aspects of the crash. This includes recovery of the easily recognizable bodies of former NHL players…body parts…close up photos and video of the recovery efforts.
This rocked me to my core unlike anything else I’ve experienced in my life. Deaths, accidents, breakups…nothing shook me like this crash did. At that moment I got up and walked away from the game that I loved. I couldn’t look at another hockey rink or anything hockey related for a VERY long time. It got to the point to where I wanted to fly to neutral NHL city that I’ve never been to before to watch a game as a spectator to remember why I loved the game. I walked away from the game at this point for the season. That is until the 2012 NHL Awards in June.
It was very hard for me to get on that plane to Las Vegas but I did for two reasons 1) I missed covering the NHL but I didn’t know what capacity I was going to cover the awards. I just wanted to jump in and see what happened and 2) I wanted to offer Jessica Redfield a job the next season to write for me.
That’s the short story. Sure there’s some twists and turns in my life but I’m going to put that into a book.
One more thing to note is that I lost ALL of my backups for my previous sites. That includes articles, photos, podcasts, interviews….everything.
The only thing that I have from the old site are all the video uploads on my YouTube page. You can get a good feel of what I covered over the course of five or so years. Anyways, after I kick this cold/flu/whatever I’m back at it.