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Friday, December 31, 2004

Status Report/Current Events: Keeping up is a full-time job...

Between the unfolding Wave crisis and the holidays, I'm finding myself having extreme difficulty trying to get things caught up, much less current here. Please bear with me! I really appreciate your patience as I spend the time and energy that I would be using here on other and frankly, more important, efforts. (Thanks Flip!) I'm doing a bunch of media monitoring, which may just be the hardest thing I've ever done in the 10 years I've been on the net.

For me, The Wave can only be compared in terms of emotional effect, 9/11 was more personal, I was so much closer to it being in Baltimore and all I was able to do after that event was help my friend Greg and his family by putting up pics of his cousin on the missing sites and waiting until they actually confirmed his death. I was very heavily medicated then too, which numbed most everything down anyway...

The Wave is a very different kind of experience for your intrepid raconteur... Waking up has generally been wonderful, but the flipside here would be the ability to feel much more of the pain of the millions of people that are affected by this catastrophe. It's really very hard to keep watching, reading and writing about this stuff. The news is just about ALL bad and getting worse, like nothing else any of us has had to deal with before and how we respond as individuals and as a race will define us when we're finally able to look back someday...

"What did YOU do to help those poor people, daddy?" I can hear yet unborn children ask... I should have a pretty good answer for mine. How about you?

The blogosphere is actually making a difference we can be truly proud of. We are able to provide and coordinate all kinds of amazing stuff on a global scale. Bloggers everywhere have risen to this task in spectacular fashion, we will be defined by these events as well... I'll tell y'all about as much of this story as I can, we're still living it right now.

And speaking of living, I get to take a break tonight to party with my friends and family at WickedJazzSounds at Blijburg tonight for New Year's Eve. This might seem a bit incongruous, but waking up has taught me the need for balance in ALL things. If I don't go out to play, my head will explode, my heart will truly break and I'll be of no use to anybody...

As much sadness as this year is ending with, I have much more to celebrate than most. 2004 was one of the best years of my entire life and 2005 promises much more of the same. So I'm going to try to achieve some measure of balance tonight by spending it with the people that I love best, doing the things I love most! I promise to tell you about it as soon as I possibly can!

We're not talking long here... (he says, hopefully) January promises to be a bit slower and I have some major new changes coming up on this blog. (Including a brand new Podcast!) Y'all are gonna LOVE this, I promise!