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New Year, New Look, New Vibe…


I haven’t written much since mid-December because, frankly, I’ve been very burned out on politics, and not too thrilled about technology either. Since this is (was) a blog primarily about those two things, I had pretty much run out of stuff to say. It was beginning to remind me of a Doug Stanhope comedy routine about stars who die too young and people who say, “It’s so tragic. They had so much left to give the world.”

Stanhope’s take? What if they didn’t? What if Jimi Hendrix had given all he had and would have ended up doing bad lounge acts or SuperBowl half-time shows with Elton John?

That’s how I was beginning to feel. If the two main topics of your blog leave you cold, what do you do? When most of what you find interesting is beginning to feel like work, and the last thing you want to do is more work, what do you do?

Well, if you’re me, you take a couple of weeks off, you try to pay as little attention to technology and politics as possible, and you alter your persepctive. I spent two weeks almost completely disconnected. I spent a lot of time playing with the kids. I discovered a couple of universal truths.

  • The world continues to spin if you turn off the Blackberry.
  • Kids can actually provide a lot of entertainment. You’ve never laughed until you have heard a three year old who has only seen snow once in his life singing “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas/Just like the ones I used to know.”
  • As I get older, I’m slowly losing my sense of humor.

That last one was the hardest to take. I looked back at some of the stuff I have written over the last couple of years. It made me realize that I used to like laughing. Now that seems like a luxury. I discovered I’ve become a grumpy old bastard, and I’m not happy about it.

So I decided to rethink things. My New Year’s resolution is to embrace the funny. I’m not going to write about things that make me angry (like the RNC Chairman’s race) on this blog. I’ll save my political gripes for The Next Right, my politech gripes for TechPresident and PDF, and my telecom rants for CableTechTalk. This blog is now, and shall remain, a frump free zone. From now on, this site is all about laughter, and mirth. It shall rejoice in good movies, good music, good food, and fun.

To coincide with this rebirth of my lighter side, I have decided a new look is in order. I hope you like it. I think it’s a much better complement to the new vibe.

If there is anything you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment, drop me a note, or give me a call. I’d love to hear from you.



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Written by Michael Turk