blast-o-rama. • issue 060 • 2021-08-29
issue 060 • 2021-08-29
I don’t know about you, but something which is common for me every single year — even during last year’s weird ass year — is that I’m hit with two random points of sadness during the Summer season.
blast-o-rama. • issue 057 • 2021-07-25
issue 057 • 2021-07-25
And We’re Back!
Hello and Happy Sunday from the Mid-Atlantic. I write to you mostly refreshed from our vacation, even if we ended up shaving the length of it back on both the beginning and the end of the trip. You see, in a wonderful twist of fate, my wife and I both ended up sick over the course of our intended getaway, with me having a cold turn into a lovely respiratory issue (meaning we left on Monday morning, as opposed to Sunday), and my wife getting that same cold, and having it turn into a full blown sinus infection.
blast-o-rama. • issue 056 • 2021-07-13
issue 056 • 2021-07-13
A Tuesday, Again?
Hey folks! Happy Tuesday again, as I continue to live up to the Sunday-ish promise of this weekly newsletter.
blast-o-rama. • issue 052 • 2021-06-06
issue 052 • 2021-06-06
The Bizarre Calm of History Having Passed
Hello and Happy Sunday, folks! I’m writing to you, once again, from the uncomfortably warm atmosphere of a Maryland Summer.
blast-o-rama. • issue 051 • 2021-05-23
issue 051 • 2021-05-23
I’m not sure what the weather has brought to the rest of the reading audience, but here in Maryland, after what had been a rather uneventful period of lukewarm weather, May is full on , with heat reaching the high 80’s and that unmistakable Delmarva level of humidity in the air.
blast-o-rama. • issue 050 • 2021-05-16
issue 050 • 2021-05-16
Whoa. Fifty Issues.
This newsletter was just a random one-off idea. Seeing a lot of bloggers and writers I enjoy and respect pivot to the newsletter thing was an inspiration.
blast-o-rama. • issue 049 • 2021-05-02
issue 049 • 2021-05-02
Wait a minute, its May?
It’s hard enough to believe that we’re finally out of March 2020, let alone nearly half way through 2021, but sure enough, we’ve arrived in May.
blast-o-rama. • issue 048 • 2021-04-25
issue 048 • 2021-04-25
Two Shots Down
Monday morning. April 19, 2021. 10:50am. Timonium Fairgrounds. In a moment where the incredible speed of science and pure human intuition and ingenuity collided, I received my second shot of the COVID vaccine.
blast-o-rama. • issue 047 • 2021-04-18
issue 047 • 2021-04-18
The Slow, Gradual Acceptance of Adulting
Hello and Happy Sunday, dear readers! Today’s edition is a bit later than usual, for a very good reason.
blast-o-rama. • issue 046 • 2021-04-11
issue 046 • 2021-04-11
Farewell to a Great
This week surprised me with A man who could write tracks which were as rough and revealing as they were poppy and earworms, there were truly few rappers out there like him, let alone able to thrive as strongly as he did in the TRL area among the Britneys and Backstreets of his prime era.
blast-o-rama. • issue 045 • 2021-04-04
issue 045 • 2021-04-04
Your Week Probably Was Better Than You Thought
No folks, this is not an edition of “Marty complains about his frankly charmed life.” I had a good week! Got my first jab of the COVID vax (Pfizer flavor, go back on the 19th), had a day off on Friday, built my new desk, got to catch up on some new movies ( was stupid but super fun, was beautifully animated), I cannot complain.
blast-o-rama. • issue 043 • 2021-03-21
issue 043 • 2021-03-21
Finally, the warmer season has arrived, and with it, signs of good news as people all across this dear country of mine are getting shots in arms — including, as of this afternoon, my dear wife! Personally, it sounds like that I’m going to be , but I can’t wait to just do the darn thing and get back to living!
blast-o-rama. • issue 042 • 2021-03-14
issue 042 • 2021-03-14
One Year of Quarantine
There was a period of time this week where I considered making this weekend’s edition 100% entirely about the one year anniversary of When Things Shut Down, or When It Became These Difficult Times or whatever title you want to give our current state of quarantining / global pandemic.
blast-o-rama. • issue 041 • 2021-03-07
issue 041 • 2021-03-07
Spring, Apparently Sprung
I don’t know about where live (and please tell me how it is), but here in Maryland, after the strongest cold snap in a number of years, we’re starting to feel spring like temperatures, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
blast-o-rama. • issue 040 • 2021-02-28
issue 040 • 2021-02-28
Are You Ready For March 2?
It’s kind of surreal that after nearly a year of lockdown, it’s starting to feel like that time is speeding up, as opposed to the 5 year long month of March 2020, and the decades which followed to make up April-December 2020.
blast-o-rama. • issue 034 • 2020-09-27
issue 034 • 2020-09-27
Not much of a preamble this week, gang! The week was a decent one, personally, and I’m incredibly enthused about the crisp coolness finally appearing in the air, as Fall is here and I can return to my natural state of living in a hoodie for the next 9 months.
blast-o-rama. • issue 033 • 2020-09-20
issue 033 • 2020-09-20
Finding the Light Inside of Darkness
So, on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, at the age of 87.
blast-o-rama. • issue 032 • 2020-09-13
issue 032 • 2020-09-13
Doing My Part to Support the Independent Web
One of those things that I find so enjoyable about this newsletter, even compared to a blog, is that I get to be a bit more descriptive about the things I enjoy, why I enjoy them, and the quirks of my personality.
blast-o-rama. • issue 031 • 2020-09-08
issue 031 • 2020-09-08
Summer Ends, And A Stomach Bug Begins
Hello from Baltimore, dear readers. You may notice that this week’s issue is up on a weird day and time, and honestly, it’s because I couldn’t wrap it up as early as I had hoped.
blast-o-rama. • issue 029 • 2020-07-13
issue 029 • 2020-07-13
Greetings, Dear Friends!
The Summer season is in full effect, y’all. The temperatures are high, and I am counting my blessings every single day that we got our HVAC system replaced literally weeks before the infamous Maryland heat came in.
blast-o-rama. • issue 027 • 2020-06-15
issue 027 • 2020-06-15
Embracing Our New Normal
Yesterday, I officially hit 90 days of quarantining. Or socially distancing. Or whatever term you want to use.
blast-o-rama. • issue 025 • 2020-05-31
issue 025 • 2020-05-31
My world’s on fire, how about yours?
I didn’t intend to start today’s email with a Smash Mouth reference, but that’s where I’m at. I’m sure there’s a far more eloquent and less crass lyric to quote, but that’s how things very much feel right now. Between the pandemic, the latest round of unrest across the country, and our leader deciding now’s a great time to — — feud with a social network. Everything’s awesome.
blast-o-rama. • issue 024 • 2020-05-24
issue 024 • 2020-05-24
Hello from Charm City!
A very happy Sunday morning to you and yours. I’m not sure why I’m feeling so dang chipper as I write this week’s edition, but I do. I’m just going with it.
blast-o-rama. • issue 022 • 2020-03-15
issue 022 • 2020-03-15
You know, it’s rare for me to look at a blank “page” on a computer screen and not know where to start, but that’s where I am this week.
The past few weeks, you’ve let me indulge my fears with relation to the Coronavirus and what it all mean, and this week, we’re seeing what it means.
blast-o-rama. • issue 020 • 2020-03-03
issue 020 • 2020-03-04
Sorry for the delay between newsletters - real life has been a trip the past few weeks, so getting time to sit down and write has been hard.