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Hi there. Remember me?
As you can see above, I am now officially shacked up with the Tugboat Captain. I love that our landlord used an old-school Dymo label for our door buzzer — much like the Dymo nameplates that the Cowboys have been using on their helmets for the past half-century.
My annual August break from the blog is usually a chance to recharge my batteries and have some distraction-free time to focus on my annual college and pro football season preview columns. But this year the August break was also a chance for me to prepare for my move — or at least that was the plan. As it turned out, Real Life dumped a lot of additional things on my plate over the past six weeks or so: My mom had a stroke, I caught a stomach bug that landed me in the ER, and the pinheads at Verizon mistakenly turned off my phone, internet, and TV and couldn’t get them restored for a week (!).
It’s no exaggeration to say that I could not possibly have dealt with all of that — and moving to boot — while still doing the blog on a daily basis. So it was a godsend to know that the site was in deputy editor Phil Hecken’s very capable hands for the past month. Let’s please have a standing O for him, and also for the rest of the Uni Watch team (Alex Hider, Jamie Rathjen, Anthony Emerson, Kris Gross, Brinke Guthrie, John Ekdahl) and the many additional contributors who provided so much fascinating content in August. I’m grateful to all of you, and doubleplus-grateful to Phil.
Happily, all of the crisis situations I was dealing with are now much improved (including my mom’s health, which is still a little dicey but is nowhere near as dire as it initially appeared to be) and I’m settling in nicely at the new Uni Watch HQ. So is Uni Watch girl mascot Caitlin, who was a little freaked out for the first few days but now seems pretty happy. She doesn’t know it yet, but she may have a new boy mascot sidekick in the not-too-distant future.
Phil is off this weekend, and I still have a lot of unpacking and house-organizing stuff to do, so this little note will be our only content for the Laborious Day weekend. I’ll be back on Tuesday with my annual NFL season preview column, and then we should get back into the regular swing of things. Until then, the comments are open, and you can still buy a cap or a set of our new StripeRite socks. Have a great holiday weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week. — Paul