The Fourth Year’s a Charm

There is a time each year when one stops to pause and reflect on beginnings, major milestones, transitions and one’s inevitable plodding forward into the future.  Another year older, another year with fewer brain cells my grandfather used to say.  At least I think that’s what he said.  It seems I can no longer remember what he said like I used to.  At any rate, I’d like to raise a mug to this blog which turns three years old today!

Overall, I’d say it’s been a pretty good year.  I’ve enjoyed a lot of excellent coffee and coffee touring and certainly the coffee scene around here keeps getting better.  I’ve gotten some very nice recognition from the press and made some incremental progress towards some other coffee business ambitions I’ve been harboring for some time (don’t get your hopes up here – no cafe is in the works).  But before I get ahead of myself, I do need to point out that I’ve been remiss when it comes to timely blog updates. It’s been nearly a month since my last post and that’s not the only sizable lag between posts this last year.

I could toss out some long list of excuses like earning money to support my family’s need to eat and obtain basic shelter, the trans-dimensional time suck generated by the basic maintenance of small children or the fact that so many of the trips that provide me the opportunity to try out coffee in various cities come with strings attached.  Those trips require me to be otherwise occupied during long portions of the day earning said money, mentioned at the start of this paragraph.

But no.  I’ll take the high ground.  I will man up to my negligence. I have failed to proving my reading public with the critical coffee information it relies on to keep itself caffeinated in the most pleasurable way possible.  I will admit that I have wronged the masses by providing them too few opportunities to distract themselves from their work by reading about coffee in places that they will probably never visit.  I will do my best to change my wrongful ways and be the man seeking coffee I originally set out to be three years ago.

To make sure I have the fortitude to fulfill this promise to you, I’ve decided to go completely old school and drill into myself the sense of discipline so many an elementary teacher apparently unsuccessfully sought to create in me.  What’s the trick I’ve got up my sleeve? Repetitive sentence writing ala Bart Simpson. After all, what better way to instill in myself the desire to write my blog than associating not writing my blog with more writing.  And just to prove that I haven’t used any fancy “word processing” tricks, I offer you the above photographic evidence that my punishment is underway.

So once I get done with a few thousand sentences, I should be able to return to the significant backlog of coffee reviews that have been piling up over the past several months as well as pursuing some long-neglected new spots. Thank you for your support and I look forward to another fine year.

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