The following is an exchange that occurred after posting this morning's piece (well...if morning were the crack of noon...) on the Mets Facebook group page, "THE True New York Mets Fans," not to be confused with "True New York Mets Fans," "True Mets Fans," or "Real New York Mets Fans." Yeah, I have plenty of other things I should be doing than commenting on Facebook about the Mets and then writing a post about the experience. I am unemployed once more and am looking into working at Two Boots Pizza after having started a job at Samuel Goldwyn Films back in January (and I don't mean for that to come off as an insult to Two Boots because I think it could be a match made in heaven...)
Regardless, here is the exchange I can put in public because it already HAS been published in public.
And upon further inspection, 'cause clearly I was going to keep obsessing over the whole thing because I am an obsessive person, (as shown by this ENTIRE POST...) I saw some other comments on the piece titled, "It's Over" from Monday:
Notice how it wasn't deleted considering I was able to grab the comments...Plus, that post was one of the most clicked on in this blog's history.
Now, the thing is, comments like his are great. I'm glad to hear why people don't like certain things I do. And to be honest, they're probably mostly right. Plus, no matter how much I should be doing other things right now, including looking through footage of the Mets and interviews with fans, the exchange lights a fire, one that does fuel me creatively here, and one that certainly gets me in a better place to do all the things I need to do and obsess over things much more important for me to obsess over, creatively or otherwise.
And it made me think...This blog IS about me. I have never hidden that since the day I wrote "Dumping the Navy Pinstripes for the Orange and Blue." As I said in the comments, the blog is about my life as it plays out around following the Mets. And I have gotten away from that mantra. I have suffered from not writing enough for close to a year. For a while, I would NEVER miss a day the Mets played to talk about what I saw and maybe tell a story surrounding the game if there was one to tell. Starting in the summer of 2013, I wrote one for every series, and then, as regular readers know, the writing became less and less frequent. Then, I didn't write for the majority of the 1st two months of 2014. Though the readership has grown steadily since I started the blog, clearly, what had made me successful I got away from, and that was just doing what it is I do. The thing is when Timothy says ('Cause I don't know if people call him Tim...'Cause I don't KNOW Timothy):
You want tips on how to make your blog better? Make it less about you. You aren't particularly witty or interesting. Research about the mets. If you'd rather just rant at least be funny
That's not me. Other people do that. Other people do...echem..."research" about the Mets. And be witty and funny and interesting, since I am not those things.
I'm the Converted Mets Fan. I am Sam Maxwell. I am a ridiculous human being. My nickname was "psycho" at the Jewish summer camp I went to because of all the Ritalin I took and overdramatics I would employ in presenting myself to the world. I'd like to say I've toned down those overdramatics in my adult life, but...well...
I have had 2 mothers ever since my mom came out when I was 10 and a father who has been an actor, who also considers himself an "honorary lesbian." I have three older half-sisters on my dad's side and a little sister on my mothers' side. When peers used to slur the insult, "Yo mamma!" my way, I would respond with, "Which one?"
All three of my parents love women. And passed that love and appreciation onto me.
I don't take ritalin anymore and I want to be in film in whatever capacity that ends up being. I don't view baseball as my favorite sport but rather as my religion.
I am unemployed after having started at Samuel Goldwyn Films in January but still go to Mets games with my former boss who fired me, a die-hard Mets fan.
I love movies, I love TV, I love my family and I love New York.
And I LOVE the New York Mets.
And luckily for me, I'm not the only ridiculous human being out there. In fact, I'm fairly certainly the majority of us are.
I WILL, however, be eradicating the posting of my pieces on "THE True New York Mets Fans" Facebook page.
After this one, of course.
So, no need to worry Timothy Monaco and Matt Regan, and Matt Kaufman and Stephen Josiah, and Matthew Everett and Glen Goldberg, and Bob Dittus. I love AND HATE the fact I can write your full names here.
...................WAIT, what happened??? I blacked out.....well, anyway...I should go get a JOB..........
LET'S. GO. NEW. AGE.
LET'S. GO. METS.
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