03 April 2009
Moving into a new place is always a little weird. For weeks you sweat all the details only to realize days later when you’re settled and your feet are kicked up that it was all for nothing.
Life tends to be like that in endless ways.
Felt that way when I moved from Oregon to Nebraska as a teenager. From Nebraska to Oregon in my early twenties. From Portland to New York City after I got married. And from New York City back to Portland three years and a 3000 mile drive across country later.
Felt that way after covering the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets for three seasons, then to set-up shop with the Portland Trail Blazers. Two seasons later – and the postseason quickly approaching – it’s all come together.
Feels that way writing in this space.
It’s coming up on a year ago that I rolled out “Beyond The Beat”. It’s taken on a life of its own and my hope is that it will continue to grow.
For those who’ve stopped by to read before – thank you. Thank you for reading, writing, for the feedback and dropping a comment or two along the way. For the faithful readers – and you know who you are – your spot on the bandwagon is reserved. Goes without saying, but that’s what makes this worthwhile. For those that are just tuning in - welcome. Stop back often, and soon you’ll get the feel of what you can expect at Beyond The Beat:
A glimpse into the life of a freelance writer who covers the NBA; the scoop, deadlines and rooting for the story and everything in between.
Plenty of interviews with NBA beat writers and former players/coaches turned analysts.
Random thoughts on the NBA in general, and the Portland Trail Blazers in particular.
And a little dabbling in other sports (baseball, boxing….did someone say pro wrestling?) this offseason.
Quick disclaimer. Plenty of bells and whistles with the new site and I’m still learning. Slowly. All I ask is to be patient. We’ll all learn along the way about what works and what doesn’t. We’ll get rid of what doesn’t.
Finally, a big thank you to Derek Hanson for help with the site design and layout and for answering all those annoying emails I’ve been sending. More are coming. Lucky you.
Thanks for everything Derek.
Now it’s time to unpack….