Lampin' @ The 6th Borough is a new column introducing long-time PCR supporter and Schlockarama reviewer, John Miller, as a regular columnist. John's column will feature his singularly urban perspective on all things he encounters in and around the Tampa Bay area. First up is his experience at the recent Slaughterhouse/Tech N9ne concert held at St. Pete's State Theater. Welcome aboard, John.
As another year approaches its end, it is time to reflect upon what I can be thankful for. Some of this I might revisit in more depth during the year-end two-part issue, but for now...
I am thankful that I still have what functional health I do have, especially considering some scares I've experienced over the past few years. I've seen some colleagues much worse off, which puts it in perspective. Still, the reminders of my mortality necessitated considering a successor.
I am thankful PCR continues to operate, and all past and present writers are alive and well, even if they aren't part of the staff anymore. Writing for this website isn't for everybody. Even as a labor of love, a weekly publishing schedule can be harder to adjust to than anybody realizes. I am thankful the core staff of PCR has remained together for a long time. We are basically a family.
I am thankful to still have a job. During this prolonged Great Recession that has affected our country so negatively, one hangs onto any paying job for dear life.
I am thankful the gun didn't go off in my direction during the robbery that occured at said job back in July. Obviously, we wouldn't still be meeting here now if it had.
I am thankful for the unwavering support of a few very close friends I've managed to retain through the thick and thin. You know who they are, they're all here. What little sanity I have left is kept manageable due to their presence.
I look forward to a better and, hopefully, more prosperous new year for all of us. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Regular readers will remember last week's story of the passing of Florida magician and showman, "Mr. Magic" Harry Wise, at 75.
Harry's funeral services will be held this Saturday (November 28, 2009)
at 1:00 P.M.at Brisson Funeral Home, 905 Laurel Avenue (about 3 blocks
south of Harry's house and one block east of French Avenue (US 17/92))
in Sanford, Florida.