The Flyers, my birthday, and where I’m going on vacation next week

by Rich DeMatteo on June 11, 2010 · 5 comments

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Some know that I’m a pretty wild hockey nut, and and a die hard Philadelphia Flyers fan.  For the first time in 13 years, the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year, which was a bigger deal to me than I could ever explain in words. When I was 2 or 3 years old, my father, a long time season ticket holder, started bringing me to games with him, and my passion for the sport began.

We haven’t won a championship in 35 years, so the last two weeks, and all of this years playoffs have been exciting.  We finished the year as the 7th seed, and somehow managed to overcome impossible odds to make it to the finals.  While we lost to the Hawks, I’m proud of the team and everything they accomplished.  It’s been one hell of a run, but the playoffs have consumed my mind a good bit, and I’ve been away from the blog more than I liked to.

Consider this my lengthy thank you to the Flyers, and also my apology to you, for being MIA.

So what else… oh, it’s my birthday tomorrow.  Yep, Mr. Corn turns 27 tomorrow.  While I’m celebrating tonight, the real party begins next week in the Outer Banks down in North Carolina.  Me and 7 friends have rented a house for the week and I couldn’t be more excited.  While away I will try to get a video post up and show something scenic, but don’t hold your breath.  I haven’t done too many of those, so I’m not sure why I’ll start.  Maybe I’ll see something that inspires me to turn on the new Kodak zi8 camera I got for the birthday.  Maybe.

Lastly, I’ve set up three guest bloggers for next week while I’m away.  I know that you will enjoy what Srinivas Rao, Sarah White, and Lauren Koda bring to COTJ next week.  Not exactly sure what day they their posts will go live, but stay tuned and check back next week to find out.

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Lauren McCabe
Lauren McCabe

Happy birthday! Have fun in the outer banks. Soooo jealous. Hockey is a strange beast to us southerners who haven't ever, ever seen ice. But I think I can relate to your complete and utter exuberance when the Flyers made it to the play offs when my home football team, the New Orleans Saints, went to the super bowl for the first time in history. Our city lost their minds. I lost my legs because I dressed up as a black and gold mermaid with a slick of gold body paint drenching my entire torso and face for 16 hours on super bowl sunday. My skin turned green from the copper in the paint. I guess that's the color of true mermaid flesh, anyway. :-) Can't wait to guest post for you. It's corn season right about now, right? For inspiration, I'm eating corn as I type. Yesss Lauren

Lauren McCabe
Lauren McCabe

Happy birthday! Have fun in the outer banks. Soooo jealous. Hockey is a strange beast to us southerners who haven't ever, ever seen ice. But I think I can relate to your complete and utter exuberance when the Flyers made it to the play offs when my home football team, the New Orleans Saints, went to the super bowl for the first time in history. Our city lost their minds. I lost my legs because I dressed up as a black and gold mermaid with a slick of gold body paint drenching my entire torso and face for 16 hours on super bowl sunday. My skin turned green from the copper in the paint. I guess that's the color of true mermaid flesh, anyway. :-) Can't wait to guest post for you. It's corn season right about now, right? For inspiration, I'm eating corn as I type. Yesss Lauren Can't wait

John Jorgensen
John Jorgensen

Rich, enjoy the vacation. It sounds like a great place to unwind. Like I told you, I know have a new appreciation for the Flyers and hope to see them in the final again next year instead of the Caps or Pens or god forbid, a NY team. I understand your hockey jones.