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A Funny Thing Happened on the Road to Relaxation …

Never thought I’d say it but … weeeeee’re baaaaaack!

Yes, after better than three years of inactivity, the time is right for the return of the MarlinBlog. I’ll get into why in a minute, but wow – what a mess to restart! You have to pull off the tarps, dust everything off and … most important … update the software. But when I stripped away all the debris and turned the key, lo and behold – we’re back in business.

Those who’ve been around for a while will remember the origins of the MarlinBlog. In an attempt to make our Fishing News updates more focused on fishing, as well as have a year-round outlet for my snarkiness, the MB was established nearly 10 years ago. We had our serious moments and our not so serious ones, but for the first three years we were blasting out posts on a nearly-daily basis.

After a while, though, Facebook came along and became the platform of choice for anything less than an article-length posting, and the MarlinBlog paid the price. We’d post periodically in fits and starts, and ended and returned more than once. Finally, for reasons I’ll save for another day, we hit the wall in June of 2012. More than once I tried to put my mind back into crafting posts, but I finally said “the heck with it” and rode off into the sunset.

Last winter, I decided to not continue the Fishing News updates, again for reasons I’ll save for a different post. It was a difficult and controversial one at the time, but one that ultimately demonstrated itself to be the absolutely right decision to make.

Ironically, it was that decision that in large part leads us to today. Recently, I found myself increasing irritated about a number of issues, but I had no real place to rant about them. You can only squeeze out 140 characters on Twitter, and trying to do any more on Facebook will just cost you friends. So, after much soul searching, I turned to the MarlinBlog to once again give voice to my frustrations. I can’t say how often we’ll post or how detailed each post will be – we’ll just have to wait and see.

I’d intended for this to be a nice quiet fall transitioning into fall, but apparently that’s not to be. The blogger is in, and let the rants commence immediately.

Drop a Nickel in the Can and Pull Up a Stool …

A dusty room in a grimy building. A group of people sit on folding chairs, tightly packed into a circle. The smells of burnt coffee and cigarettes fill the air …

One man stands and looks at the group sheepishly. “Hello, my name is Stan, and I’m … I was … a blogger.”

(group, enthusiastically) “Hi, Stan!”

(group leader, with weary, knowing smile) “It doesn’t matter that you haven’t blogged lately … you’ll always be a blogger”

(heads nod around the room)

Yes, once upon a time, I ran a little thing called the MarlinBlog. For four and a half years, the words flowed from my fingers like wine from a vineyard, and tens of people reveled in the unique combination of snark and humor it served up daily. But time takes a toll on creativity, and in December of 2010 the MarlinBlog went dark.

I’ve always enjoyed writing, even when it seemed a chore, so I knew I’d come back to this space one day – it would just take the right combination of time in my life to fill and angst/frustration at the world around me to serve as fuel. Looking at my life today, the work project I’ve been driving forward for the last few years has gone into production, the live-in girlfriend has moved out and I’ve received my first AARP card. As you might imagine, there’s a lot for me to work through. So, much like the recovering alky who is always a sip away from his next bender, I’m raising the bottle to my lips and taking a hearty swig. To the joy of some and the chagrin of many, we’re back – welcome to the resurrected MarlinBlog.

As before, look for the ol’ MB to be my unique, sometimes twisted look at life and the people who make it so damned interesting. One thing I learned long ago remains true now. While Daryn Kagan may be able to make a happy blog work, mine runs smoothest – and gets the most visibility – when I’m probing into the darker corners of society, looking for seams and cracks and voids where something might be hiding … and then dragging it into the light to poke fun at. Politicians, celebutards, even the common man aren’t safe from the rusty yet rapier-sharp wit of your humble host. We’ll find the silly and nonsensical and laugh at it together – and then drop in a serious-as-a-heart-attack post just to see if you’re paying attention. It should be fun …

Back in the day, we had regular features we’d run, such as the Monday Sports Rant and the Weekend Eye Candy, but I think for now we’re going to be a little more organic and avoid anything so predictable. That said, if I feel like bitching about the Marlins or sharing a picture of some hot little number I will, not because I have to but because I want to. Same goes for the regularity of posting – when I have something to say, I will, but I won’t bore you with crap. You can always visit Ariana Huffington for that.

So that’s it for now. If you’re excited, let me know. If you’re terrified, let me know. If you’re bored, well, you can just go in the corner and nod off. For now, we’re back – older, wiser but no less pithy. Tell a friend …