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An end to my year-long vacation

On Dec. 27, 2010, I received the phone call that changed my life in a way I didn’t expect.

Exactly one year later, my career is officially back on track.

I went in Tuesday for an interview with Houston Community Newspapers. I use the word “interview” loosely, because I was told right away the job was mine if I wanted it.

By the end of the conversation, I was the new South Zone Sports Editor for HCN.

The job is more of a management position than a writing position. I oversee the sports sections for papers in Fort Bend, Pasadena, Friendswood, Clear Lake and Pearland.

There are talented writers in charge of those sections individually, including my friends Corey Roepken and Ted Dunnam. I am excited about working with those talented guys and helping them continue to do great job in their coverage areas.

One of the big reasons they are bringing me in is to help the company shift to have the majority of their work online. It’s definitely the way to go in this day and age of newspapers.

I’ve openly talked about wanting to shift out of the newspaper business because I was worried about the stability. To join a group that gets “it” — knows the future of newspapers is online — makes me feel good about joining the company.

Plus, let’s be honest, I love being a sports writer/editor. Most of the jobs I have applied for wouldn’t have been something I loved doing. Now I still get to live the dream of many — getting paid to watch sports.

Going from the disappointment of missing out on the Dynamo job to getting this job with HCN has made for a wild couple of days. I am extremely excited though and can’t wait to get started next week.

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This past year is certainly not how I imagined my 30s to begin. However, I have learned a lot this past year.

I’ve learned what is the most important thing in my life. I have an amazing daughter and she is, and will always remain, my top priority. Getting to spend this past year with her has been the best part of unemployment.

The support I have received from friends and family has been amazing. In a matter of six months, I ended a marriage, had my car totaled in a nasty wreck with an 18-wheeler and was laid off from a job I had successful done for five years. Had it not been for support through these hard times, I’m not sure how I would have made it with a positive attitude.

I’ve also realized that if I can survive the events of the last year-and-a-half, I can survive anything. Yes, I’ve been bitter about things at times — maybe a lot of times — but I feel like overall I have handled it well.

There are many unemployed people in the country that are in far worse situations than I ever was in. They didn’t have the financial help from family. They have to find ways to pay mortgages and support several kids. I was lucky to have several different kinds of support that those people don’t.

I’m ready to go and excited about starting my new job. Have no fear, this blog will stay alive. However, you don’t have to worry about any job search posts for a very, very long time (hopefully).

Thanks for the support everyone!

Mad ramblings

• After his gruesome knee injury, some are worried Adrian Peterson may never be the same. That would be a big blow for my fantasy team, Purple Jesus Superstars.

Our league allows one franchise player, and beginning this year, you can keep two other players sacrificing the draft pick in which round they were originally picked.

With that in mind, here are my choices of keepers for my team:

• Peterson — Franchise player

• Philip Rivers — 1st round

• LeSean McCoy — 3rd

• Reggie Bush — 6th

• DeMarco Murray — 8th

• CJ Spiller — 10th

McCoy is a no-brainer. I also think Murray is a keeper, assuming Felix Jones gets jettisoned this offseason.

So the question is this:

Do I keep Peterson, McCoy and Murray, sacrificing my third and eighth round picks?

OR

Do I keep McCoy as my franchise player, then keep Murray and either Bush or Spiller and sacrifice the eighth and either my sixth or tenth round pick? In this scenario, I still keep my third round pick.

Could be a tough decision. Luckily I don’t have to make it until June.

• Drew Brees is a stud. Yet I still think Aaron Rodgers is the MVP (and it pains me to say that).

• The Heat look scary good. Going to be tough to beat them this year.

• Yeh-Peu-Dah got me to watch “The Help” Monday night. I was skeptical heading in, but it was a surprisingly enjoyable movie. Still crazy to think that kind of racism was so prevalent a short time again. It’s sad.

• Everyone seems to like the new glasses. That is a plus, considering the ordeal I went through making a selection four years ago, as many readers of the old blog will remember.

• Finally, another quality season of “The League” wrapped up. There were some classic episodes this season. Glad they will be coming back for Season 4.

Bear Down and Keep the Faith!

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About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

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One thought on “An end to my year-long vacation

  1. Congrats on the job dude!! I’m happy for you.

    Posted by Jenna Tubbs | December 28, 2011, 12:51 pm

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