I'm still here, so a few updates:
I am back gainfully employed. My last day on my previous job was June 3 and I started my new gig on July 26. All things considered that is a fairly short interval. I had planned to shift towards contract consulting, but my expertise was fairly niche, and I could see that career focus could have as much down time as not. The interregnum told me that I am not quite ready for significant down time. So, I'm back on the W-2 train for a few more years. This job is a pretty big departure from my career path, but it should be interesting and I really like the people I work with.
Additionally, we added a new member to the family here. Normally, this wouldn't be noteworthy for a sports card blog, but we have been keeping track since San Jose Fuji threw down the gauntlet regarding non-card collections so many years ago. Anyways, back in January of 2021, a feral tom cat started coming around the farm. He was wild as a March hare and wouldn't let us anywhere near him. We kept food out for him and monitored his comings and goings with a game camera. Slowly, over time, he began to trust us and this January, a full year after he started visiting, I was able to pet him for the first time. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and he was obviously sick. So, we got him off to the vet. He was diagnosed with bobcat fever, an often-deadly tick-borne illness. His recovery included me having to give him medicine, which means he was confined to my home office/card room. As you might expect, he is now a house cat. So, meet Chester:
Anyways, having saved up for a potentially lengthy job search, the quick return to the workforce left me some funds for hobby spending. So, yesterday I went to a card show. I've gone to card shows in the past year, but those were always more focused. Yesterday, I went with a desire to make some progress on sets, but also to engage in a little whimsy and pick up a few things that aren't natural fits to how I collect.
I intend to get back blogging again, particularly focusing on a series of posts about my signed 1960 and 1961 Fleer collection. But, until I get my rear in gear, here is a sample of what I got yesterday.
What I am listening to: Cross Bones Style by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (Amanda Shires on lead vocals and fiddle)