Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taking a Break

All machines with movable parts need maintenance now and then. It is the same with the human body, live long enough and something needs a little work. In my case one of my joints is out of whack and the doc has called for a round of physical therapy; if that doesn't work there's a Plan B that I am preferring not to think about. Right now the household schedule is crammed full; there's nothing left to shuffle. Since this isn't Nebraska I can't drop the kids off at a local hospital [joke!!] so something else has to give. The blog is a hobby, unrelated to my job and providing no real benefit to the household, though I enjoy it a lot and have had the opportunity to email with some really wonderful people. So I'm taking a break.

Many thanks to all those who have stopped in over the past four years. It is very gratifying to know there are so many people out there interested in state government and civic affairs.

From time to time I may post press releases or other quick notes but by and large the blog is now on hiatus.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jane -

I hope you are feeling better sooner rather than later. I have enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to reading your blog again soon.

- Lou Guerra, Jr.

Gort said...

Wow. You're really putting us on an emotional rollercoaster. I read your 4th blogoversary post with the expectation of many more years to come then you drop this bomb on us.

I have learned many lessons reading your blog but the one that stands out is your knack for finding the local angle to a national story that I have tried to emulate on my site. Thanks "Schoolmarm of the Local Blogosphere."

You were one of my first friends that I made doing this blog thing and the thought of "no Jane" just does not compute. Plus I have always enjoyed our backchannel discussions even when we were arguing about something.

Get well blog buddy and come back to us soon.

AboveAvgJane said...

Lou,

Thank you very much for taking time to comment. I always enjoy hearing from you. It is wonderful to read than you have enjoyed the blog.

jane

AboveAvgJane said...

Gort,

I knew the break was coming sometime after the elections but was vain enough to want to wait until after the 4th anniversary, for symmetry if nothing else. Putting the two posts right next to each other might not have been the best idea.

It is a real compliment to put my blog in the same category as yours; you do a great job covering your area and have really built a community with your fellow bloggers.

Thanks for stopping by.

PSoTD said...

HEY! Now I'm expecting this to be a momentary lapse of blogsanity. I find myself in somewhat of the same situation, but I'm trying to slowly leave the realm of political blogging for the more absurdist world I prefer. Yes, MORE absurdist!

Of course, there's always Twitter...

AboveAvgJane said...

I sent you a note on twitter just this morning!!


There's something more absurdist than politics? I shudder to think...

Anonymous said...

We will miss your comments, politcal and otherwise. Do your therapy, mind the doctors orders and get back to blogging someday.
Your biggest fan. pb

AboveAvgJane said...

Thanks, Ma, I'm your biggest fan, too. ;)

Chris Casey said...

Get well soon Jane. Why not take a year off and come back for the 2010 elections? I'm sure all the country's problems will be solved by then!

Austin in PA said...

Aw Rats!
Jane, you're going to be sorely missed while you're gone. Do take care of yourself & get well. Good local bloggers like you are too few and far between. You tell everybody at home we said to pamper you til it drives you nuts!
Austin

scenviro said...

Thanks for all the time you've committed to exploring the issues impacting our lives in Bucks/MontCo (and SEPA).

I will miss reading your blog.

Take care.

AboveAvgJane said...

thanks, Chris, Austin, and scenviro, I appreciate the comments.

I'm still trying to keep up with the local political scene and some of the topics I focused on, like environmental and veterans issues. We'll see how it goes.

phil said...

Jane-

I hope that you feel better because we need you!

I am a big fan and I have a feel better tip for you.

I have from a good source that Marina Kats is going to capitalize on her recent "success" as a congressional candidate in order to open up a lobbying firm. Anyone familiar with Marina Kats knows that she often creates businesses utilizing oportunities opened by her law practice so this seems just an extension of her MO.

She is going to be doing this with Tom Harari who was her defacto campaign manager after the five previous holders all had resigned due to conflict with her. Harari inherited the position despite his admitted lack of experience through sheer attrition. Harari was the mastermind behind the "attack Montegomery County GOP" strategy that occured late in the campaign.

AboveAvgJane said...

Hey, if someone can make a living in politics more power to them. I never cease to be amazed at what candidates pay consultants, as reflected in FEC reports.

AboveAvgJane said...

Oh, Phil, I'm so disappointed. Here I thought you were honestly expressing some concern for my welfare. You've left similar if not identical comments using the id fazioman over at Young Philly Politics and PhillyFuture. Using this post in particular to spread blog spam is very tacky. You are no friend of mine.

ACM said...

ah, belated good wishes. I understand the feeling very well and am amid my own hiatus currently. hope to be back again someday, and see you online then!

AboveAvgJane said...

ACM,

Yes, it's going around. PSOTD is "running out the yarn" as he says as well. Must be something in the water.