It’s another New Year’s Dave!
As the calendar winds its way down, we all have a tendency to try and decide whether the out-going year was a good or a bad one. I seem to be on the same page with most of my friends in the opinion that it was a pretty even mix of BOTH. This, of course, is the way of things and to expect that 2013 will be any different (though how can you go wrong with the #13?) is a tad unrealistic. ”Life” happens and how bad or good it is depends on how we appreciate, grow, and learn from it. Maybe its better to simply wish for a fulfilling life as opposed to labeling things “good” and “bad” and getting hung up on what number the year is…
Just ask the Mayans!
Aside from the world decisively not ending, I would have to call 2012 one of my most important years ever. Major upheavals in my personal life illustrated who my true friends were while also revealing my own false inner beliefs that weren’t serving me. It’s always easier and more seductive being the “victim” but to acknowledge your own role, a lot more challenging. Yes it’s painful but, once you start to “own” your own crap, only then are you ready to finally move beyond them. Now that my eyes have been opened I can clearly see 2012 as one of those years I’m so glad happened but would never want to do over again.
So far as this blog is concerned, there were certainly a lot more highs than lows. Winning the Rondo was a shock and certainly one that we Daves couldn’t have been more humbled by. Our numbers have been growing in leaps and bounds as well as our sphere of friends and contacts. In October we made the controversial move to drop the Horror Host Report. It was a tough decision but our numbers weren’t affected, while our enthusiasm for the blog increased. We love our Horror Host friends but that weekly post was a monster in itself and made something designed to be fun an awful lot like having second job. Of course I stayed busy with my inspired work of covering my childhood idol, Svengoolie, along with his multitude of local appearances. Those joys were tempered by my fear of losing him in a health scare early November. See what I mean about highs and lows?
As for the coming year, we’re still moving forward. At the suggestion of my friend, Brian Maze, I’ll be trying my hand at pod-casting. I rather enjoyed the “radio” experiences I had working with Dr. Destruction on his “Big Top Radio Show” (which I’m told will be making a triumphant return early this coming year) and it should be a lot of fun. Ideally, you’ll be able to hear and download them from this site; though don’t expect to hear the voice of the shy, “other Dave,” David Albaugh. He’ll just be there in spirit, probably smiling and shaking his head at my shenanigans as I imagine he always does.
This will also be a great year for Svengoolie with some exciting news coming as early as February. I’ve gotta stay mum about it for now but there will be lots of opportunities for fans to express their love of the Chicago-gone-National Horror Host and we couldn’t be happier about it. I’m planning on covering several cons this year including “Wonderfest” which will be a Terror Dave first. Other than that, I’m anxious to see where life takes our site these next 365 Daves!
We hope you’ll stay with us as we continue on with our journey and, again, thanks so much for your all of your support! Both Terror Daves wish you and your loved ones an amazing New Year!