Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show
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Frankly, you could skip reading this 'senseless rambling' article, as it is more of a bit of 'writing therapy' that is within my soul. For me, writing is a way to... If you do read the below, hope it make a bit of sense and you feel it was worthy of your valued time.
During the past 24 hours, the below article has been racing through my mind. After ~150 show reports by Yours Truly, from the Internet's very first high-end audio show report (CES 1996) to my last being Florida Audio Expo 2020, both a myriad of amazing memories over the decades and tears are simply impossible to hold back. For me, it feels a bit like being with family during shows. Many of you have helped me 'grow up', or perhaps better said as 'helping me mature', into the very happily married man you see before you today. Shows are far more than new products, as technology always moves forward and changes consumer electronics to better serve mankind. What's been the most important is the gentle assistance over the years, your caring kindness, and unending understanding when I was a young and bit cocky a--hole (sorry about that). It is without a doubt that over the years we have grown, together, as close friends.
While it may sound a bit selfish on the surface, am no longer that 20-ish boy with endless energy... and perhaps excessive naive ambition. Am sure many who know me realize am a man of obsession and of excessiveness that seems to fly in that OCD / AHAD way. Now in my mid-50s, there's simply no way to remain at the same pace of that 20-ish boy.
Moving Towards Success
Am hesitant to say it is a 'guaranteed' upward movement and improvement for our lil' web site, as saying upward might also be my ego getting in the way as am truly humbled by the amazing staff we have today. Being proud of them, pride in having them meet you and cover shows... yet the word 'pride' is what it is. IMHO we have reviewers you really should meet, and feel I'm doing a selfish disservice to both the industry and our readers by not having them reporting on events worldwide.
Furthermore, refuse to attend any event without my wife, as this uses quite a bit of her day job vacation time. While part of me desires to apologize, frankly won't as am being selfish in wanting to invest more of my life with my wife outside our glorious industry. Next weekend we're using some of her valued vacay to celebrate our 'first wedding in Jamaica' during Valentine's Day at Mardi Gras (fyi our real / legal wedding was in June).
Am deeply grateful for your understanding, and compassion, if you're kindness brings compassion in allowing my Muse / wife Heather and I to spend more time on holiday together. Plus at this point would my 151st, 152nd, 153rd... show report truly make a difference within the overall scheme of this thing we call life? There is a thing called life, and then there is living. Am sure you know which one I'm choosing.
My Final Show Wrap Up
Please allow me to thank everyone who has been ever-so gracious and generous with Enjoy the Music.com over the past 25 years. Virtually nothing will change by me not attending events (actually it'll get better imho), and in fact there are already deals being made to ensure our continued growth to help both our readers and the industry alike. Very, very, very much appreciate your understanding. And yes, am very much still here at 3am to chat with many of my friends, post daily news, photo editing, etc. Simply said, my efforts of personally covering shows are really the only thing that is changing. That effort is going to be invested into this site for what I feel better serves our global community.
In fact, and as usual, since very early this morning, so have been working for many hours and it is only 12pm, to get things on the site updated, social media goodies promoted, yada yada yada. My Muse / wife Heather (literally just seconds ago) knows me so well that she texted asking how my day is going AND TO BE SURE I EAT (caps all mine, as she knows I'll code / write 24 hours straight without taking a break to sleep or eat. So yes, would work myself to death). Love you kind reader, truly I do, yet love my Muse / wife more. Given the personal choice, and for the record Heather has placed zero pressure on me as this is my own decision, it is time, that precious thing we call time, to be with my loved ones who so deeply care about me enough and know me better than I know myself.
Humbly Said, Thank You
Remember at the beginning of this article I wrote about photos. You might also note that so far there has not been a single photo within this article. Of the literal tens of thousands of photos I've taken, or photos edited over the past ~25 years, there is in fact one photo I feel is 'the one' for this article. As I said earlier, a photo does little to fully capture the gestalt of the moment. If I may say, there's more than meets the eye within the pic below, you simply have to look for it.
For it is time for me to step aside, and let others triumphantly move Enjoy the Music.com forward. Thank you for allowing me the time to 'get this off my chest'. Writing, as is my (perhaps overly) ambitious (and perhaps naive) endeavors of percussion and drumming while I'm still 'young' as a form of personal therapy....
As always, in the end what really matters is that you...