Hello, Dear Blog Readers, I Am Here
A tweet the other morning read: “stop scrolling through here and write the thing you’ve been procrastinating.” It was enough motivation to remind me I have not blogged in a while. To be honest, I have not written a blog for a long time. Too long. Was the tweet a sign?
Earlier in the same week Ann Handley’s newsletter hit my inbox. “13 Ways to Better Blog Posts,“ was the title of her fortnightly newsletter. Clanging like one of those shiny silver, hotel front-desk service bells, the kind kids love to hit just once, Ann’s letter was a call to action. Ding ding. Another sign?
Another blogger I follow suggested digging deep into the reasons I first started this blog and figuring out what caused the recent lapse. Life happens.
Countless titles popped into my head this summer. The Jitney, which I wrote about once. The public safety building issue that’s up for discussion and beach conditions, just to name a few topics rolling around in my head. The summer cranked along, the job change and accompanying (good) lifestyle adjustments seemed to prevent or at least make excuses, not reasons, for not posting to the blog.
So here we are.
Truthfully, this summer I felt like a rockstar. Most recently, sitting at the Mad Batter with my wife Suzanne, a woman asked, “Are you, John Cooke?” An avid reader of my posts, she identified me from social media. It pays to look like your profile photo. Even though I hadn’t posted on the blog, this person followed my Facebook and Instagram accounts. “I know about Cape May, through what you post,” she said. That has always been my passion. To inform, educate and entertain people about Cape May.
All summer long, folks stopped by my new place of employment. The fan club was how my new team members described those who stopped by. Beginning with the dairy farmers from the Pittsburg area, the Allen Family brought farm-fresh milk.
My dairy farmer friends were followed by pastors, musicians and even Father Christmas stopped by. Father Christmas was in town to promote the product line he represents, Old World Christmas ornaments.
Visitors weren’t the only ones who made me feel like a rock-star. A couple of on-camera interviews and live shots kept things interesting. Doing a live spot on News 12 outside the Ugly Mug on a rainy Friday night, was a great way of introducing me as the General Manager of the Sea Crest to the North New Jersey audience.
Dave Curren handled our interview with style and creativity. Guests checking in throughout the summer would ask if I was the guy on Channel 12, talking about what not to miss in Cape May. Justin Godynick opened the season with a road trip to Cape May and we chatted on camera outside the Sea Crest.
Season one is complete. Netflix hasn’t reached out for story rights but life is good. The cats are enjoying life on Broadway. And a welcoming committee of neighborhood cats has identified us as a possible food source. More on that later.
Suzanne has a new role in volunteering a couple of days a week at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore in Cape May Court House. Seeing what friends have purchased at the store is very interesting.
A Proverb in the Old Testament reads: Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. ( Yes, I just quoted the Bible.) The intent of my blog, my passion, is to continue to inform, illuminate and maybe educate from this side of Cape May. As season one draws to a close, the sequel is just getting started.
Thank you for the post, John. Delightful recap of the year so far, and thrilled it has continued to go so excellently for you and Suzanne. Wonderful to see you at Sea Crest and at Mad Batter. Looking forward to the next visit and seeing you again. (Not till next year I’m afraid — too long!)
Thanks, David, appreciate you always reading and commenting.
I’m glad your cats are enjoying Broadway. Thanks for keeping Is informed. Hope you get to do some traveling over Winter. I’d I were there, I’d babysit your cats. I’m so glad you’re at the Seacrest. You’re an asset, well respected and liked. See you in June. A hello to Suzanne. I’m glad I got to meet her this summer at the Batter. Cheers, Deb Mcpherson
Missed getting to Cape May this past Summer because my lady friend passed away
but hope to be back before long. Although most of my relatives live on Cape Cod
I enjoy Cape May equally well and its a lot closer for someone living in Arlington, VA One advantage of Cape May you don’t hear as much of Washington politics
as you would at Rehobeth Beach, DE or Ocean City, MD. Being a jazz fan I often
time my trips to Cape May based on whatever bands the Cape May Traditional
Jazz Society has playing at the VFW. Back in the Washington area I’m active at
Sorry to hear about your loss, Charles. Hopefully, you make it next year. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Hi john its Nancy of nancy and Mike mccarthy well we sure miss you, our friends in Cape may and MQ with his fabulous open mic on sunday nights at mad batter. Life delivered us a major loss so we need to stay behind this Thanksgiving weekend. Your blogs make me feel like we are there with you. Happy Thanksgiving to you two and the pets, you have much to be thankful for.
All the best
Sorry to hear about your loss. Appreciate you reading Nancy. It is always fun listening to Mike play and hanging out with you two.