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Switching Seasons and an Immune System bent on Revenge!

POSTED April 07, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

This has got to have been the longest winter in the history of mankind...
Okay, that's a bit extreme but it has had it's share of ups and downs, right?
While not the coldest, it has been cold enough.
Extreme snowstorms that dropped buckets at a time with the remnants still on parts of my lawn.
I refuse to rake snow, and that's the next chore on the spring list.
I said spring, what a joker.
Daylight Savings Time? A cruel joke this March and April so far.
All it means is that I can see how cold it is when I come home from work and enjoy a 30-mile and hour wind gust on the way in the house.
It was a tremendous winter sports season, my last that I will juggle a full-time job (Frito-Lay) and my future, Litchfield County Sports.com
Juggling these two has been something I have been very accustomed to over the past 14 years.
Lack of sleep, barrels of coffee and a penchant for running down towards the finish line in March.
We sports writers are pretty used to this stuff though. When you love what you do, it's not really work.
The secret to staying ahead of the crash?
Just don't ever slow down.....Ever....Like never ever in a Taylor Swift song.....
After a season that took us all to Uncasville for the Class S Finals, the ride ended.
Unfortunatley for me, I got off, which was code for attack when it came to my immune system.  
It's funny, your body seems to know how long you need to go, allows you to do it but keeps score.
How little sleep? Okay, got it.
How badly have you been eaing? Check, noted.
While we were at Mohegan Sun with the Thomaston girls, my friend Rick Wilson and I went on CPTV at the half to talk about our business.
A great opporunity arranged by Frankie Graziano, one of the hardest working young men at CPTV.
Three minutes to tell the State who we are and what we do.
Problem was, my system had not gotten the memo that I needed another couple of hours to stay sharp.
I had been investing mightily in multiple tissue brands for days as of them and was risking going on televesion looking like Rudolph or a guy with a severe nose issue that may have involved in-patient treatment at a halfway house.
Sitting baseline during the first half of the Golden Bears/Capital Prep game, it was all I could do to keep the faucet controlled.
We got to the half, put on our game faces and got it done.
But then the ride home........
You can run but you can't hide. The cough, the sneezing, the wheezing, the lack of oxygen all kicked in.
At times, I had to pull over so I didn't meet a guardrail.
It was over and so was I.
That was March 15.
This is April 5 and the immune revenge continues.
Full blown bronchitis, a cough that takes paint off the outside of my neighbors house and ears that simply refuse to work.
What's a little equalilibrian amongst friends? 
The hard lesson with the happy ending?
There will be no repeat performance of burning the candle beyond both ends.
Couldn't even find the wick at this point.
On August 16, 2013, I will begin the journey of developing my passion, Litchfield County Sports.com
I will leave an employer, Frito lay, who has been very good to me for more than 17-years, at that time and work full time for myself.
It's an exciting and nervewracking time right now. Less than five months to go (90 work days from April 5 but who's counting) before the dream comes true.
I am trying to remind my body of this but at present, but it's not buying it.
This is just another ploy to get through till the next time I go full bore again.....
I swear! This is it!
Still not buying it.....But I'll keep trying.....
See you all out there soon.......

This has got to have been the longest winter in the history of mankind...

Okay, that's a bit extreme but it has had it's share of ups and downs, right?

While not the coldest, it has been cold enough.

Extreme snowstorms that dropped buckets at a time with the remnants still on parts of my lawn.

I refuse to rake snow, and that's the next chore on the spring list.

I said spring, what a joker.

Daylight Savings Time? A cruel joke this March and April so far.

All it means is that I can see how cold it is when I come home from work and enjoy a 30-mile and hour wind gust on the way in the house.

It was a tremendous winter sports season, my last that I will juggle a full-time job (Frito-Lay) and my future, Litchfield County Sports.com

Juggling these two has been something I have been very accustomed to over the past 14 years.

Lack of sleep, barrels of coffee and a penchant for running down towards the finish line in March.

We sports writers are pretty used to this stuff though. When you love what you do, it's not really work.

The secret to staying ahead of the crash?

Just don't ever slow down.....Ever....Like never ever in a Taylor Swift song.....

After a season that took us all to Uncasville for the Class S Finals, the ride ended.

Unfortunately for me, I got off, which was code for attack when it came to my immune system.

It's funny, your body seems to know how long you need to go, allows you to do it but keeps score.

How little sleep? Okay, got it.

How badly have you been eaing? Check, noted.

While we were at Mohegan Sun with the Thomaston girls, my friend Rick Wilson and I went on CPTV at the half to talk about our business.

A great opportunity arranged by Frankie Graziano, one of the hardest working young men at CPTV.Three minutes to tell the State who we are and what we do.

Problem was, my system had not gotten the memo that I needed another couple of hours to stay sharp.

I had been investing mightily in multiple tissue brands for days as of them and was risking going on television looking like Rudolph or a guy with a severe nose issue that may have involved in-patient treatment at a halfway house.

Sitting baseline during the first half of the Golden Bears/Capital Prep game, it was all I could do to keep the faucet controlled.

We got to the half, put on our game faces and got it done.But then the ride home........

You can run but you can't hide.

The cough, the sneezing, the wheezing, the lack of oxygen all kicked in.

At times, I had to pull over so I didn't meet a guardrail.

It was over and so was I.

That was March 15.

This is April 5 and the immune revenge continues.

Full blown bronchitis, a cough that takes paint off the outside of my neighbors house and ears that simply refuse to work.

What's a little equilibrium amongst friends?

The hard lesson with the happy ending?

There will be no repeat performance of burning the candle beyond both ends.

Couldn't even find the wick at this point.

On August 16, 2013, I will begin the journey of developing my passion, Litchfield County Sports.com.

I will leave an employer, Frito lay, who has been very good to me for more than 17-years, at that time and work full time for myself.

It's an exciting and nerve wracking time right now.

Less than five months to go (90 work days from April 5 but who's counting) before the dream comes true.

I am trying to remind my body of this but at present, but it's not buying it.

This is just another ploy to get through till the next time I go full bore again.....

I swear! This is it!

Still not buying it.....But I'll keep trying.....

See you all out there soon.......

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