After nearly a month away from my baby, dozonlife.com, I'm happy to announce that Ole Dozo is back like a herpes flare up to fill you in on the future of your favorite typo-ridden blog.
First and foremost:
To all the people who have been reading what I've been writing for the last year and a half I cannot thank you enough. I know I have a lot of "friends" who aren't supportive of the blog, and that just shows their true colors, much like how this move has. But there are handfuls of people who kept up to date with DOL. I just want to let you know how much that has meant to me. Obviously this whole blog was set up to be my portfolio for Barstool Sports, to hopefully get noticed and get a shot at the big leagues. But you guys have been my audience for the last 18+ months and I cannot express how much it means to me to know that you've stuck around and care enough to see what I have to say about things. I really hope I've been able to entertain you over that time period. That's truly all I want, to make people's day better. If I can have a funny blog that makes someone feel a little less shitty on a given day, to me that's the best feeling in the world. If one of my more serious pieces, or just run of the mill sport blogs taught you something, or really made you think, that's incredible as well. I just want to make an impact somehow during my time on this planet. I can't lie, at time's (every day) it would get really frustrating when I felt like I was making some good content that went unnoticed, but I know there was a group of people who kept up to date with the blog, and to you guys, I really cannot express my appreciation enough.
If you're unaware of why I've been away for a while, allow me to bring you up to speed:
As much as I love blogging, and in my heart of hearts believe it's what I was put on this earth to do, it was not paying the bills. I'm getting closer to 26 by the day (no shit, Doz that's how time works) and needed a legitimate job. I couldn't be 26 delivering pizzas, tbh I shouldn't have been 24 delivering pizzas. I just needed something full-time with benefits.
I applied to some teaching jobs in Nashville, mainly because there were no prospects in Rhode Island, and I figured if I'm gonna have to teach I might as well do it in a cool ass city (plus I have family here so it made the move a little easier). Also I just had to get out of RI. As much as I love my home state, there were some reasons I just had to get away.
Everything happened so quickly. I applied on August 3rd, got a call on the 7th to be down in Tennessee for the 10th, had my interview, came back on the 11th, worked my final shifts at DB's, then started driving to Tennessee with my dad on the 17th. I went from no prospects of a job for the fall at all, to packing up and moving to Tennessee in two weeks.
Simply put I've had no time to blog. I've been teaching the last two weeks, trying to get my head above water at this school. I've never felt more overwhelmed in my entire life. Dropped into the school two weeks into the year with no prep, no orientation, nothing. I feel like I've been asked to put out a five-alarm fire with a dixie-cup full of water. Frankly it's been fucking horrible, I haven't had a good day since I got down here. I've come home crying thinking I've made the biggest mistake of my life multiple times. To say it's been a tough transition, would be like saying September 11th was an inconvenience for people trying to get to work. I just haven't had the time or energy to do what I truly love, and that is write (even if you think I'm not good at it).
Luckily for me, since I'm kind of sick right now, school was cancelled today due in part to some flooding in Nashville. Nothing even close to how bad Harvey has been in Houston, but enough to shut down some streets and turn Labor Day weekend into a 4 day break.
I figured now would be as good a time as ever to do some writing and fill you guys in. While I'm not going to be able to blog as much as I would like, especially during these first few months at this school while I get my barrings, I know writing and making content is what I want to do. I haven't even been able to follow Barstool as much as I'd like. Honestly because it hurts me to read and watch stuff when I know deep down I should be there. I had a phone interview with Tex don't forget, created @URIprobs and Big Cat has liked/favorited like 30 of my tweets so that's gotta be worth something. I know I have what it takes. I just need the chance. There people employed by Barstool who I'm funnier than and that's a fact. Teaching for two weeks has just solidified what I have known since I was a junior in college, that this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. I'm gonna keep writing in my spare time because I know that this isn't how I want to spend the rest of my life. It is truly just a job to provide for myself.
So I guess that's it, I'm gonna try to find time to write when I can, hopefully it's some good stuff that can get me noticed. Again thanks for the support reading my blog up until now. This will not be the last time you hear from your friend Doz.