Swimming In My Head…

diving in the deep end…

Critical Bits-O-Info ‘Bout Me


Psst…hey, it’s me, the shadow in the middle.  Just a 29.6 29.7(add the number after the decimal point to my eternal age) year old guy living in Tampa, Florida who happens to be gaining insight on what life is about on a daily basis.

I’ve found blogging to be a great outlet for me when I’ve got something to say and no ‘in-person’ audience.  I actually like when other people add their 2 cents to the conversation as long as it’s respectful.

I feel like one of the luckiest guys around to have an awesome ‘blogmily’ (blog + family = blogmily) and I’m introducing them so you can follow the story…

WTF – My twin except she’s a girl, oh and I seem to have a better tan, and yeah we don’t have the same parents…

Al – My biological sister…she doesn’t have a blog, but you’ll see her in comments a lot, especially if she thinks somebody is messing with me.  She’s awesome and very pregnant so I wouldn’t suggest messing with her if I were you.

The Other One – My better half, the one that completes me and the one that grounds me when I get too far out into the stratosphere.

In Repair – Brian, the super-nice one in the ‘blogmily’ that is forever finding the good in others and inspiring individuals to be better people.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly – The forever funny one in the ‘blogmily’ that keeps most of us in perpetual stitches while updating us on her life journey out west.  We affectionately refer to her as gbu2.

Sideon – The most direct, say it like it is, cuss you out and take you out to dinner after person in the ‘blogmily’.  I have learned so many one liners from this guy it’s sick…definitely worth getting to know.

Presque Isle Files – The younger, full-of-life and great stories, warming up Lake Erie on the PA side member of the ‘blogmily’ that always has an interesting take and is not afraid to say how he feels.

There are some others and I’ll add them when I have a few free minutes…but this should give you enough background to begin to understand the interaction.  Hoping you’ll join the party…



  1. I’m truly flattered that something I wrote inspired you to start a new blog. How fortunate for all of us!

    Nine years. Wow. Now that’s inspiring! My guy and I will hit four years together next spring.

    Here’s to long-term relationships, fur babies, and going to bed early! *clink*

    Comment by Brian | October 21, 2008

  2. Here, Here…

    Comment by deek1973 | October 22, 2008

  3. Derek and Brian,
    between the 2 of you i’ll probably never get any more work done! stop being so damned interesting AND prolific…ok, just kidding…don’t stop. Those of us that can’t, read.

    Comment by wutupdogg | October 28, 2008

  4. wutupdogg – you know you bring out the inner good person in everyone you’re around…can’t help it. when do we get to hear from you?

    Comment by deek1973 | October 28, 2008

  5. d…i’m set up..come check it out and thanks for the push


    Comment by wutupdogg | October 31, 2008

  6. Hey, your blog is pretty cool. Thanks for commenting on mine. Hope you have a good week! 🙂

    Comment by goodbadandugly2 | November 17, 2008

  7. Nice site man. I like the format. Nice job!

    Comment by catchthespindan | November 22, 2008

  8. catchthespindan – thanks for the comment…still reading yours…so many comments and thoughts because you have an uncanny ability it seems to get a reaction.

    going to the gym and when i return, i’m sure you’ll be tired of me being a visitor on your blog.

    Comment by deek1973 | November 22, 2008

  9. derek,

    thanks for the ups! as you may or may not know from our now mutual friend in the void, the effort was not in vain. much is changing, in me, and in our neighborhood south of you.


    something new has risen, and i hope you will join us and contribute as you see fit. in time, as we grow, perhaps we will be able to host you. we know a divine little coffee shop.

    and, as a necessary adjunct of that adventure, i resumed an interrupted journey on my own blog.

    i expect it to get a whole lot more interesting now after finishing a biographical catharsis to honor the time away.


    ps: i know ALL about downward mobility… and lurching past gentile poverty into panic stricken destitution.


    Comment by jack | November 25, 2008

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