A new direction

As my friend Rico said to me, the only way to get out from underneath writer’s block is to write.

So I am going to do that.

I am going to take this blog into a very different direction. While I will continue to do a lot of writing on technology matters since that is my career and area of expertise, I am going to branch out into many other subjects. The goal is to diversify my thoughts and spark some creativity.

So I have renamed this blog to “Chris Gonyea’s Revelations,” a title I think matches what direction I am going with my writing.

Let the writing begin.

I haven't forgotten

It has been a little while since I last wrote on my blog. 15 days to be exact. I don’t know what exactly has been holding me up. It is almost like a form of writer’s block, something I had a massive case of during my freshman year at college. Back then it robbed my ability to write stories and poems, completely.

In fact, I haven’t really written either since. I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around a subject long enough to get a flow of words moving. Back in high school, I filled notebooks with whatever came to mind. I have been reduced to posting once every 15 days on blog.

My blog up to this point has been a collection of random thoughts, interesting stuff I found online, and my techie side. Early in my blogging life, politics were a big focus of mine, but I drifted away from that for some reason.

So what do I write about? Especially when I can’t shake this new episode writers block?

I am still deciding, which is probably the worst thing a person with writer’s block can do. Maybe I will change the direction of this site to something that can spark some creativity inside me, although you would think I already covered that angle in the past. Or maybe this blog will just rot like thousands of other blogs.

I will sleep on it.

5 years later…

I had just gotten out of the shower and had started to get ready for a day of classes. It was a beautiful Tuesday morning, about a week into my sophomore year of college at SNHU. In a week or two I was planning to join the college radio station. I had just started working my work study job for the second year in a row. Just one week in and it felt like I never left college.

At home, I would watch the morning news while getting ready. However, we didn’t have a TV yet, as that was coming up that weekend when my roommate’s dad visits. So my routine was still out of sync with my new reality of college.

As I was getting dressed, I happened to hear the soft ding of my computer receiving an instant message. I look over and it was from my friend Rico. I remember asking myself why he was sending me an IM this early…quite unlike him.

Then my heart stopped. It was about 9:05 am.

I had to read his IM again. Then three more times, each slower then the last. My mind was switching into overtime, as I typed as fast as I could. A second plane just hit the World Trade Center? SECOND PLANE? There was a first?

I quickly fired up my web browser and tried to hit any news site I could think of. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, BBC…all of them were taking minutes to load or were timing out. Instantly these web sites must had gotten 100-200 million hits in seconds, vaporizing them into dust.

I quickly told him I would be back and ran to the lounge on my dorm floor. Flipped on the TV and saw the burning towers. Stunned silence on my part.

A friend on my floor was walking by and asked what I was watching. I couldn’t speak and just motioned him over. He watched for a few seconds and let out a couple f-bombs in disbelief. He then ran out to find out who was around.

Within minutes we had a group of college students in the room.

I watched for a few moments, stunned at what I saw. I knew instantly that it had to be terrorism. One tower would be an accident. Two intentional.

I walked out of the room, somehow finished getting ready, and ran to the cafeteria. On the way there, I called my mom, as millions in the country were probably doing at that moment. She had heard the news too. I filled her in what I knew and she likewise, then we decided to call later.

I entered the cafeteria and was greeted with a group of 30 or 40 people just standing, watching the TV which had been switched from the Campus TV channel to CNN. I somehow managed to buy food, but I could barely eat it while I watched the TV, numb.

The rest of the day was a blur. I had a professor who had the nerve of having a class, despite what was going on. Of course it was a lab class, so no one did work…all we did was hit refresh on whatever news site had an ounce of bandwidth available for a text version of their headlines.

Five years later, I cannot think about how amazing the period right after 9/11 was. The heroics of those people directly involved that day. The thousands of American flags I saw while driving around.

I salute those we lost that day and those who risked their lives to save others. No one will ever be forgotten.

The first 5K run

Today I participated in my first 5K (just over 3 miles) run. It was a race at Pease International Tradeport to benefit the St. Charles Childrens Home. Over 773 runners finished the race and I am proud to say I am one of them.
I thought going into this that I would have a tough time during the race. I have been working out just a month and haven’t run any long distances since high school.

However I thought I did very well. With the exception of a 1-minute at each mile marker to take a brief walk, I ran the entire distance and finished with a respectable 35 minutes, 50 seconds time. Much better then I thought I would do and it was a lot of fun.

I honestly cannot wait for the next race. My employer sponsors and/or participates in many races during the spring, summer, and fall. I am sure I will be recruited to run in those races now.

Random notes (August 26th)

Some random notes from the past week:

  • I went to IKEA today with Katie. What an amazing store. It was only the second time I had ever gone there, but this time I purchased something: a very nice coffee table. Very easy to assemble, took about a half hour and is incredibly sturdy.
  • I used a trial of eMusic to download a couple of albums that I have always wanted, including an album that was out of print by a band called Samiam. I then canceled the trial, as I could not find much music that interested me outside of the 50 songs I downloaded from the trial.
  • My brother Justin was offered two jobs the past few days, both with major graphic design firms in Boston. He is still deciding which one he is going to choose, but that is a good problem to have. Congratulations go out to him for his fantastic work.
  • My youngest brother Dan is one week away from starting his 5 years at Northeastern, majoring in Computer Science. Almost makes me want to cry…
  • I have been working out for the past month at the company gym, 3 times a week. Never worked out in my life before and I was pathetic my first time on the weights. However I am doing really well a month later…I can push 135 pounds with my legs (which is slightly more then my weight, which is starting to gain with the muscle I’m adding) and I am at 75 pounds on the other machines. I am actually starting to notice significant improvements in strength and feeling in shape for the first time since high school.