How Firm Thy Friendship

Joe Beale's picture
April 11, 2014 at 10:24a

Well my friends, it's time to head on down the road. I don't know how many of you noticed that I did not post anything in my usual Wednesday 1:30 PM time slot this week, but the reason for it is because I'm leaving the site, and the world of blogging in general.

It's been a good run. Jason invited me to do a guest post back in 2008 and I became a member of the staff around this time of the year in 2009. Over the past five years, I've written quite a few flashback posts and a lot of other miscellaneous types of articles. I've gone to all of the Eat Too Brutus tailgates and to both of the Drink Too Brutus nights prior to last year's Gold Pants fundraiser. It's all been great fun and it's been an honor to be a part of it.

The reason I'm calling it quits now, less than a month prior to my 50th birthday, is complicated. My seventh child was born in September and my oldest is still only sixteen, so the time necessary to put together a good piece of writing must by necessity come at the expense of family time or sleep. Still, I could find the time, but I find that I don't love doing it anymore.

Don't get me wrong, I still love Ohio State sports, but I don't love blogging. And I have too many things going on right now to spend time doing something that I don't love. I have found a new enthusiasm for my job and all of the stuff related to it. So I would rather spend my research time looking for creative ways to write test automation code in Ruby than spend it reading sports articles doing research for a story.

I want you to know how much I have appreciated all of you and your comments over the years. There have been some pretty lively discussions, and I've had a great time with it. I would like to say a special thanks to Hodge, with whom I've had several great conversations.

I would like to thank Jason for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this great staff, and for his friendship over the years. I would also like to thank the other writers, especially Chris and Ramzy, for helping me by providing great examples. It's a special group of guys (and Aubrey is pretty special too).

In the end, I was only one writer among many, and the site is now better than it's ever been. Someone else will take up the flashbacks in the fall, and they'll probably do it better. That is the way of things.

So as I depart, I just want to sing that old familiar chorus once more, with just a hint of a tear in my eye: time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship O-HI-O.

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Killer nuts's picture

It's been a great run and we'll miss your contributions, go Bucks, enjoy some family time 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Fair thee well sir. 

Family First.  No one can argue with that.  

Stop back by once in a while and check in on us will ya? 

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Joe Beale's picture

I'll be lurking around here and there and I might even drop the occasional comment.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Good to hear. 

Take care man, thanks for your contributions!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Good luck, and it is great to see that you have your priorities in order. There is no more important a job or role a man can fill than being a father to his children.

The Seasons Pass, the Years wil Roll...


"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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BucksfanXC's picture

I got exhausted reading about your children, just the one sentence. I have two under 3, so I can only imagine.

I've loved the Flashback features on here and all your work Joe. You will be missed and thanks for making 11W a better place.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Hovenaut's picture

You'll be missed, thank you for all your insight Joe. Best wishes to you and your family, hope you stop by from time to time.


buckguyfan1's picture

Carry on Joe.  Thanks for your input.


Buckataltitude's picture

Awesome work. You will be missed. Take care and good luck to you and your family.

BierStube's picture

Aloha .. because it means hello and good bye ... then hello again ... then good bye again ... kind of confusing ... anyway, do right by the family and you will always be making the correct call!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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osu07asu10's picture

7th kid??? Joe, I'm about to have my first and I can barely find the time to cobble together a coherent post.

Thanks for all of your contributions and best of luck with the newbie!

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

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BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

My wife is pregnant with our second and I'm freaking out about that. I can not fathom having seven kids.

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clogan1032's picture

I thought two was the hardest, the numbers change and are evened up.  I have five now with my youngest being born a little over a year ago and I still believe that two was the toughest for me.  Three is interesting because you have to change from man to man to a zone defense but in reality it is just more of the same.  Kids are the best, I have four boys and a girl smack in the middle, she doesn't stand a chance with boys with two brothers in front of her and behind her, and I am perfectly fine with that.  She currently has a teacher who is a Michigan grad and has Michigan items all over her room.  The second day of school my daughter wore her Buckeye shirt to class and walked in booing Michigan.  The teacher sent me an email saying it was going to be a long year and was joking about the situation, really had a great sense of humor about it.  All I replied with was it will get even longer after November and I wouldn't have it any other way.  OH!!!  Best of luck with number 2!

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Buckeyeneer's picture

I know! 7 kids! I was listening to Jim Gaffigan and he made a comment on one of his albums about how people stop congratulating you when have 4 kids.

Kids one through three - congrats! It's a blessing! Kids four and higher - What are you doing? Are you an 1880s farm family? Don't you know there are limited resources in the world?

Seriously though, that's great. If money were no object I would have as many as I could take care of.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Unky Buck's picture

Thanks for the contributions, Joe! Best of luck in your future endeavors!

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

AndyVance's picture

Joe, you've always been one of my favorites, but as a fellow writer who hasn't blogged at his own personal blog for many, many moons, I can totally empathize. Happy trails, and best wishes.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Thanks for all your contributions, Joe!

. . . and don't be a stranger.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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AngryWoody's picture

Jesus Joe! I have one kid and I have a hard time finding time to just read these articles, much less write them. You've been great. Now go get a nap. I'm sure you need it.

Our Honor Defend!

TUNBUCK89's picture

Congratulations on your 7th ! Myself I stopped at 5 and my freinds think those are too many. I don't know about you, but luckly for me, my wife stays in the house and her only job is taking care of the kids.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Joe, thanks for you many excellent contributions to this site - will miss your articles/posts. Thanks also for doing more than your share of populating the next generation.

BHT's picture

Thank you for all the time you spent with 11W. Thank you for all your posts; I enjoyed them all. Good luck on your future endeavors- We miss you already, but we are behind you all the way.