Avoiding the Real Topics and Catching Up

July 13, 2014 By Tom

trust me, I’m sure I’m being snarky whenever this photo was taken

There’s a thousand words I think I could write today about a dozen different topics.  I’ve been writing a bit for me personally, I’ve been reflecting a lot about moving forward and looking back.  This weekend was not the best of weekends, new information and new perspective about the past that jolts everything back to the front and center.  Besides a trail run this morning, I feel like I’ve been in the exact same spot on the couch for 48 hours and have watched no less than 20 episodes of Top Gear as I avoided a ton of responsibility between Saturday morning and this evening.

Writing about it just seems like it would continue to be me looking back, a bit jaded and pissed off.  And that’s really the last thing I want to be, I might be snarky, I might be quippy and I know I can be pretty abrasive and to the point when the mood fits; but looking forward has gotten me to where I am today and will get me to where I need to be tomorrow and no matter how hard it is what I’ll focus on to keep moving.  This all kind of came to a head today when I was having a heated conversation about something, but the aggression from both sides had nothing to do with the topic at hand.  There’s a big fucking elephant in the room at times, and that’s just the simple truth.

Sucks to have a somewhat shitty weekend in between busy weeks.  I’m excited to get back to the grind tomorrow, I’ve got a long list of things to focus on and chip away at, programming with 2 normal sites and hired gigs at 2 more (local hospital/school district combo) and a stack of grants that I need to sort through and get applications in.

I wasn’t in the office nearly as much as I could/should have been this past week.  A group of us went to the Indianapolis Indians game Wednesday afternoon and had a blast, and Thursday I scored a ticket (thanks to Partner-in-Crime) to the Innovation Showcase at the Dallara Factory and was able to see and support some of my close friends pitching their great entrepreneurial ideas.  This is the same group of people who have vocally supported me at Nine13 over the last year and it’s nice to be able to return the favor.

baseball trumped work for a day

the dogs scored when I went to the Showcase, big thanks to Pet Box for hooking them up

By far the biggest news this past week were all work related, including getting final approval of Nine 13, Inc. (the company I created after moving Nine13sports assets from the original parent organization, Indy Velo) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit from the IRS.  We had been operating as a 501(c)(3) “pending” since the spinoff back in December and it’s a huge weight off my shoulders to have the final piece of the puzzle in my hands and be a full fledged NPO without the “pending” status.  Additionally, we got hired for another corporate gig and are in the process of finalizing contracts with the 2 major sponsors I’ve been working with and getting announcements out.  I was optimistic on it being done by mid July, but it’s going to be more like early August before things are ready to be announced.

and I also scored a nice note from the Secretary of State this week–hard work is paying off

I’ve been doing a ton of reading and research on Portland and what the logistics are there as we continue to the behind the scene stuff related to expanding the organization out there.  With my on-the-couch mentality this weekend, I had plenty of time to do some more digging and have a list of questions to ask my counterpart out there later this week when we catch up.

and when all else fails, I have these two clowns as my best friends and sidekicks on the couch

Keep the wheels turning and moving forward.