About 4 years ago, give or take a month, I was in a point of transition in my life, I just didn’t know where I was transitioning to. I had moved from Los Angeles, California, to Worcester, Massachusetts almost two years prior, and my career wasn’t moving as I had hoped. I was still single, very alone, and was planning to move back to Philadelphia and figure out what to do next with my life. I met an old high school friend for dinner one night. An incredibly smart man, and a warm friendly personality, his company was perfect for me. Dave K. could advise me what to do with my life, and not make me feel like a loser for not being there yet in my mid 40’s.
“What we got to do,” he said between forks of steak, “is come up with Josh 2.0.” There was something about that phrase that stuck with me. And I used it a few weeks later at a funeral. This lady was asking about me, where I had been, where I was, and where I hoped to go, and I told her that I was currently working on Josh 2.0. She coyly looked down at her coffee, and then back up at me, and said “I think Josh 1.0 is pretty good the way he is.” I married that woman a year later, currently living in Richmond, Virginia as a husband and father. Without even thinking about about, or making an effort, Josh 2.0 was up and running.
Recently, there have been some other major changes in my life. Back In 2004, I started a new career in golf course and turf grass management. That adventure brought me all over the US, and I had the privilege to work at some of the finest golf courses in the country. But very recently, that all has changed, and the mind boggling part, is that I am not sure what it is changing to. It is way too early to start Josh 3.0 (or even Beta testing it), so maybe this is Josh 2.2…
Regardless, it means something for The JTB Experience. Now I have an opportunity to explore and relaunch this blog. And it will be different, but not entirely, mostly because I am not entirely sure of what is really is. It is a work in transition, an experiment, a work in progress. But I can define a few things:
What The JTB Experience will not be
- It will not be anything that is not me. It is called The JTB Experience for a reason. It is about how and what I see in my life as cool, helpful, and interesting.
- It will not be political to the point of alienating random members of the general public. Although I may have a political view that some may call “extreme” this blog will not become an advocacy blog. For example, I am a 2nd Amendment advocate, but I am not going to write posts about it (unless the country is moving in a direction where I feel I must take some sort of action).
- Although subject matters might be as varied and eclectic as I am, it will not be haphazard. or chaotic. I will strive for the best writing, photography, and design.
- Controversial: much like political stance, I do not want to loose a possible reader for taking on a subject too controversial.
- Some sort of Lit mag. It is not a place to showcase my fiction or poetry.
What The JTB Experience will be
- Regular: I will take great efforts to make regular contributions.
- Honest: if I am going to write a blog about my life, and the experiences that make up my life, I must write honestly, about subject matters that mean much too me.
- Discrete: Just because I am being honest about my life, I must think about the impact of my honesty on other people. I do not want to disclose things about other people’s lives without their full consent. That includes all members of my family.
I am excited about the possibilities, and the new adventures that my life now has to offer. And I am excited to write about them, sharing them with the world. I also hope you are excited about reading them.