Bittersweet weekend

This weekend has been a mixed bag for me, sapping my will to blog.

First, the bad news. Last Thursday, a former teacher of mine passed away after a long battle with cancer. Jim Sulski was the faculty adviser of The Columbia Chronicle, the school paper of Columbia College. Jim was a big part of why I was successful in and after college. He mentored me even after I graduated, and gave me helpful advice when I was freelancing for Beckett Hockey last year.

I was also sick over the weekend with a sore throat.

And the Blackhawks lost. Twice. Both games they should have won.

Now, the good news. Shellie and I have been dating for two years now as of Sunday. Wow. Time flies when you are having fun. She cooks and is artistic and likes the same kind of movies I do and even laughs at my jokes, funny or otherwise.

Shellie also puts up with me and my hobbies, like card collecting and blogging about card collecting. Hell, she even waited two hours in line to score me an autograph from Brian Campbell today (more on that in a future post).

I also scored that sweet Tony Esposito card–and a few others–to get me a few steps closer to completing my 1973-74 Topps Hockey set.

I am now starting my second week of school at DePaul, and next week I start teaching again at Columbia. I know I can’t do a blog post every day much longer, so let’s just enjoy this while it lasts.

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Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

2 thoughts on “Bittersweet weekend”

  1. Sorry to hear about your teacher Sal, but congrats on 2 years in your relationship! 2 hours in line to get you a Brian Campbell autograph is impressive!

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