FanPost

OFF - Sidebarring and Passings

There will be no flavor section for this off-topic post, though it is powered by Old Chub. First off, the OFF posts are moving to the FanPosts. This just seems to be a better place for things that are community specific but not Sounders or Puget Sound soccer related. It may change. OFF used to be on Fridays, and then Sundays and then Wednesdays and then I forgot to do it and then I got kind of busy and didn't do it all.

About that busy... you may have noticed I've been writing a bit less frequently over the last month compared to what I normally do. If you were on Twitter on Wednesday the 20th and you follow me you know some of the why. My mother-in-law passed away that afternoon. She struggled and survived through a five-year long battle with lung cancer, but eventually there was no more fight. One of a growing number of non-smokers

Over the last month her condition worsened and she needed more care. In the early times I was able to write quite a bit, an advantage of doing freelance work is that you can do it anywhere with WiFi. Eventually the emotional stress became too much. But, one of the things I knew is that with an amazing staff and community here I could open up SaH on my netbook or my phone and get some moments of joy.

Sports for many people are an escape from reality. Even harsh realities can be mitigated by a wondergoal, a great save, the high-fives and the hugs, a simple meme still repeated or a rec: in the comments.

Cathy wasn't a sports fan, but her cell phone had a Sounders logo as wall paper because she knew it would make me happy. When we went to Hawai'i and Cabo she knew I would watch the team play and she always asked how it was doing. She wasn't a Sounder at Heart, but she let me know quite often that she cared about what I care about and shared that with me. For those reasons and because this community was my escape from her cancer I wanted to share a bit about her. I'm also a bit of an addict to writing, and this is my main venue, so I needed to write somethings.

I want to thank every one of you that reached out over social media over the last couple days. I want to thank the other writers here on the website for keeping the content coming. I want to thank all of you for bringing me some smiles.

This is your weekly off-topic post

FanPosts only represent the opinions of the poster, not of Sounder at Heart.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Sounder At Heart

You must be a member of Sounder At Heart to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Sounder At Heart. You should read them.

Join Sounder At Heart

You must be a member of Sounder At Heart to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Sounder At Heart. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker