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The Loss Column, Evolved

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

— Andy Warhol

I don’t know if it’s the woeful underperformance of the Orioles, the changing of the seasons, or something deeper. Might be all three. Whatever it is, I’ve been thinking lately that it’s time — past time — for a change. That it’s either evolve or die.

What I mean is, I think The Loss Column has slipped into kind of a rut and I need to fix it. You might be wondering, “how?”

It’s time to return to the basics. This site was always supposed to be home for a wide-ranging discussion. The heavy focus on all things Birdland came naturally via evolution and I didn’t fight it. Now, however, it feels too restrictive. That and the number of sites where folks write about the Orioles has expanded dramatically in the four-plus years since TLC launched. I don’t have much interest in clamoring for prominence solely within that niche.

I want the site to continue to be a place to talk Orioles but I also want it to be something a bit more. So, starting today, we’re sailing into uncharted waters and seeing what we find.

This could mean more writing about music, food, liquor, art, Americana (vintage and non-vintage), culture, etc. It could mean more pictures of attractive ladies. It could mean more writing about other sports like I used to do. I don’t know for sure. All I know is, things will be different and better.

As part of that, I’d like to bring on a contributor or two. I have some folks in mind already but nothing’s set in stone. So if that’s the kind of thing that might interest you, drop me a line.

I also want to know something: what does your ideal Loss Column look like? What do you want to see more of? Less of? Do the kinds of changes I’m suggesting here make you more or less inclined to keep stopping by?

This place belongs as much to those of you who visit regularly as it does to me, so I want to make sure any changes are made with a nod toward respecting that relationship. It’s still my decision, of course, but if you’ve got feedback and ideas I’d love to hear them.

I’m feeling good about this. Excited. Join me, won’t you?

10 comments to The Loss Column, Evolved

  • ryan97ou

    hey as long as there’s still a place to yell at Andrew (and to no one in particular) about the orioles i am all about the expansion into new territory. bring it on.

    an axe demands to be used when there’s wood to be chopped.

  • df1570

    You guys should be talking about how great RUSH was on Friday night at the Arena and how three 57-year old guys can do that kind of virtuoso work every night (with the occasional night off) for 7 straight months.

  • Andrew

    @ ryan97ou:
    To quote a great thinker, “What the fuck did I do?”

    Neal, you should write more about racing! I know your up and in that area of sports fandom.

  • dan the man

    I’m with ryan.. as long as the beloved, woeful O’s are a part of any incarnation of TLC, I’m game.

    I dig Gentlemanly Means, and those themes have always sort of been a part of TLC, so that type of stuff is never a bad fit.

    I like the idea of bringing in more contributors – that harkens back to the early days of TLC. Neal, sometimes I get the impression you are posting in a sort of lonely state. I think you need some compadres helping you out and making it fun again.

    Music, booze, ladies, Baltimore in general, other sports.. all good things.

  • ryan97ou

    @ Andrew: your name was just the first that came to mind…no offense meant.

  • Andrew

    @ ryan97ou:
    And none taken. I mean, feel free to yell at me about the Orioles. But I don’t have any answers for you right now unfortunately.

    We need beer reviews, too. I find that I usually stick to the things I like (Dogfishhead 60 Minutes, Heavy Seas whichever, and of course the home brew at my old favorite bar in Rochester, the Old Toad Nut Brown) unless/until someone recommends something else with good reasoning.

    Additionally: whiskey reviews. And at the exact same time, somehow get Tom Waits to review the latest superhero movie.

    Now THAT is a way to get our minds off of the stupid Orioles.

  • @ df1570:

    I stopped going to see Rush once they stopped performing for the crowd and started performing for themselves.
    No new crap, By-Tor & the Snow Dog NOW!

  • news and reviews about local music shows in B’more? I like this being a little niche of Ballymer I can come back to and refresh.

  • jack

    Don’t blame ya. Wouldn’t want to talk about the orioles either.

  • neal s

    @ Andrew: I’ve been thinking for awhile that I need to do more work on racing. My only hang up has been a sense that I might literally be the only one who cares. But, hey, you mentioned it so that’s good enough for me.

    Also, big “yes” to more talk of beer, whiskey, etc. We’ve had a “libations/sustenance” category for virtually the site’s entire existence and I’ve barely used it in the past three years. Time to fix that.

    @ dan the man: There’s definitely going to be some migration of the Gentlemanly Means Pursued content to this space. And you’re right about harkening back to the early days. That’s exactly what I think we need to do.

    @ jack: It’s not that, honestly. It’s just that I got a little complacent and let the site drift too far from what it was and what it should be.

    @ Tomás: I’m not as plugged into the local music scene as I once was but I think we definitely need to talk music more often. Me or guest contributors. Either way.

    And that link to the Transformers video is pretty damn amazing. Well done.