Ross Nunamaker has just posted his last blog, entitled "Thank you." I'm pretty sure my final post will have a different title.
We're both from Nazareth and even started out around the same time, but are as different as night and day. He's a well-respected member of the community whose blog, News Over Coffee, is proudly featured at Nazareth's library. In fact, it might be archived there as a historic treasure. I'm a dirtball known for my collection of parking tickets. My blog is banned at the library. I might be banned there, too, as a result a late return.
Ross is involved with the foo-foos at Nazareth Center for the Arts. The last time I stumbled into that place, I was late and slid into a seat at the very end of some story-teller's tale, disrupting the entire room. I got all kinds of dirty looks as I ruined the finale, but it was a lousy story, anyway.
We both teamed up when Nazareth considered relocating its municipal center to a kids' baseball park on Green Street, but we also tangled a bit over skateboarding (I consider it a sport) as well as his direct solicitation of ads (a no-no in my blogging bible).
My focus was always regional and, of course, I have an attitude. His News Over Coffee was hyper-local, devoted exclusively to the Nazareth community. Unlike me, he avoided taking sides, unless something really bothered him. It was, as he said, "the place where neighbors connect to share news and information about Nazareth, PA."
And they did.
I am sorry to see Ross leave the blogosphere, despite our different styles. Better than most, I understand it is very time-consuming, especially for someone with a young family.