What’s The Hook Up To Anyway?

By now I’m sure at least eight of you are wondering, “What the hell’s going on with your ‘100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself” series, Hook?



Well anyway, I started this (hopefully) life-affirming series to be slightly selfish and work through my lingering issues surrounding Rockin’ Ronnie’s death but also to help anyone dealing with grief or depression of any variety. (Lord knows there are millions of reasons to be depressed and disillusioned with life these days.) But a funny thing happened along the way…

I got better.

Mind you, I’m far from completely sane but as John Astin used to say:

“I’m feeling much better now!”

So much so that I’ve decided to stay the course and continue my blogging hiatus. It doesn’t appear that the Summer of 2019 is going to be very hot or summer-like in Niagara Falls, but hopefully the hotel will be bustling with activity – and if I’m lucky some of it may even be quasi-normal. So between work and living my life, as “unique” as it is, I’m going to be a busy man-child.

Heck, I already am.

My daughter and I just returned from our fifth trip to NYC in two years; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two are required viewing if you love next-level theater and have a few hundred dollars burning a hole in your change purse. And Niagara Falls Comic Con 2019 just wrapped up, so I’m mentally and physically drained of all my nerdy power.

So to sum up: I’m feeling good (though my IBS continues to attack me with all the tenacity of a squirrel on my backpack), there are fewer dark days than ever and I’m looking forward to time with my family and the crazy bastards I call my work family more than ever.

It’s all good and so am I.

Come to think of it, maybe this hiatus itself is a Reason To Not Kill Yourself.

#30: Take A Break!


A super image for a super mood…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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49 Responses to What’s The Hook Up To Anyway?

  1. awtytravels says:

    Great, it’s fab to read some positivity on the Internet for a change! Long may it last!

  2. davidprosser says:

    Just look after yourself and your family Robert and think of us when the funny stories happen at the hotel.

  3. Sometimes the more you give away – thoughts, assistance, rope tossed into the dark – the more you suddenly realize you are getting back?
    Cheers for life being busy with entertaining activities (and dunderheads to laugh with and at)
    (And smiles for that kid keeping you trendy and cool …as if you needed any help.HaHa. Have fun, Hook!)

  4. Good news. I think a break is a good idea. If you need to come back to the series at some point you can. Have a great summer, Hook.

  5. Doug in Oakland says:

    Good for you, Mr. Hook, I hope your summer is joyous. And I hope that this heat wave breaks soon here in my new home.

  6. Glad you’re feeling better. Have a great summer!

  7. This is great news! You can always flit in if you want to or not. We’ll be here when you come back.

  8. I actually wondered about your blog just yesterday:) So great to read that everything is going well with you!

  9. 1jaded1 says:

    Whatever you post, I will read. Take care of you 💕.

  10. The Guat says:

    Hey Hook I haven’t been here in a while but came across this post. So glad to hear that you’re doing better and that something along the way helped you out a bit. Hope you have a good break!

  11. I’m envious. I still struggle on a daily basis, as I have since 1971/1972. Counselling, therapy, antidepressants (assorted). Now I’ve got woman trouble driving me to the brink, the very woman who is the root cause of my mental status, who gave me such a huge emotional kicking in 1971…

    Good luck, my old friend. We’ve known each other for a while now. 🙂

  12. Tara says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. I “get” the busyness and need to take a break. You take care of you and your family, and we’ll be here waiting when you come back. (Just don’t go away forever – I would miss you and your anecdotes.) 🙂

  13. StillWaters says:

    Good on you, Hook. I hope you and your family have a grand summer. Don’t forget the Tilley hat and sun block 😉

  14. What wonderful news! And if you want some summer hot temps, come out here to Seattle. Having a bit of an unusual heat wave this week with temps around 90. So glad you’re doing better and got in a trip with your daughter. I hope your summer tourist season brings lots of fodder for more tales from the break room (where I imagine you sharing a laugh or a gripe with coworkers).

  15. Jennie says:

    Yes! A break is a breath of fresh air. I don’t care if that sounds corny, it’s absolutely true. It fills us up with all the good that we need. Funny is good. Funny is healthy. Please share those funny hotel stories when you can. And… I care.

  16. carlystarr says:

    Good to hear you are in a good place. Enjoy your summer.

  17. Like the superman image.. looks very relaxing

  18. susielindau says:

    Are you taking the whole summer off? So is Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News. Seems to be contagious! It sure would free up a ton of time!

  19. Granted it isn’t summer yet, either way the weather has been downright awful with all this rain we have been having, though we get to cut the grass more often! Glad I’m off to Jamaica in a month, some summer weather for moi.

  20. I’ve only read a few of your articles but have truly enjoyed them! I wish you continued happiness in your journey!

  21. kunstkitchen says:

    Hope u r feeling better. I share ur pain.

  22. I loved John Astin on Night Court… “Then there was that incident with the Cheez Whiz and Saran Wrap… but I’m feeling much better now!”
    Yes. Yes, that’s what I took out of this, Hookie.

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