No goodbyes, just a lot of memories


This was the final post in the Astros’ Fan Blog at chron.com on July 8, 2013.

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” –Ecclesiastes 3:1.

My dad worked for Nabisco for 41 years. My mom was the assistant to the president of a local bank for more than 20 years. It’s my heritage.

You’ve heard much of my story over the last eight years. How I snuggled under the covers at a young age with a staticky transistor radio pressed up against my ear, listening to Gene Elston and Loel Passe. Hoping my mom and dad didn’t hear, since it was well past the time I should have been asleep.

How I kept up with stats using a spiral notebook. Every time Cesar Cedeno hit a home run or Jack Billingham locked up a win, it was recorded in that notebook. That notebook is still somewhere in the attic of my parents’ home in Natchitoches.

How Karen and I came up with names for our kids during a Giants-Astros’ game.

Of the many memories at the Astrodome and my experience sitting in the Crawford Boxes during that famed 18-inning game (or at least the last 12 innings).  And, of course, the account of how this blog started. Have I ever mentioned that I use to comment on Richard Justice’s blog using friends’ names? Think I told him.

Indeed, there is a season for everything. By nature, I’m a long-timer, don’t job-hop, church-hop or even brand-hop. Still use Crest for the most part and still with State Farm…because it’s what my mom and dad did. Very traditional. And loyal. And old school. If it ain’t broke, well, you know?

As I’ve mentioned recently, this blog has been one of the high honors and privileges of my life. Never really imagined this would go beyond the first few months, much less nearly eight years. I’ve viewed every post, every year as though I was in extra innings and I’ve toyed more than once with the idea that it’s time to move on.

Together, we built a juggernaut of sorts. Lost plenty of followers when the Chronicle moved to the new format, and quite a few others through fair-weather status in recent years.

Thank you doesn’t adequately convey my sentiments to you, the Astros and the Chronicle. And while I won’t say goodbye, we will take another road starting today. I’ll continue to write about the Astros from time to time, but will widen the scope to include sports in general, plus family, life and other things that are inspirational, motivational and challenging.

Please stop by the new site at www.chipalatta.com. You can also follow me on Facebook or on Twitter.

Or stay in touch by email at chipalatta@gmail.com.

I am a long-time Astros’ fan. More than that, I hope that now I’m your long-time friend.

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5 comments on “No goodbyes, just a lot of memories

  1. Glad to finally see chipalatta.com pop up! I now have no compelling reason to visit the chron. Hope to talk a lot of Astros here.

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