Reinventing Myself At Age 50

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Who I am

I should back up a little and introduce myself. I’m Dave, and I’m a freelance writer. When I was 20 — still a senior at Oakland University — I got hired to cover some games for the Associated Press in Detroit. In two weeks, I went from covering Division II basketball to covering the Pistons. Not only was I going from the GLIAC to the NBA, but I was also writing about the Bad Boys as they went for their second straight championship. They got there, beating the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals. That rivalry has been getting some attention lately on ESPN.

Where I’ve been

When I was young, I ran political campaigns, and I worked as a researcher for my alma mater and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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I hadn’t considered the possibility of sports going away. One sport? Sure. I’ve survived lockouts and strikes by having a backup plan. But all of them?

I had planned for many possible detours along my career path. Unfortunately, I hadn’t considered the possibility of sports going away. One sport? Sure. I’ve survived lockouts and strikes by having a backup plan. But all of them? That’s like working in the publishing industry, and thinking books might stop.

Now what?

I’m 50 with a mortgage and a wife whose kidney transplant in 2018 means we can’t risk her getting COVID-19, and now I’m unemployed for the first time. We’ll be self-quarantining as long as possible, which limits my options.

Moving forward

I don’t know what happens next. I’m going to keep writing things that can help people. I’m going to use social media to hold the government accountable — the courts have already told the president he can’t block me again on Twitter.

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Comerica Park (image via Pixabay)

Freelance writer and data scientist in Metro Detroit. Covered pro sports for NHL.com and the Associated Press before COVID-19. Mentally ill and not ashamed.

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