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May 06

Cha Cha & Spoons: This is the End, My Friends

On a warm summer evening in May 2012, I sat with Spoons in a steakhouse bar to pitch the idea for www.ChaChaandSpoons.com. Almost four years to the day, it is with sadness that I am posting the final blog on the website, at least for the foreseeable future.

If I were to be asked some of my favorite moments, it would absolutely be every show I had ever done with Spoons. I can’t narrow them down, but our tangents on Star Wars that revealed our inner nerd (what does Chewie keep in that bandolier?), or each and every apology we ever issued, certainly stand out.

wristbandCha Cha & Spoons was intended to broaden the conversation about sports into what it truly was, a part of our lives. We strived to talk about everything that would ordinarily be discussed at a bar rail, be it sex, movies, music, drinks, or shenanigans, all skewing towards sports. Sometimes we did it a bit better than others, but we’re human.

Additionally, this was one more opportunity to continue a ten-year conversation between friends. On January 1, 2016, we ceased recording podcast episodes. At that time, Spoons also took a break from writing for the website. Since that day, ChaChaandSpoons.com has lacked a certain spark/edge that I felt it once had.

Spoons and I may have a renaissance and find our way back, but we will most likely evolve into different projects. Some will be better than others. We’re like a poor man’s Blink-182. We show up when we are least needed.

I want to take this opportunity to thank an amazing artist named Matt Haney. Matt was the designer for our cool logo, and has been a good friend of mine for almost 25 years. He is one of the most talented men I’ve ever met, and I’m eternally grateful to say he was a part of this project.

Caitlin Froelich has been the editor for CC&S for the entire length of our run. She spent tireless hours reading blogs, social copy and never failed to remind me of my tenses. To put that in perspective, she logged over 1000 posts of intense opinions, and never once attempted to sway me. I am thankful for her tireless hours of reading and correcting, and her friendship.

Marshall Evans is a man that knows more about websites than I will ever pretend. Another longtime friend of 25 Top-quality-coffee-spoon-12-pieces-simple-small-mirror-polishing-dessert-spoons-dinnerware-set-of-spoonyears, “U.S.” was critical in helping design www.ChaChaandSpoons.com and managed the page until I got my feet under me. He continues to be a reader, fan, and on of my best friends.

None of this would have been possible without Spoons. I have never met anyone in my life that naturally paired with me comically. Spoons is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and I can honestly say that every episode ever recorded was really as fun as it sounded. His gift of timing and sensibility is unparalleled and he made me better each and every single day. As stated in our profiles, Spoons and I met at a bar rail over 10 years ago, and I couldn’t have imagined doing this adventure with anyone else.

As for me, I am temporarily retiring from self-employment to take on a venture that I truly believe in. I owe it to myself and the people around me to give it 100%, and for the first time in my entire life, I will stop looking for the next thing and focus on the now.

I am eternally grateful for each and every email, story, and listener we’ve ever had. From our very first blog on August 14, 2012 (J-E-T-S or U-G-L-Y) to now, we have not missed one day of new, original content, something I always hoped would be a constant in our reader’s lives.

Thank you all for your support. Until a publisher comes along and demands a semi-less original sequel, this is the end of this story.

 

 

About the author

Chad

Chad has a Bachelor's Degree from Marquette University in Broadcast Journalism & Electronic Communications. Currently living in Seattle, WA, he takes every opportunity he can to go to a game, partake in the nightlife, laugh with friends & family and root for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.