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And so it begins. . .

aka Jersey Shore Retro. . .You can only rule the Jersey Shore forever. . .just once!

When I told people I was contemplating writing a blog for the Patch, a few people asked me the obligatory questions like why and what would I write about. Very good questions. . .

First, I love to write. I've been told by many people that I have a knack for writing. When my creative juices get flowing, writing becomes a natural outlet for me. For anyone who's ever followed me on Facebook or Twitter. . .well, I'm sure no one will give you an argument there.

Second, I can write a blog as often or not as often as I want to. Unlike a syndicated columnist who has a contractual obligation to write "X" amount of columns per week, I have no such pressure or obligation in order to meet some predetermined number of articles. I can write on my blog whenever the feeling hits me. Also, it doesn't have to be as formal as a syndicated column, too (not that I would ever give viewers an unprofessional product).

Third, I have stories to tell. Having been born and raised on the Jersey Shore all my life, I've come to experience things that I'm sure everyone who reads my blog can take something away from. Whether it's a success story, personal triumph, a tragedy, or just an everyday ordinary occurrence, we can all learn something from someone else's experience -- don't you think?

I also like writing about technology and innovation, as well as music and social issues that affect our lives. I have opinions!

I'm a husband and father of two, a Federal government employee, and a holder of two college degrees (a BA from Glassboro State College and an MS from the Stevens Institute of Technology).

I am also a part-time community activist (or so I've been called), having volunteered for several different organizations at one time or another over the course of the last 30 years or so. The American Cancer Society and the Long Branch Public Schools are two such causes that come to mind.

I'm also an active exempt volunteer firefighter, celebrating 35 years with the West Long Branch Fire Department, Company #2 this month.

Finally, I'm the Co-Chair of the Long Branch Cable TV Commission, the organization that oversees the Government/public access channel 20 for the City of Long Branch (if you don't live in Long Branch, you can view the channel over the Internet on a PC with Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher at http://LBCTV20.angelfire.com).

And so it begins, folks.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy my view. . .

(You can also follow Kevin Cieri on his public Facebook page, "Jersey Shore Retro" as well as on Twitter @jsretro).

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

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