Friends, readers, and other lovely Internet people-
I’d have sent you a Christmas card, but I don’t have all your addresses. So, in lieu of me sending you a festive thing with some embarrassing holiday pictures of me on it, please accept this virtual Christmas letter.
2013 has been a wonderful year for me, as I hope it has been for all of you. I’ve had the opportunity to strike out in directions I never even considered. Thanks to my friends Rutledge Wood and Michael Trucco, the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race helped me discover my passion for auto racing. I got to follow the TPCR up with joining my other pal Tanner Foust for Ford Racing’s X Games Media Day, and then watching him win a silver medal in the X Games Rallycross finals. You haven’t lived until you’ve gotten to ride shotgun in a Global Rallycross-ready Ford Fiesta.
We had two more successful seasons of The Voice, including bringing the trophy back to Team Adam. But what I’ll remember most is Adam Levine pulling me aside on a bad day and telling me that I could never let him down. Or how Carson Daly paid me the ultimate compliment by calling me part of the Voice family.
This has also been a bit of an emotional year for me, as I’ve come full circle back to some important pieces of my past. Sports Night started airing in syndication, and I’ve enjoyed rediscovering the show that shaped me both professionally and personally. I wouldn’t be here without the staffers of CSC. That was what I got to tell Aaron Sorkin at this year’s PaleyFest, and he told me that I made his night. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ve recently been exchanging tweets with Josh Charles, and provided we can get it scheduled, hope to be doing an interview with him in the new year. It’s amazing to realize that I’m so close to talking to the actor who left probably the biggest artistic fingerprint on my life.
I dug deep when I joined Spike to work on Criss Angel BeLIEve. As you might or might not know, magic was a passion of mine and my childhood best friend’s, and I dropped it after he was killed twelve years ago. I thought revisiting it would be painful, but thanks to Criss, instead I’ve rediscovered that interest and been able to deal with some of my unresolved emotions. My time on BeLIEve was nothing short of amazing, from watching some fantastic illusions to being singled out in front of a full audience at the Luxor. It brought me into a whole new world that I’m not ever going to forget.
Of course, not everything is perfect. Since I know you’ll ask, my health is still very much an issue. There’s been a lot of pain and a few really bad days have happened, and I’m just hoping to stay out of the hospital after my next surgical evaluation in May. I never know what the doctors are going to say.
But even with that going on, I’m so tremendously lucky. I can say that this year, I finally met my favorite actor and my favorite writer, got to ride in a race car, became friends with the Magician of the Century, and was acknowledged by my hero in the middle of a sold-out arena concert. So while it hasn’t been easy, either physically or emotionally, this has nonetheless been a beautiful year and I’m glad that you’ve been here to share it with me.
All my best to you and yours for a safe, happy and fun Christmas season.