I'm not going to pretend that what I've been through deserves any sympathy because it doesn't, but when you love doing something and you can't do it, regardless of the safety net, it can be stressful and trying.
And that's why I'd like to give a shout out to these people for their support over the past three years.
To my best buddy Darren Wasylyk and his wonderful wife Lori Love who kept telling me it would all fall into place.
To my good friend Dan Duran who insisted that I start a website. I should have taken his advice about six months earlier than I did.
To Peter Cugno aka Scary Bald Headed Pete who was quick to call me immediately after my firing with an offer to help him with a couple of projects that took my mind off my situation.
To Jamie Watson, who was the first guy to call me after my firing and say "let's go out for a beer."
To Erin Davis, who showed a lot of class by quickly offering support after my firing. She had just been through it and she knew how I felt.
To Jeff Marek who made room for me on Leafs Lunch, just to keep my name out there.
To Mark Hebscher, Donna Skelly and Lawrence Diskin, who put me on TV.
To Danny Kingsbury, who helped me keep perspective on a few things.
To Q-107 Program Director Blair Bartrem who has this unique quality in a person now-a-days. He always returns phone calls. I swear, as a Program Director, I will return every phone call I receive. During my "sabbatical" it was probably the most disappointing and disturbing aspect, but Blair always picked up the phone.
To John Derringer who offered encouragement and support through my website, and then offered to have me on his show which absolutely cranked my traffic through the roof.
To Mike Stafford who mentioned my name and website on his show countless times. Just to help out.
To Jeff McArthur, Craig Venn, Neil Morrison, Bruce Barker and Curtis Bray, who've made me part of their radio shows.
To Jason Barr, Bob Willette, Jeff Domet, Sandra Plugakis, Maie Pauts, Dean Blundell, Gene Valaitis and Kevin O'Leary, who kept in touch.
To Hal Blackadar and Chris Pandoff for their assistance and to John Cassaday for the hand written letter he sent, welcoming me back into the company.
To Humble Howard for some great memories.
And to my friends and family who were proud that I was "Fred" from the radio, and anticipated from day one that the phone would ring off the hook with job offers. It was touching.
Thanks, ya buggers.