Good morning everyone. Wanted to take some time to thank everyone for their support and well wishes for the documentary. Many Jets fans are glad someone is peaking up for them while some others who did speak up, now have put their tail between their legs and ran away. Never will understand that. I guess those who were outspoken against the PSL’s and the Jets organization changed their mind, purchased PSL’s, and do not want to seem like a hypocrite. The Jets seem to know the Jedi Mind Trick and the Jets fans will do what they say because they feel they have no choice. Yes, you do, do not buy them. I already know some that went for the PSL’s and are regretting their choice because it was an impulse reaction and went for it. Now, some are having second thoughts.
Before I get more into updates as to what has been going on I want to let everyone know how hard it is for me to be behind the camera. See, I have a central loss of vision in both of my eyes. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with a vision disorder called subretinal neovascularization with pathological myopia. The Ansler Gird shows you what I see in comparison to what someone with perfect vision sees. It mainly happens to people in their 60’s-70’s. The age I got this happens to 1 out of 3 million. Winner in the unlucky lottery. It is a form of wet macular degeneration that creates hemorrhaging and blood clotting on the blood vessels behind the eyes. The blood leaks out which creates scarring behind the eyes when it dries. So I am looking through scars on both of my eyes which really distorts my central vision. Even typing this on my laptop is not an easy task. Imagine going though life trying to look though a scar on each eye impeding your central vision. Not an easy thing to do. Plus, there is nothing they can do for me. The problem is so close to the center of the eye if they go in with laser, they risk my entire vision.
When I get behind the camera I always have to film from the gut and intuition. I can not make out a clear picture or see if everything is in focus. Thank god for auto focus and assistance. If I did not have a great support team in my wife, Anthony Quintano, and recently Billy Tooma and Matt nackson, I do not know what I would be doing. I know I can not do it all myself & sometimes you just need that extra hand. I was too proud to want any help before. Was not going to let a little vision loss make me rely on someone else. But after coming to my other senses I knew the help was coming from a good place in everyone. You don’t need eyesight to have vision.
When I would sit in our seats at Giants Stadium, I would need binoculars every game just to see what was going on on the field. Our seats were in Section 226, Row 8, Seats 7 and 8. Every pass and every run I wanted through my father’s old Sears binoculars. They work great! My wife got me a new trendy slimmer pair last season. Got my chance to see Brett Favre up close every game. Well, except the last game. The last game of the 2008 season and my last ever game at Giants Stadium I left my binoculars in the car. I didn’t go back to get them. I watched the game all right, just didn’t have a great view. My last game at Giants Stadium and I could barely see it. It is in those times in life where even the slightest handicap makes you sink in your seat. You then get up out of your seat and know you will not miss the next moment. Having a handicap does not make one handicap from living their life.
I never let this get in the way of anything I did. It forced me out of wrestling in high school and that was about it. Will be out in the next few months filming and looking into football alternatives. Some did not know there was such a thing. I will have more on it soon. Jets making a lot of off season moves. I hope for the teams sake the good players they are getting can become a great team. I am off to Giants Stadium today to take some more pictures so I will update everyone tonight. Not going to let a little vision loss slow me down. It motivates me to work harder and not settle on any project. I never quit, I persevere.