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Hello there! How have you been? I just wanted to take a moment to check in with the folks who supported this blog from the beginning. This past June I started this personal blog and thought that my friends and family would get some small amount of amusement out of it. I never dreamed that it would have any appeal to people who didn’t know me.

Less than three weeks into the life of the Upper Deck, I had over 5,000 views. It occurred to me that sites with that kind of traffic could make a few advertising dollars if operated and managed properly. The Upper Deck, however, was and is hosted by WordPress.com. WordPress is an awesome site for hosting blogs, and I would recommend it to anyone starting out, but if you are going to pour your heart and soul into your content, shouldn’t you at least be able to call it your own and have the potential to make a living from it?

Yes, I'm here to buy some books?

Believe me, I’m no where near making a living off of writing, but that was the goal when I decided to launch underscoopfire.com. You guys were the inspiration. I’m surrounded by very talented and dedicated friends and contributors who want this website to work as much as I do. I was fortunate to have input on the site’s name (a very youthful inside joke we may divulge details on some day), categories, and content from very trusted lifelong friends partners, and they continue to help make the website better everyday. I can’t thank Corey Chapman enough for his leadership on the podcast, and Joe Zicari and Chris Tanski for making it fun and entertaining every week. You can read about all of the talented underscoopfire.com team here. As for the site’s name making no sense, a wise man once said to me, “What does ‘Amazon’ have to do with books and dvds?”

I am continually trying to improve the users’ experience, and provide reasons for readers to come back. We post new content everyday, multiple times on most days. Every column we run on the site is posted on the underscoopfire Facebook page wall, and the link is tweeted to our 530+ Twitter followers.

In an effort to reward our repeat visitors and in an attempt to grow readership, I have installed a REWARDS program. This program is legitimate, no strings attached. You just click on the small rewards banner on the left sidebar, sign up for a free account, and it does the rest. The program tracks how many time you visit, and you get points for things like:

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You can check the leaderboard, and when you hit certain milestones you earn a gift card to places like Best Buy, eBay, and Groupon. FREE money just for visiting our site. I hope you like it. If not, or if you have other ideas, please contact me. I’m always trying to make the experience better.
As always, thanks for reading.

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In the first of what will hopefully be multiple guest-writer debuts this week, the Upper Deck unveils a new recurring segment called “Love Letters of Love”. Author Corey Chapman gives us unprecedented access into the mind and heart of a fan, and a little celebrity advice for good measure. Enjoy.

Dear Mr. Eddie Murphy-

Hi! I hope you are well. My name is Corey and I am a huuuuuuge fan, from your early days on the small screen as a not ready for prime time player on “Saturday Night Live” to your break out theatrical performances in “Beverly Hills Cop” and “48 Hours”. Heck, I still quote your stand up specials “Delirious” and “Raw.” That bit you did about Elvis having to sing everything? Love it! But that’s not why I am writing you today. You already know (and probably get a TON of fan mail) about how amazing a career you have had. Pretty much everything you touch turns to gold! But there is one area where you didn’t go platinum…

This morning started out like any other typical corporate Monday morning. I was clock watching by 8:05, trying to come up with a to-do list for the weekend, still five days away. I picked up the phone to call my first customer of the week, totally expecting to be blown off, like so many times before. In my profession, it’s rare to have an upbeat, thought-provoking conversation with a customer on Monday morning. It’s like everyone can sense the vibe over the phone that we are collectively bummed out that the weekend is over and we are back to the daily grind.

I know what you are thinking Eddie, “Who are you and how did you get my home address?” and “Should I sign on to do Norbit 2?” Keep reading Eddie, this ends well.

So I ask for the decision maker, which in itself is code for “I am a salesman, I want to sell you something.” Immediately, I go somewhere I boldly go about 50 times a day: ON HOLD. But today was different. Instead of listening to adult contemporary hits of the 90s (who doesn’t love Roxette and Celine Dion?) or slow, mellow jazz (that I have fallen asleep too) I was given a treat. Your 1985 smash record “Party All The Time” started right up as if the Hold Music Gods knew I needed that pick me up to start the day.

ALL the time. It's relentless.

“Girl I can’t understand it why you want to hurt me

After all the things I’ve done for you

I buy you champagne and roses and diamonds on your finger-”

The toes are tapping! My smile shines in my tiny cubicle…

“Diamonds on your finger

Still you hang out all night

What am I to do?”

I am looking around the office, desperate for a coworker to ask why I am doing the cabbage patch in my ergonomically engineered swivel chair.

“My girl wants to party all the time

Party all the time

Party all the tiiiiiiime”

Your Rick James-produced anthem got my heart pumping, my body moving, and my brain focused. When the customer decided I had waited long enough, I diffused his case of the “Mun-days” and was able to sell him some of my wares. I am confident this would not have been the case if I was twiddling my thumbs to Jon Secada or Rusted Root. The energy your music provided me turned my Monday morning into a Friday afternoon!

So here is the meat of the message, Ed. May I call you Ed?

I think its time you record a new album! There I said it. I can’t be the first person to suggest this. Can I?

Yes, Rick James is dead, bitch. That reunion isn’t happening. But there are many producers out there that could spin your tales of lost love into chart topping hits. We could recruit the Black Eyed Peas to engineer a few dance tracks, dig up Babyface from wherever he has been hiding the last 10 years for a couple of power ballads, and maybe Trent Reznor could work his magic on a few industrial rock tracks. The possibilities are endless!

I can help work on the sales and marketing of the music. First, we get one of the songs on both your new album AND the soundtrack to your next movie. A little crossover action. Then, while out promoting the movie, we work it into the contract that when you guest on Conan, Leno, Letterman, The Today Show, etc. that you are also booked as the musical guest. And the weekend the movie comes out, you return to your roots at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to HOST & SING on Saturday Night Live! The movie opens number one, the album tops the iTunes charts and Eddie Murphy has reinvented himself!

Give it some thought. It might give you enough juice to get “Vampire in Brooklyn 2” made.

I have to go. I’m sitting on hold and REM’s “Everybody Hurts” just came on. Ugh, Monday mornings….



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