10 months ago

Dee

A few weeks back, Alia challenged Dee Brown to a basketball game. Dee agreed to take her on. That’s when the trash talking started. To his word, Dee came over and took on Alia in a one-on-one match-up. I think Alia won, but that’s because she told Dee that he had to play defense only. It was an unforgettable evening. Dee Brown is a class act.

10 months ago

Boy and his Dog

This was a photo I took as part of the Photo Club I’m in at work. It was a “street photography” assignment. I love the way his feet are angled.

12 months ago

40 years ago: "Hey Paul, there's a lot of people out there who like to drink vodka and orange juice." - someone backstage #KissAlive

— My Latest Tweet 9/10/2015

12 months ago

Watching old Big Bang Theory and they mention adding “that girl from Blossom” on their Physics Bowl team. Mayim Bialik joined in season 3

— My Latest Tweet 8/29/2015

1 year ago

Watching L&O SVU and I turn to my wife and say, "That dude is in the new Star Wars movie." She says, "Gilbert Godfrey is in Star Wars?" I said, "No. The other guy." I IMDB the episode to be sure. It was Adam Driver. Ha!

— My Latest Tweet(s) 8/5/2015

1 year ago

After the Game

Maria and I after watching a little Illinois baseball. They won.

1 year ago

At the Game

My brother’s family watching the impressive Illinois baseball team. They were winning.

1 year ago

Cookie Monster

My niece Cryzenthia eating a cookie at her brother Kaenan’s birthday party. I’m guessing she enjoyed it?

1 year ago

Birthday Girl

Alia enjoying her birthday party. She’s still opening presents.

1 year ago

St. Patrick’s Day

Saints preserve us! My niece and nephew wearing the green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Representing Clan McDevitt well.

1 year ago

Here’s a YouTube Video

Of course you can embed YouTube videos with Timeline too. All you need is the ID of the video you’re embedding and Timeline will do the rest for you – including automatically generating the background and thumbnail images.

1 year ago

March Madness

I was getting ready for some Illinois Basketball with my Dee Brown bobblehead.

1 year ago

Footballing Around

No one would confuse me for an Illinois football player, but it was still fun trying on a helmet.

2 years ago

I just got upset for a minute because Lonnie Lynn and John Stevens weren't there and Common & John Legend we're accepting on their behalf

— My Latest Tweet 2/22/2015

2 years ago

One Way to Park

I snapped this photo in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Someone was clearly having a really, really bad day.

2 years ago

It’s 2015. Where’s my hoverboard?

— My Latest Tweet 1/1/2015

2 years ago

Christmas 2014

Celebrating our first Christmas together as a married couple.

2 years ago

Us

This is one of my favorite wedding pictures. The alcove. The light. My girl. Perfect.

2 years ago

Before the vows

Maria and I had not seen each other for several hours as we finished getting ready for our big day. I love how we relaxed we both are in this moment.

2 years ago

Looking Sharp

A few days before my wedding, Grant and I were fitted for our tuxes. Big smiles on our faces.

2 years ago

“There’s a reason nobody says easy like Monday morning.” The copywriter in me squeed with that line.

— My Latest Tweet 11/22/2014

2 years ago

Take Me to Your Leader

I’ve had this wind-up robot since I was pretty young. It sits on my desk making sure that nothing bad ever happens to my computer.

2 years ago

Emperor Palpatine has a first name now. It's Sheev. I mean it's no Savage Opress, but whatevs.

— My Latest Tweet 10/16/2014

2 years ago

Someone was whistling "Let it Snow" at work. Cut that sh!t out. It's barely October.

— My Latest Tweet 10/1/2014

2 years ago

Spying a mother and daughter eating lunch at Jimmy Johns and jamming to Pete Townsend's Let My Love Open the Door. #mademesmile

— My Latest Tweet 8/1/2014

2 years ago

I am awake. This is not the state I want to be in.

— My Latest Tweet 7/7/2014

2 years ago

I have an idea... Change the name of the Washington Redskins to the Washington Bullets. That should work.

— My Latest Tweet 6/18/2014

3 years ago

I wonder if Peter Billingsley watches much TBS today?

— My Latest Tweet 12/25/2013

3 years ago

Apparently, Cher's latest tour is named Dressed to Kill. I wonder if she consulted Gene. Probably not.

— My Latest Tweet 12/21/2013

3 years ago

I just got engaged. :)

— My Latest Tweet 12/13/2013

3 years ago

I had no idea Fire Woman by The Cult was ripped from Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer by AC/DC. Exact same riff.

— My Latest Tweet 8/19/2013

3 years ago

I’m so hot when I get naked in the bathroom the shower gets turned on.

— My Latest Tweet 8/3/2013

3 years ago

Why do people say “scared shitless?” I mean no one says “confidently shitfull” do they?

— My Latest Tweet 6/15/2013

3 years ago

Just went on a college visit with my daughter. Suddenly feeling old.

— My Latest Tweet 5/10/2013

3 years ago

Children of the 80s, Ralph Macchio is now the same age as Pat Morita was when the movie The Karate Kid was released. Feeling old yet?

— My Latest Tweet 3/6/2013

4 years ago

I have just realized Rainbow's "It Can't Happen Here" is just a reworking of Deep Purple's "Burn."

— My Latest Tweet 4/18/2012

5 years ago

I just purchased the sweetest headphones I've ever owned - Bose QC 15. The noise cancelling is unreal. Extremely comfortable.

— My Latest Tweet 2/17/2012

5 years ago

Yday was my daughter's 17th birthday. Only thing she wanted was lunch with me and her Mom. Happening momentarily.

— My Latest Tweet 1/28/2012

5 years ago

My brother has no way of explaining Pujols signing to his 5 yr old who has poster on his wall, ornament on tree, etc

— My Latest Tweet 12/8/2011

5 years ago

Remember that ep. of WKRP when Fever used lyrics to "Imagine" to school the intolerant preacher. Still relevant today which is kind of sad.

— My Latest Tweet 12/8/2011

5 years ago

And don't get me started on "keeping Mithra in my Winter Solstice" or maybe it's Attis or Dionysus or Osiris. I forget. Wait, its Saturnalia

— My Latest Tweet 12/6/2011

5 years ago

Wonder what it would take to get a Dave & Busters to #chambana

— My Latest Tweet 11/3/2011

5 years ago

Howabout Marvel and DC sell .cbr/.cbz digital file dnlds for .99 and then print HC editions for direct market and bookstores #comicmarket

— My Latest Tweet 11/3/2011

5 years ago

time in backwards living I'm. Help! #6wordstories

— My Latest Tweet 11/2/2011

5 years ago

Ryne Sandberg as new Cardinals manager? Amusing.

— My Latest Tweet 11/2/2011

5 years ago

It's kinda cool to see my grad school roommate's name in the thank yous of the Pearl Jam Twenty book. Hope he is doing well.

— My Latest Tweet 10/27/2011

5 years ago

Bill Haley and the Small Icy Orbiting Bodies in Our Solar System #lessexcitingbandnames

— My Latest Tweet 10/27/2011

5 years ago

Iron Maiden in the morning! Invigorating! I now have the power, the force, to make my evil take it's course #notreallyevil

— My Latest Tweet 10/24/2011

5 years ago

I have achieved in-box zero. Took me two hours.

— My Latest Tweet 10/12/2011

5 years ago

Hot Date

Taking Maria out on her birthday. How did I get so lucky?

7 years ago

I've got something to say... I killed a spider today and it doesn't matter much to me, as long as it's dead.

— My Latest Tweet 9/11/2009

7 years ago

This day is just peachy.

— My Latest Tweet 8/27/2009

7 years ago

I just realized I'm living after midnight. So, I guess the next step is to keep rockin' to the dawn, loving till the morning. Then, I'm gone.

— My Latest Tweet 8/24/2009

7 years ago

I went to McDonald's and parked next to these black kids in their SWEET ride. They were waiting on a cashier to clock out, I observed...... As I was getting into my car, an old couple in their truck drove by them giving these kids the stink eye. I started laughing...... and they said, "You saw that? I thought I was trippin'!" I gave them a shrug meant to convey "old people, whattyagonnadowith 'em?" I so connect with the youth of America...

— My Latest Tweet(s) 8/20/2009

7 years ago

I am sleepy. Not grumpy or sneezy. Mostly happy. Considered dopey and a bit bashful. So what's the verdict, Doc?

— My Latest Tweet 7/30/2009

7 years ago

I killed you day. Killed you dead. I dowanna see you around. If I see you in the mornin' I kill you dead again.

— My Latest Tweet 4/8/2009

7 years ago

I'm walking around my apartment in a robe and no pants. Feel like Alfred Molina in Boogie Nights. I need firecrackers and Night Ranger.

— My Latest Tweet 3/29/2009

7 years ago

Red Bull Five, standing by...

— My Latest Tweet 3/10/2009

7 years ago

Why doesn't new information enter my brain via a socket in the back of my head a la The Matrix? Aren't I living in the future?

— My Latest Tweet 3/3/2009

8 years ago

Fell off a chair as I was closing a vent and about broke my wrist. Clumsy... Stupid... Doddering...Helpless... Lucky...

— My Latest Tweet 1/16/2009

8 years ago

Being unemployed means your job is finding a new job.

— My Latest Tweet 1/6/2009

8 years ago

Sometimes goodbye is a second chance...

— My Latest Tweet 11/12/2008

8 years ago

Mondays... I say we outlaw them.

— My Latest Tweet 11/10/2008

8 years ago

Wouldn't "The Anti-Life Equation" be a great name for a Death Metal Band?

— My Latest Tweet 8/7/2008

8 years ago

A blog is kinda like having three chords and the truth for the less than musically inclined.

— My Latest Tweet 7/16/2008

8 years ago

Warren Ellis

I met one of my writing heroes, Warren Ellis, at Wizard World Chicago. He doesn’t shake hands, but he did pose for a pic and sign a bunch of my comics.

8 years ago

Massive headache not going away. Only cure seems to be tiny explosive device inserted into my nasal cavity and switched on.

— My Latest Tweet 6/3/2008

8 years ago

Tchotchkes is one of my favorite words. I need to use it more often.

— My Latest Tweet 5/23/2008

8 years ago

Khakis: what you need to start your car in Boston.

— My Latest Tweet 5/3/2008

9 years ago

There's nobody here, but the voices in my head. I'd ask them politely to be quiet, but they keep coming up with cool ideas.

— My Latest Tweet 2/12/2008

9 years ago

Sassy Birthday Girl

Right before we were going to go out and celebrate her birthday, she posed in front of my apartment door. I think she was going for “Sassy Confidence.”

9 years ago

Busch Stadium

I snapped this shot of Busch Stadium from the parking garage across the street. Grant and I had left early to beat the traffic. It was my first experience at the new ballpark.

9 years ago

Free Comic Book Day 2007

Here I am on Free Comic Book Day selling Slip Kid to the good people of Champaign-Urbana. I sold a few issues.

10 years ago

Snowapocalypse of 2007

Outside my apartment window, the day after a ton of snow fell on East Central Illinois. I was snowed in and they even closed the University of Illinois and that never happens.

10 years ago

Christmas 2006

My brother Ryan, his wife Michele and my nephew Kaenan at our parents house.

10 years ago

King’s Island Trip

Katie and I took a mini vacation to King’s Island. This is her, dripping wet, after battling a raging river ride.

10 years ago

Katie and Kaenan

My daughter holder her cousin a few days after my brother brought him home.

11 years ago

Princess Make-Over

As a birthday present, Katie went to one of those make-over places that used to exist in malls across the country. They did her hair, added a bit of make-up, dropped in a little bling. She looked beautiful.

11 years ago

Fleeced

That look on my face is what happens when Mick Foley takes $40 from me to scratch his name on my book and I wasn’t quite prepared for it at a signing. I don’t mind paying for autographs (well, I actually do), but I didn’t know he was asking $40. Zero signs up.

11 years ago

Santa Monica Pier

It was an overcast day, but I generally like this shot of the Santa Monica Pier I took while in Los Angeles for the MTV Movie Awards show.

11 years ago

MTV Movie Awards

I’m pretty sure the maid took this slightly blurry picture of Grant and me as we were about to head to the MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The best part was seeing the Foo Fighter play “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” just for the live audience.

12 years ago

Daddy-Daughter Dance

The Champaign Park District put on a Daddy-Daughter dance, so Katie and I got all dressed up and spent the evening dancing, drinking punch, and generally having a grand time.

12 years ago

Prairie Fire

I used this photo as a desktop background for years. I love how the clouds and setting sun turn the sky into fire.

13 years ago

Christmas 2003

My parents at Christmas. One of my favorite photos ever.

13 years ago

Sky

For a long time, I thought this might have been the best sky photo I ever took. I always feel like it’s majestic and free. You mileage may vary.

13 years ago

Wizard World 2003

Three amigos ready to take on the convention. This is the year, Grant took a lot of crazy cosplay photos.

13 years ago

Grandma McDevitt

Grandma McDevitt at my parent’s house. We’re celebrating Mother’s Day. I miss her all the time.

13 years ago

Katie at Ebertfest

My daughter and I went to see My Dog Skip at Ebertfest. The movie really affected her and she was in heavy tears by the end. The good thing is I surprised her with a chance to pet the dog used in the movie and ask a question of Chaz Ebert and the movie’s director. While I didn’t get this photo, luckily the moment was captured and sent to me.

15 years ago

Champaign Sky

I took this one at night in front of The News-Gazette. Christmas was in the air.

15 years ago

A Few of my Favorite Things

This is me in 2001 at a photoshoot showcasing examples of a few things that represented me. As you can see, there’s a St. Louis Cardinals hat, George Perez drawn headshot of Batman, Star Trek tie, Good Will Hunting DVD, Gene Simmons of KISS solo album and my favorite picture of my six-year-old playing the piano. It’s a good start to my life in Champaign.

Hi, I'm Sean McDevitt and I'm a professional writer, really amateur photographer, master tweeter, and a few other things. This is Swimming in Champaign, an archive site of a sort compiling 15 years of publishing life, work and everything in-between. I have, of course, nearly 15 years of material that I'm adding to this timeline and I hope you return to see if I've added anything new. Enjoy.

I’m a writer by trade, so I write things. If you're interested in reading my stuff, head over to Medium Or, if you just want to say hello, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email me here. I receive a lot of email — keep it short and you’ll get a faster reply.