Tuesday, May 23, 2023

I understand and wish to continue

These last few months I have been kicking around the idea of starting back on the blogging train.  It hasn’t been much of an idea, but nevertheless, it’s been in the air.

Then the other day I got an alert from my friends at Blogger:


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Even though that was an eleven year old post, I could remember from the title in the web address what the post was about.  It was about the Michael Stipe and Peter Buck from REM having diarrhea.  At least that was my recollection. 

So backing up to the start of the story, there’s this:

The other night I drifted nice continental drift divide

Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein

Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs

Birthday party, cheesecake, jellybean, boom

You symbiotic, patriotic, slam but neck, right, right

That’s a chunk of “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” which is one of those songs that my generation’s cohort was required to attempt and mostly fail to memorize (“yabba dab dabba dab, LEONARD BERNSTEIN”).  Now, at the time it seemed obvious that “jellybean, boom” was a reference to Ronald Reagan, who enjoyed jellybeans and was going to blow us all up.  But no…

The story that I recall coming across was that Stipe and Buck drove all the way from Atlanta to New York without stopping to eat so they could be at a Birthday Party (I think, for Lester Bangs, but at the very least he was there).  They arrived ravenous, thinking that there would be a lot of food to eat, but discovered that there was nothing but birthday cheesecake and jelly beans, which wasn’t what their bodies needed.


The blogger algorithm sat on that for over ten years and just now decided to flag it?  Over gastrointestinal distress? I spent a few days just sitting on that until I decided to go look at the post, because hey, I’d already been thinking about cracking the bloggy thing.

Now - the post itself was just a quote from the book I was reading at the time, which was a biography of Bangs.  I actually left out the part where they got sick (so did I misremember it, or decide to leave it out?  I don’t have the book anymore, so this means a trip to the library at least.)

But I did leave in the bit where Bangs calls Peter Buck a terribly unpleasant word.  Mystery solved!

So after a bit of consideration, I’m just going to leave that post behind the wall of naughty shame.  So if you are interested you have to get past the prompt.

But “lack of trigger” warning:  No mention of sick.


And hello everyone!

Monday, January 05, 2015

And worse... I've lost Latvia!

Sitting in my post queue like a sad broken promise was the most recent post that I had been working on.

I put it here in full:

Two interesting things from the blog stats that I see this fine morning.
 1) I have not posted an entry for eleven months.
 2) My readership has increased by something like thirteen times since the days when I was posting somewhat regularly.
I don't have an easy explanation for either of those things.  Actually, the second thing seems to be a combination of search engine robot jiggery-pokery, and an astonishing uptick in readership from Latvia. (Hello, Latvians!) The first thing is on me entirely, and the explanation isn't easy due to me not intending to give it to the internet.  (Sorry, Latvians!)
I see that this post was dated Aug 19, 2013.  And I have now had a quick scan of my (such as it is) readership.  I have lost whatever traction I once had in Latvia.  Sorry, Latvians!

Creeeeeeek Flutter Flutter *cough*

And this room is where I kept my blog!  Look at it sitting there all lonely.

You know...  A bit of solvent and some polish, we might be able to get this thing going again.  What do you think, kids?  Take her for a spin?

Monday, August 19, 2013


About a week ago I had a looksee at this poor neglected hallway of my internet presence and was astonished to notice that it had been close to a year since the last post on here.  So I thought it would be amusing to wait the week and have the next post show up exactly a year later.  Give or take twelve hours.

Hello everyone.  What's new?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I had a moment to watch Boxing coverage and heard one of the commenters say (and I am trying to remember the wording exactly):

"A boxer should always be cognizant of the location of the other boxer's fists."

I love that.  I am going to use that as my new motto.
For about 18 hours the other day I was under the impression that a group of badminton players had been lighting matches and throwing them at people.  Sort of like an angry street gang or something.

Learning the truth has come as sort of a letdown.

I understand and wish to continue

These last few months I have been kicking around the idea of starting back on the blogging train.  It hasn’t been much of an idea, but never...