In 1000 posts there are alot ups and some downs. The site has a wealth of information and ideas that mostly come from the readers. The site was designed as a comedic vehicle and my critics will swear to this day I never left my roots.
There have been many amazing moments but far and away the most touching moment was the outpouring of support from our posters when my friend Rob underwent a change in life. I always considered Rob a friend, but members of our community reached out to Rob. The reactions of our readers shows the best of what we can be. The reaction was almost entirely universal.
I am going to talk about sports and my fried Rob. Many of us are sports fans and we seldom bring it here. Readers know that I am a fan of the New York Yankees and the Alkaseltzer NY Giants. Rob had his up moment when the lowly Detroit Tigers defeated the Yankees in the playoffs. A running gag on this site is the Detroit Lions who may be the worst team in professional sports. Rob did point out the NY Knicks are worse and he is right. The Knicks are overpaid around a decade or more from the playoffs. They also are the only team in sports history ever to have a GM in court over criminal conduct.
The interview segments are standouts on this blog. My skill has improved in this area and I would like to thank AOW for being the first to sit in the Hot seat. Many times I am aware of the comedic potential of a question. Most of the time the joke goes off as planed except for the Disgrunted Chemist who answered blandly about Free Radicals. More interestingly are the moments when the joke is on me. I interviewed Freedomnow who like me is a tad to the left of most here. Possum also approaches matters from a similar perspective. I asked a question about safety nets that most of us are aware are Welfare, Unemployment and Social Security. Well Freedomnow cleverly turned the question into a response about circus performers. Another example is when I asked Batya the question about Kadima.
There have been many excellent interviews but to name a few off the top of my head
the interviews with the Editrix, Possum,MZ and She Designs stand out. The most erie moment came in a Bad Eagle interview with Amil. Amil described how the mullahs used religion to whip children into human cannon fodder. The description of children being given the plastic key to heaven and marched en masse to die on the field of battle was surreal. I do not know that the readers benefit from these haunting images, but they are real.
I do like the cyber roasts as do many of you. However, many of the toastes still aim their quips at the host sometimes not the guest of honor.
As far as my memorable posts the 9-11 and WTC93 memories are near the top. We do have some idiots like John Brown and Weazie claiming these were insider jobs. Yet I try to convey how routine trips in the WTC were for NYC residents. A trip to buy theatre tickets ends up with me getting blown up. In a twist of fate the the person I was dating chides me as a cheapskate, because that is where the discount tickets were located.
We have had some memorable foils but the Duck gets the award for best troll. He never
complains or cries like Gertrude or 167. He has his own sense of honor, accompanied by dreadful ideas. The dumbest troll is Janice whose next intelligent thought will be
the first. The lowest of all of these types is Greg of Hear O Israel.
We have a few trademark lines Beamish in 08, but the best is that of a reader Kuhn Kat with the soothing HAHAHAHA you Marxist moron.
I would also like to post a note about friends who aren't around much who I miss.
Lady Esther who I shared an Email with recently was a class act. Felis of Democracy Frontline was always a friend whose insight is missed. I miss hearing the Thunder of Jeff Bargholtz. I do not know who he upset in Jordan but every few weeks someone looks for him by name. I miss having Bib Bubba visit and if I ever figure out how to
get into his site I'll let him know.
I want to talk about the friends I have beside me Justin, Rob, Nanc, TMW, Freedomnow,
AOW, Florian, Zinla, Donal, Jason, AC,Elmer, Farmer John, Kuhnkat,Tazzmax,Possum,The Editrix, Steve H, Mustang, Brooke, both Batyas, Amil and of course Mr Beamish. I may have left a few out and I put Mr Beamish last as an honor. However many people misconstrue my relationship with the Duck and he is a friend of sorts, just one with dreadful ideas. This blog would not be possible without the leader of our community and a man I proudly call my best friend in the blogosphere Warren. Warren is like a big brother to many of us and most of you meet me through Warren or AOW. Warren defines honor and the nature of being a friend. He is always there with his hand out in friendship. He probably will not be here today as he has more serious matters that dwarf this community. A man is known by the caliber of of the friends and the company he keeps. I am a lucky man who counts his blessings each day for the wonderful friends that fill our community.
Beamish in 08
The Best spoofs are probably the ones that did not make the blog. There was the Man in the Iron Gasmask and a Sanford and Son Spoof with Me as Fred Sanford and Ducky as Lamont and with the cast of our community in cameos. We never posted the oft talked about Queer Eye for the Jihadi guy segment either. Maybe someday reworked versions of those satires will be posted.
I will add an ask the Beak segment where you get to interview me.