Punday, December 14th

Hey, does anyone out there know what a narminal egg is?

I was asking a friend about getting one of those big screen TVs. He cautioned me that they cost a narminal egg.

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Happy 1st Blogosversary to Me!

One year ago, I set out on an epic journey. A journey with the goal of publishing the insane ramblings of my mind for the whole world to see. I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I’m humbled that those who follow this blog regularly take valuable time out their day to read my posts. Thank you. To those lurking out there, I also thank you for listening in and encourage you to post comments. I love hearing what people think.

My importantly (and least expectedly), I have made some great new friends along the way, and kept in better touch with some existing friends.

I can’t wait to see what year 2 brings. Let’s go!

1stbirthday

Reasons I’m Smiling Today

You know, there are lots of things going on in the world, the country, and even personally that I could fret about. However, I’m finding lots of things to smile about. I’d rather focus on those. Here they are, in no particular order.

  • It’s Friday! That’s always a good reason to be happy.
  • The Broncos are ranked #9 nationally and poised to be invited to a BCS bowl game. Tomorrow, they will kick some Vandal butt.
  • We are entering my favorite time of the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. It’s always an opportunity to spend cherished time with family and friends, and enjoy good food and good times. More importantly, it’s a time to renew and reflect on the things that are truly important.
  • In just 3 short days, the Older Daughter will be getting her driver’s license. While this generates lots of mixed feelings with me, I’m very proud and excited for her.
  • I have a job that I love. Just 5 short months ago I was facing a layoff in a really tough job market. I was fortunate enough to find a new job and have no time out of work. The fact that I absolutely love the job is a big plus also.
  • I have the best family and friends in the world. They are more loving and supportive of me than I feel that I deserve at times.
  • Blogging rules! DITH is nearing its one year anniversary (just a few short shopping weeks left folks). I am having a great time and have made some great new friends along the way.
  • Did I mention it’s Friday? Have a good weekend!

Bryan: The Interview

My friend Bekki over in Nectarville has started a new interview feature on her blog. I was honored to be the first of her peeps to be interviewed. Check out the interview to learn way more about me than you probably ever wanted to know.  🙂

While you’re there, have a look around at some of her other material. She also has a poetry blog if you are so inclined.

No, I’m Not Dead

Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated. You see, I had hoped to keep up with you during my week camping a couple of weeks ago by posting in the evening just before bed. However, the wireless service wouldn’t work inside the trailer and I really didn’t want to sit outside getting bit by mosquitoes. Then last week was my first on the new job and I was simply not in a posting mood. Anyway, I’m back and hope to start posting at my former rates again.

Happy 10,000th Clickaversary to Me

I don’t do this very often, but let me take a moment to toot my own horn. DITH has surpassed the 10,000 visitor mark! The first 10,000 is the most difficult right? Kind of like saving the first $1 million is the most difficult? Well, I wouldn’t know because I’m still about $998,472.15 short. Okay, now if you’ll just allow me to spew some useless facts your way, I’ll let you go about your merry way.

According to www.alexa.com, this is the 6,187,952nd most popular website and reaches about 0.000009% of global Internet users. Yes, I know, very impressive numbers. You definitely have a right to be jealous.

And now (drum roll), the 10 most popular posts of all time.  If you’ve missed any of these, you might want to check them out.

Oregon Special Edition Barbie Dolls
1968 Retrospect: Fashion
George Carlin Quotes
Men and Public Restrooms
The Worst Song Ever: I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of Rollerskates
Am I Deaf?
HP Sucks
Boise: A Terrorist Target?
Bathroom Rules Violation
Dumb Marketing Slogans

I took a look at the bottom 10 to see if maybe there was maybe a gem there that everyone missed. There wasn’t. The bottom 10 do actually suck.

Also, a big thanks to my top referrers of traffic. I wouldn’t be hitting this milestone without your links to me. Be sure to check out these blogs if you haven’t yet–they are all very good.
Nectarville!
Boise Goodlife
That’s What She Blogged
SaintPaulGrrl’s Northern Exposure
Rejecting Your Reality
Tailgating Ideas
Jon’s Other Blog

Dairy Queen Entrepreneur in the Making

Check out this new commercial from Dairy Queen. It’s very cute and very funny.

Knee-Deep in June

For awhile, I was trying to make some extra cash by buying books at yard sales and then selling them on eBay, half.com, or amazon.com. I just ran across an old box of books and found a book called Riley Farm-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley. It was originally written in 1883, though this particular edition was printed in 1901. On the dedication page, it says “Inscribed with all grateful esteem to the good old-fashioned people.”

It’s actually a book of poems. I could be jeopardizing my Man Card by doing this, but I’m going to share part of one of the poems with you. It has 8 (verses?). But I like the first one, because I can identify with the laziness it expresses. Here you go:

KNEE-DEEP IN JUNE

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Tell you what I like the best–

‘Long about knee-deep in June,

‘Bout the time strawberries melts

On the vine,–some afternoon

Likes to jes’ git out and rest,

And not work at nothin’ else!

Million Blog March

Thanks John

Casey Kasem says: “Coming in at #1214 on the Million Blog List, it’s the legendary Dad in the Headlights”

Okay, so this is not actually a ranking. It’s a project where someone is trying to find out how long it will take to get 1 million blogs listed. It’s probably just a thinly veiled attempt to generate lots of traffic and pick up ad revenue. Oh well…it’s still kind of fun to be listed. Check it out if you want to be a part of the fun and games.


Go Ahead, Tell Me Where to Go

Everyone else is doing it, so guess I will too. Here’s where it says I should live:

 


You Should Live in a Small City


You are definitely an urban person, but not any old city will do.You want a city that matches you well. For you, big cities lack individuality.You prefer a smaller city with lots of personality, local culture, and history.

 

 Here’s where I actually live:


You Should Live in the Country


You are laid back, calm, and good at entertaining yourself.You don’t need an expensive big city to keep you busy.

You’ll take the peaceful life over the stressful life any day of the week.

I’m Back!

No folks, I’m not dead. I was on vacation last week. Then when I got home, my router was DOA. We were too busy catching up on ranch chores Sunday to go pick up a new one. So it was not until last night that I was able to work on getting the new one installed. The box said it would take 3 minutes to install. 2 hours later, I was up and running again.

It really sucks to be offline. I probably thought of something at least hourly (or maybe minutely) that I wanted to look up online, but couldn’t.

Anyway, I’m back. Hopefully you can look forward to something worth reading on a regular basis again. Nah, don’t hold your breath.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

I was reading through the Portland newspaper yesterday. When I got to the weather, here is the forecast I found for our week here:

  • Sunday: Rain
  • Monday: A little rain
  • Tuesday: A little rain
  • Wednesday: Rain
  • Thursday: Rain possible
  • Friday: Showers around
  • Saturday: A few showers

It’s spring in Portland, Oregon and it’s going to rain every day? Inconceivable.

Where am I Anyway?

I mentioned that I am on vacation in Portland, Oregon this week. Well, that not quite correct. I’m actually in Vancouver, Washington. The people of Vancouver probably don’t like that I am saying Portland. However, it’s just easier than trying to explain where Vancouver is. Plus, if it weren’t for the Columbia River, this would be Portland. So there.

However, this got me thinking about all the places I’ve lived that have an identity crisis. I’m afraid it’s running rampant. Let’s take a look at them:

  • I was born in Lebanon–no, not the Middle Eastern country: Lebanon, Oregon
  • I then moved to Ontario–no, not California or Canada: Ontario, Oregon
  • My wife is from Vancouver–no, not Canada: Vancouver, Washington

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Well, I’ve doing this crazy blogging thing for almost 4 months now. It was an early New Year’s resolution that I have actually kept. I am really enjoying it. I have met new friends and become more connected with existing friends. There is also something very rewarding about taking the time to put together a good post and watching the numbers come in. There’s just something kind of cool about somehow impacting where web surfing traffic goes. Anyway, I was taking a moment to reflect and wanted to share with you my top 10 posts as well as the lonely 10 that barely received a glance.

 First off, here are your 10 favorite posts all time. If you have missed out on some of these, now is your chance to catch up.

  1. About   59
  2. Am I Deaf?   43

Ah yes, and the shameful 10. Perhaps there’s a gem in there that most everyone missed. Most likely though, they just suck and you’ll waste your time reading them. Your choice.

Most of my personal favorites appear in the top 10 list. However, a couple did not:

Her Place Is in the Kitchen

I Want To Be Mr. Potato Head

Book Meme: An Inconvenient Book

Thanks John.

Just a quick question. Aren’t memes just a sophisticated version of spam? I’m just saying. Oh well, they can still be fun.

The rules:

  1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences

“There’s only one problem: Arcuri had already proven that the phone-sex allegation wasn’t true. His coworker had used his hotel room phone and inadvertently dialed a 1-800 prefix instead of a 212 prefix when trying to reach the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Service. It was just a coincidence that the rest of the digits were exactly the same.”

From An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe.

Let’s keep the madness rolling. Bonnie, you’re up next.

Earthquake!

The Wife called me at 7:23am and asked “Did you feel it?” I had no idea what she was talking about. Apparently she was sitting at a stoplight in Meridian, Idaho on her way home from work when her truck started shaking. She looked around for a big truck coming down the road that might cause the shaking, but saw nothing. Then she saw that the stoplights were bobbing up and down.

What she felt was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred 11 miles northeast of Elko, Nevada, 6 miles below the surface. The temblor was felt throughout northern Nevada, southern Idaho, and northern Utah. Cracked walls were reported at the Motel 6 in Wells, Nevada. Unfortunately, it sounds like there will be many more reports forthcoming of property damage in the immediate Wells area.