Thursday, October 11, 2007

Will that be Paper or Plastic?

Ask me what I like best about blogging. Go on, ask.

What do you like best about blogging?

I pay much more attention to the goings-on around me.

How stupid an answer is that, you moron?!

Very.

I don't remember anything any better. But I don't need to. Because I can just read through the entries. I can live the highlights and lowlights of my life, my kids' lives, and the lives of the stupid people with whom I regularly come in contact. Yes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. But, at my age and with the passing of so many brain cells due to, ahem, prior substance use, the words associated with just pictures sometimes appear to be in a foreign language.

I consider myself a writer. I've always wanted to be a writer. But I just never wrote. Now I do. And that gives me a contented feeling.

Why this navel exploration? Because today marks one year of blogging for me. Or, at least I thought it did. It turns out Tuesday marked one year of blogging. I have it in my head for ages that I started on October 11. Turns out it was October 9. See what I mean about my failing faculties?

Here's the pithy little post I wrote exactly one year (and two days) ago, using the clunky 360:

Lift-off

So, I'll see if I can get a blog up and running. It's Columbus Day...or Indigenous Peoples Day for the PCers. No more days off from school in our district. I explained it to eldest yesterday that Columbus didn't really discover America, so the school district, among a growing number, no longer acknowledges it by taking the day off. I wonder if they still teach the kids, "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue"? I think he's kind of an afterthought. Frankly, I'm all for it. He didn't discover the U.S. Why honor him for doing so? Of course, I'm also not of Italian descent, so maybe that's why I don't think it's appropriate. The poor Italian-Americans have lost their hero, their reason to parade through North Beach. But the Post Office ain't about to give up a holiday nor are the banks nor are the feds. I'm guessing those same folks would love to take an Intelligent Design Day off for good measure, too.

All right. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day. God bless America and Cristobal Columbus.

[And the title of today's post? One year anniversary gift is paper. Now, count that as the one new thing you learned today.]

17 comments:

Java said...

Happy Anniversary and thank you thank you thank you! After a year, I can't imagine what my morning coffee would be without you!

cjh said...

Yea for blogoversaries. Congrats on a year.

mitzh said...

Oh, Happy 1st Anniversary to your blog. I am so happy for you.

Here's hoping for more years to come and more witty writing from you.

Congratulations!!! (((hugs)))

Jeni said...

I started blogging a year ago this past September and my reasons for blogging - pretty much the same as yours! I figured it was a way to try to write - or practice at it, play with words and such and along the way, log in little memories of the grandkids, my kids, events in our lives etc., because I knew unless it was something that happened 40-50 years ago, I wouldn't remember it beyond a day or two max! And that has proven to be the truth too.
Happy Anniversary two days after the fact. Now go celebrate Columbus Day even if he didn't really discover the U.S., he did get credit for "discovering" the Americas. But I think he's been getting down plays the past so many years because people are blaming him,his actions for making slaves of the natives and all that stuff which was just society and the way they operated in 1492 compared to our "high" standards of today. Yeah, that was a smidgen sarcastic there ya know. History is what it was -nothing more, nothing less - just the facts.

Gina said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I'm Italian-American and I could give a hoot about Columbus. Besides, Italians don't really need an excuse to party!

Rebecca said...

Happy blogiversary!

You're 100% right, you know. I've got 3 years of blogging under my belt, and the entries in my blogs pretty much make up the whole and sum of my memories from the past 3 years. Keep writing... we all enjoy reading your entries today and you will enjoy reading them even more some distant tomorrow...

Maria said...

It is very true. I notice A LOT of things now that I never noticed before I blogged. I will often see something and actually write it down in a little notebook in my purse because it will be blogworthy...

Nesting Momma said...

Happy anniversary to you!!

chichimama said...

Happy anniversary!!!

Linda said...

Happy One Year and Two Days Anniversary to you and your blog!

As for noticing things more, I notice that I find myself thinking "that's a great blog entry" so often now it's ridiculous! But I do notice things - a lot more!

Looking forward to lots more great entries!

Josie Two Shoes said...

Happy 1st Blogging Anniversary, Patty! Isn't it fun to go back and reread the stuff you started with and watch the progress of your journey? And look at all the great people you've met along the way! I am not a writer, but I LOVE to write, blogging gives me a way to do that, and to interact with other folks who love the process and the sharing as much as I do! I'm glad that you are with us here in the blogging community. Oh, and LOL about the missing brain cells - seems to be a common problem of "that" generation! :-)

WorksForMom said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday. Are you registered anywhere for gifts?

:)

Alpha DogMa said...

You out rank me by almost a month. Congrats.

I - like any devotee of The English Patient - knew this was a paper anniversary! And that's a great title.

jenica said...

amazing. we share the same blogiversary. and i blog for the same exact reasons. ahhhhh. *wipe away a tear*

allrileyedup said...

Congrats on hitting one year!

Bubba's Sis said...

Happy Birthday dear Blog, Happy Birthday to yooooouuuu!

I love your blog, Patois - keep on writing and I'll keep on reading!

I fancy myself a writer, too, and blog for the same reasons you do. It's a good creative outlet, don't you think?

susiej said...

Happy Anniversary.

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