Friday, September 28, 2012

Thank You, Everybody!

Six months ago today I stuck my toe in the water and started blogging. To be honest, I had no idea if I would learn to "swim" -  even floating seemed an unreasonable task - but I had been sitting poolside for too many years.

Addicted to politics and jonesing on blogs, I had been a lurker for the past decade, assembling my list of favorites, checking in daily with some, catching up weekly with others. The writers and contributors on these blogs had become imaginary friends to me as I laughed, commiserated, and often nodded vigorously in agreement at my computer screen. Too many posts for me to count were sent off in emails or linked on Facebook or read aloud to my husband.

So thank you. All of you. For all the wonderful hours of reading.

My only goal for this blog was to "get it off my chest", the suggestion coming from my husband who "needed to get some work done." HAHA! I suppose being followed around the house every day with insistent pleading that he listen to one more post or read one more essay or look at one more political cartoon had reached the point of saturation for him.

But I had no expectation that so many of you would be so kind and welcoming to my living room litanies, my office orations, my sun room summations. 

So I just want to say THANK YOU! to everyone. For the links, the comments, the friendship. Your generosity has been nothing short of overwhelming.

The bad part is that it is also encouraging....and you know how that goes....


(In alphabetical order)
Doug Ross at Doug Ross@Journal
Harvey at IMAO
Joan of Argghh! at Primordial Slack
Rachel Lucas at Rachel Lucas
Velociman at Velociworld

And for everyone who has seen fit to put me on their blogroll - DANG!!! It's just like being famous, only without all the upside. HAHA! 

As for my TOP NOTCH COMMENTERS! Just WOW! You guys are the best. And I mean that in the most conceited and self-important way possible - as in I have the best commenters! It's like being in a room full of like-minded, intelligent, funny, wise-cracking political junkies.  What could be better than that?

So here's a toast to:

Jeff Bonwick

OH! And Anonymous, of course. HAHA!

An extra special SHOUT OUT! goes to Rachel Lucas
who directed her commenters to me.
Thanks for sharing, Rachel. 
I promise to love them and hug them and never let them go. 
I am Kathy Bates.

In the meantime, I feel a song coming on....


  1. I am Kathy Bates.

    Note to self: Keep an eye out for women carrying sledgehammers.

  2. I hope you hang in there and blog for a long, long time. I've seen many come and go, with some just disappearing for no apparent reason.

    1. I'll third that. Sorry for the lack of comments lately -- it's just been a busy time at my startup.

    2. You guys have become great friends. I will always be grateful to Rachel for being so generous in "introducing" me right out of the start box, and for the way all of you jumped in and's become something of a party!

      Thanks. I really mean it.

    3. And RG: a very SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to you for dialing in on my love of horses and sending me those links.

      AND for helping me with coding my comments. THAT was the BEST!!!!

    4. JESS: You're the one I think of as the "writer". I love the stories you weave. You should think about self-publishing. Really.

    5. Jeff: Start up?!? YIKES! I completely understand. My husband and I own our own business and we STILL feel like it's a start up after 12 years because we are just now meeting with people who might want to take it in a new direction. CRAP! It's going to be busy around here, too.

      But your comments are always so exquisitely pithy that I implore you to stop by and drop some snark. Your comment on Rachel's blog about Harry Reid, "Pictures of every private moment since 1970 or it happened" was BEYOND hysterical. I STILL laugh over that one.

  3. Buttercup, I have enjoyed reading and commenting on your blog. I came here following a link from IMAO. Frank likes to keep his blog PG-13, so sometimes it is a challenge to self moderate a comment to make it acceptable for his site. I appreciate your not trying to keep your blog PC. Sometimes an f-bomb is quite useful to emphasize your point.
    You are a kinder, gentler version of the Emperor Misha I. I keep expecting to see you as a Rottie, as you would fit right in over at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

    1. Buttercup, I have enjoyed reading and commenting on your blog. I came here following a link from IMAO.

      And you've been HUGE fun. Keep commenting,please - I really appreciate your viewpoint.

      I read Misha, actually. Have for years. But, I just don't comment on blogs. I love that you think I'm a version of him. He is mightily pithy and pointed. And he makes me laugh out loud often. He doesn't just punch hippies - as Frank would say - he gut-punches them and then stomps on their heads. And that's always fun to think about. HAHAHA!

  4. I'm with Jess, I hope you frequent the blog waves for a long time, Buttercup. You have an incisive an intelligent mind, and you're very perceptive of people's motives. And damn, a lot of the time you're just plain LOL funny.

    It's been a long time since I've posted on my blog. Probably about time to get back into it. There's evil out there that needs opposing and its time I started shouting at it again.

    1. It's been a long time since I've posted on my blog. Probably about time to get back into it.

      DO IT.

      There IS evil out there. We need warriors.

  5. It's a pleasure to have more bloggers out there, doing whatever it is that makes them unique. And you do a fine job, much more than I ever did when I started mine!

    1. Joan of Argghh! You, along with Rachel, deserve an EXTRA SPECIAL MENTION as you were one of the first bloggers who recognized me and started responding to posts. I was completely star-struck and giddy when you commented the first time.

      I was all like "WOW!" and then like "OH MY GOSH!" and then like "I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT!" HAHAHAHA! Really, I was as silly as a 12 year old who just touched Justin Bieber on the sleeve.

  6. Your "voice" is much more snarkily gravitasy or succinct or whatever the hell the word is than just a six-month old. Blogger, that is.
    In other words, your blog is fabu!

    1. snarkily gravitasy

      THAT is fabulous! But it's what I would expect from "the mouse".

      I'm stealing it. Please don't hit me with a copyright violation or anything.


  7. Great blog, Buttercup. You do more than merely vent your spleen. You've got some good, solid original thinking and opinions. I enjoy your take on things and your succinct, clear writing skills.

  8. One more thing -- your commenters are top-notch. God, there are a lot of people out there smarter than me!

    1. Lambert, you were one of the first commenters who encouraged me to stay with this, and I thank you sincerely. When I first started I simply thought I would throw stuff up and it would go out into the ether and get lost in the noise and that would be fine. But it was really nice to have someone say they enjoyed what I wrote.


  9. Wow. Just WOW. Thanks, everyone. I put up this THANK YOU LETTER and took off for the weekend and I came back to - WOW. Now I have to thank YOU! Y'all were just supposed to say, "Why, you're welcome." HAHAHA!

    So I'm sitting here sort of laughing at myself, because in all honestly, I didn't post that to solicit such wonderful comments. But that's what I mean...You are the BEST!

    I just felt I needed to let you all know how amazing the last six months have been. I've had more fun and this blog has been more interesting than I could have imagined because of you guys.

    I have been reading blogs for so long without commenting that deciding to blog myself put me in a state of equal parts terrified that no one would read me; horrified that someone might read me; and paralyzed with anxiety over which one would be worse. And now I realize that "horrified" ain't so bad. HAHAHAHA!

    I'm all choked up. Really I am.

    1. Does your husband perform the Heimlich? I strongly recommend that for choking.

      You promise to love us and hug us, but will you pet us and pat us and name us George, too? (The real problem with our youth began with the banning of Bugs Bunny)

      I'll be one of those lifelong commentors, so I really respect those that go out and DO the blogging for the obvious sole purpose of feeding MY personal addiction. I appreciate the way you all cater to it all being about me.

    2. HAHAHAHA! "I ain't no bunny rabbit!"

      My favorite character OF ALL!!! was Daffy. One of my favorite cartoons was when Bugs went to Arabia and Daffy came along and found the treasure and went crazy over the gold and jewels and stuff. His lascivious greed was hysterical. "I'm a happy miser!"

      And Tuerqas, you broke the code. It is ALL about you!!

    3. How will today's youth know to hold a tiny umbrella over their heads when somebody drops a boulder or anvil on them? That's what I want to know.

      Hard to pick favorite scenes, seems like practically every cartoon has at least one great one.

    4. The best line: I may be a coward, but I'm a gre-e-e-e-edy coward!

  10. The guests are running riot over at Rachel's house, Og and Physics Geek are having a great old time wrecking the place! Bahahaha!

  11. Does her husband perform the hind lick? isn't that a little personal?



    1. Y'know, they both work pretty well. If you ever see a strange man or woman choking in a restaurant, and pull down their pants and underwear only to lick their ass, I bet it still works. As a bonus, you may be able to tell if they swallow or spit too.

    2. You know, I bet that would be good for hiccups too.

    3. I'm going to exercise ladylike restraint and leave you gentlemen to your particular insights on possible remedies for choking and hiccuping.


  12. When I first read you, I thought you'd been blogging for years because you've got the finely honed snark down.

    Keep it up and you'll be in the top....ummm...
    Well, you'll be well up the mountain of blogertiness soon!

    1. Thank you, Kurt. I attribute any "style" I have to my years and years of reading blogs. I was the prototype for the "lurker". Still am, for the most part. Oh, I now stick my two cents in on the comment threads of a few blogs, like yours, but I still mostly just read the posts as I struggle to keep up with the information flow. There are just so many great blogs out there, it takes a lot of time to stay on top of them all. And now life looks like it will be getting in the way for a while. I'll just have to step it up a notch. HA!