If it’s corny to celebrate the birthday of one’s blog (which I’ve recently heard it is), then call me an ear “as high as an elephant’s eye”. Because I’m celebrating my two years this freaking morning. And I can’t believe it. For it seems like only yesterday that a certain “prof” had said to me, as I sipped my Jack Daniels and after sharing with him and his wife one of my bar stories, “Why don’t you do a blog, dude, and put all this shit out there on the internet? Just write something down, man, I’ll set up a site and tout you and people will come.” Well I did, he did and you have come. And here I am, two years later, still popping off and pouring out stories from Bar-land. Who knew?
But I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that I am not only proud but truly grateful to all of you because it’s been you who have made this whole thing possible. And I meant that. For without your loyal support (some of you from day one and you know who you are) I would’ve hung up my long white apron a long time ago. You’ve not only made this a joy to do but thanks to some of your comments you’ve made this an education. And a riot… and you know who you are too! So before this corn turns to mush and has to be creamed and served as a side dish instead of an entree’… let me just say that I love you, I appreciate you, I’ve never taken you for granted, and I thank you from the bottom of my tip cup for coming to Bar-land. Cheers, my friends, now on to year three!
PS: Call it guilt or call it gall but just so you have something to read before you quietly disappear into cyberspace, instead of my usual pour-and-tell I’ve decided to throw down a rhyme for this royal occasion. Hope you like it…
Could it be that two years have gone by / since first sitting down to apply / my thoughts in a post / to rant, joke or toast / to blog who, what, when, where and why?
For it seems it was only last week / with chutzpah, dumb luck and pure cheek / I opened the door / and started to pour / what I hoped would be pearls, so to speak.
Now of course I fell short of that goal / as some of those pearls came out coal / but maybe at best / you’ve liked all the rest / my name still appears on your “roll”.
So what have I learned in this time / besides how to write a dumb rhyme / did I grow where it counts / learn of life just an ounce / or go through the motions in mime?
Well I’m happy to say not the latter / this hasn’t been just idle chatter / I’ve soared to great ends / it’s called making friends / and that’s the real heart of this matter.
For words are just words on a post / if no one responds to the host / he needs your approval / or suffer removal / his blog, as they say, would be toast!
Which is why I’m now giving you thanks / for staying right here in the ranks / it’s people like you / being loyal and true / that make me fire bullets not blanks.
Yes thank you again one and all / this time that we’ve spent’s been a ball / now on to year three / with hope and with glee / and that, as we say, is “Last call!”
See ya’ next week…
PPS: I also want to thank Isis the Scientist and Arikia Millikan for all their help in the tech department this past year. I’m still a second grader with all that and they came through like troopers. A hug and a kiss, ladies!