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...And a snow-white pillow for my big fat head

Last week was a rather odd time for me. Work was hell (I got in nearly 40 hours, which may not sound like much, but it was crammed into 4 days), but while the day job got worse and worse, my blogging "career" saw some rather significant milestones.

First, I received a highly favorable comment on one of my postings. While that alone would have been enough an ego boost, when it turned out to have been from the near-legendary Chris Muir, I was promptly sent into orbit. We exchanged a few e-mails, ones that basically patted each other on the back, and he sent me an "autographed" (by the character) picture of Sam in a bikini. Best damned reward I've yet to receive.

Next, I had my first "interview" with a member of the mainstream press. I'd mentioned California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham in relation to the idea of naming warships (or anything else) for someone while they are still alive. Somehow, that piece came to the attention of San Diego Union-Tribune Columnist Logan Jenkins, who has apparently been a burr under Cunningham's saddle for some time now. He e-mailed me to ask for an interview, and I spent about ten minutes talking with him about it. Like all good interviews I've heard about, I learned as much from him as he did from me. He used my piece and comments as a jumping-off point for his own.

In essence, he took my basic notion and ran with it in a completely different direction, one which I simply couldn't. Instead of going into a historical context, he went straight to the horse's mouth and called up James Cobb, the author of the books starring Cunningham's namesake warship, and got his take on the matter, too.

I'm not that thrilled with the tone of Jenkins' piece, but 1) it IS an opinion piece, B) he added a hell of a lot more to the story than I could have, and did it well; and III) he spelled my name right -- that's a major plus in my book.

Finally, a long-time occasional sparring partner of mine in the blogosphere finally got fed up with the continual slapping around he'd been receiving and called it quits. I wish I could claim sole credit for this achievement, but Boyd is certainly entitled to his share of the credit -- quite possible more than half of it. Further, it didn't "take" -- his retirement didn't even last a week.

In retrospect, I was kind of saddened when he hung it up -- whenever I found myself needing to jump-start my outrage, I'd meander over to his page (or another where he tended to cross-post) and usually find something worth shredding. But it was a brief thrill, to feel that sense of victory.

I guess I'm just lucky the day job (the one that pays the bills) is going so lousy right now, and my social life is still non-existent. Otherwise, I just might be completely and utterly insufferable.

Comments (7)

And here I thought we were ... (Below threshold)

And here I thought we were finally going to get a peek under the Lone Ranger's-er, Jay Tea's mask. Oh well.

Otherwise?... (Below threshold)


There is a science fiction ... (Below threshold)
Sabba Hillel:

There is a science fiction novel involving the war between the caliphate and the UN in the 2020's (or so) with a ship named the USS Hillary Clinton. THe ship is named for the president who started the war with the caliphate and the major naval forces upgrade before sh was assassinated by the jihadis.

The back history is a throway set of lines as the flotilla of which the Clinton is the flagship gets thrown back into the middle of the battles of Gudalcanal in WW II. Most of the novel involves the use of the history library, the problems with modern black soldiers in a segregated era, etc.

I think that I made a mista... (Below threshold)
Sabba Hillel:

I think that I made a mistake and it was the Battle of Midway not Gudalcanal.

Saba, you're talking about ... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Saba, you're talking about the "Axis of Time" books by John Birmingham. The first is called "Weapons Of Choice."

I know this because Sunday I picked up the second one, "Designated Targets," and am reading it now.


~Perhaps he-who-will-not-be... (Below threshold)

~Perhaps he-who-will-not-be-named was carried away by utopian passion.~

It's not unnoticed by some of us the various media people who repercolate the concepts, ideas and even references-in-relation-to-what that they've noticably found in a blog (universal blog-reference there), but, I tend to smile about that. It's nice to have friends. I like to think of it as, say, Cartman's obsession with Mel Gibson: it's good to be obsessed with the better among us.

JayYou've always b... (Below threshold)


You've always been a bright and excellent writer.







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