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December 09, 2009

Crappy Blogging Alert

Anyone who has been kind enough to tolerate my writing for any length of time has probably noticed that I have a tendency to quit blogging in October.

I have no idea why I do that (or more accurately I do have some ideas but they're not really all that interesting). The point is, it is what it is.

This October was no exception, but I'd already promised to head up the Valour IT Marine team. I'm so glad I did that, because it was a great experience and I got to meet some amazing bloggers. But at the the end of the day the bills still come due.

I am trying to strike some kind of balance between blogging and real life so I don't have these big swings between being happy and full of enthusiasm and being tired and disgusted. I don't like writing when I'm disgusted. The world (and certainly the Internet) offers way too much anger and pessimism as it is without my adding to it.

I much prefer thinking of myself as an annoyingly chirpy voice of snarky naivete. That's a lot easier to do when you're not dealing with a massive sense of humor failure :p

I guess what I'm saying is that I need to get back in touch with my inner Pollyanna. I'm not quitting, but I am warning you that blogging is going to be light to non-existent for a little while. There are too many demands on my time and I need to do some mental housecleaning. In the meantime, I leave you with one of my all time favorite songs:

When paradise is no longer fit for you to live in
And your adolescent dreams are gone
Through the days you feel a little used up
And you don't know where your energy's gone wrong
It's just your soul feelin' a little downhearted
Sometimes life is too ridiculous to live
You count your friends all on one finger
I know it sounds crazy just the way that we live

Between a laugh and a tear
Smile in the mirror as you walk by
Between a laugh and a tear
And that's as good as it can get for us
And there ain't no reason to stop tryin'

When this cardboard town can no longer amuse you
You see through everything and nothin' seems worthwhile
And hypocrite used to be such a big word to you
Don't seem to mean anything to you now
Just try to live each and every precious moment
Don't be discouraged by the future forget the past
That's old advice but it'll be good to you
I know there's a balance
I see it when I swing past

Between a laugh and a tear
Smile in the mirror as you walk by
Between a laugh and a tear
And that's as good as it can get for us
And there ain't no reason to stop tryin'

I love that line: "Ain't no reason to stop trying". Give me a little time and I'll be back, more irreverent irrelevant than ever and ready to skewer unnoticed mooses with offbeat and largely superfluous snark.

Update: one more for the road. Best Mellencamp song of all time.

Posted by Cassandra at December 9, 2009 08:29 AM

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Have a wonderful holiday and we'll see you later!

Posted by: Pogue at December 9, 2009 10:44 AM

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The return of your precision guided irreverence will be eagerly anticipated.

In the meantime, enjoy the spirit of the season with family and friends.

Kindest regards and best wishes,


Posted by: bthun at December 9, 2009 11:15 AM

FWIW, many of you have come to be both family and friends to me. Thanks for all you guys have given me over the years, and most of all for the joy of allowing me to get to know you a bit.

Posted by: Cassandra at December 9, 2009 11:37 AM

Craig Crawford, Imus’s guest this morning on Imus In The Morning. Just In Time For Christmas “Listen Up Mr President” Craig Crawford FBN Video I tell my Democrat Friends not to underestimate Sarah Palin. Craig Crawford weighs in on third party run for Sarah Palin.

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/12/i-fav-craig-crawford-sarah-palin-third.html

Posted by: keyboard jockey at December 9, 2009 12:51 PM

I don't begrudge you your time off, Cass, I'm just worried that without my comments to hold everything together the world will soon descend into indiscriminate veganism, or even worse, antidisestablishmentinterianism.

Posted by: spd rdr at December 9, 2009 01:55 PM

*Pssst... Spd, ask M'lady if we can get out of the penalty box now. The pizza and beer supply is getting real low.*

Posted by: bthun at December 9, 2009 03:08 PM

I would, bthun, but I think the little lady is busy trying to wriggle out of a slight misunderstanding with her attorney and the Canadian Mounties.
As Miss Cleo is so fond of reminding us"The cahhhhds, dey never lie."

Posted by: spd rdr at December 9, 2009 03:22 PM

And another thing... who's going to fix it when I screw up imbedding the links? Sheesh.

Posted by: spd rdr at December 9, 2009 03:24 PM

I am afraid to let you and spd out of the penalty box because you're both highly encourag... err... incorrigible.

As a matter of fact, the entire Oink Cadre is now in the penalty box :p

Serves you right!

Posted by: Cassandra at December 9, 2009 03:35 PM

*begins drilling hole through penalty box wall*
Hold on guys, I'll have the tap line strung through in just a sec.....the entire Cadre?! Crap, I don't have enough beer in stock for that!!!
*digs out little black book*
Ah, here we go.....Flingwing Distribution Inc.
*beep boop beepbeepbeep boop boop beep boop boopboopboopboopboopboopboop beep*
Oh great, they're not in......
*sigh*
*goes back to running new tap line*
Guess you guys will just have to make due with the six kegs I have on hand right now.

Posted by: DL Sly at December 9, 2009 04:51 PM

Just try joining the ranks of Obama economic refugees. There suddenly appears much time to blog! Unfortunately as you note... the bills come due!

Posted by: Conservative Blog at December 9, 2009 05:18 PM

"Unfortunately as you note... the bills come due!"
Don't hafta either. How many times I gotta say it?

Obama gonna pay my bills...

Posted by: Peggy Joseph at December 9, 2009 05:42 PM

Posted by: Michael HockeyStick Mann at December 9, 2009 05:53 PM

Update: one more for the road. Best Mellencamp song of all time.

"We're sorry -- VEVO is not currently available in your country."

It probably wasn't the one I was thinking of.

Which is *this* one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdl5_3HX8bU

Posted by: BillT at December 10, 2009 12:39 AM

Darlin', I'd rather read your "crappy" blogging than 99.9% of the rest of the blogosphere's content.

As for Mellencamp? Just another dumbass Democrat dissident.
(I absolutely adore alliteration)

I do actually know Mellencamp's gardener, though, FWIW.
(Which would be approximately nuttin', honey)...

Posted by: camojack at December 10, 2009 01:14 AM

I don't like Mellencamp as a person. Like many musicians, he feels rather than thinks.

But I do like some of his music. Some of it is annoying, but when he gets it right, he really gets it right.

Bill, it was "Check it out". Though I like the one you linked very much too :p

Posted by: Cassandra at December 10, 2009 01:46 AM

ABSOLUTELY NOT! No. Back to the sugar mines with you, it is kompletely verboten for you to take a break. Ve von't allow it! Wir haben ein grossen gewohnt mit zwei katchen und mussen wir dieses geburtztag angesprachen mit anschluss und madchen uber alles! SIEG... SIEG... SIEG...

Oh, um... ahem... no, really. It's fine. Carry on.

Posted by: MikeD at December 10, 2009 09:54 AM

I don't like Mellencamp as a person. Like many musicians, he feels rather than thinks.
But I do like some of his music. Some of it is annoying, but when he gets it right, he really gets it right.
Posted by: Cassandra at December 10, 2009 01:46 AM

In the interest of full disclosure: I like some of Mellencamp's music too...

Posted by: camojack at December 11, 2009 03:41 AM

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