23 Years!

I’m going old school. Before I get to that, a quick note.

This month marks the 23rd anniversary of this site. 23 years! That means it’s older than Google, older than the iPod, older than the word “blog” itself. We called them online journals or homepages back then. This was before social media, clickbait, and autoplay videos screwed up everything. I went online via TIAC (“The Internet Access Company”) and my phone line was constantly tied up. AOL ruled the web in 1996 (thanks to those “10 Free Hours!” discs we all got in the mail), Friends was only two years old, and “Macarena” was the number one song. Everybody still had a landline, nobody felt the need to take a picture of their lunch, and I had a lot more hair.

How long is 23 years? When I started this site, “content” was still called “writing.”

Every year I post something to tell newcomers who I am. I write a weekly column for The Saturday Evening Post (every Friday morning)  and I contribute to other publications and sites. I created the pop culture mag/blog Professor Barnhardt’s Journal in 2002 and in 2003 I published Book, with Words and Pages. I’m currently working on a novel (aren’t we all) and other projects.

I’m not on Facebook or Twitter. I consider this my HQ on the web and I update it all the time. You can sign up to get notified when I update the site (enter your e-mail in the box over on the right). If you’d like to contact me you can send me an e-mail or leave a comment on a post. I also send out a handwritten or typed letter via snail mail (the old-fashioned way) every month, in an envelope with a stamp and everything! If you’d like to subscribe the details are here.

I take tea over coffee, dogs over cats, and cold weather over warm. My favorite TV shows are The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mad Men and my favorite movie is It’s A Wonderful Life. I need to lose a few pounds, I’ve never sent a text, and when I was 10 I accidentally punched a nun. (It’s a long story.)

Oh yeah, the old school thing. This site has gone through a lot of changes over the years. I was an early blogger and I remember when this site had a lot of links and commentary and was updated more often, so I want to get back to that. People keep saying that blogs are dying. I don’t know if that’s true. There certainly aren’t as many of them as there used to be, but I’m doing my part to keep them alive.

How old school am I going? Look over on the right. Yup, that’s a “blog roll.” Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999.

And now, a flashback: Today talking about this new thing called “the internet.” Katie and Bryant understood before anyone what was going to happen to us.

Random Thoughts

Dear Jeremy Renner: OK, OK, you win! I’ll buy your album! Now can Jeep stop running those commercials where you wander around the desert singing?

“Kyrgios” sounds like the name of a cereal. It lowers your cholesterol, but only a-holes eat it.

My supermarket put up their Halloween candy display two weeks ago. At this rate, Santa-shaped chocolates should be on the shelves around Labor Day.

Actual BuzzFeed headline: “We Know If You’re Right-Handed or Left-Handed Based on How You Rate These Birthday Cakes.”

I have not been to the beach in over 20 years.

We need a word for when we set the alarm for a certain time and then we wake up on our own at almost exactly that time.

I recently made a joke about a toaster sending a notification to your phone when the toast was done and…well, turns out that actually exists and everything is crazy now.

Actual BuzzFeed headline: “Miley Cyrus Left a Savage Comment on Brody Jenner’s Instagram After He Joked About Her Kissing His Ex-Wife.”

I think I’m 11 Marvel movies behind. Probably 12 since another one has no doubt been released since I started this sentence.

House Hunters is now in its 173rd season. There’s no joke here, that’s a fact. It started in 1999 so apparently they have 8-9 seasons a year?

It’s going to be sunny, 96 and humid early next week. When you’re done Mother Nature will send a notification to your phone.

Actual BuzzFeed Headline: “The Donuts You Eat Will Reveal What Type of Dog You Should Get.” Glad it’s not the other way around.