March 31, 2009

Back and Better!

I am coming up on five years of blogging in June. I can’t believe it’s been that long.

Some of you… don’t know how I started blogging and so I thought I would throw it out there, as it’s time for me to bring forth someone who has been gone way too long.

In March of 2004, I was reading my local Sunday newspaper, where they published this absolutely hysterical article from a blog written by a guy named Grau Magus. It was the ‘Retrosexual Code’. (I won’t link to anyone who has it posted, but will relink when Grau reposts it.)

I couldn’t stop laughing, and so with website in hand, I went on-line to look this guy up. I read him for weeks, never commenting, just reading what he had to say, thinking he was damn funny, and enjoying his repartee with his buddies in the comments section.

Before that time, I’d never been on a blog.

Over time, I finally got the nerve to comment. I also picked up reading two other blogs, John of Castle Arghhh!, my first mil blog, and Harvey at Bad Example.

I commented some at John’s, but mostly at Harvey and Grau’s, and while spending my time in Harvey’s comment section one day, Harvey shot me an email and said, “You really should be blogging…”

He spent the better part of a month, emailing and being very persuasive.

I knew I’d start when I was at a Memorial Service on Memorial Day, the Marines standing around, the wreaths being brought out by 60 different organizations from those with children, to Veterans of our Armed Forces, participants from age 3 to 100. I was so touched and as I sat there with my own organization I was representing I thought, “I would so blog this.”

I started a week later.

That is how my blog fathers came about… two men who were instrumental in my blogging. One being the first blogger I ever read, introducing me to the blogosphere and the other’s gentle persuasion.

Grau left blogging about 18 months ago with some family issues, not bloggable, but a couple weeks ago, I started seeing him reappear in comments.

I received an email… that he’s back. His blog URL has changed. He’s now HERE. It’s the old URL with a .org instead of a .com.

And he’s just as funny to me as ever.

I derive too much juvenile pleasure in reading how he can string so much profanity into one sentence. I think he even makes up his own curse words.

If cursing offends, well, it may not be the blog for you, but even if it does, you should stop by just to hear what he has to say because there is a lot of depth to his thought… a lot of emotion.

Absolutely NOBODY in the blogosphere can pop off a good rant like Grau. Oh others can try, but Grau is the absolute master of ranting and cutting someone to shreds.

In my opinion, the following four years with Grau could be extraordinarily entertaining as he has no love lost for ‘Comrade Obamavich’ as he calls him.

Heh. Welcome Back, Grau. The blogosphere was not the same without you.

I mean really… how many others of us have a ‘Give-a-F***ometer’? Oh we have them… but how many of us knew what to call it?

Posted by Boudicca at March 31, 2009 09:19 PM

I copied and saved 2 of his posts from before the blog silence - I hope he gets his archives all back in place soon so everyone can read his older stuff.

His post about the Worst Father's Day Present Ever is the funniest thing I've ever read - I laughed til I cried. Not to mention the one about the Fat Guy Beating Off a Pack of Rabid Coyotes With a Shovel... OMG. I'm still laughing thinking about them. (should I mention he is an absolute sweetheart in person...don't want to ruin his rep)

Posted by: Teresa at March 31, 2009 10:45 PM

Teresa - Don't lie! He's an inhuman monster who carries around a bag of kittens so he can bite their heads off!

Grau - you owe me one for saving your rep.

Bou - Me, I'm just proud to be able to say that I knew you before you became famous for coining the word "*blink*"

And if you think you're not famous, Google "bou blink" sometime (with quotes). You're a phenom, girl.

Posted by: Harvey at April 1, 2009 01:53 AM

Congrats in advance on your upcoming blog-versity.

And thanks for letting me know Grau's back online. I found out about your blog by reading his way back when....

Posted by: George at April 1, 2009 08:17 AM

Sounds like how I started in the blogging world. I first got hooked on Jim Peacock's Snoozebutton Dreams. Made me laugh so hard I nearly threw up. Shortly thereafter, Everyday Stranger also became a regular blog read. Eventually I became a regular commenter, and eventually found the courage to start my own blog.

Posted by: diamond dave at April 1, 2009 01:05 PM

No wonder Grau's head didn't fit through my door, after reading this post his ego must have been the size of an Obama spending spree. :)

Posted by: Contagion at April 1, 2009 03:18 PM

Thanks for posting this. I started reading his blog, & yours, from Gut Rumbles. I really hated to see his disappear. Glad he's back. And especially glad you're still here.

Posted by: Tom at April 1, 2009 08:17 PM

Teresa- I remember the first post, but not the second. He's just so daggum funny. He's up there with one of those people I want to hug.

Harvey- Holy crap. That cracks me up. I'd never googled bou blink. It won't let me google *blink*. It takes out the * and then Blink-182 is first for blink. And honestly, writing it was just putting into words what I really do. If something is said that I find ridiculous, I just stand there and stare... and blink. Heh.

George- I completely forgot you found me through Grau, through your place of work!!!

DD- I had seen you comment at Jim's (SBD). Jim is a riot. And Helen, I have seen you commenting there for years. Helen is one of my fave's.

Contagion- Maybe you have a small door! Frickin' fluffy kept him off my blog. I have to get it fixed.

Tom- Why thank you! What a nice thing to say.

Posted by: Bou at April 1, 2009 09:19 PM

I'm brogg more than one thousand years in Norf Korea! Crick (quick) somesbody turn on that ‘Give-a-F***ometer’ of Bou's! Raff Out Roud!!!

Great Bull S'er

Posted by: JihadGene at April 2, 2009 10:42 AM