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NOVEMBER 2, 2012 7:59AM

4 Years Go ZOOOOOM~~

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Yes, it was 4 years ago today that I stumbled into Open Salon's swinging doors,  and it was one of the luckiest days of my life. I didn't write anything that day, or for awhile really, but I did make a comment to Joan Walsh on her site about something. I have no idea what. I have quit OS a dozen times and have taken my stuff (I won't call it writing, especially the early stuff) down almost as much. I had no idea how to work a computer or the faintest idea of what to write, or how to write it. As I got better on the computer (the mouse was hell), I started reading some of the great writing from the many different people on OS. I am proud to say that some of the best things I have ever read have been here, on OS. People who laugh at this, should do so at their own peril.  
 
Of course, being a newbie was hell, as everyone knows. I had one rating and two comments the first week, and one of the comments was to go somewhere and learn how to write, and stay there. I took his suggestion, I just didn't go anywhere. I started off writing about things that have happened to me in my lifetime. If nothing else, I have lived a very colorful life and have saw and done many things that would turn my mother's hair white(er) if she ever found out.
 
I was starting to get a few encouraging comments from some people, especially my buddy BBE,  who tuned in and  really made my day. I've had posts with EP's that were read by over 80,000 people, but nothing was as great to me as BBE and a few others, telling me I might not be much of a writer yet, but I could sure tell a story. Thanks BBE~
 
But, I was also mad at the cliques that were here at that time who would only read each others stuff. I decided to go to war with them. I started writing about politics, something I knew quite a bit about back then, and really pissed  some people off. 'Death threats, I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention', hah!  We had some knock down-drag out-paper wars and some people were even kicked-off of the site. I had a few warnings from the editors, but then again, to few to mention.:-)
 
I was starting  to get a following, but I was having to top each post everyday, and for awhile, I was sometimes writing 2 posts a day. Some posts were great and some were shit, but I kept putting them out there. I was having a blast, while screwing around with anyone and everyone who wanted to get into it with me.
 
My problem with insomnia at the time (it's back again, by the way) gave me all the time I needed to find something new or see something from a different angle and throw it on the screen. What I didn't realize was, I was writing shit. Taking numbers supplied by Google or Time or the Washington Post, and putting my spin on them. It was all bullshit and one day I just quit. I decided I wanted to learn how to write properly before I died.
 
I wanted to go back to that "Storyteller" person and quit bullshitting everyone. While I was writing my own stuff, I was also reading some of the best writers on the internet, and not commenting. I could make a list of the best writers on OS, but I won't. Many are gone now and the one's that are still here know it  already. But, I began writing these fiction short stories and the people who read my political stuff were a whole different animal compared to the readers of my short stories and poetry or what have you. But I went to work, because my dad always told me if you want something bad enough, you have to work for it. No silver-spoon babies in my house, believe me.
 
What I have learned from you people is immeasurable. With every story I wrote, I was crucified. If I misspelled a word or used  grammar in a sentence the wrong way, there were six of seven people who would nail my ass to the barnyard door. I kid you not. Again, no names, but you know who you are and I've thanked you and I thank you again. You went out of your way to take a man who had never written anything to speak of and helped turn him into a writer.
 
No, I am not through. Yes, I have many roads to travel and many miles to go before I even think about becoming a "good" writer. But, if a man with a limited education can become a good writer, keep an eye out for my name somewhere because I am not a quitter, unless you count all the vices I quit to get here. Peace & Love to you all, and for all who helped me along the way, a special thank you. Again, you know who you are. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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I've no words adequate to share w you, Kenny, just how pleased I have been to see your incredible development as a writer and, more, as a stalwart friend to your fellow writers here.

Here's to many more years reading your work!

r.
You helped me! You and Kit were the ones who commented on my little posts every day and I counted on you to be there. Someone to listen is one of the nicest things you can give a person. Thank you.
Jon. back at ya' Buddy~
Z, I've been off lately, taking care of some things, but I always zip to your site when I see it up. You are an artiste' and great writer who I love reading. Peace and Love!
listen, scanner, truth time here.
you have become a beloved figure here, on this site
that you so gloriously and accurately honor with your words
of gratititude.

many words of gratitude shall come back to you. i predict.

you are a touchstone for us as-yet-inexperienced men.
We need our male role models.
We more than need them, we thirst for them.
You , there , looking an awful lot like Captain Kirk
when you are small, on another's blog, new avatar,
wearing Kirk's colors,
Captain material indeed.
~
More truth: even if you (for some damn stupid reason)
don't get published out
to the General Public,
you must hold it to your heart that you have made one fuckload
of a difference in alot of peoples' lives. No doubt
some of these people were once
those you envied.

You are unique, and you are way up there at the Real Top
of OS.
listen, scanner, truth time here.
you have become a beloved figure here, on this site
that you so gloriously and accurately honor with your words
of gratititude.

many words of gratitude shall come back to you. i predict.

you are a touchstone for us as-yet-inexperienced men.
We need our male role models.
We more than need them, we thirst for them.
You , there , looking an awful lot like Captain Kirk
when you are small, on another's blog, new avatar,
wearing Kirk's colors,
Captain material indeed.
~
More truth: even if you (for some damn stupid reason)
don't get published out
to the General Public,
you must hold it to your heart that you have made one fuckload
of a difference in alot of peoples' lives. No doubt
some of these people were once
those you envied.

You are unique, and you are way up there at the Real Top
of OS.
Scanman, as one of the first people to welcome me here when I joined nearly three years ago it gives me enormous pleasure to congratulate you on your quadroblogoversary. You were already well established when I arrived, and I will never forget that you befriended me when I stumbled and fell on my face and offended the aristocracy here with my foolish attempts to win attention. The real bonus for me in addition to your friendship has been watching you grow as a writer. You've published stories in more online magazines than I can keep track of and you've published a novel that I enjoyed immensely and of which you can be immensely proud. I have no doubt in your commitment to continue growing as a writer and can hardly wait to see the new novel I know you're finishing. Bravo, and my best wishes, bubs!
The force is strong with you, Kenny. :)
hah.
@chickenmatt & @ scanman

who be the aristocracy now?

i say: there is but one aristocracy, the aristocracy of souls.

souls mended and mettled together
from supreme experience of the danger of humanity
suffering fools
lovely men
and women
coming out of the dark clouds and the inclement forecasts
from the weathermen
("you dont need a weatherman to know the way the wind blows")
the Wind
blows us to the masters.
we who got ears eyes and fingers
to hear.

bravo, Captain.

i swear, you look like an alternate universe Kirk.ha
Scanner, I continue to enjoy your blog. You are a serious asset to Open Salon. Keep on doin' what you're doin'!

-r-
Yu rite grate! Butt ya stil kant spell wort a dam.....;-)
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Happy anniversary, sir. May you enjoy many more.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

We The Prognosticators
of Open Salon

hereby grant

Kenneth Sibbett

also known as Scanner

the Degree of

Bachelor of Salon

for having matriculated for

Four Years

Signed by our Keyboard

on this Second day of November

of the year Two Thousand Twelve,

CE (no way the Jewish boy writes AD)

[OS doesn't let me copy a photo of a seal into a comment.
I had one picked out and copied.
It was swimming.]

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Because this is an on-line degree and,
more to the point, an on-line diploma,
it is unfortunately,
unlike the fabled picture of Alfred E. Newman,

Unsuitable for framing or wrapping fish.
Four years!! I been here less than a year and I'm just about to give up, not writing, but fighting through the SPAM grinder to get to read or post!! Hope they figure out a way to clean up this mess, because I do enjoy reading what you have to say. Thanks for sticking with it Kenny. R&R ;-)
Kenny,
I just cannot deal with the slowness anymore and come on here and there. I love my special OS writers and friends but these days after the stroke- patience is limited with me.
Love you much and so happy I met you on here. CONGRATS
Love and hugs to you.
James, you are the only genius I know, so I value our friendship. But even if you were as dumb as Georgie, You are Still Da' Man~
Matt, you were one I didn't name. I just wish that one of your books got hot or went viral, which ever brings in more money, and you could retire to Tahita, where the woman don't wear no tops!
V~ yes it is and I hope it fixes this place. Jake has a lot riding on this place, mainly his his word. Thanks~
J.P., thank you. That really means a lot.
Sky, I was the Southeastern United States Spelling Bee Champion in high school. I just do it to bug you, hah~
Mary, from the heart, thank you.
Kosh, I'd rather have this one than a real one from some school of bricks and mortar. I can always send someone a link and clear it up.
mac, you've seen when this place when it's running smooth and it is the best blog out there. I'm taking Jake for his word. I'm sure he's sat in many bars trying to figure out how to fix it. Thanks, man~
Linda, sorry I haven't been around lately. I had to take some time, read and practice my guitar. I am fixing to get back on the horse.
OMG! Scanner,

I didn't know that you folks had an actual High School championship for spelling bee. Most of us learn how to do that before we get to High School. Heck we even learn to spell be, too!

;-)
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Great! I saw You a moment ago and followed You. Rose is a pleasant backslidden Amish/Mennonite. She manages a Friendly Rural Soup Cafe.
`
She Loves Burglars, Joan Wash, Jake Sugarman, Kerry ? Well? She no respects thugs, deleters, lawyers (most?) Swindlers, bankers, and Pot Smokers.
`
Scanner' s Blog almost died. You get Death Threats Too? Duck! No carry in Ya Gun Holster a Wood-Axe, Rose-Prune-Hooks, Nickel-Bag, or goat horns.
Goats butt behinds.
No smell foul goats.
Burp in `Rose Cafes.
I am amazed we alive.
I've never told you this before, but three years ago, when I arrived on OS, you were The Man, the person who was always at the top of the most rated lists. As I slowly built my readership (at the same time trying to learn all the unwritten "rules" of OS) you consistently ignored my posts. I kept commenting and rating on yours, trying each time to say something different and apart from what everyone else was saying. The first time you commented on my post, I was more excited than I was when I got my first EP. That's the truth. :D

Lezlie
ScanMan, I'm proud to say you've been on my favourites list for a looong time. Congrats on the four years. Despite all the frustrations of this place -- and I'm not just talking about the incessant IT issues -- it's worth coming back for people like you. From one redhead lover to another, slainte.
you've done good
4 years me too
sad how OS is going south
keep strumming your guitar
buy and electric guitar, your going to go far
word
You're a man among men Scanner! But like all of us here who Matriculated (and that's not dirty) we got thru Orientation, Fraternity/Sorority Intiation, Co-Ed Roommate Writers...not to mention the Year & a half Presidential Campaign - WE ALL deserve a Diploma! R
true, man, i am a genius.
an emersonian genius.
tellin ya what ya already goddamn well know.

see "self reliance".

~
warp speed,
Captain!
Scanner, man, if I ever need to remember why this place is still worth a damn, I can just point at you and what it did for you - telling great stories and posting some righteous rants and sometimes making me laugh so hard I snort coffee out my nose. Sometimes this place makes us crazy and sometimes it's the only thing keeping us sane. Keep writing!
Congrats on your four-year blogiversary. Mine's sometime next week. Although not a regular reader, I've noticed the increasing improvement of your writing skills. The spirit within your writing was always there.
I wish I had been around to see your development. I can't imagine you as anything but good. Keep telling your stories.
This site did for you what I think it was intended for, to help support and nurture a writer. Congratulations to you.
I have enjoyed reading your posts since I first stumbled upon this site. I still remember you were one of the first to comment on one of my early posts and I was amazed that someone gave a shit. Can't wait to read more of your stuff.
Happy Blog-a-versary, Scanner. R
Nice to hear of an OS success story scanner. You certainly brighten up the place and I'm glad you stuck with it. As i said on Steve Klingaman's recent blogiversary post, FOUR MORE YEARS!
Congrats scanner. Keep at it.
I have said it before and I will say it again, you are an asset anywhere you go, ScanMan; a great blogger and a dear friend. R
Oh, yeah, and a great avatar. RRRRR
Huge Congrats, Scanman! Four years of time, a decade of growth as a writer. Finding one's voice is always a wonderful tnhing. Consider yourself re-elected! Sing four more years!
Happy anniversary, scanner! I'm not here as much as I used to be, but I always look for you. You encouraged me along the way and I will always be grateful for that.