I got thinking about anniversaries today.
Mainly because, I'm somewhat celebrating one. You see, it was a year ago today, that my car was rammed by this woman who, one, failed to apologize for said ramming, and two, failed to even ask if I was okay. At the time, I was pretty pissed off. Pissed off enough to rant a bit. Not to her face, of course, I'm a big pussy that way. No, I put pen to paper, or in this case, fingers to keyboard and here we go: One year later, and I'm still dumbing down Open Salon. You're welcome.
Now, I'm not a fella who looks back a lot and gets all nostalgic-y, generally. Frankly, when I look back, all I see is a skinnier guy with hair, and to be honest, that's depressing as hell. So, I try to avoid that if at all possible. But, I'm willing to make an exception in this case.
Over the last year, I've written about douchebags, pimps, Shamwows, Mamie Eisenhower and the glory that is Bea Arthur. But for me, what really sticks out are the stories you've shared. Shaggy's Myra saga, Cartouche and her tres-cool life, FreakyTroll and her blatant self-promotion, tequilaanddonuts' awsome mom, Verbal and her spider, and pretty much everything The Squirrel touches. That's just to name a few. That's not even counting the glee I have when I see a new post by Blevins, Floyd, AnniThyme, Mary and O'Really. Even GWool, whom I have called on more than one occassion a cranky old coot, brings me a lot of joy. In fact, he seems like a pretty great fella who truly has a way with words. Especially considering he's a Republican.
That's just skimming the surface of all the great people I've read on here. Personally, I don't give a shite about Editors Picks and Most Reads and all that other crap people sometimes get hung up on here. I like stories. I like good stories, and you people have provided them in spades, so thanks for that. You've helped reignite the joy of writing just to write, and as a result, I've actually finished a script for a one-man-show kind of deal that is actually being considered for production (I considered calling it WONDERHORSE!, and have a lot of Bob Mackie costume changes, a'la Cher, circa 1975. I look stunning in Mackie), so thanks for that, too.
I'll be honest with you: I've thought about retiring Sheldon, and letting him run free among the fields. But, I'm not going to for one reason - I like the old fleabag. Every now and then, he makes me chuckle, not to mention the fact that The Future Mrs. Wonderhorse now refers to him as a separate entity - we were watching the news the other night and she said, "What will Sheldon have to say about that, I wonder?". That made me laugh.
So there you go - a semi-serious post (And people said it couldn't be done). Thanks for giving me 365 days of pleasure with your comments and stories.
Now, bring on the douchebags.