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Open Salon Member since January 2009 ********************************* Sometimes serious, sometimes comical, always topical. =========================== A guy can dream and drown in a deluge of his own delusional thinking. Can't he? =========================== It is what it is until it no longer is, then it becomes something else.


JANUARY 31, 2013 10:35PM

Happy Blog-a-versary to Me!

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   Yes, folks I have been on Open Salon for four long years.  I have seen the good times and the bad times. The fast loads and the incredibly slow loads. I’m even a veteran of the never-ending SPAM Wars.

    Today marks my 4th anniversary on Open Salon. Actually, I was on Open Salon as a lurker when it was in the BETA stage. I would read some really interesting stuff and wondered if I would ever be able to join. Soon they really made Open Salon open by letting anyone in. That is the only way I was able to join.

   So in January of 2009, I opened an account and I started making comments and adding “Favorites” (they used to be called “Friends” until someone complained). I was still too shy to post anything. Eventually the writer’s bug bit me and I wrote my first post.

   It was a photo funny. It was about a robot urinal. In the post, I snagged a photo of a urinal that was shaped into a robot and had mechanical hands to help the user do his business. Skeptical of such a device, I asked the question on Open Salon if it were real or not.

   I waited. I waited some more. And still I waited. No comments. I was sad. Suddenly, I got my first comment. I was elated. You would have thought I had won the lottery. My first comment was from Behind Blue Eyes or BBE to most. He still has an account on OS, but I rarely see him comment or post.

   I know I should not have done it, but I deleted my first post. I thought it was too silly (if you can imagine me thinking one of my many sophomoric posts as being too silly) so you won’t be able to find it.  Also, it explains why I explained the post instead of just linking to it.

   My second post earned an EP. “The Running Shoe” was a personal experience story that I wrote in response to an Open Call sponsored by Lexus. The assignment was to write a blog about the one piece of technology that had dramatically changed your life.  You can bet your bottom dollar I was totally psyched when I discovered I had gotten an EP.  It prompted me to post like crazy. Of course like most of us on OS, spots on the coveted Cover have been few, but yet I continue to trudge on.

   Overall, it has been a really interesting four years. I have met some cool people albeit in a cyberspace. I have yet to do a real meet-up with OS members. Perhaps in the next four years.

   Anyway, I hope that I have entertained some of you over the years and please have some cake.



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Trudge! I saw that first post you did. Flagged it! Kidding, happy 4 man!
Happy Blogaversary Trudge!
Happy Blogoversary! I think your first post sounds like it was really creative and quirky - too bad you erased it. It's not surprising you've been here so long - you seem like such an intrinsic part of OS. I'm glad you're here. Happy blogaversary, and many happy returns!
You've been here longer than me? Oh, you poor, poor man! :-)

Happy blogaversary to you, and many happy returns of the day!
Cake?? Cake?? Where caaaaake??
R & happy BA
Four years. Write on, Man!
happy day my friend..
I never turn down cake. Happy Blogaversary Trudge and I hope you have many more. You beat me onboard by a month and I'll be celebrating my fourth next month.

Congrats, Trudge. I've got you beat by a few weeks, but we've been through the same crapola together. There was a monumental dust-up about the time you joined -- do you remember? I was so disgusted that it almost made me pull my account.

And by the way, like you, I foolishly deleted my early posts without saving them -- and the OS boffins were later able to restore them (albeit without the comments). Something to consider.
i'm just a few months behind you, dude. happy blogo again!! big props for putting freaqui and CAKE on your post. xoxo
You have personally kept us on our toes these two years...Now can i get down? Congrats & Bravo!
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Trudge, I never would have pegged you for shy! I'm so glad you plunged in and joined the circus. Happy Blogaversary!

I love that cake. Keep writing.
Congratulations. Here's to four more.
All, thank you! Btw, this is the first time I have ever done an anniversary post. I think I'll do another one next year.

tr ig, you and your brother were some of my first favorties.

Leepin, thanks!

Alysa, I sometimes to feel like I work here.
Jeannette, yep. I'm a Lifer with no chance of parole.

Gerald, the cake is right there for the taking if you don't mind some troll hair in it.

Matt, thanks!

Natalie, will do!

Linda, hugs back @ 'cha!
David, post about it and I'll bring the strippers.

Seer, there is some fresh fruit at the end of the table.

Boanerges1, Long live the Freakster! There have been so many dust ups that I can't keep'em straight.

Femme, Freaky was the best from the old days.

Algis, not yet. Stay on them toes this way the rats won't get you. :)
L in the Southeast, I know, it's hard to believe, but I am quite shy.

Zanelle, Will do and enjoy the cake.

A. Walrond, you too my friend.

Jaime, thanks!
Trudge! It is an honor to say Happy 4th Blogaversary to one of my first commenters who make me feel less like a fool!

Here's to many more.
HAPPPPYYYYYY BIRFDAY!!! U aren't alive really till you posted a blog on Open Salon!!! :D
Zuma, you were one of my first followers. You and I go way back. I miss your Sunday Spiritual messages.

Tink, another one of my first followers. True. For a ghost, I have never felt more alive than when I joined OS. Wait, what?
You have been here that long? Wow! Rated
Happy 4th you tuxedo wearing James Bond looking Mutha' you, hah~
Joe, thank.

Ken, thanks and remember, I'm neither shaken nor stirred.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh an oldie but goodie. I was here 4 yrs last Nov. and until recently hadn't had the pleasure of your aquaintance. I am honored to be in your company even though my company here is rare. Congratulations friend. (from your message:Whore away!) ~r I'd say here's to 4 more years but it would sound like an election and I'm not in the mood for politics. xxxooo
ThroughMyEyes, we have passed by each other and waved a distant hello. Thanks. R