Thursday, March 20, 2008

Post #100: It's A Celebration, Bitches!

In a similar manner to the 100th episode of television shows, I've decided to make my 100th post a walk down memory lane. Keeping this blog has been enjoyable and now going back and rereading what I had written has been amusing as well. When this blog started I was just a young lad, not quite 29 years old. Now I feel old and battle hardened. It seems as though decades have gone by, even though only seven months have passed. During that time frame so much has changed around me and in my life but I don't feel terribly different.

In looking back through the blog though, there was one event that had a major effect in the style and overall attitude (as evidenced by the quality of writing and advancement in creativity) and that was my budding relationship with Megan. She has had quite an impact on how I think about everything and has gotten me to begin to anxiously await the future (yes, the sappiness is back, apparently). Megan has made writing this blog immensely more enjoyable. I would also like to single out and thank my sister-in-law, Kim, for encouraging me to continue writing. I likely would have never started this without following her lead. Finally, I'd like to thank everyone for reading and commenting at any point during this experiment. It is very encouraging to see what people are thinking while reading this nonsensical rambling I call my blog. Thank you!

Without further ado, here are my top five favorite posts, in a particular order. All of you readers will have to imagine the wavy screen as everything fades into the flashback - I have yet to delve deep enough into programing to understand how to do that within the website... if that's even possible.

#5 The State Of... The Kansas City Royals - This was my attempt at starting a regular weekend series of posts that I abandoned after just one "article". The series was a grand idea and an attempt at legitimacy as a "writer" that I no longer feel the necessity to achieve. I enjoyed writing this post and I will always have soft spot for the Kansas City Royals - no matter how painful they have been to watch.

#4 Fortune - My recollection of the funniest thing I have witnessed in my lifetime - my brother eating Kim's fortune cookie fortune. Just thinking of the story makes me laugh out loud now... years later.

#3 Revelation - Although the post was pretty sappy, it was a major turning point in my attitude towards a great many things. Plus, I believe that it was Megan's favorite post, so that helped boost it in my mind as well.

#2 Resolutions - This was the first post with the aid of Megan's creativity that has helped make this blog a whole lot more interesting. It also didn't hurt that this post was part of a competition with Kim's blog that ended up being a total beat-down. Eat it Kim! Are you done licking your wounds and ready for Round 2?

#1 Anatomy Of An Eat-Off: Part I and Part II - I have to admit, I had more fun writing this post than anything else I have ever written. It should be appreciated for its historical accuracy.

A special Honorable Mention goes to the post entitled: Sometimes the Comments Are Better Than the Posts. Had this been intended to be a post, it would have made the Top 5 list. This "argument," that appeared in the comments section of the previous post still makes me chuckle and the ending is simply a work of pure genius.


I won't get in to the worst posts list, because there aren't any bad posts (right...), but I do feel the need to mention one other category. I found it interesting that a few posts I have written have been found and viewed by random people via internet searches (Google, Yahoo!) from all over the globe. Strangely enough, the most viewed post was Blurg v. Blerg - The Decisive Answer. The proper spelling of a fictional word has evidently been a burning question on the minds of citizens in many different (even non-English speaking) countries. Behind that was my explanation of the differences between industry and academic routes for scientists.


Special Note: All will be returning to normalcy soon and the erratic nature of my posting will cease. I had been caught up in several different activities that required so much thought, that I had been unable to focus on writing. However, I believe that I have sorted through everything and I am feeling much more "normal." Well, normal for me, is probably completely bizarre for everyone else, but it's all relative. Anyway - regular postings will return!


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5 comments:

kilax said...

The fortune post was my favorite. I love that story.

I won't mention the resolutions post!

Miss Jodi said...

Congratulation on the big 100! I feel like I should have baked you a cake or something...
:)

Andrew Skaff said...

kilax - we should be re-enacting the fortune story every year. It can become a tradition!

jodi - Thanks! I'm surprised I made it this far, I didn't think that I would enjoy this as much as I have. No cake is required, but I believe that I will be in Ames this weekend. We should hit the old Flame and Skewer for dinner for a big family get together.

Miss Jodi said...

We are in! I teach on Saturday mornings and Joey has a birthday party, but we are free after noon Saturday. Sunday is open all day.
Can't wait to see you - it's been a while!

Andrew Skaff said...

jodi - It has been a while - pre-Thanksgiving, if I'm not mistaken. We'll probably shoot for a Saturday evening or Sunday brunch type of thing. Does that sound alright? Either way, I'll see you soon!