Last night while I was sleeping, this blog reached a milestone. I was keeping an eye on it, but by 2:30 AM, I needed to sleep, so I didn’t actually see the odometer roll over. According to the WordPress stats, I hit 25,000 views. I’m not exactly sure what that means. What is a view? WordPress actually calls them views, so I’m assuming that every time someone clicks a link to get to the blog, and views a page, that counts as one view. That doesn’t mean that I’ve had 25,000 separate and distinct individuals view my site. It just means 25,000 clicks on the blog. It could all be just one guy (Hi Dad). But I still think that’s a milestone.
I remember when I started this, and thought
“Well, this is kind of fun. I get to write, I get to rant, and I get to do it in public, and I don’t have to worry about what anyone thinks, because nobody knows I’m here. The best of all possible worlds!”
That’s changed. People come and actually leave comments. Friends have actually found me here. Which brings me to…
Over there on the right hand column, in one of my widgets, is a picture of a book. Actually, as I write this, there are three, but it’s the second one I’m pointing too. Big City, Bad Blood, by Sean Chercover. It’s his first book, a tightly written crime thriller involving a PI in Chicago who gets tangled up with, and tussles with, the Outfit, the local nom de guerre for the Mob. It is getting great reviews, and deserves every one of them. I highly recommend it. Buy two, they’re small.
The Public Service Announcement
Finally, I think this is important, and should be disseminated everywhere. I received this via email from a trusted friend.
To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine… and those who don’t.
To paraphrase Ben Franklin, “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) – bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop. However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting. Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health. Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of shit.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I do it as a public service.