Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cedar's Mountain Was Born On This Date In 2008

It was a difficult birth, to say the least. Minutes after making his appearance, he began bloviating and try as they might, Mother Nature and Father Futility couldn't shut him up.

The opening salvo in the war of witty insults, snide comments and intellectual tom-foolery soon followed, and while not profound by anyone's stretch of the imagination, it did set the tone for what would be a full frontal assault on good taste, politically correctness, censorship, criminal stupidity and chat rooms.

If polluting the blog world with his witty repartee wasn't damaging enough, then scaring the general public with a picture of himself with his family (circa 2001) surely must have did the trick.

Once he fired off that opening salvo, he got right down to the business of blogging. That summer was a harrowing one indeed, as his writing was, for lack of a better phrase, seriously wanting.

How wanting you may ask? Well, I present to you the reading public, links to five of the first eight posts that were made on this blog.

1} The first topic of choice was the Topix chat rooms, in all of its brutal ugliness. This was the first of thirty-four posts on my experiences while participating in the world of chat rooms.

2} The second topic of choice was the weather, specifically Cedar Mountain. This was actually a two part post because I decided at the time to post twice a day, every other day. This lasted until early September, when I began suffering extreme burnout.

3} The third topic of choice was humor. Two very fine examples of chat room related humor are presented here in their entirety. The original, then the response.

4} The fourth topic of choice, of which I've written the most about, since this is the main crux of the blog (having made 206 inter-connected posts which includes 32 posts of a story that was nuked a few weeks ago), is writing. The first post was an explanation as to why I got into writing in the first place.

5} And finally, the fifth topic of choice, was work. 'Nuff said.

Yes indeed, it has been harrowing at times, but overall for the past year, it has been a very rewarding experience. If I had to do all over again, knowing then what I know now, I would do it the exact same way.

So to all my good friends, please join me in wishing my blog a very happy birthday.



  1. Happy B-Day and many more to come.

  2. Thank you kind sir.

    I couldn't have gotten this far without help from the good folks such as yourself visiting my blog and leaving thoughtful and insightful comments.

  3. Happy blogiversary! While I don't always comment know that I do always read along via Google reader.

  4. Thank you Travis.

    And rest assure, I do the same for your blog as well. Yours is one of four Texas oriented blogs that I've been following faithfully for the past year.

  5. Happy Blogiversary! You have a wonderful blog full of creativity and humor. Great insight too:)

  6. Thank Miss Septembermom.

    I will always continue to strive to bring the very best of New England creativity and humor to this little slice of the blog universe.

  7. Happy Blogbirthday, G! I wish you another year full of creativity and inspiration! :)

  8. Thank you everyone.

    It has been a blast. Whereas my one and two year anniversaries in the chat rooms were tinged with sadness and anger, this one has been flavored with peaches, lust and tequila.

    I'm looking forward to pounding out more creatively strange posts in the coming year.

    And perhaps, maybe another chapbook to foist on the general public.

  9. Happy b-day Cedar's Mountain!

    It was also my cousin's birthday today, so I'll eat some left over cake in your honor.

  10. Thank you Mr. Kyle.

    Hope that your cousin's birthday was tolerable for you as well.

  11. First Anniversary...what is that paper??

  12. Aw, man, I missed it! I'm sorry, G! Well, happy belated blogiversary! I hope you have an even more awesome year this year!

    (My word verification is "wakenpro," which made me laugh, because if there's anything I'm not a pro at, it's waking up!)

  13. Bearman: Sorry about the delay in answering as my blog is still on the fritz for loading properly.

    This stupid blogger glitch is gonna drive me to drink.

    In any event, I think the first anniversary is paper, although I'm willing to take anything as a gift right now.

    Say, a decent loading connection.

    Spy: I've gotten some interesting word verifications over the past year, but "wakenpro" is a new one on me.

    Thanks for the wishes.

  14. Yes, happy Birthday. congrats on making it. Now I'm going to check some of those other links, since I believe I missed your earliest posts.

  15. Oooh boy.

    You know, early on when I was doing this, my writing wasn't too sharp.

    The mouth was, but getting it to the computer screen was a whole different enchilada.

    In any event, thanks for the wishes and I hope you enjoy those links.

  16. Happy Birthday! Glad to see you are back and running on all cylinders.

    All best,


  17. Congrats G. A year is a long time to keep up writing as regularly as you do; many of my other favourite bloggers have been gradually winding down which is a pity for me as I'm a bit fussy about what I read. Guess it's proof that those who really love writing just can't stop doing it. Keep up the good work!

  18. Hope you had a blog-dishious Blog-Day!

    Bloggy is very flexible if you allow it to be...
    Thanks for all the fun links. Hey- I have a best girl-friend who has this exact same Bday who lives in Maine, thanks for reminding me!

  19. Happy Blog-rth-day dude! Keep up the good work!

  20. Alan: Thanks. That current glitch with blogger was about to drive me insane. I had enough problems over the weekend trying to load my favorite blogs without having a ton of problems loading mine.

    Still have a glitch or two to work out, but in the meantime have found some workarounds for them.

    Jane: Thanks. I feel the same way. A few my faves have either begun winding down or have gone on long term hiatus due to the RW calling.

    However, these two blogs hav been the perfect replacement for what I used to do online. I've found a new sense of purpose with blogging and I plan to keep it up for as long as possible.

    Snaggletooth: Hey, you're more than welcome. Writing this particular post did bring back a lot of fond memories for me, and it's been a pretty interesting journey, seeing how my writing has evolved over the past year.

    Sy: My favorite uncle makes an appearance! Thanks dude!

  21. Happy Birthday to Cedar's Mountain and to you G! Many more...

  22. Thank you for the wishes.

    However, my birthday isn't quite just yet.

    Tune in tomorrow for a special announcement.

  23. Ha! I think I meant Happy Birthday Cedar's Mountain and cheers to you, G! Must have been that glass of wine...

  24. Thank you young lady.

    A glass of wine actually sounds quite nice as a capper for a busy day.


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