Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What's In A Number?

What's in a number? What makes one number particularly more special than another?

We all have special numbers in our lives, be they small singular digits or a series of singular digits strung together to make two, three or four digits. Let's examine a few special numbers that I'm proud of.


Everything important in my world starts with 1. F'r instance, 1 signifies the very first post that kicked off this blog back in May 24th, 2008. Without 1, where would this blog be? 1 also signifies the very first book I self-published and the very first short story I got published.


3 stands for the month of March, in which Flashing Georgie's Shorts made its debut with this particular story, and when I started working for the big bad incompetent state of Connecticut. 3 also stands for the amount of Real World friends (as opposed to my very good Blog World friends, who number in the double digits) that I consider to be part of my inner circle.


11 stands for the month of November, in which my first novel was published and when I celebrate my ten year anniversary of permanent service with the big bad incompetent state of Connecticut.


14 stands for the total amount years this coming March that I will have spent working for the big bad incompetent state of Connecticut.


20 stands for the amount of years that I've been happily married to my lovely wife, which was celebrated this past June.


44 is my age. Egads, come 2010 I'll be one year closer to 50.

50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300

All those numbers stand for blog post level that this blog has hit so far (which includes about 40 nuked posts).

1962, 1965, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2008

These years represents when my wife was born, I was born, when I was married, when my son was born, when my daughter was born and when this blog was created.


350 represents the number of this post. Who would of thunk some 18 months ago that this blog would still be alive and kicking? Compared to some of my good followers and readers, I'm just a little newbie in the blog world (some of them have been around for three or more years, totalling anywhere from 700 to 900+ posts in that span).

I am very proud about the fact that I've been able to stick with this blog for so many months and through so many posts. Usually I have short to medium attention spans when it comes to doing new things (like converting my albums to c.d.'s), but this has stuck to me like nothing else has before, and I'm simply amazed by it all.

With the World Series finishing up earlier in the month, being a New York Mets fan (suffering since 1979), I would like to leave all of you with one of my rare sports related rants. As all of you know, I don't suffer fools, so this post sums up my feelings about the historic collapse of the 2007 New York Mets and the equally stupid 2008 version. There is strong language, so reader discretion is strongly advised.

I'm glad to be here, and I'm glad all of you, whoever you may be, have decided to come along for hike up Cedar's Mountain. You make this doing this blog a pleasure to do.


  1. Congrats on 350. I have to check where I am.

    As nice as the number of hits can be to see on my blog, I am more appreciative of those who actually comment.

  2. I don't know, with all those great numbers don't you think you should be playing some sort of lottery game somewhere? You know what really amazes me and probably you is how diverse our readership is. When I get to know some of my blogging buddies I am amazed that they even found my blog and keep coming back to read it. I'm very happy that you have STUCK to your blog. I think it's a great creative outlet for you and it's like practicing the piano before the big show, your books! So, keep blogging, please.
    :)A faithful reader, Bea

  3. Numbers are pretty awesome.

    11-18: The month and day I married my awesome husband!

  4. Here's a comment from "1" of your readers! 350 posts is a commendable place to be. It's amazing how the blogs kind of take on a life of their own and become a part of what we do. Now, as for your Mets issues, I can't really relate. Yankees fan here :)

  5. Congrats on post no. 350! Your 18 month old is going strong!

  6. Congrats on 350! You've become a prolific blogger with a captive audience. I guess I won't wear my Yankees cap around you :)

  7. Interesting! 16 has always been my lucky number, and both my little sibs were born on a 16th of a month (January and September.)

  8. Bearman: Same here. The hits are good as I'm getting readers from all over, but the ones who comment are the ones I cherish the most. Makes glad that I'm not blogging in a vacuum.

    Bea: Thanks. It would amaze me as well, when people would find my blog from somewhere and keep returning for more New England strangeness. Especially when the blogs they have are eclectic as all get out. Blogging diversity is great. :-O

    T1G: Congrats on your anniversary! May you always discover something new and wonderful about your husband each and every day.

    Joanne: Don't I know it. The fact that this one has become such an intergral part of my life really does amaze me to no end. It was and has remained, the best outlet for my creativity.

    Most people who are Yankee fans can't relate to the special love/hate relationship that we Mets fans have endured. :-O

    Talon: Thanks, pretty soon it will be gasp! in the terrible twos! Run away! Run away!

    Lynn: Thanks. And here's wishing your dad a speedy recovery.

    Kelly: No really, you can wear your Yankees hat. I work in a unit that has diehard Sox & Yankee fans, so I'm more than used to it.

    R.K.: I should of added for the number 3, that my bachelor's party took place exactly one week after my birthday and one week before my wedding.

    Also should have added the number 13, as my wife's birthday is the day before Valentine's day. Get whacked twice a year.

  9. WOW 350, I hope one day I can reach that! It's so hard for me to find time to blog!

  10. Congrats on post number 350!! I hope your writing, whatever form it takes, will always be a source of happiness and an outlet for emotion... (writing has saved my sanity on many occasions... :))

  11. Harlem: It's really easy, just blog twice a day, every other day, for the first several months, and lose your sanity in the process. :)

    Although compared to some of the other bloggers I follow, I'm just a newbie with my 350 (I know someone who just celebrated his 1,000th)

    Lisa: Thanks.

    Writing this blog has definitely saved my sanity from time to time in the past 18 months, as well as writing the stories that have graced the other one.

  12. Numbers have always scared the hell out of me! Maybe because they aren't really very visual. I can't retain any dates or numbers in my head at all!

    Well done for the 350 posts! I look forward to reading more.

  13. Joe, I have a memory that would scare most people, especially when it comes to numbers. You pick a number/date and chances are I can reel off such minutia about it that the people who were actually there at that particular moment in time would scratch their collective head in amazement.

    And thanks, I look forward to doubling up on that post number, although I'll be just as happy if I can get to 400.

  14. congrats to you from OREGON!! (I'm in the witness protection program. So to speak.)

  15. Magic numbers change. Soon it'll be 450:

    Congrats on 350

  16. I'm proud to be a part of that numbered history. Creative post G.

  17. My word verification is twore.

    IS that the same as two hookers for the price of one?

  18. Vodka Mom: Many thanks for your wishes and for stopping by. Hope you're doing well out on the left coast.

    Charles: They sure do. If I can get to 450 that will be an achievement in my books. Thanks.

    David: Thanks. I'm glad that you're such an intergral part of this post as well. Again, many thanks for taking that chance on me.

    Travis: "twore"...Hmmm...I do believe so. The bad economy has forced everyone to cut prices to the bone in order to make a living.

  19. These numbers are fun - you should turn them into a meme for bloggers. :-)

  20. Ahhh, the good old fashioned memes. As a rule I don't do meme's. I used to early on, but because I've poured so much information about me into this blog, that there really isn't much of anything left for me to talk about.

    Books (at least 5x), general info, even did one on chat rooms because I ran out of info about myself.

    But you're welcome to borrow it for your blog if you so desire.

  21. I follow this post with the thought: "They are ONLY numbers"
    however, good point that they prove consistency.
    This is comment 22, the day number my 2nd daughter was born Mnay many moons ago-

    Congrats to stickin to it!

  22. Congrats yourself.

    Certain numbers indeed can mean different things to different people.

    The number 22 can also mean for me the amount of years that my wife and I have been completely together. We first met back in 1987.

  23. I think you're really a "sticker," with blogging, baseball and putting all those albums on CDs.

    2009 was weird, the year of 5's and divisions of 5 for me. Mom and dad's 50th. Me turning 45. Mom turning 70. (She had me when she was 25.) Fern dying at 70. Uncle Edgar turning 85. Those five zits I have on my chin in August.


  24. 45? You're actually older than me?


    Seriously, I really thought you were/are younger than little ol' me.

    Yes, 2009 definitely sounds like a funky year for you.


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