Monday, September 2, 2013

9 Years

Today is the 9th anniversary of my tour at the Brain. Fixer started it on 4 July 2004. Lotta water under the bridge. I came along a little later, and depending on who's telling this war story, I was either left on his porch in a basket with a $50 bill pinned to my chest or he tracked me down with dogs. Either way, he gave me a home and I've never looked back. I didn't even know how to cut and paste when I started. I know a lotta tricks now.

A few specs: We've had 1,126,894 pageviews; 20,471 posts; 12,471 comments; and thank you to our 53 followers. We get 1000+ pageviews per day on average, and have had as many as 5000. The trick is to use the same headline as the article I'm posting so it pops up on browsers. Heh. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

A lot has changed in 9 years. When we got going, Kerry was running for POTUS against the Chimp, and Repuglican't Rule lasted 4 more years. Nowadays, the Repugs are well on their way to being an officially backward and shrinking party of old scared Southern white people and their ilk elsewhere. Their antics have gone from day-in-and-day-out outrageous to mostly comedy gold, and I'm enjoying the shit out of them swirling the drain.

On the federal level, that is. If you live in one of the states they run, times are bad. Throw 'em out in '14, '16, whenever you get the chance. Show up and vote. Dems in general dropped the ball big time in '10 and I hope we've learned our lesson: Off-year elections get less turnout, but ALL the morons we're trying to defend against crawl out from under their rocks and vote and so must we or we're screwed. 2010 NEVER AGAIN!

I figured out early on that opinion writing is too much work so I find real writers who say things I like and quote them with short, pithy even, diabolical genius comments of my own. I'm spending more time on Facebook these days, like Fixer is, and I know the Brain has suffered for it. On the flip side, I get a lotta good material off there.

I discovered I'm not as liberal as I once thought I was. I believe in liberty and justice for all, and if that makes me a godless commie fuck, so be it. Damn, I wish a 'bagger would say that to my face just so I could tell him to tell his friends he got those shiners from a pussy liberal!

I believe that Repugs in any of their 5 factions are the worst enemy our country has ever faced, and anything else is better. Despite his flaws, I'm still down with Obama and will be with Hillary too.

This isn't as much fun without Fixer.

Thank you all for reading and commenting. You're the reason I plug away at this. Here's to 9 more.


JEG43 said...

You're still doing a good job, Gordon. I check your site almost every day and comment randomly - so I don't have to run up a string of "Good post Gordon" repeats.
Hope you continue at least until the last repug gurgles down the drain.

Gordon said...

Thank you.

David Aquarius said...

This has been one of my favorite watering holes since I latched on to this Great Sausage Grinder called the Internet many years ago.

I appreciate the opportunity to burst a blood vessel or two when talking about the chronically stupid that seem to have popped up like fruit flies in recent years.

Thanks for all the memories and here's to many more.

CAFKIA said...

Fixer's more fun to pick on but, ya gotta eat what's served.

Thanks for what you do. You scared me for a minute as I thought you were writing a quiting letter. Don't do that. Ever.

Gordon said...

Thanks, guys. Don't worry, C, I ain't smart enough to quit! :-)

bearsense said...

...... and another 9 after that.

Anonymous said...

I check your site whenever I can get to the computer for a minute or two. I too was afraid you were writing an "I've decided to quit" letter and am vastly relieved that you plan to keep Alternate Brain around.

I miss the occasional photos of dogs and/or interesting weather events at your house. And... I'm still wondering if Fixer ever put out any dogwood trees for his wife. :)

Jay in N.C.

Ghostdancersway said...

Semper Fi, Gordon. As a Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine company in the early 70's, I have to agree with you about the shiners coming from a Liberal. I get here about once a week to see what is shaking from the Brain. Thank you for all you do.

Michael Strickland said...

Here's another thank you. It's a hell of a lot of work (I've been doing it myself for eight years) but your idiosyncratic take on the world is smart and agreeable and often quite valuable. Keep trucking, please.

Philip Paul said...

Fuck me, I missed it.
I have been busier than a one legged man at an ass kicking contest and don't get around as much as I used to. Work six fucking days a week and am glad to have a job.
I'm still blogging but my political bent went through a gradual transformation over the past few years and now I am pretty much done with both the Repugs and the Dems both.
Fuck 'em all, there ain't a whole lotta difference between 'em when you get down to the brass tacks.
The current Syrian debacle is very telling when you see the posturing in the back ground.

Either way, I am glad you are still puttin' it out there Gord, you are a hell of a guy and have more than earned my respect over the years.

Keep after the fuckin' bastards man, that's the only way we will ever be rid of the corrupt sonsabitches.

Here's to nine more and a tip 'o the bald spot to ya.

Say Hi to that Ornery fucker Fixer for me and tell him I still miss his point of view.
I'll get by here when I can.