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March 18, 2011

As you can see by the screenshot below, as of today, this blog has had 10,000 views. Wahoo! Thanks for reading.

I started this blog on blogspot in November, 2006 and converted over to WordPress in January, 2007. It has taken just over four years to reach this momentous feat. My main objective has always been to capture the fun things that have happened in my life and with our family. Whether or not anyone reads it, it is a joy for me to go back and review previous entries and remember the good times.

There are lots of good time to come as well, so if you find this mildly interesting, please read on. Oh, and by the way, you are not only welcomed but encouraged to comment. An open dialogue is preferable to shouting at the wind.


Welcome to a New Year

January 7, 2011

Yeah, yeah… I know it has been a while. Sites like Twitter and Facebook make it so easy to micro-blog your life that I haven’t put in the time necessary to update this blog. As of now, that is going to change. I’m not going to make some grand resolution to blog 20 to 30 times a month. This is for several reasons. First, I don’t think I can commit that amount of time. Also, I’m really not that clever and can’t come up with that much to say. And finally, this is something that I want to enjoy and not have it be a chore. It is my goal, however, to attempt to post something of significance every week. That gives me approximately 50 posts in a year.

And speaking of resolutions and goals, I have decided to not make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I made 4 or 5 last year and wrote them in Elvish (one of the resolutions was to learn to write in Elvish… I know… I’m a geek) and posted them on the wall in the office in our house. They are still there (really) and I read through them on New Year’s Day. It took about 10 minutes to remember enough Elvish to pick my way through the resolutions. I realized that I broke most if not all of the resolutions by the end of January.

I have, however, decided to set some new goals for myself. These have coincidentally coincided with the beginning of the year but they are NOT resolutions. I am not going to publish them for the world to see. That seems to be the surest way for those goals to remain unfulfilled. Let’s just say that I hope to come out on the other side of these goals as a better person.

Okay… see ya next week… or maybe sooner if something really cool comes up.

A Fresh Start

April 3, 2010

I’ve been thinking lately that I need to get back to posting to this blog. I have had lots of other distractions recently like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, among others. Those are all wonderful tools for social networking but I miss journaling about the great things that happen in my life and with my family. Even if no one else reads this blog but me, it is something that I want to do.

One thing that should help in this endeavor is that there is now a WordPress application for the Blackberry which should make it is easier post new stuff. I am actually trying it out with this post. I have to admit typing a long entry with just you thumbs on this not the easiest thing to do. But it may be a good way to start entries that I can finish and clean up when I get to a computer.

Stay tuned for more… and thanks for reading.

Cloud Nine

September 9, 2009


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It happens once every one hundred years and it is unlikely that I will be around for the next one so I decided to mark the occasion with a post. I hope you are all “dressed to the nines” while on “cloud nine” today.

*** Updated with obligatory Sesame Street reference ***
This post has been brought to you by the number “9” and the letters “K” and “M”


April 9, 2009

I have been slacking recently on my updates to the old Dramagoons blog. There are a couple of reasons for this. The main reason is that I was finding it easier to make quick updates in Facebook to a large group of my friends. This seemed to provide a venue for quick feedback and was easier. Easier, however, isn’t always better. I also noticed that I was leaving long diatribes on this blog which I’m sure were providing an excellent alternative to sleeping pills.

I have decided that I need to get back to more frequent update here on the Dramagoons blog (They will be cross-posted to Facebook automatically anyway). That also means that I will endeavor to make the entries smaller, more readable, and, possibly more enjoyable. Hopefully, there is someone out there that will find this interesting.

Please remember that comments are always welcome.

Dramagoons Search Wordle

January 11, 2009

I use WordPress as my blogging software. WordPress has many wonderful tools and stats available to let you know where people are accessing your blog from, which links they are clicking, and how often each post is being accessed. They also provide you with the search terms that were used at search engine sites to get to your blog. A friend of mine created and posted a Wordle containing a subset of the search term used to get to her blog. I’ll let you check out her post to see which subset of words she used.

I decided to create a Wordle with all of the search terms ever used to get to my blog and here it is.Dramagoons Search TermsThe document I used to create this Wordle contained multiple entries of each search term. I entered each search term the same number of times that it had been used to access my blog. That way, I had a better representation of which words were used more.

Presidential Poll

October 15, 2008

WordPress added a new widget that allows you to conduct polls on your blog posts. How cool is that? Oops… that’s not the poll question. I thought I would check it out by asking you about the upcoming (oh I can’t for it to be over) election. Let’s see how close we come to the “official” polls.

Update (10/19/2008) – I have closed the poll. Currently WordPress and PollDaddy don’t allow you close the poll, so I made an image of the results and replaced the poll with the image. That is as clever as I get.

Conversation – Day Seven

September 12, 2008

Well, this is it. This is the last post of our conversation. After this post, I will go back to my one-sided ways. I would, however, encourage you to comment on any post whenever you would like to share something with the rest of us.

As this is the blog for the Dramagoons, I figured that it is only fitting that the last topic for our conversation should relate to theatre. Here is my list of shows that I enjoyed watching the most over the last few years. We go to at least three shows a year at First Stage Children’s Theater and have attended almost all of the shows at Waukesha Civic Theatre in the last three years, so most of my selections will be coming from those two theatres.

  • Over The Tavern at WCT in May 2008: It was a very funny show and A.J. had the lead role. This was directed by Brian Zelinski. He always does a great job.
  • Lost In Yonkers at WCT in June 2006: All of the adults in this show were amazing. A.J and Logan Peaslee played the two boys in the show. Patti Anne Hachmeister’s portrayal of Bella was perfect.
  • The Boys Next Door at Sunset Playhouse in May-June 2008: A funny look at group homes. The performance turned in by Mario Alberts was so good it made me forget that he does not have a disability.
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle at First Stage in spring 2005: It had a wonderful set and the actors really drew you into the story.
  • Green Gables at First Stage in spring 2007: Michael Duncan was terrific as Matthew Cuthbert.
  • The Foreigner at WCT in April 2007: This is another one directed by Brian Zelinski. I laughed so hard during the show, I could hardly breathe.
  • There were so many more that I just loved but these were the best. What shows have you seen lately that you really liked?

    Conversation – Day Six

    September 11, 2008

    Wow! Who knew anger was so popular. According to my WordPress stats, I have had more views today than on any other single day since I started this blog. And as a plus, I have had more comments today as well. Even though it seems like controversial topics are more popular, I think today we should talk about all-time favorite TV shows. Prior to having kids, watching TV was the thing I did the most outside of work. That sure is a sad statement on my early adult years. Anyway, because of that, some of my picks are going to be several years old.

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: I have always been a big Sci-Fi fan and this was my favorite of all the Sci-Fi shows. This series began just after I entered the Marine Corps and I remember that a bunch of us new Lieutenants huddled around a small TV in one of our rooms and watched the very first episode. We were amazed that they had a Klingon on the crew and a woman as the head of security. Over the years, it got better and better. None of the Star Trek series that followed were ever as good to me.
  • The Amazing Race: Kristi and I have really enjoyed watching this over the last few years. It is the only reality show that I can stand. I love to see the places that they visit and it is wildly funny to watch how the teams break down so quickly when their stress levels rise.
  • Firefly: I know this is only a couple years old and only lasted for a short time but it was very entertaining. It is a cross between Sci-Fi space drama and Gunsmoke-style western. The characters are so well done. The love/hate relationship that plays out between many of the characters really draws you in.
  • Remington Steele: This was the first major venue for Pierce Brosnan and he was so good in it. It had a delightful cast and the storylines were always good.
  • The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart: Both shows were amazingly funny. Bob has that deadpan humor that is so funny. I can still quote lines from many of the episodes.
  • M*A*S*H, Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers, Wings, and Family Ties: These are all shows from my youth or early adult years that I really enjoyed. I was a tremendous fan of the half-hour sitcom. I couldn’t get enough of them.
  • So what are your favorite all-time TV shows?

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    September 11, 2008

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