And I'm not talking about an outsized appendage.
I'm not even talking about Fred Sandford going to join Elizabeth!
This big one is:
Today is the Felix In Hollywood Blog's One Year Anniversary!!!
Sometime in April of 2009 , I was doing a furious Google search on long-forgotten 1950s Columbia starlet, Lucy Marlow (like you do) and got directed to this thing called Stirred Straight Up With A Twist. Up till this time, I had heard the word 'blog' but had no idea what one was. So, I'm reading this coverage on Marlow and it's bright, it's informed and it's funnier than shit. Well I was hooked. I started reading post after post. What's more I began to click on the 'comments', and found more bright and shining light bulbs flashing their brilliance. My God, I thought, here are my people! They think like I think, they like what I like. It took about two months but I went through TJB's entire archives as well as checking his current daily posts. I also branched out to his blog roll, and you guessed it, more amazement and delight. I wanted to play in this sandbox, with these kids really, really bad. But alas, I was too intimidated. They were the 'big kids' and I felt too puny. I began daily haunts to Mr. Peenee, Lethal Dose, Muscato (Muscato, please come home!), Night Is Half Gone, Infomaniac, Mean Dirty Pirate, and Fabulon (recreated as Chateau Thombeau).
I'm not sure which came first but by July I a) opened a blogger account and left a few tentative comments myself and, surprise-surprise, nobody laughed at me or told me to go away, and b) got up my nerve and sent a fan email to TJB. Well you'll never believe this, but he answered me! Not only that but he was kind and friendly!! I then reached out to Donna Lethal. Same deal. Over and over again, all of these guys were really nice. Then I noticed witty commenter Cool Cookie start his blog Doing Hard Time In Shaker Heights. On Dec. 16th, I couldn't take it anymore and decided to join the fun.
My very first post found me wonder where this was all going to go. Where it went was beyond my imagination. About 290 posts later, I'm followed by 61 people and the page has been view damn near 50,000 times! My last visitor was from Cambodia for heaven sakes. I got to watch the beautiful Norma Desmond open the Mitten Drinnen blog. The entire experience has added a dimension to my life that I absolutely cherish. For the last twelve months you've laughed with me, cried with me, listened to me bitch, and given me a much needed sense of responsibility to keep this thing going. Thank you readers.
Thank you fellow bloggers.
Eternal thanks to TJB, and of course to Lucy Marlow.
|TJB as Lucy Marlow in "The Lucy Marlow" story.|