It would be nice to say that I've been too busy being fabulous. Or just having too many other important things to do. But neither of those excuses would be true.
Over a year ago I decided to get off the proverbial pot because I found myself posting when I felt that I needed to rather than posting when I wanted to. That's a big difference for me. I write best with some stream of consciousness flowing from my pea-brain naturally through my arms to my fingers. Sort of like water flowing downhill. You can force it down or just let it go down naturally. I finally realized over a year ago that I was forcing it. It becomes a burden when forced instead of a release when not.
So I have decided it is time to return. Kudos to Alecto who helped that decision along with a little poke in the ribs. Yes, I'm actually alive and well, Alecto and Jules. And many thanks for asking. It's nice to be missed. Luckily for me I have kept up with the old group via Google Reader before its untimely demise and now through Feedly. I even found Ridgerunner but under an alias. He still writes well.
I'll see how it goes from here. This post was easy and that's a good sign. All I have to do is act naturally. Someone should alert the authorities just in case.
By: Lewis Medlock on July 12, 2013 in Blogs
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HAPPY EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY TO ME
Today is my blog anniversary.
Exactly eight years ago today I posted for the first time on this blog. According to Typepad this post is number 1,986. That means I have averaged posting about 21 times per month or about 1 per work day for the last eight years. That's not a lot for most bloggers but it's pretty amazing to me.
There has been a lot that has happened in those eight years, notably the loss of my father in 2010. My wife, sister and brother are still with me so I'm grateful for that. And exactly four years ago this week I began the job that I now have and it's the best job I've ever had. Too bad I spent 30 years doing something else for a living. On the plus side It did provide me a comfortable living and pension so I am very grateful for that.
During the past eight years I can't say I ever seriously considered not continuing the blog. But I definitely slowed down in 2011. That really wasn't by choice though because the job I love just required a lot more time.
I consider myself a blessed man. I could be sitting at home retired and collecting social security but I really can't see that right now. According to Uncle Sam my full retirement age is about two and a half years away. Most likely I will work at least to that age assuming my health holds. My father is looking down and laughing as I write that. He was still working at 89. I had my workout done at 6:30 this morning so I'm trying, Dad. I'm trying.
Maybe it's time I cleaned up some some of the loose ends on Deliverance. I've got some old links and such and I'll try to get that done. Maybe I'll even change the design or add something. I don't believe that one shouldn't just tread water at my age.
And so it goes. Eight years later. Thanks to all of you that visit. You all come back now.
By: Lewis Medlock on January 5, 2012 in Blogs
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Long time blogger Dax Montana says the thrill is gone. A commenter thinks it began when Acidman died. He might be right.
I have to agree with Dax about the malaise that exists in the blogging world. I haven't felt much like blogging lately. Just no desire. Can't put my finger on it. But it hasn't concerned me. I've been reading a lot more books lately rather than posting as I have done in the past and that seems to work for me right now. And I've listened a lot more to my music and recorded books. I'm simply spending my time differently.
On the other hand I'm not giving up the ghost yet. Inspiration is abundant, i.e. the state of the nation, inept government, corrupt business leaders, etc. So keep an eye on this site. Or on your reader. Stay tuned for news. The weather changes all the time.
By: Lewis Medlock on July 11, 2011 in Blogs
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KEEP ON KEEPING ON
I just realized that I let another blog anniversary pass by.
It's hard for me to believe but this blog had its sixth anniversary on January 5th. I started this blog with a post about a female helicopter pilot who died in Iraq the first week of January in 2004. And here we are six years later and still there.
TypePad statistics say that I have posted 1822 times, had 1211 comments and average 80 page views per day. All of those numbers are pretty amazing to me. I'm really surprised that I have averaged nearly one post per day over six years.
But I've never watched the statistics. I started this blog simply as a diary of my thoughts and nothing more. I obviously knew those thoughts were going to be posted on the web for everyone to see but it never really occurred to me that someone would actually read them, much less comment on them.
So I am a bit surprised that I've been doing this for six years. When I began in 2004 I can assure you that I never thought I would be posting my personal thoughts on the web six years later. But here we are.
So what's left to do but keep on keeping on. And so it goes.
By: Lewis Medlock on January 15, 2010 in Blogs
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THEIRS AND MINE
This is The Observer's (U.K.) list of the world's most powerful blogs.
I checked all of them out and I've been to exactly eleven of the fifty. I don't read any of those eleven on any sort of regular basis. I've probably been to Michelle Malkin and Drudge the most but I doubt if I read either of those more than once a month.
My preference is for personal blogs like those on my blogroll. But here's a list of the more commercial blogs that I do read regularly.
In sports: The Daily Fix and The Big Lead.
In news: USA Today, CNN.com and The New York Times.
In technology: Lifehacker.
In business: Forbes.com and Yahoo! Finance.
For blog feeds: Google Reader.
Just for fun: the Real Estalker, Freakonomics and I Remember JFK.
By: Lewis Medlock on March 10, 2008 in Blogs
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KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL BLOG BUZZ
The Knoxville News-Sentinel has filled a need by establishing Knoxville Blog Buzz - Blogs from the East Tennessee region. I don't know how long it's been there but it's a cool site and very useful.
This need used to be filled by the Rocky Top Brigade but that site has been out of action for some time now. This is a fantastic thing for the News-Sentinel to do. When the Rocky Top Brigade existed I could keep the site up on my computer and check posts throughout the day as they occurred. It was a great way to keep up with Tennessee news and often when breaking. That site and the new KNS site is like a Tennessee blog portal. Much praise and kudos to the Knoxville paper for doing this. I've also placed their blog search in my right sidebar. Thanks, guys!
I should also mention that I removed the link to the blog johniaberry.org which was set up two years ago to help find her killer. She was the young East Tennessee girl murdered shortly before her graduation from East Tennessee State. That was almost three years ago. Her alleged killer was arrested in September and bore a strong resemblance to the sketch drawn and used to help find the murderer. Reportedly he has said the killing was an accident. I think they have the right guy. May Johnia and her family rest in peace.
By: Lewis Medlock on December 6, 2007 in Blogs
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THE BLOGGER REFLECTION AWARD
I found this post at Les Jones and decided to tag myself. The rules:
1. Copy these rules.
2. Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link to this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Leave your chosen bloggers a comment to let them know they've been given the award.
5. Put the award icon on your site (sorry--for some reason I couldn't make it work)
Schmaltz und Grieben mit Alois, Klaus, Deb und der Lugers--Mostly political commentary with some humor thrown in too. I don't remember how I found this site but it's been a daily read for a long time now. Our politics match for the most part but occasionally we're different and I like they way they present their view even when I don't agree. I always like their Must Read of the Day/Week. Alois loves cheesecake too--not the type that Junior's makes but still of the tasteful variety. So do I although he's made me spill my coffee a few times. Occasionally they will pop a cool photo up too.
Ridge Walker’s Note Book--Very introspective, sometimes humorous, usually family and work-oriented. The RW is a little bit of a modern day renaissance man. He can wax lyrical about what's on his mind or in his heart, write fiction or shift into another gear and write about techy stuff that's too far advanced for me to follow. Above all he clearly loves to write. And I like to read. We even let this guy into the Volunteer State this year. Yes--a Yankee was actually welcome here.
Hillbilly Savants--As they say in their masthead they write about the real Appalachia, not the stereotypical one of Hollywood or television. A group of bloggers are behind this site. I'm often fascinated with what they reveal about our region. They serve up some choice bits of history and culture about Appalachia and the photographs, many from years ago, are true gems. They alone make it worth my visit. Good stuff. You'all come back now, hear?
Alecto's Ophelia--For some reason the word raw comes to mind when I read this blog. That's a compliment though. No hidden emotions from this lady. If she thinks it then you read it. I like that in my women. Unlike Slick Willy, sometimes I really do feel her pain. She's a skillful writer and worth my time each day. Plus she claims to like southern gentlemen. In view of that how could she possibly be wrong?
stupidtom.com--I would read this guy just for the posts about his job and the people he works with. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes serious but always interesting. Check out the posts about his employee's bathroom habits. And try his chili recipe. I did and it's delicious.
By: Lewis Medlock on September 13, 2007 in Blogs
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MORE SEARCH TERM COMEDY
I continue to be fascinated by the search terms that are bringing people to my blog. Here's some of the more interesting ones from the last 24 hours.
rhona mitra video
sexy civic coupe
threesome dental porn
bmw 328 regular gas
OK, so maybe it's true that all those terms are in my blog somewhere. But I have an excuse--I've been sick and under the influence of drugs.
Check this one out...from someone in Atlanta, Georgia a search for "dog fighting + jail term" and "Pac-Man Jones suspension". Hmm, I wonder who that could be.
By: Lewis Medlock on July 19, 2007 in Blogs
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I'm happy to see that some of you people are having fun. Here's just a partial list of search terms that have brought people to my blog lately. There's a lot of search comedians out there.
elderly person in a sun hat
janis joplin lyrics "I feel like dying"
wild bermuda fescue
and my personal favorite:
old farts and young tarts
I'm suspicious of The Professor for that last one. He turned 47 over the weekend and no doubt is feeling his age.
By: Lewis Medlock on July 17, 2007 in Blogs
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THE GREMLINS ARE BACK
I think the computer gremlins are messing with me this morning.
My blog isn't showing my right sidebar and the Deliverance graphic on top is skewed to the right. But that's only happening when I'm using the Firefox browser. When I use IE everything is normal. I need some feedback, guys. What are you seeing and with what browser?
UPDATE: The right sidebar is now there but the width has been at least quadrupled.
UPDATE 2: Problem solved, I think. I was spammed in a comment with numerous links embedded. I killed the comment and it looks like everything is OK again.
By: Lewis Medlock on June 28, 2007 in Blogs
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