OH, MY GOODNESS!
It's seldom possible to surprise a guy of my advancing years, but I was pole-axed this afternoon when a friend sent me a link, HERE, to a page in the current edition of the OC Weekly. Here's what I found when I arrived at the link:
BE STILL, MY HEART!
Best Blog! Wow! This is pretty darn heady stuff for a geezer who just writes the occasional entry in his little old blog and hopes a few people will find it interesting and/or informative. When I began publishing this blog in July of 2005 my goal was to provide information and opinions on issues I thought were important to Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. If I could entice a few more people to pay attention and get involved in community activities I'd be a happy guy. Well, I'm a very happy guy, because that's exactly what has happened.
THEY MUST LOVE A SPITTING MATCH
I guess the folks at the OC Weekly enjoy the sparring that goes on between this blog and another blogger here in town. He's been the subject of many articles on their pages over the years. They even proclaimed him "one of Orange County's most frightening people", which he uses as a marketing tool to hustle his books. He and I have gone toe-to-toe on important issues for almost a decade now. I don't think he likes me very much and I sure don't like his racist philosophy... We've even made up pet names for each other. I refer to him as "Your Neighbor" or "The Mouth From Mesa North" or "The Brain That Ate Costa Mesa" - deference to his purported Mensa membership. He even made up a name for himself - "Mr. U. Know-Who". He refers to me as "Lonely Old Man" and, most recently, "two-footed maggot". I especially like the last one - shows a lot of class, don't you think? And, so it goes...
THE NEW GUYS ARE WELCOME
However, a couple new entrants in our little local blogosphere, CM Truth and CMunimPRESSed, have picked up the baton and have engaged that other guy recently. They rebuff his falsehoods with facts and jeer at him for his absurd comments. It's nice to no longer be alone in this fray. Links to those blogs are on the right side of this page.
So, a big Thank You to the folks at the OC Weekly. I'm grateful for the recognition and especially so in light of the competition here in Orange County. I don't really try to compete with the OC Blog, the Liberal OC Blog or the Orange Juice Blog, but it's nice to be included with them. I just sit here in my little corner of the world, paying attention to what's going on, offering the occasional opinion and stirring the cauldron...
AND TO BYRON, TOO
Thanks, also, to my buddy, Byron de Arakal, whose commentary in the Daily Pilot many years ago provoked me to write my very first letter to the editor. That letter was the acorn from whence this pitiful, gnarled old oak tree evolved. If you don't like what you read here, blame Byron - it's all his fault.
NOW, WHERE WAS I?
Now, onward and upward... I've got an election to deal with!
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