Friday, October 10, 2008


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:

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.

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...


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...

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, onward and upward... I've got an election to deal with!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. It's deserved; I read you every day for updates on Costa Mesa from a voice of sanity.

10/11/2008 02:42:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

substitute, you're much too kind, but I'm glad you stop here regularly. Others will argue that "sanity" part, but I do appreciate your thoughts.

10/11/2008 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger CMTRUTH said...

Right on Mr. West!

10/11/2008 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, bud. You earned it. Oh, by the way...I'm sending an invoice.

10/11/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

cmtruth, thanks... just keep doin' your thing and making the politicians squirm!

Byron, Thanks. As they say, the check's in the mail, my friend.

10/11/2008 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Connected said...


10/11/2008 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Agent Orange said...

Keep it up.

Just make sure that you do not get infected by the Orange Juice virus name "PEDROZA" since you are frequent visitor there.

10/11/2008 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger CM.unim.PRESS.ed said...

Good job! And thanks for the plug.

10/11/2008 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Geoff--your reward was completely deserved. Keep up the hell-raising and antagonizing of Costa Mesa's most infamous racialist, Martin H. Millard. Hey, Martin: stop being a coward and allow comments, will ya???

10/11/2008 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Such rampant kindness is tough to handle... Is this "be nice to the old guy" week? :-)

I really do appreciate your kind words - all of you...

Gustavo, I find myself wondering about the state of "medication" among your compatriots at The Weekly as they made this selection... :-) I tease, but am quite grateful for the recognition. As far as grumpy old Mensa Marty is concerned, I suspect he'll never permit comments on his blog. There is only one opinion that counts - his! So, we - and CM Truth and CMunimPRESSed - will just keep on chipping away.

Congrats on your book, by the way! Good for you, my friend.

10/11/2008 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geoff, congrats!!

10/12/2008 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger mesa verde madman said...

Way to go!

10/13/2008 08:44:00 AM  

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