July 03, 2004

Happy Birthday-ish to Rocket Jones

July 3rd. It was a year ago (give or take a few days) when Rocket Jones started on BlogSpot. Like many others, I owe huge thanks to Pixy Misa for offering me a new home on Munuviana. One of my personal goals was to post something every day, and believe it or not I managed that. It's kind of like Cal Ripken's consecutive game record: at some point I'll miss a day and now that I've reached the one year point, I'll be ok with the end of the streak.

The first blog I ever read was Rachel Lucas, and it was sheer accident that I stumbled across her site. Several guys where I used to work are avid shooters, so for fun I googled "Girls with Guns" or something similar. Rachel Lucas' place came up, and I discovered blogs. I read around for some time, sent a few emails, was actually answered by a few people (which surprised me - thank you Rachel and our very own Annika), and eventually decided that by sharing myself on a blog of my own, the world might not be a better place, but it'd survive. What the hell.

So today, rather than toot my own horn, I'd like to mention a few memorable posts I've read since I started blogging. This is by no means a comprehensive list.

Spork bringing back Rachel Lucas. At least the scary little girl floating head part of her.

Stephen's iPod project, back when he was still on BlogSpot. His series inspired me to start building a rocket online.

Meatriarch's multi-part dog breed posts. Three quick notes: 1 - did you decide to not move to the Munuviana site? If so, then I need to readjust my links back to the old place. 2. There's no search function on your old site, could you give the links in the comments here, because... 3. These "dog" posts are outstanding, and everyone that hasn't had the chance to read them should take the time.

The story of Collins. The man, the nose, the saga. Gone, but not forgotten.

My first Instalanche, during the original link war on Frank J, when I compared Frank to Aquaman - unfavorably (yeah, so I tooted my horn a little bit).

Funniest line: From Anna at Primal Purge, about women having way too many children: "It's a vagina, lady, not a clown car".

(Ok, another toot) Winning three photo caption contests on three different sites: Wizbang!, Captain's Quarters, and Blather Review. Take that all you authority figures who said being a smartass would never get me anywhere!

The picture that Helen drew in my mind with this:

...while he was busy on a tractor on one of them I walked along the cornrows in amiable company with my man, Mario. We noticed a patch of unplanted ground, a little cove that had thick grass under the shelter of some trees. Investigating closer, I found it was a small graveyard, a jumble of tombstones falling to the side, the names edging their way back out of the headstone, a family of tombstones grouped under the trees, forgotten.

A whole family, buried and ignored for the rest of their internment.

Paul, over at Sanity's Edge, who had me laughing to the point of tears with his post Tales From The Holidays. Just head over there and click on his "best of" link, you won't go wrong (there, I've linked it - happy now?).

I know I'm forgetting a million others. I'm about 2/3 of the way through a bottle of Sangria, which makes my total alcohol consumption for the year about 3 beers and 2/3's of a bottle of Sangria. It also makes for a pleasant buzz, I'm a cheap date.

There was that intervention set up by WindRider over at Bloviating Inanities. Virtual Anarchy, and lots of fun. Search the archives over there, look for Rocket Jones amongst others.

And of course, meeting people in real life. Over the last year, I've enjoyed a wonderful visit with SilverBlue and his compadres PoloRandy and Tink (and Roxette Bunny). I've shared a fun meal or three with the lovely Dawn, which is pronounced completely differently than Don.

So that's it, one year. Thanks to everyone who's ever stopped by to read, and who've left a comment (on slow days even the spammers are welcomed). Some bloggers just seem to attract scads of comments, and I never really got the knack for the cult thing I tried to set up (the sample fridge magnets were hideous). My online time has been sharply curtailed lately, so I'm not able to visit as many sites as I'd like each day. If you're on the blogroll, I stop by at least occasionally.

Now I've got to watch one more old movie for a review I'll post today (tomorrow actually, because I'm writing this last night). And Rocket Jones will continue on as before, sputtering and sparking and occasionally soaring to great heights of silliness.

It's just a year, but damn I'm proud of it.

Posted by Ted at July 3, 2004 12:28 AM
Category: Munuvian Daily Tattler

I discovered Rocket Jones when I saw the ISP State.gov in my sitemeter. I asked Mark Oakly of Rocketman Blog- who was the refering URL what he new about someone from the government reading our sites. I think I might have referenced black helicopters!

Congratulations on the first year. I hope you have enjoyed it as much the rest of us.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at July 3, 2004 07:51 AM

I've been reading you almost the whole time, then. You should be proud, you do a great job. And at some point we'll have to meet up in person; the Potomac isn't that wide a river to cross...
Oh, and what kind of cake are you making for the birthday party?

Posted by: nic at July 3, 2004 08:19 AM

I took my traditional half-day before a 3-day weekend yesterday, came home and hit the kitchen. White Chicken Chile, a batch of peanut butter cookies, and a batch of snickerdoodles. Plenty of goodies for celebrating. :)

Posted by: Ted at July 3, 2004 08:35 AM

I don't remember when I started reading your blog, but you haven't scared me away yet. ;) Happy blogiversary, Ted!

Posted by: dawn at July 3, 2004 08:12 PM


Nice logo, too ;)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 4, 2004 12:03 AM

Rocket Jones is one of only about ten blogs that I truly read every day. Great job, Ted, and here's to another year!

And I owe thanks to Jen--I found you thru her, as I recall.

Posted by: Victor at July 4, 2004 08:33 AM

Belated congrats on the blogiversary. It's not just that my knowledge of cheesy B-movies would have been lacking, but the whole blogisphere would have been a little darker if you hadn't stuck around.

Looking forward to another year of reading ya.

Posted by: Publicola at July 4, 2004 04:07 PM

Congrats on your Blogoversary Ted and thanks for the mention!

Here are the two posts you were interested in:



As for my new site I am working on a design with another blogger and will unveil it soon.

Meantime keep reading the original meatriarchy.blogspot.com or look for my occasional posts on "the shotgun" the blog of Canada's newest right wing magazine "The Western Standard."

And if you want to search my site or any site just use google's "search site" function.

Posted by: The Meatriarchy at July 4, 2004 09:05 PM

Congratulations, Ted, and happy Blogiversary.

Posted by: Jon Henke at July 5, 2004 09:33 AM

Congrats on the paper anniversary! Sorry I was out-of-town and off-the-net when it happened.

Your site is one of my daily reads, and I am having fun catching up on what I missed while away in Colorado.

Posted by: John Lanius at July 14, 2004 12:30 AM
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