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Saturday, June 28, 2008

1000th Post Party

Post #1,000


Stay as long as you wish!

I’ll not be putting up post #1001—Too Bad It’s Monday jokes and humor—until Monday!

Post #1 of Nick’s Bytes entitled I’m New at This—Kinda come into existence on Friday, May 6, 2005. It began with these words:

OK, so I’ve never blogged before. Or have I? I write a lot, and I speak my mind and I once published a website called nicksbytes.com where I shared my thoughts and asked others for the feedback. So maybe I have blogged. Of course, it wasn’t called blogging then.

Thus I shall begin this something new!

Now, 999 posts and over three years later, Nick’s Bytes is celebrating a lot of blogging. I suppose when I began I didn’t think I reach the 1000th post, especially since most of my posts have been fairly complex and time consuming to create—no to mention that it has been very seldom that I have made more than one post a day.

A lot has happened to Nick’s Bytes since that first post:

  • As of this writing, 94,858 visits by 31,959 “unique” individuals.
  • Nick’s Bytes’ Google Page Rank, which was 2/10 when I first encountered it, is now 5/10.
  • Nick’s Bytes’ Technorati ranking, which was something like 800,000 when I first encountered it, is now in the “Top 5K” at number 4,740 (it fluctuates frequently) as of Friday.
  • In May, 2005, I had no knowledge of any other bloggers or blogs; today there are 167 exceptional blogs listed on the sidebar with more being added weekly.
  • In the beginning, I did not know how to post sounds—music—to Nick’s Bytes: when I wanted to share a song I’d post the lyrics or perhaps link to another site. Now Nick’s Bytes features a new song that’s “in my mind” at the top of the sidebar every day and this week Nick’s Bytes introduced the Wednesday Coffee House, which will now be a regular feature.
  • Too Bad It’s Monday began on May 23, 2005 and is Nick’s Bytes most popular feature, usually drawing more than 200 visitors per post.
  • Alex was introduced to the blogging world on May 15, 2005 and Nick’s Bytes has featured him more than any other subject. The furball now has his 2nd blog, Alexicon: A Kitty Kat’s Life with his Hooman, having outgrown his first blog, Alexicon: A Feline’s Life with his Human.
  • And last, when Nick’s Bytes began, I really wanted one of those blogging award that everyone seemed to have; now there are 63 posted on the side bar and perhaps another dozen that the blog has received that I haven’t found time to post. (So much of coveting awards!)

So, on with the party!

Below you’ll find links and other stuff that Alex and I have deemed our favorites over the past 999 posts. Please visit what you interests you. Ask questions if you wish. And please leave a comment before your depart. (Alex says: “OK?”)

Some of My Favorite Posts:

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Memes







The Holocaust















My Granddaddy: TNT













· Old TNT (September 15, 2005)

· TNT and the Purloined Refrigerator (September 16, 2005)

· The “Terrible” Side of TNT (September 24, 2005)

· TNT Revisited (January 18, 2006)

· I Suppose It’s Inherited (Septmeber 6, 2006)

· June 12 Is a Special Day (June 12, 2007)



The Muffin Saga















Justice & Peace:














Against Abuse
















My Favorite Too Bad It’s Monday Jokes:






September 26, 2005:

A Letter to Your Cats and/or Dogs

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food.

Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, bark, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered.

Also, I have been using the bathroom for years—canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following 'Rules' on our front door:

Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Complain About Our Pets

1. They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.)

3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy and walks on all fours. Although they don't speak clearly, they communicate extremely well, especially cats.

5. Dogs and cats are better than kids: they eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called (this does not apply to cats), never drive your car, don't hang out with drug-using friends, don't smoke or drink, don't worry about having to buy the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, and don't need a gazillion dollars for college. Also, if they get pregnant, you can sell the children!!!

November 7, 2005

An Irishman walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn.
When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender approaches him and tells him, "You know, a pint starts going flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time."
The Irishman replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in America, the other in Australia, and I'm here in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I drinks one for each o' me brothers and one for me self."
The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three pints and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and orders two pints.
All the other regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss."
The Irishman looks confused for a moment, then a light dawns in his eye and he laughs.
"Oh, no. Everyone's fine," He explains, "I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking."

January 23, 2006

Late one night, a burglar broke into a house he thought was empty. He tiptoed through the living room but suddenly he froze in his tracks when he heard a loud voice say, "Jesus is watching you!"

Silence returned to the house, so the burglar crept forward again.

"Jesus is watching you," the voice boomed again.

The burglar stopped dead again. He was frightened. Frantically, he looked all around. In a dark corner, he spotted a bird cage and in the cage was a parrot.

He asked the parrot, "Was that you who said Jesus is watching me?"

"Yes," said the parrot.

The burglar breathed a sigh of relief, and asked the parrot, "What's your name?"

"Clarence," said the bird.

"That's a stupid name for a parrot," sneered the burglar. "What idiot would name a parrot Clarence?"

The parrot said, "The same idiot who named the Rottweiller Jesus."

May 15, 2006

A Priest, a Pentecostal Preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of the University of Georgia in Athens. They would get together two or three times a week at the Varsity for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.

One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment. They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it.

Seven days later, they're all together to discuss the "experience."

Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first. "Well," he says, "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him first communion and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, " WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to my bear from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to wrestle. We wrestled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a creek. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the day praising Jesus"

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape.

Rabbi Lipschitz looks up and struggles to speak to the others: "Looking back on it, circumcision may not have been the best way to start things out."

September 12, 2006

The Feline Diet

[Note: Alex has been following this diet for quite a while]

Most diets fail because we are still thinking and eating like people. For those us who have never had any success dieting. Well now there is the new Miracle Cat Diet! This diet will also work on humans! Except for cats that eat like people -- such as getting lots of table scraps -- most cats are long and lean (or tiny and petite). The Cat Miracle Diet will help you achieve the same lean, svelte figure. Just follow this diet for one week and you'll find that you not only look and feel better, but you will have a whole new outlook on what constitutes food. Good Luck!

DAY ONE

Breakfast: Open can of expensive gourmet cat food. Any flavor as long as it cost more the .75 per can -- and place 1/4 cup on your plate. Eat 1 bite of food; look around room disdainfully. Knock the rest on the floor. Stare at the wall for awhile before stalking off into the other room.

Lunch: Four blades of grass and one lizard tail. Throw it back up on the cleanest carpet in your house.

Dinner: Catch a moth and play with it until it is almost dead. Eat one wing. Leave the rest to die.

Bedtime snack: Steal one green bean from your spouse's or partner's plate. Bat it around the floor until it goes under the refrigerator. Steal one small piece of chicken and eat half of it. Leave the other half on the sofa. Throw out the remaining gourmet cat food from the can you opened this morning.

DAY TWO

Breakfast: Picking up the remaining chicken bite from the sofa. Knock it onto the carpet and bat it under the television set. Chew on the corner of the newspaper as your spouse/partner tries to read it.

Lunch: Break into the fresh French bread that you bought as your part of the dinner party on Saturday. Lick the top of it all over. Take one bite out of the middle of the loaf.

Afternoon snack: Catch a large beetle and bring it into the house. Play toss and catch with it until it is mushy and half dead. Allow it to escape under the bed.

Dinner: Open a fresh can of dark-colored gourmet cat food -- tuna or beef works well. Eat it voraciously. Walk from your kitchen to the edge of the living room rug. Promptly throw up on the rug. Step into it as you leave. Track footprints across the entire room.

DAY THREE

Breakfast: Drink part of the milk from your spouse's or partner's cereal bowl when no one is looking. Splatter part of it on the closest polished aluminum appliance you can find.

Lunch: Catch a small bird and bring it into the house. Play with on top of your down filled comforter. Make sure the bird is seriously injured but not dead before you abandon it for someone else to have to deal with.

Dinner: Beg and cry until you are given some ice cream or milk in a bowl of your own. Take three licks/laps and then turn the bowl over on the floor.

FINAL DAY

Breakfast: Eat 6 bugs, any type, being sure to leave a collection of legs, wings, antennae on the bathroom floor. Drink lots of water. Throw the bugs and all of the water up on your spouse's or partner's pillow.

Lunch: Remove the chicken skin from last night's chicken-to-go leftovers your spouse or partner placed in the trash can. Drag the skin across the floor several times. Chew it in a corner and then abandon.

Dinner: Open another can of expensive gourmet cat food. Select a flavor that is especially runny, like Chicken and Giblets in Gravy. Lick off all the gravy and leave the actual meat to dry and get hard.

January 8, 2007

Barbie’s Letter to Santa:

Barbie
c/o Mattel, Inc.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Santa Claus
North Pole, North Pole
December 23, 2006

Dear Santa:

Listen you ugly little troll, I've been helping you out every year, playing at being the perfect Christmas Present, wearing skimpy bathing suits in frigid weather, and drowning in fake tea from one too many tea parties, and I hate to break it to ya Santa, but IT'S DEFINITELY PAYBACK TIME! There had better be some changes around here this Christmas, or I'm gonna call for a nationwide meltdown (and trust me, you won't wanna be around to smell it). So, here's my holiday wish list for 2006:

1. A nice, comfy pair of sweat pants and a frumpy, oversized sweatshirt. I'm sick of looking like a hooker. How much smaller are these bathing suits gonna get? Do you have any idea what it feels like to have nylon and velcro crawling up your butt?

2. Real underwear that can be pulled on and off. Preferably white. What bonehead at Mattel decided to cheap out and MOLD imitation underwear to my skin?!? It looks like cellulite!

3. A REAL man...maybe GI Joe. Hell, I'd take Tickle-Me Elmo over that wimped-out excuse for a boytoy Ken. And what's with that earring anyway? If I'm gonna have to suffer with him, at least make him (and me) anatomically correct.

4. Arms that actually bend so I can push the aforementioned Ken-wimp away once he is anatomically correct.

5. Breast reduction surgery. I don't care whose arm you have to twist, get it done.

6. A jogbra. To wear until I get the surgery.

7. A new career. Pet doctor and school teacher just don't cut it. How about a systems analyst? Or better yet, a public relations senior account exec!

8. A new, more 21st Century persona. Maybe "PMS Barbie", complete with a miniature container of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and a bag of chips; "Animal Rights Barbie", with my very own paint gun, outfitted with a fake fur coat, bottle of spray on blood and handcuffs; or "Stop Smoking Barbie," sporting a removable Nicotrol patch and equipped with several packs of gum.

9. No more McDonald's endorsements. The grease is wrecking my vinyl.

10. Mattel stock options. It's been 37 years--I think I deserve it.

OK, Santa, you fat elf, that's it. Considering my valuable contribution to society, I don't think these requests are out of line. If you disagree, then you can find yourself a new bitch for next Christmas.

It's that simple.

Yours truly,

Barbie



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WINTER (a poem by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre)


"SHIT It's Cold!"

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62 comments:

  1. Fabulous party! Congrats on your 1000th post. I'm looking forward to several thousand more.

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  2. Congratulations, Saintly Nick, I toast your achievement with fermented coconut milk! Here's to the next 1000!

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  3. What a fantastic collection of memories. 1000 posts! Amazing!
    Can I just say that on the odd occasion, something tickles my fancy and I laugh all day at it as it floats once again through my mind. The David Bowie Lol Cat is going to have me grinning all day!
    Thank goodness for blogging so you could enter my life in a wonderful, enlightening, witty way. xx

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  4. *toasts*

    Congrats Nick. 1000 posts and going strong. It's been a fun journey.

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  5. Congratulations!

    I'm glad you are here, and I'm glad I've met you. My life is much richer and fuller because you are in it.

    ~Thomas

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  6. Thanks for having us at your celebration! I'm so enjoying your writings.

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  7. Congratulations to you and Alex!

    Here's to the next 1000....may they bring as much to you and those around you as the first 1000 have.

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS Nick! I've enjoyed getting to "know" you (and Alex) and have certainly gained insight and inspiration from your words!

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  9. Woo Hoo! What a great party!
    xx
    pinks

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  10. This is a fabulous party, Nick. And a Superb blog. I shall being dropping in off and on to read your past blog posts. Thank you, my old friend.

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  11. I love the party. Toasting with coffee since it is still early here.

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  12. Such a trove for those of us newer to your blog to explore! Somehow I'd missed your Me Mosaic and that was recent. That DOES look like fun.

    Gotta leave for work, but I'll come back in for a drink a little later. Something a little stiffer than the French roast I toast you with now.

    Cheers, Nick! To the next 1000!

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  13. Saintly Nick! I could read through your blog for hours and hours. Maybe I will. That “first Alex story” about the furball being “out on a limb” is wonderful. I can understand how he won the hearts of your readers from his first appearance. It is grand that Alex’s blogs have “spun off” from your blog just like television sitcoms. Congratulations on all you have done from us and thank you so very much.

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  14. Congratulations on your 1000th post Nick! That's some achievement, can't see me ever making it!

    Great party m'dear xx

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  15. Nick
    This is my second visit today and I still have more to read so I will be back. My favorites are the Muffin Saga. Peace

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  16. My hooman is having problems. He writed this and asked me to send it. OK?

    "I hope all are enjoying the party! I've been having computer problems and have been unable to access the web with any browser since early this morning. I hope I have solved or am close to solving the problems.

    In the meantime, you all have fun!"

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  17. This is a really fine party!

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  18. Congrats to you and Alex, Nick!!

    You two are the best! :)

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  19. Finally! I am able to get online—and to the party!—without my computer locking up. I’ve spent the past 6 hours solving the problem. This turned out to be a Microsoft “automatic update.”

    My thanks to Alex for letting you all know what was happening. There is a logical reason that I asked him to post that comment: his browser was the first with which I was able to get online.

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  20. VON KRANKIPANTZEN: Thanks for coming to the party! You were the first here! Have fun!


    GORILLA BANANAS: Tank you, Sir! I appreciate you coming and representing the Ape kingdom. I have never imbibed fermented coconut milk; I must give it a try someday!


    DAFFY: Thank you! As Alex and I created this party, a lot of memories returned. I was amazed how deeply imbedded the earliest post were in my memory—as if I had just written them a week or so ago. Please have all the laughs you can manage from the David Bowie KAT; he is adorably funny—and he really does remind me of David Bowie! I am truly honored to be a part of your blogging world!

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  21. PHISHEZ_RULE: I accept your toast! Thank you. Enjoy the party!


    THOMAS: Thank you, my dear friend! I am delighted that I have met you, too. Our friendship is very dear to me.


    ANONYMOUS: Thank you. I am happy to be able to share my thoughts.

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  22. MEL: Thank you. I hope the next 1,000 will be as much fun to create as the first 1,000.


    DANA: Thank you. Alex and I have taken real pleasure in getting to know you, too.


    PINK: Thank you. Enjoy the party!

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  23. ANGUS: Thank you, my old friend. I appreciate your dropping by so often and your comments. Enjoy!


    ENOLA: Thank you! I return you toast with, uh, Diet Root Beer.


    SAN: Thank you! Enjoy the party. Return when you are able. This post—a mean “party”—can continue as long as Nick’s Bytes continues to exist.

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  24. WOW! That was alot of favorites! You put a lot of time and effort into this post, and what a great commemoration!

    I have enjoyed your blog ever since i stumbled upon it Nick, keep up the good work (and the jokes, as we all need a laugh!).

    ((hugs!))

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  25. hi, st nick!! congratulations & a toast & a hug!! (oh, give alex one for me, too!)

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  26. Wonderful, Nick. What a great milestone.

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  27. Congratulations Nick! I have been reading Nick’s Bytes almost since your began it. Still, as I go through your links I find there is a lot that I must have missed. So…… I’ll be coming back to the party for many days to come.

    Oh! And thank you for what you have brought into my life.

    I must also drop by Alex’s blog and thank him, too.

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  28. woo hoo! A party!!!

    1000 posts?! WOW!
    Your blog is actually a lil over a month older than mine (in fact, my 3rd anniversary was this past week & I didn't realize it until it had come & gone, lol), but I don't come a smidgeon-close to having 1000 posts under my belt yet. That's really impressive.

    I really like the colorful rainbow font w/the pair of toasting glasses at the beginning of this post. VERY cool!

    btw - I snuck over and stole your alphabet meme... just might start off my "Alphabet Soup" series with that. =)

    Congrats on the milestone... and here's to many more posts! =)

    *ting*

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  29. Wow! That pretty much sums up your blog.

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  30. I'm back! I loved reading your letter to your 13-year-old self. When my daughter was 14, her English teacher had the parents of her students write letters to the kids' projected 24-year-old selves. I did and it will be presented to Flan. In less than THREE years. Yikes. I did the same for Oaks when he graduated high school. His will be presented in a few years too--I believe I decided on age 25.

    But this idea of writing oneself at an earlier age is rich indeed. I will probably do it one of these days and post it.

    Cheers again!

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  31. Nick, though relatively new to your blog, I have to second what Thomas says. Glad I found you. Congratulations and thank you for always bringing a smile to my face. Today my son Reza watched that cat animated video about 20 times. I wish I had recorded him so that you could have heard him guffawing at the cat's antics. See? I'm not the only one you bring a smile to in this family.

    Milena

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  32. MANY congrats Nick! Happy happy 1000th, and here's to many more...

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  33. Congratulations Nick. That's a great post today from a terrific blogger. May you keep blogging for many more!

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  34. I’m beginning this comment is a short story about something that just took place:

    Alex and I took a very long catnap this evening. When he awakened, Alex wanted his fourth (I think) of the day packet of his favorite cat food and requested that I stand by him, brushing his coat as he began to nibble on it.

    Before I could get to the computer, Alex decided that he wanted to go outside, so we both went to the front door. When I opened it I noticed a truck with a flashing yellow light down the street. I thought nothing of it; Alex, however, decided not to go out but to sit in the doorway looking.

    So I went into the kitchen to remove a can of A & W Diet Root Beer from the frig. Just as I opened the door, all of the lights went out in the house and I was left standing in the dark kitchen. Please know that my kitchen in an interior room so that there are no windows to all even moonlight or starlight into the room.

    Standing in the darkness deciding what to do I realize I was having real trouble breather. Of course, the truck was from Louisville Gas and Electric and they had cut the power to the neighborhood.

    Not only did I have no light, but I also had no air from the oxygen compressor flowing through my nose. After waiting some unknown period of time for the power to be returned to the house, I decided that I had to have oxygen and began working (feeling) my way from the kitchen though the study and into the spare bedroom where the tanks of oxygen are stored.

    I made it almost to the bedroom door when I tripped over a large cardboard box that Tasha had left there and fell into the side of one of my huge book cases, almost pulling it over on me. I pushed off of the bookcase to keep the 8 foot thing from falling on me and ended up on my hands and knees with the cardboard box beneath me.

    Somehow I managed to get back on my feet. (Which, considering my obesity, is itself a miracle). With my breathing become more and more difficult, I felt my way into the bedroom to one of the large oxygen tanks. It was then that I remembered that I needed the special wrench needed to open up the tank, which was in a drawer in my library. So I began retracing my steps, being careful to avoid that damned cardboard box.

    I had just opened the drawer containing the wrench when the lights—and the oxygen compressor—came back on.

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company really should give folks warning before they cut off the power to a neighborhood!

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  35. FIOCHRA: Thank you. I am humbled by your words.


    AKELAMALU: Thank you. Please enjoy the party.


    LADY DI TN: Thank you. I appreciate your returning and reading more. I promise to have another part of the Muffin Sage posted soon.

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  36. ALEX: Thank you for sharing the information with everyone. OK?


    LUCKY OWL: Thank you. Enjoy.


    RHAPSODY: Thank you. Alex and I appreciate your words.

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  37. Congratulations! This is a very nice party.

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  38. You have been a constant friend since the first posts on my blog.
    Congratulations Nick. Long may you continue!

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  39. Congratulations on a thousand wonderful posts, Nick. You have touched lots of people, like me.

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  40. These links to articles I have not read are a first-rate idea. Thank you, Nick, and congratulations on 1000 brilliant posts.

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  41. Congratulations, SNS! You have quite a few excellent writings here. I especially enjoyed the Alex story "Out on a Limb" and 4 posts about incest in April of 2006.

    Keep up the inspiring posts. Sir!

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  42. This is a brilliant party! Your comment about the power going off yesterday is most disturbing.

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  43. Congratulations Nick!! (And Alex, as I'm sure 1000 posts could never have been accomplished without you, right Alex?)

    Blogging is such a wonderful outlet for sharing thoughts and time with friends. It's one of my favorite stress releases and 1000 posts later it looks like it's still one of yours too!

    Take Care Nick and so glad I was able to befriend you in the blogging world.

    much love,
    --snow

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  44. This is such a grand blog! You have so many good posts that say important things and that also give people chuckles. Thank you, Mr. Nick.

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  45. Happy happy gave you another of those awards for inspiration the 28th I think- I have about as many posts but I had to keep deleting for space. my friends say I should copy fo my grandchildren??

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  46. Hey Nick! Awhile ago, I typed a long comment from this damn laptop in Kansas and it doesn't look like anything posted, so I'm going to make this short and just say Congratulations on your 1,000th post and thank you for being my friend. I'll visit your links when I get home.

    You throw a mean party! It's a joy to see all of your friends showing up!

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  47. Congratulations Nick. What a milestone...

    Your blog is such an exciting mix of amusement, entertainment, Alex the cat (Mr. Personality plus!), and also the cartoons, the quizzes, the links, the photos, etc etc.

    You're prolific and here's to the next thousand!

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  48. Just read your story of you grandmother’s brooch with the Star of David in the center and you and your sister suspecting that your grandmother’s family in Germany was Jewish before they converted to Lutheranism in the Old Country. \

    Your discovery chills me, for that is the very story of my own family back in Germany. My grandfather told us the story over and over. And, like your grandmother’s family, after the 2nd world war we could not locate our German relatives. Although I was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, I have always considered my heritage to be Jewish.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Someday I may share the details of mine.

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  49. My hooman leaveded the party long enoff to maked me my own moz-za-ick meme thingie! U hoomans and kitty kaz comez to my bloggie thing and lookz at it. OK?

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  50. This is enchanting, Nick! I can meander through these posts for hours. Thank you for all that your blog has been to me and, I suspect, to many.

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  51. Whew, It took me so long to come down up to here to add a comment!
    Hearty Congrats Nick!
    Keep the blogposts rolling. Take care!

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  52. You really outdid yourself, Rev Saint. There is so much here to read and see and hear and watch that I may be up all night. I have been reading about 15 minutes and am very impressed. Congratulations on a thousand splendid posts!

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  53. CONGRATULATIONS, NICK!!! Woohoo!

    btw, I note that Von Kranki is the first guest...she's totally fashionable that way!

    And azsonofagun is right...lots of GOOOOOOOOD reading here! I've been reading and will be back for more. Have to do it in short bursts - we're traveling this week to visit mi hija and mi hermana!

    Congrats again, Nick! You da bomb!

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  54. Congratulations! You have so much good stuff here! I have to come back and read more.

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  55. Congratulations Nick. I look forward to reading 1000 more.

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  56. Congratulations on a 1000 wonderful blogs, Rev. Temple.

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  57. i'm late, as usual. congratulations on your 1000th post and you deserve every award you've won.

    can't wait to see what you do for the next thousand!

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  58. Congratulations on your millenial-ith post, Nick! You've got an excellent blog here and I can see why so many of your features are so popular. Here's to the next 1,000 posts out of you, and see you at the 2,000th!

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  59. Congratulations on 1000 great blog posts. I am delighted that I did not miss the party. I will return and explore more later.

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  60. This is a most enjoyable celebration.

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  61. This is a splendid party! Thank you!

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