Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

July 2, 2010

Post #600

So. Post #600. I totally spaced on observing any of the other milestones, so I don't know why I'm observing this one but I am.

I started this blog in June, 2006, after searching around the interwebs for fans of Vincent D'Onofrio. That's how I met Val, Eliza, Axe, Ann, Mary, Jaime, Susan, Kris, Madi, Tess & Di at The Valentine Cat and all the gals on the Molly Blog. Their blogs were all pretty new too, in the summer of 2006. I am proud to call them amongst my dearest friends. And through our fledgling efforts to D'evote our blogs to the D'Ivine D'Onofrio, I met a whole bunch of wonderful people too: BASRIC, BobbyBeGood1, our only male Vincent Vixen Snarkangel, Jazzy, Nantz, Ruby, MauiGirl and Music Wench. I'm proud to call all of you friends. Other Vincent bloggers have come and go, and I keep in touch with some on Facebook. I apologize profusely if I have left anyone out!!

My fellow Vincent Vixens did a fantastic job at presenting Vincent pics and slideshows, especially Eliza, who works some serious magic with her treasure trove of pics. Unfortunately, other than posting stock shots of Vincent I'd snagged from around the web, I didn't know what else to do with it, and therefore decided to just write about miscellaneous stuff. I like to write and it's been a good outlet for me. It's been a fun 4 years, although I can't believe it's been this long.

Along the way I also found some great Deadhead friends like Aiko Annie at Cozy Shack, Daisy Deadhead at Daisy's Dead Air, Sugar Mag, Fancy Schmancy, White Rabbit and The Golden Road. Through White Rabbit, I connected with Petit Fleur who writes a great blog as well. Her young son comes up with some brilliantly funny quips, which she calls "Harleyisms".

I love Vaporback Writer's blog (f/k/a Danger Panda's Eats Shoots & Leaves) because she lives a few towns over from me and does a lot of writing about the history of places and people, and she loves to poke fun at Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. I love the great travel shots over at Trigby's Rigamaroo. Trigby performed Donnie & Mike's wedding ceremony in San Francisco, and that's how I met him. He and his partner, Eric, surprise each other all the time with fantastic trips to exotic places. I can't afford to travel, so I am happy to do it vicariously through my friends.

And now I've also been enjoying the Hood Photo Blog, San Francisco Sidewalk Safari and Victoria Daily Photo, which represent some of the most breathtaking photography I've ever seen of my fave places. Val, at Incurable, writes some great stuff about her intense long distance horseback riding competitions she does in the punishing Texas summer heat. Maureen's I'd Rather Be Blogging is always good for a chuckle. I've also been perusing the blogs of some absolutely amazing artists, like Sam's 3 blogs: Silkie Sue, SaMmY's PiX n MiX & Gingerwine's Lost Toys. I always loved Drowsey Monkey's blog but she decided to take a break several months ago, although I see she's testing the waters again (Drowsey, if you read this, please restart your blog).

Sorry I don't know how to do links, but they are all on the side of my page.

All of these blogs, including, Just Some Thoughts, Siobhan's Neverland, Sylvia's Stitches, Seraphim Jewelry Design, Blue Eyed Girl, Marching 7/4 and Marble Forum, are what keep me inspired to make my blog interesting and eclectic.

I want to thank all of my wonderful friends and family who pop by to read, either regularly or now and then. I appreciate the support. A lot of blogs I've seen never have any comments at all and it means a lot to me that I do get comments. I love all of you.

So the other day in the car, I was listening to one of my fave songs, "Blow At High Dough" by the Tragically Hip, which was also the theme song of one of my fave shows called "Made In Canada", about the film and TV industry in Toronto. It was brilliantly written and acted, extremely accurate and I developed quite a crush on Peter Keleghan, who played Alan Roy, the head of Pyramid Studios. Peter was simultaneously on "The Red Green Show" as lonely, loony Ranger Gord, who I also adored. When I got home, I looked Peter up on Facebook and found a page. I thought it was just a fan page till I checked out his friends. Oh it's definitely him alright. So I decided, what the hell, I'll send him a friend request. I included a message saying that I've been a long time fan of his, and assured him I wasn't weird or a stalker. Less than a half hour later, I got a notification that he'd accepted my friend request. I was ecstatic!!

Last year I'd also done a similar friend request to another long time fave actor, John Pyper Ferguson, on whom I have had a major crush since 1993. To my utter bliss, he also accepted. I've always been star struck, but to have 2 of my 3 biggest actor crushes consent to be a Facebook friend is like the closest I will ever get to meeting them in real life, or seeing what they are up to, even though neither of them are on that much. Now if only Vincent would get a page! Then my trifecta of actor crushes would be complete.

I covet this pendant. I am thinking about buying it. It's like $45 though. But I love it. We'll see.
As I mentioned the other day, Sagan's boarding this weekend. Today I got up at 7:30 and checked the following things off my Do It or Die List: Cleaned, vacuumed & dusted the downstairs, washed the downstairs dog beds, put away the DVDs, CDs and books. It took me about 4 trips to and from the upstairs livingroom with arm loads of dog toys that had to be brought back downstairs and put in the toy boxes. I coloured 2 pictures this afternoon, and also started one of my craft kit of the month club projects. It's stenciling. Because I have always sucked, and will always suck, at stenciling, I am having to try to salvage it as I continue on w/ the project. Needless to say when it's done and I take a photo of it, the photo will not be a closeup.....

The weather's been very cool and rainy, which suits me just fine, but for the ever-growing horror show that is my backyard. But the longer it stays like this, the shorter the summer. Last year was so awful. Just so hot. Too hot. Africa hot. Tarzan hot. I-don't-think-I-can-stay-here-if-it's-gonna-be-this-Hot. That's why I will happily take this off & on rain, any day.

I met Brian on July 2, 1988, 22 years ago today, in Oxford Maine, after the Dead show. I don't really remember that specific meeting other than saying, "Hi" when we were introduced, as it was late and dark and everyone was flying on LSD except me, who had to drive about an hour back to Michelle's place in Freeport. It was the next day, July 3, when he and I bonded after I sold him my extra ticket for what I paid ($20) and he said, "I love you". We didn't start hanging out regularly till months later though.

July 4th always makes me feel nostalgic and I will probably do a post about what it was like to grow up in a place like Sandwich, in the 1970's and celebrate the 4th of July. It's so quintessentially American, especially when you grow up surrounded with the history of it like I did. The fledgling rebellion would meet at Fessenden's Tavern, which eventually became the Dan'l Webster Inn, where I worked every summer as a chambermaid. The loyalists would meet at Newcombe's Tavern on the other side of Shawme Pond. I was born and raised in the heart of America's birth. So was Brian, being originally from New Jersey and outside the Philadelphia area. And typical of children, I didn't appreciate it when I lived there.

Tomorrow's goals: Dusting & vacuuming the upstairs, washing the livingroom windows, taking the stuff to Goodwill, washing out Sagan's crate and cleaning the kitchen & bathroom. And crafts. Always crafts.


  1. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Congratulations, JoJo! Wow, 4 years is such a great accomplishment and kudos to you for hanging in there all that time! You have been a wonderful supportive friend on my site and I appreciate that very much. I wish you many more posts and years for your site! Keep up the great work!

  2. Congratulations Jojo!! Sounds like you've got a busy weekend going, I hope you have a Great 4th. Send some of your cool weather my way....Please :)

  3. Wow, that is one packed post! I always learn something here, and usually get a laugh along the way.

    I'm so honored that you would mention me and Harley in your post. That was so very sweet and cool and unexpected!

    I hope your weekend is fun and fancy free! Happy 4th!
    xo pf

  4. Thanks for the mensh and congratulations on a job well done - and continuing.

    *confidential tone*

    I must confess that I'd never heard of Vincent Whatsit before...

  5. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Happy 600 and here's to 600 more ;0)

  6. Happy 600th!!!

    It seems such a long time ago that we started this blogging lark..but it feels like 5 minutes too :-)

    Have a great 4th too...hopefully with no fireworks nearby

  7. Happy 4th July, Happy 4 years, Happy 600 - and how is it that one passing mention of the lovely Vincent gets you a google alert, and even when I title my blog post "Happy Birthday Vincent D'Onofrio", nada!

    YOur posts are inspirational, your talents legendary. Long may you rule in blogland.

  8. Anonymous8:04 PM

    Congratulations JoJo. I feel I've actually gotten to know you better on the Vincent blogs, than on your own. I've stopped by several time on your blog, but have never commented, and for that I apologize. Your blog is lovely and encourage you with much continued success.

  9. Thanks so much everyone! I love you guys. Thanks for keeping me inspired to do my best!

  10. Now what can I say, you crazy lady, you. JoJo, you are a great joy to know. You were one of the first to comment on my blog, and have been commenting ever since. You are a true, devoted friend and for that I love you. I sincerely enjoy your posts and your creativity. Your star shines bright in my sky, always. My wish for you is for all your dreams and aspirations to come to fruition. We are all very, very lucky to have met a charming, funny as all get out, sweet, generous woman such as yourself. Cheers Always!!