Countdown to a milestone
Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:15 PM
And with that, I've reached the magic 20,000. I *was* wondering if I could restrain myself enough so that I could hit the 20,000 mark on Friday, which happens to be my 40th birthday, but whatever.
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Edited by Rich Kennedy, 30 September 2010 - 04:50 PM.
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:38 AM
: Guys. It's a flawed milestone. Politics never counted on the old board . . .
Yeah, I did wonder about that. Was it just Politics that wasn't counted? I have a feeling Religion might not have been counted either; it might have been just the Arts posts that were counted.
: Nevertheless, way to go Peter! Oh, and you will be 40? Such a baby, eh Darrell?
I don't remember turning 10, but I do remember turning 20 and thinking that I could finally look down my nose at teenagers, and I also remember turning 30 and thinking "Oh my God, the next one's 40." But now that I *am* turning 40, I'm not sure that I have any thoughts at all on the matter. Maybe that's because the kids take up so much of my time, whereas I didn't even have a girlfriend (much less a wife or a family) on my previous turn-of-the-decade b-days. Or maybe it's because 40 doesn't really feel all that different from 30 (though I do appreciate what Chris Hitchens told Jon Stewart about 60 feeling different from 50).
One thing I *have* become sensitive to, though, is reports of people my age dying of cancer etc. I found out last year that a journalist whose job-and-apartment I took for two months in 1999 (and a very pivotal two months they were, for me) had died in 2008 at the age of 45, of colon cancer; and then, a couple days ago, I happened to discover a blog written by one of the more prolific student-newspaper writers from my time at UBC (I don't think I ever met him personally, but I certainly worked with friends of his), and in that blog he talks about the fact that he is now 41 and he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer 3.5 years ago and he doesn't expect to live to 45. ("What is it with journalists getting cancer in their butts at 40!?" I asked when I passed this news to my wife. "Maybe it's because you sit on your butts all day?" she hypothesized.)
And for some reason I keep thinking about the fact that I have outlived Gene Eugene, who died suddenly of an aneurysm at the age of 38, back in 2000. I was 29 at the time of Eugene's death, and I wasn't even all that big a fan of his; I was an avid follower of the Lost Dogs, but primarily because of Terry Scott Taylor's involvement. (I didn't listen to an entire Adam Again album until sometime later.) But somehow just knowing that people could die that young got to me, and that was over a decade ago.
Hmmm. A&F has been around in one form or another for at least eight years, maybe nine (or maybe even eleven, if we stretch the history of this community to include the Phantom Tollbooth's OnFilm Yahoo group, where quite a few of us first met). Have any of us died, though? I know friends and relatives of ours have died, but have any actual A&Fers died? (I'm going to feel really awful if it turns out someone did and I forgot.)
Morbid thoughts for a birthday, I know. But as John the apostle says in Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth (1977), "Birth is the beginning of death." Or, as Terry Scott Taylor sang on the album A Briefing for the Ascent (1987), "I die a little every day I live." (And THAT'S the sort of pop culture I was into when I was a teenager...)
Posted 01 October 2010 - 06:27 PM
Oh, and per your last comment, I will have been around 10 years myself next Fall. It was still Chiarroscurro(sic) back then.
Edited by Rich Kennedy, 01 October 2010 - 06:29 PM.
Posted 01 October 2010 - 08:51 PM
Peter T. Chattaway, in a recent interview with Larry King...
Peter T. Chattaway on Oprah...
"'Then I went out back, I jumped into the pool, I took a shower, got dressed and logged back on to the computer, and expressed some more opinions. That's how quick these 20,000 fucking posts have gone...quick as that.'"
Edited by Baal_T'shuvah, 02 October 2010 - 04:29 PM.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:33 PM
Well, I missed it... by 268 posts. Congrats, Peter, on 25,000 +!!!
Side note: At the rate one of our newest members (Taliesen) is going, he'll reach the 25,000 mark in about 6.8 years. Long before a lot of us "old timers" double our current output. And it's some good stuff coming from him.
Edited by Baal_T'shuvah, 30 September 2012 - 08:36 PM.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:15 AM
: Well, I missed it... by 268 posts. Congrats, Peter, on 25,000 +!!!
Thanks, Baal -- and once again, it was my birthday today (or yesterday, I guess, since it's after midnight now).
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