Girl, Don’t Go Away Mad. Girl, Just Go Away!

And that’s just what I’m doing this evening. After work I’ll be hopping on a plane and crossing the pond one more time. I’ve got my gummi bears, I’ve got my magazines, i’ve got my iPod(s) (bringing the old Mini…just in case) and I’m bringing my Ativan. I think the latter item is the most important.

We have no firm plans in any destination despite the fact that I’ve been browsing websites and tour guide books for months. Randy has a few of his own (wants to go to British Museum in London and Montmarte in Paris). But my itinerary is rather empty. I’m not much of a museum person. I’d much rather just explore the city (architecture, streets, parks). I’m sure we’ll come up with some compromises. If not, I am in Paris and extras 5 days and can do the rest on my own: me and my iPod.

Oh, and it’s my birthday. I love websites like Friendster and Ringo because since those sites have existed, I get a lot more birthday wishes. Reminders are good. At 36, I’m going to be requiring electronic gadgets to remind me of things (my memory is not what it used to be).

Another good thing to keep me remembering things are memes….and I just got this one from J.P.

So here are the rule of the tag:

* Post a similar post like this one and add a linkback to the person who tagged you.
* List down 5 reasons why you blog about the things you blog on your blog.
* Choose your 5 tag ‘victim’ and tag them nicely )
* Write a comment on their blog letting them know that you tagged them. Voila!

This should be easy, no?

1 – I blog first and foremost because it’s therapeutic. I suspect it’s no coincidence that I first started blogging about 6 months before ending a nearly 10 year relationship. The blog was a way for me to communicate with others (even if I didn’t specificaly chronicle that we were falling apart). When we actually did break up, it was all on here (go back to the fall of 2004 if you’re interested).

2 – I blog to get advice and/or opinions. Lately, the topic has been about iPod’s a lot. In the past, I’ve blogged about purchasing homes and such and the advice I get from readers is invaluable.

3 – I blog because I like to play devil’s advocate and get people’s juices flowing. I love for people to read it and think “hell, yeah – I know exactly what you mean.”. Even better, I love it when readers think “who the hell do you think you are?”

4 – I blog because I think I can be funny and I think I have stuff to share. Yeah, yeah, yeah – that’s not always the case. But I do always try to incorporate some humor/sarcasm/exaggeration into my postings. And more often than not my blog title each day humorously relates to the topic at hand in an “unrelated” sort of way (such as today’s reference to 80’s hair-band masters, Poison).

5 – I blog because it keeps my mind active. I honestly don’t write anymore. I never write letters.  Emails are getting shorter and shorter. Text messages eliminate prose altogether. At least here I can construct complete paragraphs (whether grammatically correct or not).

So there you have it: My 5 Reasons to Blog. Now it’s my turn to force this responsibility onto others:

(Since I suck at providing links, here are the names. Their links are in the red section on the right)

  • Vexed in the City, Karyn
  • DesignerBlog, Will
  • Manley One, Mark
  • Life of Bryan, Bryan
  • Tao of Davis, Jessie


  1. Comment by karyn on May 24, 2007 10:16 am

    You totally scammed me into this, telling me to go to your blog right away.


    But okay – I’m game.

  2. Comment by Brad on May 24, 2007 10:23 am

    Happy happy birthday and have safe and healthy travels!

  3. Comment by J.P. on May 24, 2007 1:29 pm

    Happy birthday Handsome!

  4. Comment by Bryan on May 24, 2007 2:08 pm

    Eek! You tagged me! How dare you! You know how I don’t like posting…


    P.S. Have a good trip in Europe!

  5. Comment by Will on May 24, 2007 7:52 pm


    Happy Birthday, and I wish you’d dropped the shoe on that BEFORE you headed for Logan si I could have sent you off with an appropriate Heureux Anniversaire, mon cher ami!

    Thank you for tagging me–you KNOW I’m a sucker for memes.

    Bon voyage.

  6. Comment by JC on May 24, 2007 10:34 pm

    Have a wonderful trip Karl. And by the way, “Girl Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away” is by Motley Crue, not Poison. 🙂

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