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July 10, 2007

2B Is 5

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

A quick pause to raise a glass: It was five years ago today that this blog was born. Here's my first posting; here's FvB's. We certainly had a case of Stanley Kubrick on the brain! Note the complete absence of comments on both postings -- we blogged for months with almost no visitors at all.

We weren't by any means the first of the cultureblogs. My impression is that Alexandra may deserve the title of First Cultureblogger. But we certainly came along early enough that the idea of a "cultureblog" was completely fresh in most people's minds.

In fact, in mid-2002 the existence of something called "the blogosphere" was still a hard-to-get-used-to novelty. Blogs first came into existence in 1999, as far as I can tell. But as the chart in this David Sifry posting shows, even by mid-2003, a full year after 2Blowhards opened for business, there were still fewer than a half-million blogs in the world. The total these days: more than 35 million.

I'd like to say that FvB and I started this blog with great ambitions, and with a fully-formed agenda in mind. I don't think that was the case, though. Instead, we looked at this newfangled blogging thang and thought, "Hey, that looks like an easy way to make publicly available something that we're already doing -- namely yakking with each other about what's on our minds." Blogging seemed like it might be cheap and easy -- why not give it a try? Maybe a few other people would stumble by and feel provoked, and/or want to join in.

"Lazy is good," we thought. Since we were already doing our culture-yakking via email -- in other words, we were already doing a lot of writing about culture -- it should be a simple matter to copy and paste the more-interesting parts of those emails into postings and call the results a blog. Using an epistolary (ie., letters-to-each-other) format made sense for a couple of reasons. Group blogs weren't common at the time -- readers weren't yet used to visiting one blog where they'd read multiple writers. So the "Dear Blowhards" convention that we still use today seemed not only like a way of minimizing the editing we'd need to do to our emails, but also like a sensible way of keeping our voices straight.

OK, I lied: We did have some big ambitions. It can be hard to remember, but only five years ago the public conversation about culture was a very narrow thing. Who got into print -- and, far more important, which thoughts, topics, and observations got into print -- were rigidly controlled: bottlenecks to the left of you, gatekeepers to the right. FvB and I wanted to do what we could to knock these barriers down, and to help the culture-conversation open up and flow, baby, flow.

We also had a lot that we plain needed to get off our chests. We'd both grown interested in art and culture as teens, and had both started veering away from mainstream beliefs and convictions about culture soon thereafter. By our late 40s -- our age when we started this blog -- we'd both built up an awful lot in the way of disagreements with official dogma, as well as observations and contributions of our own. Other Blowhards will speak for themselves, but I had a strong feeling that the officially-sanctioned art-and-culture conversation had become so ingrown and twisted that it badly needed shaking-up. There was simply too much that needed saying that wasn't being said, and too much that needed recognition that was going unrecognized.

We also had some hard-to-summarize ambitions about the blog as a created thing. The epistolary format echoes epistolary novels ... The use of pseudonyms has its own 18th century quality ... Various contemporary developments were resulting in a tendency to mix together fiction and reality ... Perhaps the blog could be a creation -- an ongoing show -- that would cross 21st century reality TV with 18th century literature.

We even went 'round and 'round about how the blog should look. An early designer didn't want to take our suggestions; she was selling New, Glitzy, Fast, and that was the end of it. We ditched her and found someone willing to fuse The New (linking, listing, comments, etc) with an Old-style respect for traditional culture. The blog would incarnate in its very design what we hoped to accomplish with our writing; it would offer a conduit between the new media world we're all entering and the old world of traditional aesthetic values.

Still, despite the specific rants we both needed to unload and the specific thing-making goals that we shared, our main impulse was simply to do what we could to kick the culture-conversation open a few inches. Incidentally, this represents a conviction we both share: that a more-open conversation is a better thing than a controlled-by-a-priesthhood, from-the-top-down conversation. Or that it's at least, given a choice, the conversation that we'd both prefer to take part in.

It's quite startling how vehement the feelings were that got unleashed. As we ventured with our initial rants out onto the Interwebs, FvB and I were both far more fiery writers than we are now. And, once visitors started finding us, many people were made very cross by what they encountered. Who were we to be giving public voice to such unorthodox opinions and ideas?

So far as my own hobbyhorses go: I was daring, y'know, daring to say in public that, although I'm a literate guy with a broad experience of contempo publishing, I don't enjoy the work of Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison. I was daring, y'know, daring to say that it's possible to be an architecture buff yet still think that the work of Zaha Hadid and Morphosis is a crock. I was daring, y'know, daring to say that it's possible to be a decent and civilized person yet fret about this country's immigration policies.

Why, the nerve! Who did we think we were? We were memorably decribed by one visitor as "talk radio for the arts," which I'm pretty sure was intended as a put-down. Because, after all, any literary person had to be impressed by Rushdie and Morrison; you aren't an architecture buff unless you thrill to the work of Hadid and Mayne; and any decent person knew enough to ... well, just shut up where immigration policy is concerned.

Some visitors seemed convinced that these were base-level assumptions that civilized people couldn't afford to question, let alone do without. The firefights between us and some visitors, and between some visitors and other visitors, were frequent and often vicious.

We also encountered all kinds of other reactions, many of them very gratifying: Visitors who reacted by writing "Thank god someone is finally saying these things!," as well as visitors who were amused by our shenanigans and who enjoyed contributing to the scene.

That doing-battle, out-on-the-ramparts phase lasted for a couple of years. By then, the blogosphere had taken off bigtime and cultureblogging was no longer the vague, never-before-seen thing it had been in mid-2002. People mellowed somewhat. We had a real readership, and even a bit of a reputation; 2Blowhards had been mentioned in legit publications as well as linked-to by respected blogs. Zeitgeist-wise, people generally had become more aware of three things: 1) How to behave online; 2) that a blog is not the New York Times; and 3) it really is OK to have an unusual take on things and put it out there in public. Though the genie was out of the bottle, civilization wasn't collapsing, so maybe things were, if looser and crazier than they had been, still OK.

Having done a lot of great blogging -- much of which involved a lot of heavy lifting -- FvB eventually found that he needed to redirect some of his energy back to life-more-generally; I'm thrilled that he continues to follow the blog and to contribute as he can. A number of co-bloggers have pitched in for stretches; I hope Vanessa, Francis, and Fenster will find time and energy to return, if only to make occasional guest appearances. And Donald Pittenger has of course found a wonderful groove with his interests and observations.

As for me, I'm one happy blogger still. To get a little personal ... The technology that makes blogging possible came along at a shakey moment in my life. I'd reached a professional impasse -- well, that's over-dignifying the predicament, but still. An older woman who had been my closest friend and my mentor had recently died. And I'd recently gone through a cancer scare that had looked, if only for a brief stretch, like The End of Me. (I wrote about my trial-by-cancer here.)

I was ready for something new, to put it mildly. So far as writing went: I'd been an occasional (and spectacularly unsucessful) professional critic and journalist ... Why continue trying to play that game? My interest in it was limited, my batting average was lousy, the money was insignificant, and I wasn't crazy about the scene anyway. (I wrote about why I decided not to pursue a career as a movie reviewer here.) Yet I still had my cultural interests, perceptions, and observations, as well as my knack for turning them into accessible bits of writing. I'm like an Energizer Bunny in this, by the way: I notice things, I wonder about 'em, I present it all in peppy ways. I just do, I don't know why. Perhaps having an easy and direct outlet for this side of my being -- even if an unpaid one that was bound not to bring me any professional rewards -- might be a good thing?

It certainly has been, as well as a very interesting one. Aside from getting to know and swap impressions with visitors, the most striking thing for me about blogging is how it has changed my experience of writing. There's a tendency for essay-type writers to see their writing this way: The writer is on stage speaking, and the audience is understood to be sitting attentively, paying close attention. Even if a question and answer session should follow, it's always clear who the evening's central voice is.

By contrast, blogging is (or at least can be) a far more decentered and open, as well as a far more informal, thing. Linking is always clamoring to be done. Comments and comment-threads take on lives of their own; they often outshine postings, and they often provoke new postings. Traditional essays tend to round off -- they tend to close. (Here's an eye-opening Paul Graham essay about how essay-writing became the tedious thing that it often is these days.) But blogging tends to open up, to invite others in, and then to go on to something else. If the essay writer is a prof at a podium, the blogger is the maitre d' at a cafe.

It's a role that suits me well. Unpaid I am; unrecognized (at least under my real name) I am too. (Don't laugh: Writing regularly for no money is one of the big challenges for a blogger. You have to have some reason to go on -- because if you don't go on you aren't a blogger. And if money isn't your reason for going on, then what is?) But so what? The fact is that I really like having an outlet for my observations; that I'm comfortable and happy kicking off conversations; that I have no need or desire to have the last word about anything; and that it suits me well to promote and take part in a fun and buzzy scene. (Linkathons aren't just EZ blogging -- they're also a way of giving back to the blogosphere.) Hey, here's a posting I wrote about 18th century coffee-house culture. As far as I'm concerned, the blogosphere is coffee-house culture come back.

And just in time. It can be funny how life plays out, no? During the years that I've been blogging, a variety of other life-elements have fallen into place for me too. At work, I've shifted departments, from a more-glamorous one to a less-glamourous one. It has worked out very well for me; with less of myself on the line, I'm able to leave work behind when I go away from the office. Yoga and Vedanta have both felt like Just Was I Was Always Looking For so far as the physical and the metaphysical sides of life go. And creatively I've been having a blast, co-writing satirical, raunchy fiction with The Wife. Did blogging, by unblocking me a bit, open the way for these developments? Or has blogging been just one dimension among many in a multi-sided general process? In any case, I think I can say that, when you begin firing on more cylinders than you have been, there's no mistaking what's happening. And it's a goooooood feeling.

The deepest pleasure of blogging by a long shot, though, is in meeting and swapping notes with other people. Who knew there were such a lot of congenial, knowledgeable, freewheeling, brainy, and sensible / zany people in the world? (So far as I'm concerned, "sensible / zany" is a very nice combo.) Prior to the advent of blogging, it could sometimes seem as though the people worth having a conversation with about culture and ideas numbered in the low hundreds, were only to be found in a couple of Manhattan zip codes, and all suffered from severe personality deficits. (Are they Aspies? Narcissists? I wonder about this still.) In fact, it turns out that the world is crawling with interesting people, many of whom have a lot more to recommend them as people than do culture-world insiders.

Talk about a happy surprise. As well as a humbling one: When I start out writing a blogposting, it's often with the feeling that I have something to tell people. But I nearly always wind up the blogging process -- posting, comments, emails, etc -- feeling that I've been the one who has learned something new. Blogging isn't just loads of fun, as well as enormously rewarding on a friendship-and-acquaintanceship level, in other words. It's also -- sez I, greedily -- the best way I've ever discovered to go on learning.

So on this blog-birthday, I'm lifting my toast to this blog's many gifted and generous visitors.



posted by Michael at July 10, 2007


Although MB is characterisically generous above about my input, it should be clear to most regular vistors that he has done at least 80% of the writing on this blog since, well, Day One.

Since my own contribution has been at best been modest and is now pretty much on life support, I can say without fear of self-congratulation that this blog represents a remarkable accomplishment.

Congratulations to Michael and Donald on continuing to carry the torch into the future.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on July 10, 2007 2:37 PM

Five years!! Amazing. Many happy returns! But about your g&dd*amn opinions about the New York Times, how dare you...(ho,ho,ho, just joking!). You should make sure that someone posts your true identities on the internet upon your death, or something. All this work from both Michael and Friedrich should not go uncredited forever. You guys are sort of like "Deep Throat." Eventually everyone wants to know who the Blowhards are! (But before that happens, I really do think you should retract your public remarks about being a fan of Britney Spears. Some things just can't be overlooked).

Posted by: annette on July 10, 2007 2:50 PM

I'd like to offer hearty congrats, and a big thank you, to my blogfathers.

Your blog is still one of the ones I have to check daily, if not a few times daily.

Here's looking forward to your next 5 (10? 20?) years!

Posted by: yahmdallah on July 10, 2007 3:10 PM

Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Ian Lewis on July 10, 2007 3:22 PM

Congratulations and an overdue "thank you" to 2B. It was because of your encouragement and kindness, Michael, that I began blogging and consequently made it through an extremely difficult period in my life ... unscathed, no less.

Well, sort of unscathed...

Posted by: Searchie on July 10, 2007 3:31 PM

I started reading 2b sometime in 2003, and it's been damn near a daily thing for me since. You can put me firmly in the "Thank god someone is finally saying these things!" camp. I couldn't begin to count the cool new things 2b has turned me on to. Many thanks, it hasn't just made a difference in your life, but mine too.

Posted by: Todd Fletcher on July 10, 2007 3:34 PM

Congratulations for hanging on, long enough for me to discover you.

May you celebrate many more anniversaries.

Posted by: Adriana on July 10, 2007 3:36 PM

Congratulations on five years of consistantly provocative and thoughtful commentary. And naked women.

My favorite corner on the culture street.

Posted by: Sluggo on July 10, 2007 4:24 PM

Found you in 2003, been reading almost daily since. 2B's strikes the perfect blend of artsy and pragmatic. Here's to 5 more years.

Posted by: the patriarch on July 10, 2007 4:45 PM

Heh. You know, I just noticed the 2 flourishes on either side of the masthead are fans. Ha! Nice touch, anonymous designer.

Posted by: the patriarch on July 10, 2007 4:47 PM

I first came across your site in about Year Two … and have been a regular visitor ever since. You, Michael, and your writer colleagues consistently not only notice things that many of us might otherwise miss, but have a knack for saying thought-provoking things about them. If I have one gripe, it's that you often cover a subject so thoroughly that at least one reader I know is left without anything useful to add!

I also appreciate the way that you use your undoubted influence to support other blogs, as you did when you introduced mine in a posting, for which I remain grateful.

The generally high quality of the comments on your postings is a tribute you should be proud of.

I hope you never get tired of keeping the site going.

Posted by: Rick Darby on July 10, 2007 5:05 PM

Congratulations! I didn't know blogs were around in 2002.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on July 10, 2007 5:10 PM

Ahah! You're older than me then. Thank God someone is...

Happy Birthday and many wishes for great blogging fun ahead.

Posted by: susan on July 10, 2007 5:16 PM

Already 5? these kids, they grow so fast..


Posted by: Tatyana on July 10, 2007 5:20 PM

Have you thought about selling "Born to Blog" t-shirts with silhouettes of B's from the rear or something?

I came in about the time of Michael's cancer bout and immediately connected emotionally. But I soon realized that this blog has grown into a community, a group of people who often email each other without reference to this blog though the friendship started here. We aren't all alike, either. Much of our sense of connection came from being recognized by Michael every time we commented and even given a little prod now and then when he read our blogs and thought we were underachieving, a little pat when he thought we were saying something worthwhile. And he READ OUR BLOGS!!!

At first I thought it was all about snobbery or about playing on some dangerous edges, but those ideas are long gone. A long list of blogs I check regularly are on my list only because Michael linked to them. It's been a real expanding universe.

Thanks so much, Blowhards.

Now who's going to write an article about this for the NYTimes?

Prairie Mary

Posted by: Mary Scriver on July 10, 2007 5:42 PM

Happy B'day, and many more!

Posted by: Michael Sybarite on July 10, 2007 6:10 PM

I can't remember how I found you; I can't fathom how I did w/o you before.

Congratulations to all Blowhards. Thanks for your fine service and for God's sake, many more returns of the day.

Posted by: communicatrix on July 10, 2007 7:07 PM

Happy birthday and cheers!

Posted by: Kate Marie on July 10, 2007 7:09 PM

This has long been either my fave or near-fave blog, and I've been reading it since, oh, 2003, maybe even back in 2002. It took me years to get up the courage to comment, because, as Michael put it, this blog has 'many gifted and generous visitors', and I realized I couldn't just fire off semi-drunken rants here and be able to face myself the next day. Michael has succeeded in building a community here that I very much wanted to join.

Oh, and just to make even more nice, does anyone write posts that simply draw one into what seems to be an ongoing conversation better than our Michael? There's just something about that breezy, flowing style that makes me just want to jump in with my two cents worth.

Congrats, Michael, and thank you.

Posted by: PatrickH on July 10, 2007 7:44 PM

Happy fifth and keep on bloggin'.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on July 10, 2007 7:51 PM

Happy Birthday Blowhards!,

This blog is the one that opened my mind about what a fun and stimulating culture blog should be. In the history of letters, I think this is an entirely new animal. Now does that make the comments section the place where we put in 25 cents for a handful of grain to feed the animals? Hmmm...

Here's success for you: I was eating ice cream at Christina's in Cambridge, MA when a friend of a friend, a curvaceous black woman from MIT, came in and we started talking. Before I knew it, she brought up that fun web site she'd been reading -- 2blowhards. And she was way impressed that'd I'd been reading you for years.

I'm 35, but when some of my heavyweight friends stop giving their blood to their all consuming careers, I'm going to go get me a blog with all of them. And when I do, this will be our #1 role model on how to have fun and inspire each other.


The Holzbachian

Posted by: the holzbachian on July 10, 2007 8:16 PM

Keep on trucking! This is a great blog. Happy fifth Michael.

Posted by: David Brown on July 10, 2007 8:34 PM

Alas, I can't recall when I started reading 2Blowhards, though late 2003-early 2004 would be a good bet. Moreover, I don't remember the web site I initially linked from, but it might have been Arts & Letters Daily.

What's important is that Michael and his sidekick Friedrich created a wonderful thing. I'm thankful that they didn't go into To Hell With This mode during the early, lean, audience-building phase. And I'm grateful to Michael for promoting me from commenter to guest blogger to second or third (or whatever) banana hereabouts.

This is really a fun gig for me -- and for many others, judging by the comments posted up to this point.

Thank you all.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on July 10, 2007 9:09 PM

Congratulations. I look forward every day to what awaits me when I click the 2Blowhards link in my browser's bookmark sidebar.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on July 10, 2007 9:37 PM

Other sites are human but 2B is the most human. And that's that!

Posted by: ricpic on July 10, 2007 9:57 PM

Excellent! I read a lot of blogs, but 2 Blowhards is on the top of my links list and has always been my favorite.

Posted by: Peter on July 10, 2007 10:12 PM

I've only recently become a daily visitor, but I am that for sure now. I think you're doing a very fine job of avoiding the "bottlenecks to the left, gatekeepers to the right" and it seems to me because you're genuinely non-dogmatic or non-ideological in the way you take positions. I've found that even when I disagree with you (e.g., I go right along with Chesterton to all of the God conclusions) that I don't find you disagreeable. Or, maybe it's simply that, while you have your assumptions and prejudices, you are actively, honestly observing the world and thinking about what you observe.

Live long and prosper!

Posted by: Judith on July 10, 2007 10:52 PM

Five years has gone by fast. I started blogging five years ago, too. Unlike you, I am burnt out. This is a great blog. I hope you can keep up the energy and quality for a long time to come.

Posted by: Lexington Green on July 10, 2007 11:02 PM

I think I've been with you for about 4 of your 5 years. Nice job and I hope we can all continue reading you for many more years.

Posted by: Patrick on July 10, 2007 11:46 PM

Congrats, Blowhards, on a highly prolific and refreshingly non-dogmatic five years.

Posted by: Jeff on July 11, 2007 12:06 AM

Happy Birthday Michael, Donald, and Friedrich! This place is the best and must be to put up with the likes of me. Best wishes to all three of you, and many returns.

Posted by: BIOH on July 11, 2007 2:18 AM

Here's to the next five!

Posted by: Peter Briffa on July 11, 2007 2:33 AM

Congratulations! And thanks again for the support.

Posted by: Thursday on July 11, 2007 4:03 AM

2B remains one of my favorites after years of reading. At first I was most impressed with FvB's erudition - and hey, I still am! MB's subtle skill crept up on me more slowly. Only after a brief period of blogging myself did I realize how hard-won such a straightforward demotic style really is. Remember the comments battle you waged about conservatism at Crooked Timber a couple years ago? That was an eyeopener. Seeing how you spun your style and arguments to a different audience put your qualities in a new light for this dim reader. That was a model of friendly, rich discourse on contentious topics. Here's to more of it! Congratulations on five years, MB, hat tip to FvB, kudos to Donald. I look forward to the next five years.

Posted by: robert on July 11, 2007 5:57 AM

Wow, it looks like you've inspired a lot of bloggers to come on-line and get started, myself included. Congratulations and thanks!

I found you with a link from Arts & Letters Daily to a post about PBS Documentaries, and then just kept on reading. What surprised me was that even though the 2blowhards hobbyhorses weren't my hobbyhorses (What did I know or care about PBS production styles? New Urbanism? Immigration? French Impressionism?) you always wrote in such a welcoming and accessible style that I felt myself drawn into the conversation and developing new interests.

The "elsewhere" posts were always exciting - whole new worlds of ideas and diversion I may not have encountered otherwise - and so it was always a thrill when I appeared on them.

You've managed to blend the elitist role of "cultural gatekeeper" with the freewheeling, anyone-can-join-in democratization of the internet. Too bad there's no money in it. You guys deserve a MacArthur Genius Grant for success in this new medium!

Posted by: Nate on July 11, 2007 7:29 AM

Congratulations!! I found out about 2B from Steve Bodio at Querencia, before he invited me in as a contributor two years ago. It's top on my list of blogs that I check each morning. Thank you for all the support you've given us at The Q.

Also a great thrill and great fun to meet Michael and The Wife in Santa Barbara last year.

Posted by: Reid Farmer on July 11, 2007 8:23 AM

That a modernist loving liberal fella like me has 2B at the top of my blog bookmarks says it all. This is the place for real discourse, not just joining a choir of likeminded voices. 2B is always entertaining and thought provoking. No wonder the major media is afraid of the blogosphere! Congrats!

Posted by: Chris White on July 11, 2007 8:30 AM

Congrats to all of you! When we started to broaden our blog's reach beyond the narrow to a more cultural appeal, yours was the first we linked to. You've been an inspiration to all of us at Our Word - a trigger for stimulating conversation, a starting point for many of our posts, a resource for great information. Best wishes on your last five years, and here's hoping there are many more!

Posted by: Mitchell Hadley on July 11, 2007 8:59 AM

Michael, happy anniversary and thanks so much to you and the other "blowhards" for this blog. I am relatively new to it, last year via Marginal Revolution (itself via Tyler's ethnic food guide). I love its idiosyncracies (and the epistolary style) and find that it always makes me think. A lot of my friends seem to read only blogs written by people who share all of their political opinions and outlooks; I think that's pretty boring.

I had not seen your cancer post; it's a moving and inspirational story. Thank you.


Posted by: Linda on July 11, 2007 9:01 AM

Congratulations on a truly amzing 5 years of thought-provoking and comment-inducing writing. You've always been a consistent source of material, whether it was solely promulgated by yourself or via the plethora of linkage you led us to. May there be at least 5 More Years!

Posted by: DarkoV on July 11, 2007 9:39 AM

*sniff*... Y'all rock. And same back at ya. ... *sniff* ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on July 11, 2007 10:19 AM

You've written some great cultural commentary over the past 5 years Michael and fellow Blowhards! It's been a pleasure for me to keep up with the new and also go back through the archives and read the old stuff.

Posted by: Steve on July 11, 2007 10:38 AM

Congratulations, and thanks for your continued writing.

Posted by: Paul Worthington on July 11, 2007 4:42 PM

Congratulations! As a visitor from day one, I can't believe it's been 5 years already. 2blowhards is my favorite bookmarked site and absolutely the finest arts and culture site out there. I've spend endless hours being entertained, informed, and enlightened by it. Keep up the fantastic work!

Posted by: WS on July 11, 2007 9:03 PM

Belated congratulations; thanks for sending me off onto numerous little 'reveries' and hunts for books and movies.....much appreciated Blowhards!

Posted by: MD on July 12, 2007 6:16 PM


Not only does 2Blowhards provide a forum for a nice variety of thoughtful viewpoints on interesting topics, I especially admire the way stray heated arguments are usually de-fused and refocused. Very civil -- definitely more light than heat, here!

Also a great place to discover other interesting blogs and websites.


Posted by: Benjamin Hemric on July 14, 2007 2:53 PM

Many ya-hoos! on the fifth anniversary of 2B's - and I hope to be reading you for at least that many more years to come.

I was just thinking the other day how often I quote you guys over here at the 2B's, and toss around the title of "friends". Someone who doesn't blog will get a blank stare and wonder aloud how I can call people I have never officially met face-to-face "friends".

How little they know! Blogging has certainly changed my own definition of compadres, and I am forever delighted in the personalities I meet online.

A toast to you, Michael, for being the most perfect host; you make everyone feel like they have been served a delicious glass of wine and offered a comfy chair whenever they stop awhile at 2blowhards.

Couldn't ask for better neighbors!

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on July 14, 2007 9:22 PM

Congrats Michael, Fred and all; you have a great site; it is alive - you're the best-

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