Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kissing Cousins (And A Short Recess)

**UPDATE: I have a new podcast up for your enjoyment, horror, disappointment or embarrassment...take your pick.**

About a month or so ago, there was a very small news story about the possibility of Elvis and Oprah being related. It didn’t get a lot of attention, but the possibilities were mind blowing. It would almost be like finding out that Rachael Ray is related to the cast of NBC’s Heroes. Then yesterday I read a story about Dick Cheney and Barack Obama being related. Not that I need to tell you, but that would be like finding out President Bush and The Dixie Chicks are related.

It is always interesting to me finding out that certain people are related. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s just the shock value of finding out that two people you know or know of share a bloodline somewhere. For instance, many people would be shocked to discover that my brother and I are related. He is quite tall and well, let’s just say that the similarities end there. I mean I probably have more in common physically with my bounce house-collapsing friend, also known as Brother From Another Mother, but we are not related. Though we do have the same blood type and philosophy about BBQs and Red Lobster.

After the last paragraph, I spent far more than an hour writing and deleting other examples of relations but came up with nothing I was happy with or felt pride in publishing. I have enjoyed writing every day and responding to your comments but no matter how hard I try, the idea pool has dried up and it hasn’t been much fun lately. I can no longer sit down to write endlessly while barely being able to contain myself when I hit the publish button. For the past month coming up with much of anything feels like when my grandfather used to walk 131 miles through the snow in a hailstorm to get to his one-room, unheated schoolhouse. It might be time to write once or twice a week or whenever inspiration strikes. The only problem with that is that my inspiration usually only strikes at the most inopportune times like when I am at work, when the in-laws are visiting, when the twins need food or something needs to be done around the house.

So, I am going to take a little hiatus and hope I can find things to write about again that I feel are worthy of being considered ‘nothing worthwhile’ and fun. I guess this is the part where I quote Douglas MacArthur (I shall return), Arnold Schwarzenegger (I’ll be back) or Carol Burnett (I’m so glad we had this time together), but I’ll just quote Elvis instead and say thank you, thank you very much.

(Now watch, I’ll get a great blog idea tonight, post it tomorrow and look like an idiot…)

for now...

29 comments:

Lis said...

If all else fails, you can always do movie reviews. Ahem.

Terri said...

why don't you just change your blog title/purpose. I know humor is a huge part of your persona but you don't have to write funny every day, I appreciate that you do, but you're a good enough writer to cover many stories/emotions/views, etc. Don't leave us Michael!!!

Lis said...

I agree with Terri but I don't think you need to change your blog title since it's kind of all-encompassing already?

This is one reason why my blog is titled as such, so I don't feel compelled to just stick to one thing. I mean, who knows? I may feel like writing about the medicinal properties of boiled beavers one day and still be able to do it on my current blog.

wolf said...

I'll keep checking in. I've been enjoying your stuff and I know you'll be back soon with more.

Alison said...

We all need a break sometimes. Enjoy yours. If you come back tomorrow, you won't be the first blogger to have done that!

Also, his name is Barack Obama. ;-)

AndreAnna said...

I heart Red Lobster.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Well... I'll miss you. Good luck with all that's going on.

Candace said...

Ack! I'd much rather you'd have quoted Frank Herbert's Duke Leto Atreides; "Here I am, Here I Remain." :-P

Odat said...

I'm sad now. ;-(
(my best blogging buddy)

Peace

meleah rebeccah said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

No. No. NO. No. No.


Oh okay.

I totally understand, daily posts are a REAL BITCH. And everyone need a break....


BUT... please do NOT leave blog land all together. Your words are too well crafted, funny,smart, and cannot be replaced by anyone else....

I will still stalk this blog DAILY even if there aren't daily posts.

Have a nice vacation.

(And I sincerely hope that you get some KICK ASS idea tonight!)

I am sad too...like Odat

Patti said...

this is an extremely sad time for me as well, even if I am not in the Top 10 of your best blogging buddies. Enjoy your hiatus, trick or treating, Thanksgiving and such.
Hope you are back before the snow flies. Oh, wait a minute, it doesn't fly where you live.
Oh well, hope you are back by Saturday, when you will tell us all about what you learned this week.
;-)

CrystalChick said...

While you're on a break I think I'll read over some of your older posts. Being I've only been blogging for about 2 months, I think there's enough material to keep me busy 'til you get back.
Happy hiatus!

Tink said...

Yep, we all need a break from time to time. I usually do one at least once a year (like right after I get back from vacation. Really makes it hard when I take more than one a year, LOL.) But I have you on my feed so I will know when you post and will be waiting anxiously until you get your MOJO back. :)

armalicious said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come Back!

Now that I've had my tantrum...I understand. But I hope you come back soon!

pretty please?

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Good luck on your break, maybe the break will be good, you can stock up ideas and all that. Miss you though.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Still missing you......... Hey did you see Pam Anderson's wedding dress?? If you didn't shoot me and email and I'll send it to you. That's blog worthy.

kat said...

WHAT? Are you fucking kidding me? This is complete BS.

NO. I am not allowing any sort of hiatus. 30 Rock just started its new season. Winter is coming and we all know that is THE season for cheese lovers.

What the hell?????

WHAT AM I GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO????????????

Michael C said...

EVERYBODY: Thank you for the kind words. I will definitely come back to blog. I miss the comments and I miss the writing. Just recharging the batteries, but I may do a podcast or two in the interim...

Sassy Lucy said...

Glad you will be back to blogging just found you and enjoy your writing...and keep the name it has pizazz and fits all types of writing I feel!

Airam said...

Oprah and Elvis ... I totally don't see it!

katherine. said...

you'll be even better when you come back...enjoy the time away.

CS said...

Take a break if you need one, by all means, but I hope you decide to post at least once in a while.

Tammie Jean said...

Enjoy your break! And come back when it feels like it will be fun again. C'mon, admit it - Eventually you'll miss all this craziness :)

Natalie said...

Everyone needs a break. I am often amazed at the frequency of your posts and it is quite understandable. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

meleah rebeccah said...

I was just checking to see if by some MAGICAL reason, you posted something.

alright.

Ill wait.

Patti said...

I also was just checking in on a Tuesday morning to see if you posted.


You are one of my California friends I am thinking about as I watch the TV coverage of the wildfires...

Hope all is well.

Airam said...

Come back dammit!

FRIGGA said...

WAIT!!! I'm so very sorry I haven't been around much lately - but please please don't stop! You're blog is funny and always makes me laugh. I've already read all your archives, so if you quit I will be in some serious humor trouble...

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I hope it's a very short hiatus because you will be missed greatly by many.