July 2, 2007

Rude Cactus Turns Four

If you've dropped by anytime in the last, well, forever, you know I'm not a big fan of Mondays. I seem to be allergic to them. I urge the universe to cease and desist when it comes to Mondays, mornings specifically, but it doesn't seem to listen. There's a bright side to this one though, a silver lining to the gray cloud that is the first day of the week - it's my blogiversary. Kinda.

If you troll through my archives, the most observant of you will note that they start in August of 2003. And this is not August. I can't get anything by you. But looks can be deceiving. In fact, it was June of 2003 when I started this little place. A month or so after getting it off the ground, the unthinkable happened - the site imploded and I lost everything. I rebuilt from scratch.

The site, like me, has evolved, changed. I hope it's gotten better. I think it has, but I've been known to be wrong before. What I do know for absolute certain is that you guys rock. I write for myself but you keep me doing it. My will-power sucks. I need that and I need you. All platitudes and cliches aside, I sincerely, from the absolute rock bottom of my heart, appreciate you - your visits, your comments, your email and, for those that have them, your own sites. I'm a little cynical sometimes. It's hard sometimes to remember that people are, on balance, pretty darn good and that there's a lot of nice in the world. You help me remember that. So, thanks.

Posted by Chris at July 2, 2007 7:03 AM

aww. Happy Blogiversary, Chris! We love you, too!

Posted by: Alissa at July 2, 2007 7:54 AM

Well, happy birthday! You're so big!

Posted by: Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah at July 2, 2007 7:56 AM

Congrats on the four years.

Posted by: William at July 2, 2007 8:06 AM

That's so funny, I was just going through my old posts and thanking God that I 've evolved and become a better, happier person.

I've only watched you become a father, because you were already a great husband, friend, and person before I "met" you. But I appreciate your sharing your life with all of us. It's truly a pleasure getting to know you a little more every day.

Happy Blogoversary!

Posted by: alektra at July 2, 2007 8:17 AM

Happy Blogiversary to you! Happy Blogiversary to you! Happy Blogiveeeeerrrrrssssaaarrrryyy dear Chriiiiiiissss! Happy Blogiversary to you!!!! And many more!!! :-)

Posted by: lilfootsmommy at July 2, 2007 8:26 AM

Happy Blogiversary to you! Happy Blogiversary to you! Happy Blogiveeeeerrrrrssssaaarrrryyy dear Chriiiiiiissss! Happy Blogiversary to you!!!! And many more!!! :-)

Posted by: lilfootsmommy at July 2, 2007 8:27 AM

Happy Blogiversary, Chris!

If I didn't already like you, I would like you for saying you hate Mondays. I'm very cynical :-)

Posted by: Maria at July 2, 2007 8:33 AM

Well now, don't make us blush.

Posted by: angela at July 2, 2007 8:34 AM

Woo-hoo! Congrats, Chris! I may not comment often, but I'm always reading. Here's to four more years!

Posted by: SpaceCase at July 2, 2007 8:40 AM

Happy Blogaversary sweetie! You know you are one of my first reads everyday!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 2, 2007 8:49 AM

Congrats on 4 years.

Posted by: hazelhazel at July 2, 2007 8:53 AM

4 years is like ancient in blog years. It's kind of like dogs years. Wait, did I just call you a dog?


Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at July 2, 2007 8:57 AM

I stumbled onto your site by accident (or was it on another blog "favorites")?.... and i enjoy your sense of humor...and look forward to monday haiku(s)... i've been reading for a while...and there came a point i just HAD to comment...little did i know or expect... that you would respond! it made me feel special in a way... and so why not give that back? ya know? cuz YOU are one of those pretty darn good people that are nice in the world........... HAPPY 4th!

Posted by: the unicorn at July 2, 2007 9:18 AM

That totally rocks. Happy blogiversary - I can say I've been around for almost the whole ride, and you're a good friend to have in this crazy little world. :)

Posted by: Sam at July 2, 2007 9:27 AM

Aww. Happy Blogiversary!

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 2, 2007 9:34 AM

Hey, you should have a blogiversary more often! It makes Monday seem almost manageable.

I've said it before: you are my morning paper. We start every day together, separated by a handful of states, with a cup of coffee.

Happy Monday. :o)

Posted by: Emily at July 2, 2007 9:58 AM

Happy Blogiversary, Chris! Here's to many more!

You're one of my favorite bloggers -- especially on Monday morning. :)

Posted by: debra at July 2, 2007 10:00 AM

Happy Blogoversary! I think I've been here since the beginning and love the way the site and evolved. Watching you and Beth grow into wonderful parents has been fabulous!!! Keep up the great site!

Posted by: Krush at July 2, 2007 10:17 AM

I'm not sure how long I've been hanging around but Mia hadn't had her first birthday when I started reading Beth's blog. I found her through my friend Jen C. in Missouri and then found you.

I haven't backed up and read all your posts but I did go back to the beginning and read several of those.

I think you started out with one or two readers. You've come a long way.

Happy 4th Blogiversary. Keep on writing; I'll keep on reading you the first thing each morning.

Posted by: ann adams at July 2, 2007 10:32 AM

Happy blogiversary, sir. Thanks for the entertainment. :)

Posted by: Teenuh at July 2, 2007 10:39 AM

happy blogiversary! thanks for much, much reading pleasure. ;)

Posted by: chepooka at July 2, 2007 10:55 AM

Happy Anniversary, you young 'un. ;)

Posted by: Coleen at July 2, 2007 11:04 AM

Happy blogiversary! You don't look a day over 3!

Posted by: Kali at July 2, 2007 11:10 AM

No, man... YOU rock!!! Seriously, though, thank you for writing -- you make the world (and Internet) a better place. Reading your blog is an important part of my day, kinda like coffee. If I don't get my coffee, the whole day seems a little "off". If I don't get to read my RC, my whole day is a little "off". Seriously.

So, keep writing, if only for yourself, and know that you make a difference in the lives of other people. And? We'll keep helpin' ya with the will-power! (Just so long as the coffee is a-flowin'!) ;-) Congrats!

Posted by: ironic1 at July 2, 2007 11:10 AM

Happy blogiversary! You don't look a day over 3!

Posted by: Kali at July 2, 2007 11:11 AM

Same goes for you. My cynicism and general discontentment with society is thankfully tempered by the ~50 blogs I read daily.

You complete me. Or something.

I'm in the process of finally, after ~7 years of being poked and prodded, starting a blog. I may hit you up for advice on WordPress or whatever the blog software du jour is.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at July 2, 2007 11:12 AM

Lots of big things happening your way, Blogiversaries, moving. What's next for the Cactus-fish family?

Posted by: anna at July 2, 2007 11:16 AM

Congrats on 2,102,400 minutes of blog. And thanks for the kind words!

Posted by: Pammer at July 2, 2007 11:37 AM

*applauds* Congrats. You are a gifted writer, you know. And you have a sparkling personality and a smoking ass. Oh, wait, that's your wife. Anyway, we love you and we feel loved so it's a wonderful relationship!

I raise my cup of coffee in a toast to you (and your wit!). Here's to 4 more years, at least!

Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

p.s. Chris for President

Posted by: trix at July 2, 2007 11:49 AM

happy anniversary to one of my favorite blogs! :)

Posted by: jodi at July 2, 2007 1:11 PM

Congrats! We enjoy reading... so glad you're here! :)

Posted by: Laura at July 2, 2007 1:18 PM

Happy Blogiversary. Four years, that's awesome. Hear's to 4 more years.

Posted by: Phoenix at July 2, 2007 2:03 PM

Wow! You're such a great writer -- at JUST 4 YEARS OLD? Amazing....

I so appreciate you and your writings, and Beth's writings, and Mia's future writings. You're exactly that -- nice, warm people who yourselves remind us that there's a lot of nice in the world.

I think that the more nice goes around the better things will be in the world. My yoga teacher professes that. She's 80-something. She said that our role is to be nice and think positively. It's the best things we can do for the world (especially these days). Deepak Choprah says the same thing: compassion makes the world go round. Whew. Didn't know I had this in me today!

Posted by: Haley-O at July 2, 2007 2:52 PM

and cheers!!

Posted by: suicide_blond at July 2, 2007 3:33 PM

O Happy Day!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the rest of us. It's nice to have you around.

Posted by: hannita at July 2, 2007 3:51 PM

Happy 4th Blogiversary! (kinda)

Posted by: Colleen at July 2, 2007 5:09 PM

Happy Blogiversary!

I can't believe you say you have no will-power. You are one of the most consistent bloggers I know. I'm so glad you started blogging and that I got to meet you because of it.

Posted by: bad penguin at July 2, 2007 5:29 PM

Thank YOU!

Posted by: Leah at July 2, 2007 5:32 PM

Wow-that is very impressive.

Thanks for putting the time and effort into making this a place I look forward to visiting everyday. I've only been reading for about 2 years...but damn, even that seems like a long time.

Keep on keepin' on.

Posted by: Isabel at July 2, 2007 5:39 PM

Happy Blogiversary!!

I'm sooo with you on the Monday thing. Today was definitely a full-tilt Monday too.

Posted by: coolchick at July 2, 2007 8:35 PM

You've got more sticktuitiveness (it's a real concept) than I could ever have :) Congratulations! I look forward to the haiku every Monday!

Posted by: Stephanie at July 2, 2007 10:01 PM

My world is a better place for your blog. Please keep writing. :D

Posted by: Eclecta at July 2, 2007 10:22 PM

You're welcome. Happy 4th.

Posted by: Sphincter at July 2, 2007 10:30 PM

Wow you are old. I wonder what that works out to in dog years? Had to get the calculator for that one, your blog is 29 in dog years. See how much more impressive that sounds?

Posted by: Jeff A at July 3, 2007 1:52 AM

Awww...you make my blogworld go round. Happy 4th!

Posted by: Nanette at July 3, 2007 4:14 AM

Happy blogiversary, Cactus! But I could've sworn that you'd been blogging longer than I had. You didn't start until June 2003? I thought you'd been reading and commenting on my site longer than that. Maybe not though. Either way, it's been years and YEARS! :)

Posted by: Zandria at July 3, 2007 9:08 AM

Yes, there's a whole lot of nice out there - and you're definitely part of that, helping me to get my site up and running, etc. Many thanks again and Happy Anniversary!!!

Posted by: Heather at July 3, 2007 3:34 PM

Happy Blogversary! You've always got something worthwhile to read over here in Cactus land.

If you want to put together a bill banning Mondays, my husband would be your most ardent supporter. You'd be bi-partisan!

Posted by: Annie, The Evil Queen at July 3, 2007 4:28 PM

Happy Blogiversary!

Posted by: Marilyn at July 3, 2007 8:52 PM

Hey Chris,
Happy blogaversary!
I'm going to have to disagree with you - how is it possible for someone who writes religiously to not have will-power? I am awed and inspired by your ability to find something creative to say each and every day.
Keep up your end of the bargain (writing) and I'll keep up mine (admiring you and reading your blog), okay?

Posted by: Amaya at July 4, 2007 5:36 PM

Congratulations! I sit here with a site that has imploded too and with no remains...I am planning on starting all over too...I was kinda giving up but seeing this is making me reconsider... :)

Posted by: Dee at July 6, 2007 5:58 PM