January 09, 2006

De-Lurking Day!

Come out, come out wherever you are! Yep, today marks the official start of De-Lurking Week (begun by the lovely Sheryl). Of course, I have an attention-span problem so I think you should all de-lurk today. So, if you're a regular lurker, show yourselves. Say howdy. Leave a comment behind. If you comment on a regular basis, why stop now? Let me see who's out there! Last year rocked but I'd love to top that number (because I'm a shameless comment whore)! I know you're out there.

Posted by Chris at January 9, 2006 07:04 AM

Rude Cactus is sort of like my morning paper: I read it post-shower, pre-work, and wouldn't miss it for the world!

Posted by: Emily at January 9, 2006 07:14 AM

I am a new lurker, but I will de-lurk just the same!

I found your blog via the fish's blog, which I found via someone else's...amalah's? Sarcastic Journalist's? Not sure...

Anyone, here I am!

Posted by: Mary at January 9, 2006 07:16 AM

Good morning, Chris! Good luck topping your number today.


I don't know. I'm tired, it's Monday morning, have a great day!

Posted by: Empress at January 9, 2006 07:23 AM

Yo. It's, um, too early to be creative. But hi.

Posted by: ~L. at January 9, 2006 07:24 AM

Comments... I don't know if I should leave you more comments than you already get, just encourages the ego. I am glad all is well and that you had a good holiday season with Beth and Mia. I would still love to meet my work neighbor and treat him to lunch if he is up for it.

Posted by: goodsnake at January 9, 2006 07:26 AM

Here's to petting your comment-whore-ego.

Merry Monday, Chris!

Posted by: Anne at January 9, 2006 07:38 AM

I'm a regular visitor and like to comment, but wanted to contribute to the comments to see how high you can go!

Posted by: Dana at January 9, 2006 07:39 AM

Semi-regular commenter, but I'll make myself known today.

Happy Monday!

Posted by: Jen at January 9, 2006 07:40 AM

I read both you and Beth regularly, and I can't get enough of the baby pictures.

My cat can eat an entire watermelon.

Posted by: Angie at January 9, 2006 07:43 AM

Happy Monday, Chris!

Posted by: jen at January 9, 2006 07:47 AM

Good Morning, Chris! This is a lot of enthusiasm in lieu of Monday Haiku. (And I wait for te day when you delurk at my place), Snuffle the baby an extra time for me.

Posted by: Vicki at January 9, 2006 07:51 AM

I don't really classify myself as a Lurker, but I do visit almost daily only to say something once in a while...

Posted by: Cher at January 9, 2006 07:54 AM


Posted by: Kylie at January 9, 2006 08:03 AM

Well i'm a regular reader but I suppose as far as the commenting goes I'm about a 95% lurker :) Good morning none the less and good luck with the comment tallies!! ...*

Posted by: starlite at January 9, 2006 08:05 AM

Hi there - been reading yours and the fish for almost a year, probably! Great little family you have - and I love your writing style. Thanks for keeping me entertained ;) Happy 2006

Posted by: Kell at January 9, 2006 08:10 AM

Hi~I'm coming out of the closet. I check up on you daily, I luv your site!!

Posted by: Dawn at January 9, 2006 08:14 AM

Hmm...*trys to think how long she's been lurking around this website* All I know is your blog brightens my morning everyday here at work! Keep it up, oh wise Cactus! Happy Monday! (if that's possible! Keep the coffee mug full!)

Posted by: Michelle at January 9, 2006 08:16 AM

Cant say as I am delurking since I rarely shut up over here. Happy Delurk week.

Posted by: Angelia at January 9, 2006 08:23 AM

Hello again. Happy Monday and a request: more pictures of Mia! I'm addicted to your daughter.

Posted by: erika at January 9, 2006 08:23 AM

Happy De-Lurking Week! :)

Posted by: Daria at January 9, 2006 08:26 AM

Don't think I could be called a lurker, maybe a daily reader with frequent comment posts, but what the hey....

Posted by: cristin at January 9, 2006 08:30 AM

Commenting anyway as per ordered!

Posted by: That Girl at January 9, 2006 08:31 AM

WooHoo!!!! I love De-Lurking Week!!!

Posted by: amber at January 9, 2006 08:35 AM

Been reading regularly for awhile but shamelessly never comment.

Happy Monday for you (It is already over for us. We are living in Japan.)


Posted by: Rachel at January 9, 2006 08:35 AM

I check in a couple of times a week. I enjoy your writing, but have never commented before. Good work, on all fronts!

Posted by: ronni at January 9, 2006 08:36 AM

I'm a commenter but I'll say hi today just because! Happy Monday!

Posted by: donna at January 9, 2006 08:39 AM

Hello! Hanka from (far, far, far away) Prague in the Czech Republic here (Yes, the country DOES exist - in case you're in doubt and furiously searching for a map right now). I absolutely adore your site ... come to think of it, maybe it's because you kind of remind me of my bf ... hmmm ... Freud, anyone? :o)

Posted by: Hanka at January 9, 2006 08:51 AM

Yo-yo-yo :)

Posted by: JuJuBee at January 9, 2006 08:53 AM

Happy De-Lurking Day/Week!

Posted by: Fraulein N at January 9, 2006 08:58 AM

Hi there. I know you know me....

Happy Delurk Week!

You best stop by and say hi to me too.

Posted by: Autumn at January 9, 2006 09:02 AM

Hello. My name is Wicked H and I am a lurker. Whew, I feel so much better now.

Posted by: Wicked H at January 9, 2006 09:06 AM

Comment whore.. tee hee... I don't lurk on here, but... Hey anyways!!

Posted by: Corinne at January 9, 2006 09:08 AM

Wow, in two hours you have over 30 comments - I'd say you're on your way!

Posted by: Beth in StL at January 9, 2006 09:18 AM

Happy Monday! May it be over soon!


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Posted by: Kelly at January 9, 2006 09:21 AM


Posted by: linda at January 9, 2006 09:34 AM

Happy de-lurking day!

Posted by: Julie at January 9, 2006 09:38 AM

Happy Monday :)

Posted by: christina at January 9, 2006 09:40 AM

Hi! :-)

Posted by: Rebecca at January 9, 2006 09:47 AM

i'm not really a lurker, obviously! but i will take this opportunity to brag a bit and tell you that dave finally popped the big question last night! pics on my blog.

there. hehe.

Posted by: tiffanie at January 9, 2006 09:47 AM

No one ever accused me of being quiet, but I shall participate nonetheless!

And I am De-Lurking on my blog this week too!

Posted by: angela marie at January 9, 2006 09:49 AM


Posted by: Anna at January 9, 2006 10:04 AM

Good morning, Mr. Cactus! Hopefully De-Lurking Day will make your Monday more palatable. Have fun!

Posted by: Susan at January 9, 2006 10:07 AM

good morning from the west coast!

Posted by: Phoebe at January 9, 2006 10:10 AM

Hey there! Daily reader, sometime commenter. I forgot about delurking day. Guess I better post or something at my site today. Have a good one!

Posted by: Amy at January 9, 2006 10:14 AM


Posted by: Mr. Big Dubya at January 9, 2006 10:15 AM

Happy De-Lurking week! I have been a lurker for over a year, and comment just every once in a while. Hope you have millions of comments.

Posted by: Miss Chera at January 9, 2006 10:15 AM

Hi, I am Mindy from Richmond, Virginia and I am delurking. I have been reading your site as well as your wifes for a while now. Ya'll are great especially Mia. Too cute. Have a great day!

Posted by: Mindy at January 9, 2006 10:17 AM

Read you everyday. Look forward to seeing what you have to say. Found your blog while reading jenorama.


Posted by: rebecca at January 9, 2006 10:18 AM

dude - ron jeremy? nice image to put in our unsuspecting little heads.

last week it was the a-team theme. this week the hairy troll that is rj. what is it going to be next week? i shudder to think. ;)

happy whoring-ourselves-for-comments week!

Posted by: suze at January 9, 2006 10:23 AM


*whew* I feel much better now that I've got that out of my system.

Posted by: Betty at January 9, 2006 10:24 AM

Hello! Happy Monday! Happy Delurking Day! Why am I in such a good mood on a Monday?

Posted by: alfredsmom at January 9, 2006 10:27 AM

Just standing up to be counted!

Posted by: Chag at January 9, 2006 10:28 AM

hi, my name is monique and i'm a long time non-lurker. gosh golly knows i tend to spew off nonsense here whenever the fancy strikes.

Chris i feel honored and priveledged to be able to read about you and yours here on a daily basis. if i didn't have the abrowncow family and you weren't in the cactus-fish family... i would totally stalk and capture you.

Posted by: monique at January 9, 2006 10:33 AM

Hey! I've just de-lurked...;)

Posted by: Liz at January 9, 2006 10:35 AM

I comment at least semi-regularly, so this comment is just a gratuitous gift to up your score by one.

Posted by: Karen at January 9, 2006 10:37 AM

De-lurking. I've been reading and enjoying your blog for a few months now. Ever since you (or Beth?) posted a particularly adorable photo of wee Mia. Happy Monday!

Posted by: iheartnewyork at January 9, 2006 10:45 AM

Ok, ok, delurking. I really enjoy reading what you write!

Posted by: Cristina at January 9, 2006 10:45 AM

Hey! I am a comment junkie too. It just gives you a warm fuzzy feeling to get em'. Anyway I love your blog and obviously many others do to.

Posted by: Ohhmama at January 9, 2006 10:47 AM

You? A shameless comment whore? NO! ;)

Posted by: Theresa at January 9, 2006 10:48 AM

I've done my shares of commenting, however I need to be accounted for, for this entry. Cheers

Posted by: E at January 9, 2006 10:49 AM

Howdy Chris. Have a happy Monday and a swell week. It's back to the classroom grind today--blech. I like seeing all the happy faces of my chiroclassmates...that's the bonus.

Posted by: Dolly at January 9, 2006 10:50 AM

My name is Hazel. I am a lurker. For the most part.

Posted by: Hazel Hazel at January 9, 2006 10:52 AM

I'm just a semi-regular lurker (visit about once a week), but thought I'd say hi anyway.


Posted by: Jessie at January 9, 2006 10:56 AM

I'm a lurker :) Although I guess that commenting makes me a non-lurker now.

Posted by: Katia at January 9, 2006 10:56 AM

OK. So I've been reading you and the Mrs. since November-ish. Commented once on your site at some point. Love them both. =)

One thought though. Why are most of your readers women?

Posted by: Hannah at January 9, 2006 11:12 AM

Yet another lurker un-masked . . .

I've read your blog and Beth's for quite some time--pre-Mia even. :-) I do enjoy them both. I've a couple little people myself (nearly cute as yours) and have enjoyed hearing about your journey while making my own . .

Posted by: Mary at January 9, 2006 11:12 AM

Not quite a lurker, more an infrequent commenter. :) Thanks for your insight, humor and adorable pictures of Mia.

Posted by: sarah at January 9, 2006 11:14 AM


Posted by: Ginny at January 9, 2006 11:17 AM

HI Chris!!!!

Posted by: Queen of Ass at January 9, 2006 11:22 AM

Morning, Chris!

Posted by: Niki at January 9, 2006 11:24 AM

Good morning! Happy de-lurking day!

Posted by: Demery at January 9, 2006 11:33 AM

Good Morning Chris... and all Cactus-Readers!

Posted by: Steph at January 9, 2006 11:34 AM

I've been a lurker for about 5 months now- love your blog - keep up the good work!

Posted by: venessa at January 9, 2006 11:40 AM

Happy De-Lurking week! I hope your comment numbers are even better this year.

Posted by: Kelley at January 9, 2006 11:55 AM

I love your blog but very rarely(if ever) comment- not sure why hmmmm but i enjoy the blogging

Happy delurking day....

Posted by: Michelle at January 9, 2006 11:56 AM

You know I don't lurk, but hey - thought I'd comment anyways to get your numbers up. (PS I loved the poo jokes too!).

Posted by: Heather at January 9, 2006 12:01 PM

Called out!

Came across your site via Beth's, via DC Blogs when Mia was born. So yeah, I'm the stalker that drops by at least twice a day and doesn't comment!

Posted by: Mel at January 9, 2006 12:03 PM

Hi there! I come here Monday through Friday. Came by way of your wife's site, but I cannot remember how I found her. (Great blogs tend to link to great blogs anyway. :) )

Have a nice day, and thanks for your blog!

Posted by: Tessa at January 9, 2006 12:10 PM

Not really delurking, but Hello!

Posted by: Krush at January 9, 2006 12:16 PM

*is a lurker*

I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for a great read!

Posted by: Phillip at January 9, 2006 12:19 PM

Wow, that's a lot of comments before noon... I'm just going to leave you two of my favorite jokes to help out the afternoon.

What do you call a sleepwalking nun?
A Roamin' Catholic

What kind of bees make milk?

Posted by: Karen at January 9, 2006 12:28 PM

It all started with Dooce and now I am addicted to all blogs. To think what a random thought that was Googled led to. You and the Fish...very funny stuff.

Posted by: Lyndie at January 9, 2006 12:29 PM

I'm a lurker, usually check the blog out Mondays thru Fridays. I'm a new father of an 8-month-old, and I always have fun checking out what's going on with you! Thanks for a great blog!

Posted by: thisbiochemicallife at January 9, 2006 12:29 PM

I was going to do this over at mine too, but it gets kind of depressing. But, what could be better than knowing you and Silver Girl truly love me. :-D

Happy Monday!

Posted by: oakley at January 9, 2006 12:31 PM


Posted by: Rhonda at January 9, 2006 12:32 PM

Good God Almighty! People are coming out in DROVES! Happy De-Lurking Week! It's good to know us comment whores aren't alone...

Posted by: samantha at January 9, 2006 12:33 PM

I love the Sandeman poster. I have that hanging on my wall.


Posted by: Bill at January 9, 2006 12:35 PM

You're definitely part of my daily life...I feel deprived if I miss a day or two. Weird huh? ;)

Posted by: Heather at January 9, 2006 12:45 PM

I lurk, so sue me. ;-) I always find it so odd that my first thought of the Monday work day is, "Oh yay, it's Haiku Day!" as I merrily stroll to your blog. The internet is a funny thing for how it connects us.

Posted by: Sandy (in Michigan) at January 9, 2006 12:48 PM

Thank heavens for sage feeds, though you seem to light up on the list just about every day. Without the sage feeds I'd be going to a lot of empty troughs. That is all.

Posted by: bhd at January 9, 2006 12:54 PM

Happy Delurking Day!

Posted by: Julie at January 9, 2006 01:06 PM

Cheers to delurking days!

Posted by: steph at January 9, 2006 01:19 PM

glory hog... :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at January 9, 2006 01:20 PM

Happy de-lurking week, Chris!

Posted by: bad penguin at January 9, 2006 01:20 PM

Well, I can't delurk since I comment once in a while:P But I will still leave you this comment anyway.

Posted by: Adi at January 9, 2006 01:21 PM

Officially de-lurking as of today.

Thanks for the great reading.

Posted by: Robin at January 9, 2006 01:21 PM

I'm not a lurker. I post now and then.
But I read you everyday...but ...here's the secret. I read Beth first.
Then you.
You're second in my life.
Well it's just that she talks about Mia more...
And you're a musician and so am I and well we're weirder.......

Posted by: speckledpup at January 9, 2006 01:28 PM

I read daily but have never commented. I hope you beat your record number today. Great blog.

Posted by: Nik at January 9, 2006 01:35 PM

Bad commenter - regular reader. Sorry!

Posted by: casey jones at January 9, 2006 01:40 PM

Relatively new reader, tend to keep up via Bloglines, enjoying so far!

Posted by: Katherine at January 9, 2006 01:44 PM

I'm drawing a total blank as to what to say.

Press 1 if you think I'm sexy
Press 2 if you want my body
and 3 if you just want to let me know


Posted by: Elaine at January 9, 2006 01:45 PM

FUCK! I did it again. Wrong email on the last comment. Correct email here.

Posted by: Elaine at January 9, 2006 01:46 PM

Chris, you comment whore you, hope you can fit your swelled head through the door tonight ;-) Thanks for all the laughs, all the great music insights, and all the other good stuff.

Posted by: Mike at January 9, 2006 01:47 PM

*lifting lighter high*


Posted by: don at January 9, 2006 01:47 PM

101! I'm special.

Posted by: Jason at January 9, 2006 01:52 PM

Glad to know I am not the only comment whore out there.

Happy de-lurking day.

Posted by: Isabel at January 9, 2006 02:01 PM

oh lord you've got over 108 lurkers. I have like 2. LOL


Posted by: penguintarts at January 9, 2006 02:03 PM

Oh my God, look at your #s, that's crazy! What was your # last year? Guess I'm de-lurking, although I've already hooked up on flickr. Great blog!!

Posted by: Kristina at January 9, 2006 02:09 PM

Que pasa?

Posted by: beth at January 9, 2006 02:15 PM

I was commenting and then got crazy busy..this is a good enough reason to come back!

Posted by: ash at January 9, 2006 02:20 PM

Greetings from San Diego.
Really tried hard to come up with something witty to say. Obviously, my brain thought otherwise.

Posted by: HipMamaB at January 9, 2006 02:29 PM

Happy Delurkey Week! (Hey, wasn't that the week back in November with the stuffing and cranberry sauce, or am I getting my lurkeys confused?)

Posted by: shelley at January 9, 2006 02:31 PM

Hello Chris, I am an occasional reader with a daughter a few weeks younger than Mia and a lot less hair.

Posted by: Kelly at January 9, 2006 02:45 PM

Still reading! :)

Posted by: laura at January 9, 2006 02:51 PM

holy crap that's a lot of comments.

Posted by: misi at January 9, 2006 02:52 PM

Happy De-Lurking Week!

I may seem like a lurker these days, but I promise I'm just busy. I'm trying really hard to get back to my comment every day schedule!

Have a great week, and good luck breaking your record. (Wanna send some of them my way? LOL)

Posted by: Kitty at January 9, 2006 03:08 PM

Just thought I'd add to the numbers...it's been a while since I made a comment about anything.

Posted by: Cindy at January 9, 2006 03:23 PM


even though I've delurked before... I fancy to do it twice.

Posted by: suzanne at January 9, 2006 03:24 PM

I think I've delurked too much today! Big Hello from Kansas!

Posted by: Sabrina at January 9, 2006 03:26 PM

I don't lurk. I think I'm too noisy for that... hahaha...

Posted by: Nat at January 9, 2006 03:32 PM

Hiya - my day wouldnt be the same but for clicking on your's an Beth's site - can't wait til Mia gets her own too, lol!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Lena xx

Posted by: at January 9, 2006 03:38 PM

Hey Chris! I haven't commented in ages (not since you and Beth had that frosted glass put up on your bathroom window - makes a guy feel unwelcome, y'know?), but since this is delurker week, I thought I'd say hi. Hi! :)

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at January 9, 2006 03:52 PM

I don't conciously wait for an invitation to speak up, but here I am doing it again. Hi!

Posted by: MelissaS at January 9, 2006 03:55 PM


Posted by: Alison at January 9, 2006 04:12 PM

I delurked a few months ago by sending an email to you & Beth, declaring my unending commitment to reading your sites (although it maybe wasn't said in quite those words). Thanks for replying to my email! I've never left a comment on your site, though, so I'm happy to do so today. Thanks for all you share!

Posted by: Melanie at January 9, 2006 04:15 PM

You comment whore, you. :)

Still here, but I have been lurking for a while... no idea why. I promise to be a better commenter in the future. Especially because I pout when I don't get them too.

Posted by: Bonanza Jellybean at January 9, 2006 04:16 PM

Dude, 127 comments? When does De-De-Lurking week start? I'm just jealous...I like to hang with the popular kids like you and bask in their radiance.

Posted by: CroutonBoy at January 9, 2006 04:22 PM

De-lurking -- always reading, but often I lack the appropriate wittiness to respond. :) Hope you're well!

Posted by: susannah at January 9, 2006 04:23 PM

Hello-just lurking around, thought I'd say hi! I visit occassionally when Corrine at two pink lines tells me to...

Posted by: reesh at January 9, 2006 04:24 PM

Not really a lurker, more a regular reader/sometime commenter, but hello anyway and thanks for stopping by my site today as well.

Posted by: TB at January 9, 2006 04:28 PM

oh you shameless whore-- pull those numbers up! Up, I say!

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 9, 2006 04:31 PM

delurking. thanks for writing :)

Posted by: Jen at January 9, 2006 04:42 PM

Hi. Did you know I read your blog? Well I do.

Posted by: Eulallia at January 9, 2006 05:01 PM

Hi, Chris. I discovered your site after going to your wife's. Kosher-Pork is what lead me to her's. I love your writing style and your stories are quite entertaining. Good luck in beating last year's numbers!

Posted by: kim at January 9, 2006 05:03 PM

Hi! Hope you're having a great week!

Posted by: Magnolia Mom at January 9, 2006 05:15 PM

Hi! I lurk here nearly everyday. Sometimes I even comment :O)

Posted by: Sheryl at January 9, 2006 05:24 PM

I was a lurker for quite a while before making my first comment on your blog. Now reading you is a daily MUST, I like you a lot more than I like the news (and I work in a newspaper).

Posted by: ava at January 9, 2006 05:24 PM

I feel special, I'm a regular. Didn't know Cher read here!!!

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at January 9, 2006 05:33 PM

Sitting in dull class
Should be listening but not
Haiku'ing instead!

Posted by: Jaycie at January 9, 2006 05:33 PM

We're De-lurking on a Monday? What a great way to start the week and I hope it's a good one.


Posted by: JJ at January 9, 2006 05:41 PM

its the schizoid rude cactus fan.. part time lurker and part time commenter

Posted by: chlamygirl at January 9, 2006 05:46 PM

Delurking to say "hi"...I read you everyday...

Feeling a little frightened now, out here in the wide-open...going back to my hole...eep!

Posted by: Vicky (Desperate to be a Housewife) at January 9, 2006 05:55 PM

I have commented before, but not recently, so of course I want to help you get the numbers really high! Happy de-lurking day!

Posted by: Snickrsnack Katie at January 9, 2006 06:08 PM

My new year's resolution was to stop giving in so easily to whores. There goes that! I hope you're happy.

Posted by: Angie at January 9, 2006 06:41 PM

Holy crap there are a lot of comments! Tell me your secret. I would love to get more traffic on my blog...cuz I'm a comment whore wannabe. ;)

Have a good evening!

Posted by: Colleen at January 9, 2006 07:18 PM

I'm just a semi-regular lurker, but I thought I would raise my hand and say howdy anyway.

Howdy! How y'all are?

Posted by: Allan at January 9, 2006 07:23 PM


Posted by: Mel at January 9, 2006 07:37 PM

Greetings from Texas! I'm not witty enough to comment here, but I enjoy reading your daily musings.

Posted by: KathyK at January 9, 2006 07:50 PM

Sometimes I read and don't comment (does that make me a lurker?) and sometimes I read and feel compelled to comment. But...I. always. read!

Posted by: Starfruit at January 9, 2006 07:53 PM

Regular lurker, de-lurking to help with numbers! Keep writing!

Posted by: Pie at January 9, 2006 07:56 PM

Who isn't a shameless comment whore? ;)
Hi! Hope all is well over there, I think I have commented before, but here I am anyway!

Posted by: R*belle at January 9, 2006 08:07 PM

comment-virgin but regular reader

Posted by: hobbes at January 9, 2006 08:34 PM

Better late than never! Hi. And for you? A delurking Haiku!

Lurked for many weeks.
Commenting is way more fun.
Blog friends are the best!

Posted by: Pammer at January 9, 2006 08:56 PM

Hey Chris!

Been reading your blog since Mia was born and Stacey over at nonpromqueen linked here... great blog!

Whew... I've never delurked before, that was thrilling, haha


Posted by: Norma at January 9, 2006 09:10 PM

I'm here.

Posted by: Incredimom at January 9, 2006 09:13 PM

Okay, so here I am. Nervous as all get out. I only read two blogs, yours and Beth's. I have checked in every day for well over a year. And I have never commented before- so be gentle. So here it goes- hi there! Thanks for the amazing blog. Heres a bit of a suck up part- you got the goods! This is one of my New Year Resolutions- to delurk. So there, now please excuse me well I go pass out.

Posted by: The Viking at January 9, 2006 09:33 PM


Posted by: Kris at January 9, 2006 09:35 PM

Greetings and salutations!

Posted by: Stacy at January 9, 2006 09:44 PM

I bark more than I lurk. Happy De-Lurk Week!

Posted by: Chris at January 9, 2006 09:48 PM

Love the blog, I read your wife's site too, both are great and Mia is adorable

Posted by: Evelyn at January 9, 2006 09:56 PM

Hi, Chris! :)

Posted by: Stephanie at January 9, 2006 10:01 PM

Greetings from Colorado - enjoy your site and the fish's from time to time. Used to live in Northern VA.

OK - I feel better now. G'day.

Posted by: Kirsten at January 9, 2006 10:12 PM

Um, thought I 'de-lurked' with my 'ku.... but nonetheless, here I am again! Thanks for the entertainment!

Posted by: ironic1 at January 9, 2006 10:36 PM

I've commented once before, but I'm still very much a lurker. I lessthanthree your blog, tho... Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Melissa at January 9, 2006 10:37 PM

Hello! Here again and still not lurking! :-)

Posted by: Lisa at January 9, 2006 11:32 PM

I visit often, but have only commented about 2 or 3 times. Now 4.

I'll be back. :)

Posted by: Tania at January 9, 2006 11:48 PM

Hello my name is Dawn and I have an addiction to the cactus-fish blogging network........

I feel so much better now that Ive admitted that!This whole de-lurking program brings such relief!One step down, 11 more to go!

Have a great day! =0)

Posted by: Dawn at January 9, 2006 11:57 PM

Hello hello,

Here's my first commment to Rude Cactus. I read through RSS, so haven't taken the effort to comment much.

Maybe I'll do it more in the future.

Posted by: William Spaetzel at January 10, 2006 12:38 AM

Hi. I'm delurking. But I delurk often. So "hi" anyway. :-)

Posted by: Lisa B at January 10, 2006 12:40 AM

Top of the moarnin' to ya Chris! Have a good one!


Posted by: Nynke at January 10, 2006 02:38 AM

You know I am a faithful reader! Gotta have my Cactus fix. ;)

Posted by: Tricia at January 10, 2006 07:40 AM

Hi. I am not sure how I found your site, but I enjoy it and have been reading for a long time.

Posted by: Kate at January 10, 2006 07:42 AM

I guess you can breathe a sigh of relief that I commented on your wife's blog, so you will not be the proud owners of my 180 lb slobbering lab/great dane mix....

Posted by: Lisa at January 10, 2006 08:14 AM

Just thought I'd add to your total. I've been checking out your site for a few weeks now. I love the layout and your posts.

Good stuff.

Posted by: Jay Wilkins at January 10, 2006 08:19 AM

I'm not exactly a lurker - I'm here every morning with my cereal in one hand and my tea in the other!

Posted by: Marie at January 10, 2006 08:29 AM

Rude Cactus is the official morning read here at work... Yes, I said work... The day cannot start without a dose of the cactus and fish team. :)

Posted by: Jennie at January 10, 2006 08:32 AM

Well, hello there! I've never commented on this site before, but I guess there's no better time to start than on De-Lurker Day!

Have a great week, Chris!

Posted by: Emily at January 10, 2006 09:04 AM

I'm always bloody late.

Hello! I've seen yours now come see mine!

Posted by: heels at January 10, 2006 09:09 AM

Commenting, eventhough I've heard from a reliable source you pretended to be asleep while Mia needed a new diaper. Bad boy!

Posted by: Sweety at January 10, 2006 09:16 AM

Wow! I'm the 181st commenter. It kinda make's me feel special... and as per usual.. a day late and a dollar short! =)

Posted by: Jenny at January 10, 2006 09:25 AM

de-lurking to say Howdy!

Posted by: Kat at January 10, 2006 09:48 AM

Love your site and your wife's too (I actually read hers first because I'm a new Mom too!). Can't wait for Mia to be old enough to maintain the other website you guys have :-)

Posted by: witchy_puppy at January 10, 2006 09:50 AM

Comment: rarely; read: always.

Posted by: Mark at January 10, 2006 10:05 AM

Delurking -- I meant to do it yesterday but got to playing with Gretel and the day got away from me. Reading about you and Mia, I have a feeling that you'll understand ;) I love your blog and always look forward to finding what's new over here. Thanks for always keeping us so entertained!

Posted by: Laura GF at January 10, 2006 10:05 AM

Was going to comment yesterday but my 7 week old son kinda stopped that with a screaming fit of massive proportion so since the baby is asleep on my lap i will de-lurk now i found you because my sister really liked cosmo-grrl and so i started reading which led me to Beth and then to you and i would read the bean if her site got updated! Don't tell beth but i read you much more regularly!!!

Posted by: Sunshine at January 10, 2006 10:24 AM

when in lurkerville...
thanks for blogging. it always makes me smile. :)

Posted by: 'loon at January 10, 2006 10:24 AM

Hi friend! Still lurking and reading. As always, a pleasure!

Posted by: Sassy at January 10, 2006 10:38 AM

I found your site when I started reading Amalah and Miss Doxie, found their archives, and watched those kick-ass make-your-own-movies. Which included you!

Congrats on your daughter, and thanks for the daily read.

Posted by: mle at January 10, 2006 10:53 AM

I couldn't possibly read all these comments but I just have to say hi. I am not even remotely a lurker here, but rather a proud, card-carrying member of the Rude Cactus fan club and comment contributor!


Posted by: Ms. Q at January 10, 2006 12:07 PM

I am not really a lurker, but haven't commented in a while and figured it's about time. And what better time is there than delurking week? Always enjoy stopping by your site!

Posted by: Catharina at January 10, 2006 12:26 PM

here, as usual. :) as if you needed a delurking day. :D

Posted by: reb at January 10, 2006 12:40 PM

Did I miss de-lurking day? Sorry!

Posted by: Sepra at January 10, 2006 01:10 PM

not lurking, just still home for surgical recovery.
Sadly, that does not equal drinking.

Posted by: samantha at January 10, 2006 01:39 PM

Well, I'm not a lurker because I run my big mouth in the comments all the time, but I want to do my part to see if we can get you to 200 comments!

Posted by: mooalex at January 10, 2006 01:57 PM

I comment every once in a while, so I guess I'm not a lurker. Want to see you hit 200 comments also. Have a great day!


Posted by: Wendy at January 10, 2006 02:32 PM

I have left a few comments over the last fewmonth, but who could resist your plea?!

Posted by: Krista at January 10, 2006 02:37 PM

Hi, Chris. I've been enjoying your and Beth's journals since before Mia was a glimmer in anyone's eye. Thanks for being such a pleasant stop in my morning ritual. You give great blog, man. Great blog.

Posted by: Reé at January 10, 2006 03:07 PM

Thank you for providing me with endless entertainment during the workday. I look forward to more in the future. P.S. love the book and music listings.

Posted by: Melissa at January 10, 2006 03:21 PM

Imma late lurker.

Posted by: wlfldy at January 10, 2006 03:50 PM


When I was in first grade, and the teacher would call roll, someone, inevitably, would always say "president," instead of present. Like it was the funniest thing in the world.

Every. Single. Day.

Posted by: Éireann at January 10, 2006 04:04 PM

I lurk at your site all the time.

Add this to your ego.

Posted by: rundmcc at January 10, 2006 04:32 PM

I am having a great New Year! How about everyone else?

Posted by: Jamie at January 10, 2006 04:36 PM

Im-a lurking mclurkingster sometimes commenter

Posted by: Krista at January 10, 2006 04:49 PM

Come here for the cutie pie! Also check your wife's site for the same thing. AND to top it off...I like the both of you adults.
Happy DL Day!

Posted by: lorelei at January 10, 2006 04:49 PM

Hi Chris! You know I'm a regular reader. Happy Tuesday.

Posted by: Milly at January 10, 2006 05:24 PM

Ah you know I'm still around. ;)

Posted by: Katherine at January 10, 2006 05:48 PM

i'v never posted, but read this and the fishs blog from time to time. happy de-lurking day lol

Posted by: Jessica at January 10, 2006 06:13 PM

I have a thing about even numbers so I had to add one to make it 209!

Posted by: Chocolate Makes it Better at January 10, 2006 06:43 PM

Here's a comment for you, you comment whore! I love your blog!

Posted by: catbird at January 10, 2006 07:27 PM

I delurked already but felt guilty for not responding to this, so here is my delurking response.

A whole lotta nothin'.

Posted by: e at January 10, 2006 09:06 PM

Is it de-lurking if I've posted before but it's been so long that I don't remember it? Anyway, I read your site often and enjoy your point of view.

Posted by: Northern_Girl at January 10, 2006 09:53 PM

Here I am!

Posted by: Brooke at January 10, 2006 10:00 PM

Hello! Delurking! Although in order to delurk I think one must actually lurk, and I am guilty of not lurking enough lately...I promise to lurk more often!

Posted by: Raybelle at January 10, 2006 10:27 PM

Delurking to say that I wasn't lurking at all, but on vacation in California! :D And busy getting engaged! Tee hee! :D I hope you had a happy new year.. off to catch up. :D

Posted by: Manda at January 10, 2006 11:02 PM

watching "celebrity swag" on VH1, gah. .. i had to get away...

de-lurking to say thanks for sharing your life, it's always nice to read : )

p.s. mia is just splendid

Posted by: LG at January 10, 2006 11:03 PM


Posted by: jessica fantastica at January 11, 2006 12:05 AM

Commented once before. Read your site often. Always check out the photos. Latest ones of Mia are goregous.

Posted by: marlen at January 11, 2006 12:09 AM

What a celebrity you are! :)

Posted by: Zandria at January 11, 2006 12:43 AM

219 comments! Did I read that right? TWO HUNDRED NINE-TEEN COMMENTS? GEEZ You ARE a whore!

Man, I don't even think 219 PEOPLE have ever read me! That is amazing!!!! Let me touch you so I get some comments!!!! Wowza! I must be the scum bubbles on the pond, never making it to Frog!!!! smirk

Posted by: Gypsy at January 11, 2006 01:16 AM

well hi there!

Posted by: Bella at January 11, 2006 01:36 AM

Still here. Loved the post about Bill. One of yer finest yet.

Posted by: Broad at January 11, 2006 01:41 AM

Hey I still read just not as much as before...That thing called my life keeps me from blogging 24/7

Posted by: beanhead at January 11, 2006 06:51 AM

Better late than never. I'm new to the blog world and have been working my way through Cynical Dad's blogroll. You were is latest recommendation. Definately worth the side trip.


Posted by: at January 11, 2006 07:24 AM

Just De-lurking! Found your site through your wife's site. Love to read you both--very funny!

Posted by: Alissa at January 11, 2006 09:52 AM

Jeez, I go away for a few days and it all happens...I feel like the kid who didn't get invited to the party...

Not that it's my cool blog or anything, but if I was you I might be interested not only in numbers but where (country) folk are from and/or live now. You could ask everyone (since its delurking week) just to post their country....now that would be fascinating stuff.....oooooo.....and while I'm on a roll ....what about sex too(?) it just seems most of your hardcore readers are female (not that should worry you or anything..:)

Ok. I'll start....

British living in Canada (female)

Go. Go...!!!!!!!!

Posted by: englishthorn at January 11, 2006 11:56 AM

Not really a lurker, just an extremely rare commenter.

Posted by: Melissa at January 11, 2006 12:01 PM

Ok, I'll comment. It wasn't that long ago I found your blog but I admit it: I intend to continue reading and rarely comment. Mostly because I'm just shy like that. Also, it's like leaving a voice mail message - and I don't do that very well or very often, either.

So, Hello! from a delurker.

Posted by: Lil at January 11, 2006 02:54 PM

ok, i've been lurking this week. i know! horrible! especially during DLW! lol. anyway, i've been horribly busy with work. what's a girl to do? le sigh. anyway, like a few have already said in the comments, Rude Cactus and So The Fish Said are like my morning newspapers. screw the washington post! give me Cactus/Fish! :D

Posted by: Judy at January 11, 2006 02:56 PM

ok, i've been lurking this week. i know! horrible! especially during DLW! lol. anyway, i've been horribly busy with work. what's a girl to do? le sigh. anyway, like a few have already said in the comments, Rude Cactus and So The Fish Said are like my morning newspapers. screw the washington post! give me Cactus/Fish! :D

Posted by: Judy at January 11, 2006 02:57 PM

I guess I am a semi-luker, but either way I am here to say, hey count me count me!

Posted by: Emily at January 11, 2006 03:20 PM


Posted by: Ronda at January 11, 2006 04:40 PM

Happy delurking week. Thanks for showing me the way to the fish.

Posted by: samantha at January 11, 2006 05:43 PM

holy comments batman!!!

k new reader, well to this whole new blog world and loving it!!
happy de-lurking week!
I'll be back!!

Posted by: Lise at January 11, 2006 07:02 PM

Delurking, but being number 235, you probably won't notice. That's a lot of fans you got!

Posted by: Laura at January 11, 2006 07:30 PM

236! Wow! Count me in.

Happy 2006!

Posted by: Janet at January 11, 2006 10:22 PM

I was hoping to wait so I could be commentor 666. Oh well, 237 ain't bad. Happy de-Lurking, my friend.

Posted by: MetroDad at January 11, 2006 11:50 PM

Regular lurker who is reduced to laughing fits several times a week thanks to you and your wife. :-)

Posted by: Ara at January 12, 2006 07:03 PM

Hi!! I am from Singapore and ever since I stumbled onto your site..I have been a regular fan! Just to tell you and Beth that MIA is LOVELY and so adorable.

So when is No. 2 arriving?

Posted by: Jo at January 13, 2006 03:34 AM

Lurker who is de-lurking, although a bit late!

Posted by: Alice at January 13, 2006 11:13 AM

BOO! I'm back, late as usual.

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