We Did Good

“What’s Next?”

One of our regular readers ventured that to me after hitting the one million mark.

What is next?  Good question.

Having hit the magic One Million mark this past week, the question occurs to me what do you do to top that.  Hitting one million visitors in a little over ten months is quite an accomplishment and it certainly is a mile marker in my somewhat limited experience as a writer or a hack.  So having reached the summit of the mountain, what is next?

I have been contemplating it and searching for an answer, and really, I just don’t know.  Never having considered reaching a pinnacle such as this, it is baffling to me as to what I should shoot for now.  Internet Bloggers are a funny bunch, eh?  Out of curiosity mostly, I goggled boxcarokie.com and surprisingly there is a lot of stuff over there about Creative Endeavors.

But one thing out of all of it stuck with me, it said “BoxcarOkie’s site is a lot of fun.”  And that I thought was pretty cool, because that is exactly what it should be, a nice little watering hole that you can come to for a little respite from the lousy news outside your door.  That has always been a major concern here, that and communicating.  Perhaps you can help me out with something else I have on my mind this morning?

They say there are three ways to communicate in this world.

  1. Telephone
  2. Telegraph
  3. Tell a woman

Skyewriter over at NovemberFifth is trying to get this bloggin thing cranked up for but one more time, and it appears she has a good start at it, this is her third attempt at blogging.  She is wanting everyone to send her a comment, just a line, from all of the places in the world that receive her site.

She wants to know what kind of day you are having and what it is like where you are?  Which is commendable, first it shows a genuine interest in the planet and the Internet Community, won’t you please avail yourself of the link on this page, and just take a minute to drop by and encourage her just a tad bit more?

We never seem to understand that when we hit the “publish button” that what it is that you have on the page, goes out ALL OVER THE WORLD and that is something.  When I look at the list of countries that read our stuff, I am bowled over.  Especially the countries that are not English speaking countries, that just kind of mystifies me to no end.  We are now in the following countries:

United States  Canada  United Kingdom  Germany  Australia  Bermuda  Jamaica  Japan  Virgin Islands,  U.S.Netherlands  Mexico  Bahamas  Trinidad and Tobago France  India  Indonesia  Italy  Korea, Republic of Philippines   South Africa  Brazil   Saudi Arabia   Spain  Singapore   Israel   Barbados   Nigeria  Sweden   Norway Belgium  Kuwait   Europe  Iraq   Switzerland   Tanzania, United Republic of Kenya   Puerto Rico  Panama   United Arab Emirates  Finland  Turkey  Poland   Thailand   Greece Denmark Antigua and Barbuda Ghana  New Zealand Ireland Malaysia  Qatar   Austria   Egypt   Netherlands Antilles  Czech Republic   Argentina  Belize Pakistan Romania  Portugal  Hungary   Grenada  Guam   Chile  Oman   Bahrain  Russian Federation   Peru   Costa Rica   Ethiopia   Dominican Republic   Hong Kong  Uganda   Taiwan  Lebanon   Virgin Islands, British   Colombia  Cayman Islands   Serbia   Venezuela   Guyana  Vietnam   Asia/Pacific Region   Dominica   Zambia  Turks and Caicos Islands  Saint Kitts and Nevis    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Slovenia   Iran, Islamic Republic of   Lithuania   Anguilla   Afghanistan   Croatia  Jordan  Aruba  Nepal  Estonia   Botswana  Bulgaria  Slovakia   SriLanka  Senegal  Luxembourg   Bangladesh   Morocco   Honduras  Iceland  Haiti  Malta  Brunei Darussalam  Macedonia   Cote D’Ivoire   Ecuador   Latvia   Uruguay  Guadeloupe   Ukraine  Zimbabwe   Namibia   Tunisia  Benin  Algeria

Sierra Leone   Cambodia   Guatemala   Moldova, Republic of   Bosnia and Herzegovina   Bolivia   Mauritius  SyrianArab Republic   El Salvador  Northern Mariana Islands   Fiji   Nicaragua   Yemen   Gambia  China   Macau   Seychelles   Gibraltar   Cyprus Palestinian Territory Liberia Maldives Lesotho Malawi Swaziland Montserrat French Guiana Suriname American Samoa Sudan Armenia Congo British Indian Ocean Territory Rwanda Burundi Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Micronesia, Federated States of Papua New Guinea Angola Albania  The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uzbekistan Mongolia Djibouti — Last count was 170 countries.

Take a moment out of your day, where-ever you are this day, and drop this girl a line, boost her spirit a little, and add your two cents into the bowl of encouragement.  This is one of those things where you do something really nice for someone else, and just keep it to yourself, revel in the abundant joy of giving.  Even if it is as insignificant as just a moment or two of your time.

You will be surprised on how it makes YOU feel in the end.

Eugene sent me an email this week and he wanted to know “How is it that you get all of these people to come to your site?”  And I suppose there is no pat answer Eugene, but I did throw some things together for you and it is linked here.  Internet Tips. Hopefully this might answer some of your questions.

I want to take this opportunity to once again thank all of you who spread the address around, talked it up and made this happen.  I could not have done it without you.

If you have any idea’s as to where we ought to take this thing next let me know, comments section is always open.  I am going to mull it over and work my way thru it, and when I come up with something, I will let you know.

Right now I am just going to sit back and bask in the sunshine of it all and eat it up a little.  1 million visitors in ten months … That is really something gang, we did good.

See Y’all (Okie Talk), come on back Monday, we are going to kiss Bush good-bye..


Chilly America


Back home and it is cold.  Been an interesting week.  Life is so good to me, now I can vividly remember when George Bush gave his “final-final-this is really it-goodbye speech.”  I stared at the television and thought to myself, “I cannot believe this nightmare is finally winding down and he is truly going to go away.”

Visibly frustrated beyond belief, I wanted to take off my shoe and throw it at him, but unfortunately, we pawned our last pair of shoes on Wednesday to buy some groceries.

We Have Closed Our Stinking Springs!

Idaho Falls Idaho – Federal officials said they will redraw a map that mistakenly includes part of an eastern Idaho ski area as closed to people. The Bureau of Land Management’s Stinking Springs winter wildlife closure map includes 66 acres of Kelly Canyon Ski Resort. Closures are intended to help reduce wildlife interactions with humans during the tough winter months.

Are You Water-boarding My Wife?

Kind of a slow day, think I will drive down to my wife’s employer and ask them a question.  “Each morning I bring to you my wife, she is fresh, she is smiling, she is in a good mood.  The woman that I love radiates with good will and energy.  At four P.M. I come to pick her up, and you deliver to me, the She Cat From Hell!  What are you people doing to her anyway?”

Sarah Palin Is Mad At The Media

Sarah announced this week that she has had it with bloggers and the media, then she turned around to complain to …… Yeppers … The media.  It will be great when her new book comes out this spring, then we will finally find out the truth on all this.  Don’t you just love it when they write a novel or a book, then we get to find out if the person had past lives where she was an explorer of the frozen north, an empress who tried to seduce a king, a priestess of politics or a maxi-pad.

New Action Figure in West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Florida – A man with a visible potbelly – and a memorable disguise – tried without success to haul away two different ATMs over the past two weeks, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.  Security video from the ATMs showed the man dressed in a black ninja outfit with a hood that revealed only his eyes.

What?  The Great American Prairie is empty?

Bismarck South Dakota – Officials in the state’s largest cities are trying to find places to put all the snow. In Bismarck, a pile in the parking lot at the Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurant is nearly 20 feet high. Manager Shane Frank said workers have had to shoo neighborhood children off the newfound sledding hill for fear of injuries.  It works the same way with a pile of sand on the driveway in the summertime.

Kids are after all … kids.

On the other end of the country, frustration was mounting in Spokane, Washington after freak winter storms buried the normally arid eastern Washington city under six feet of snow.  This has snarled traffic, disrupted garbage collections, and frayed the tempers and nerves of many residents.  Police are now reporting incidents of “Snow Rage.”  One man allegedly shot at a snow plow operator simply for honking at him.

Not Right Now Honey … The Game Is On.

A group of U.S. congressmen asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rearrange the voting schedule so that they could watch a football game.  In a note to Pelosi to “kindly consider” rescheduling votes so that he and other lawmakers could attend the national title game between Florida and Oklahoma.  Pelosi’s office denied the request.

Oklahoma choked and blew it, but if you bet on Florida, you came out alright.  Anytime Oklahoma goes to a bowl game, bet the other side, because Sooners they like to party too much the night before.

Holier than thou, or at least, taller.

A small Brazilian farming town announced plans this week to erect a statue of a 128 foot tall Jesus.  This is 4 feet taller than the country’s famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.  Here is a miracle for you.  A supposedly paraplegic Mexican woman who’d been begging for change from her wheelchair jumped up and ran down the street when a security guard saw her trying to augment her income by breaking into a store.

Can You Spare A Dime

You ever notice that the beggar on the street corner always has a smoke?  Cigarettes selling for $4 a pack and higher in some areas of the country, but they always seem to have one.  And last week, a totally new wrinkle.  Standing there on the corner with the customary cardboard sign that says “stranded — homeless — anything will help” and he reaches into his shirt pocket, fishes out a cellphone and takes a call.

I believe I have seen it all.  No!  I Don’t Have A Quarter!

While we are on the subject (cell phones).  Clermont Florida – Brad Cox is lucky to have an unlimited text messaging plan. His daughter, Emilee, 14, sent or received more than 35,000 messages a month twice in the past year, a volume confirmed by Sprint. Emilee’s big month was June, when she tallied 35,463 text messages, about 1,182 a day. She attributed the spike to trading messages with friends while at cheerleading camp.  Here is a probable candidate for either carpal syndrome or a brain tumor for sure.

Obama Fever Grips The Nation

Just A Few Days Until The Celebration

The country is gearing up for its “Day In History” and the huge celebration in Washington DC.  This should be some shin-dig for sure.  Dancin’ In The Streets — The whole nine yards.  We in the Heartland will be tucked back into our warm cocoons and will watch in comfort and warmth from our living rooms.  At my age, that is the only type of history I am capable of celebrating.  Living in about the “reddest state in the nation” I am all too familiar with the drill.

Two Oklahoma farmers were discussing politics and the first one says: “I believe in a share and share alike policy. One where we are all equal.”

“Well” replied the other farmer “I’m not sure about that. What you mean is that if you have two horses you’d give me one?”

“Of course” says the first.  The second farmer continued: “And if you had two cars, you’d give me one of them too?”


“So” says the second farmer, “if you had two pigs then you’d give me one of them?”

“Ah, now hang on a minute” says the first farmer, “you know I’ve got two pigs!”