Monday, August 10, 2015

My Blog is TEN years old!

The best laid plans of mine and men often go awry...

I had all these big plans to celebrate my decade of blogging...all these cool things I was gonna do leading up to this huge event. I mean, how many blogs do you read reach this milestone? But life got in the way, and all the great stuff I wanted to do has fallen by the wayside.

Oh well.

Maybe it's appropriate that my blogging took a huge nosedive during my 10th blogiversary, actually. I had been on quite a roll the last few years, and perhaps I needed a reminder of just how fragile the blogging-thing can be.

Life has been rough since about June for me. Things are up and down. Some days, I feel like things are great, and then something happens that makes me think that things aren't as progressing as I had hoped. The good news is, right now at this very moment, things are feeling better. With the heaps of stress on my shoulders, I've sought help from a professional just to talk things out. 

Therapy = lighter load

So to celebrate my ten years of laboring here in my little corner of the blogosphere, I'd like to revert to my old format of sharing goofy science stories with you this entire month. I want to start with sharing my VERY first post with you.

Thank you so much to all of you who still come back to read my posts. I appreciate it. I also hope some of my old blog buddies stop by to say "hello." This will be a month of nostalgia for me, and on a personal level, I also hope it'll be a time of healing so I can get back to writing and blogging again.

Without further ado, here's the post that started it all way back on August 3rd, 2005.

When You Gotta Go on the Go

Have you ever been stuck in traffic and you're just not able to hold it any longer? Nature calls, and you can postpone the inevitable for only so long. What about those with medical conditions that complicate things? Or maybe that chimichanga you had at lunch isn't agreeing with you while you're in the car. What's a person to do?

The new Indipod by Daycar is the answer.

It allows you to do your business in the privacy of your own car. This British invention is an actual in-car toilet. What about prying eyes while you engage in one of life's most private moments?

The Indipod comes with this built in inflatable privacy bubble to cover all the windows and such...and it creates a more relaxed and comfortable environment. Plus, I'm sure the bubble protects those outside your car from any malicious odors. Even those foolish to remain in your car while you take care of business are the bubble completely surrounds you and the air fan masks any embarassing noises you should be making.

How much can this Indipod hold? It has an 8 person-days capacity. In other can hold 8 days' worth from one person or one day's glorius medley from you and 7 of your best buddies.

Leave it to the British to invent a sophisticated product like the Indipod...

I guess the American version, the Bumper Dumper, has some pretty heated competition.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've never had to go that bad that I'd resort to a toilet in the car...
Congratulations on ten years! That is a huge milestone. I only know two of you who've blogged for that long.
Glad you're getting some help with the stress. Life is too precious to spend it all stressed.

DEZMOND said...

ten years old? Time to send him to school :)
I don't know what to say about indipod.....

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully the stress keeps on going away and leads to a brighter day. Congrats on 10 years too, that sure is a feat. Hmmm, not sure I'd ever use that, but I did have to go so bad once my kidneys hurt lol stupid snowbanks stopped me from getting to the woods.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congratulations on the blogging anniversary!

And good wishes for continued healing. Lightening the load - physical, mental, emotional, etc - will help. :)

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I'm pretty good about taking care of business BEFORE I go out into the middle of nowhere. Thanks!

Dez: I appreciate it.

Patt: Yes, I'm looking for more brighter days! Your kidneys hurt? That doesn't sound healthy. I'd just go in your pants!

Madeline: Thank you...yes, I need healing on all sides right now.

Pat Dilloway said...

Happy blog birthday! I assume you have to pull over to use that.

Jay Noel said...

Pat: They should invent something you can use while still staying behind the wheel. I mean, you're already in a seated position, right?

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations on ten years! Glad to hear you're getting some help. And I've always just pulled over to the side of the road if the need is really great! :)

Jay Noel said...

Christine: Luckily, there are plenty of rest areas in Missouri and Illinois...and gas stations. I travel so much, I know where places are good and which places you need to avoid. And Thanks!!!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Indipod? Oh my. Congratulations on your huge milestone. It's amazing how time flies. I was surprised that it's already been a year since Michael Brown was killed (his anniversary was this weekend).

Chrys Fey said...

Happy Birthday to your blog and congratulations on ten years, Jay!!!!

I had to use a portable commode after my spine surgery...that's the closest I will ever come to using something like the Indipod. lol

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy blog birthday! That thing looks so silly but then I remember how desperate I was a few times when I was pregnant. Hope you back off and things calm down for you.
Susan Says

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Happy Anniversary! I didn't know you back then but am glad I do now. Yay!

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the blogiversary! Hopefully the stress starts to go away and things get better soon! I don't even know what to say about the Indipod...I probably couldn't use it even if I was desperate. Too weird!

Patricia Lynne said...

Happy blog birthday! I think I'm coming up on my 5th next year. Holy crap. It's amazing to realize how long we've been doing it sometimes.

Jo said...

Happy Blogiversary. I am not too far behind you. 8 years now. Actually I am astounded at how many blogs I have written, When I started they were 7/7 nowadays they are 6/7 with aound 2500 posts.

Jay Noel said...

Michael: Thanks. And yeah, 1 yr anniversary was marred with more violent protests, looting, and shooting at cops (and bystanders).

Chris: I appreciate it. Ouch, that sounds unpleasant. My mom had something portable when she broke her leg. Not fun.

Susan: The company went out of business, but the bumper dumper is still going strong. Thanks!

Theresa: Thanks so much!

Sarah: Yes, I'd love less stress in my life right now. And it's VERY weird.

Patricia: Thank you. 5're one of the veterans

Jo: I have so many blogging friends that have quit over the last 10 years, so I'm missing them right now. But it's great to keep moving forward.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats on the milestone and it's still going strong. Be proud man. My goodness. I would hate to find out where they can store that much human waste in a small car. And what if you have an SUV. It's a great idea, but I'd rather just run to the bushes. Anyone with that much determination to go 8 days without stopping is just asking for problems..

Melissa said...

LOL ... I could have used one of those that time I was stuck for two hours on a Houston overpass. (Big rig wreck, complete with fuel spill, at the base of the hill shut down the entire freeway.) We won't discuss how I improvised. Suffice it to say I'm glad it was night and my car had darkly tinted windows.

cleemckenzie said...

10 years! An entire decade of blogging. Hard to believe, isn't it? Well, congrats on that and on getting some help through the difficult times. Smart. Very smart.

I'm buying one of those British inventions. It just makes sense.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Therapy can make a big difference.

Congrats on ten years. We've been around a while, haven't we?

Lexa Cain said...

I think people are putting too much stress on themselves to achieve. It's especially hard when we're naturally competitive and see others succeeding, selling lots of books, writing 2-3 novels a year... We think if we just work harder, we'll "make it" too. But there's no end to working harder, is there? I hope you vent and de-stress and find equilibrium. Meanwhile, I'd like to order an Indipod, please. :)

Kimberly said...

Holy wow - ten years is amazing! I think I would just use the forest cover if I had to go that bad - or around here - cactus cover...oh, but not get too close. :)

I'm glad you're able to talk it out with someone - that always helps.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats, Jay, on the ten year blogging anniversary! I'm glad to hear things are doing better for you too.

And that's hilarious! The British version sounds much better than the Bumper Dumper.

M Pax said...

Happy Blogaversary Jay! Sorry you've been going through a patch. Stress can take a toll. Glad it's improving. Email me if you ever want to talk.

I'm not sure I want to be in a bubble or on a bumper. lol But I suppose it's better than a rock.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Happy Blogaversary! I hope you find a new groove with way less stress.

As a weary traveler from a recent road trip, I can say with some authority that I can hold out a lot longer for a cleaner toilet than I ever thought I could and I would never resort to one in the car.

G. B. Miller said...

Wow! Congrabulations on 10 years worth of blogging!

I know of only one other person who's been blogging that long, and he's a former local (CT) t.v. personality who started way back before WordPress became WordPress.

By the by, you might want to remover the spam comment above mine.

Father Nature's Corner

Jay Noel said...

Got rid of the spammer!

Jay Noel said...

Got rid of the spammer!

Anne Marie J. Schlueter said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is simply brilliant. I wish you many, many more years of blogging and writing and doing what you love.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Congratulations on 10 years of blogging. Keep up the good work. It's interesting to see how one's blog changes over he years.

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