January 29th, 2010


A little night music

Boys' Night Out turned into Double Date Night. I asked collinsmom if she'd like to go to the Hofbräuhaus, and she jumped at the chance. After we arrived in Newport, KY, I called that_guy_zach to tell him we were on the scene. He said that his girlfriend, Rachel, had asked to come, too. They joined us soon after.

So we spent an enjoyable evening stuffing ourselves with Kassler Rippchen and listening to the guy on the accordion, who got progressively stranger as the evening wore on. People kept buying him shots of Jägermeister. In thanking the crowd, he said, "The more of these you drink, the better I sound and look; the more of these I drink, the less I care how I sound and look."

We talked overseas travel, church politics, book editing, languages, college, old friends . . . It was great. Neither collinsmom nor I could remember the last time we just spontaneously dropped everything to go somewhere together like that.
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The Daily Mustard turns five

My Live Journal, entitled The Daily Mustard, is five years old today. I started blogging because my daughter was doing it, and I wanted to keep in touch with her.

I joined LJ just as it was cresting in popularity. A lot of people added me, and I them, but many of those who are still officially on my friends list no longer post anything. Probably most have switched to Facebook and/or Twitter. I do an RSS feed of my public LJ posts to my FB page, but otherwise do almost no original FB posts. My only reason for being on FB is to connect with people who do FB instead of LJ and who want to stay in touch.

Me, I prefer LJ. It's easier to work with, has a more pleasing visual presentation, and -- the biggie -- it allows one to post and comment at greater length than FB or Twitter. Most of my posts aren't that long, but some are. And I like the fact that people can comment on original posts and also reply to each other's comments. It is both more literary and more conversational than the other sites. But then, that's the difference between blogging and social networking, I guess.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to The Daily Mustard! Long live my blog!