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Friday, July 23, 2004

Friday odds & ends

First off, I should apologize to anyone who was thrown off by the unannounced reversal of the order in the comments section this week. For some reason, I had never noticed how counter-intuitive it was to read the feedback in reverse order (i.e. seeing the responses and follow-ups before the original comments). Stupid, right?

Now that the comments issue is taken care of, I’m hoping to get over to my ‘about me’ page this weekend and bring that into the realm of reality. The truth is, I wrote the existing ‘about me’ blurb in about 30 seconds as sort of a place holder while I was busy trying to set up treppenwitz’s ‘look & feel’. Despite the fact that, without exception, the first thing I look for when I visit a new blog is the ‘about me’ link… at the time, the colors, fonts, layout and type-list titles all seemed so much more important.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have noticed an interesting assortment of search terms referring web surfers to my journal. I can understand fairly specific search strings like, “mid+life+crisis” , “route+66+trip+plan” and “route+66+trip+trip” bringing people to treppenwitz, since these were some early topics that I dealt with in depth. The same goes for “A+true+romantic” and “popping+the+question” . But, the only thing that these searches all have in common is that I’m certain the people didn’t find what they came looking for.

However, the people that showed up at my doorstep because they used search strings like “David+Bogner” or “David+Bogner+Israel” have me more than a little curious.

Who are you? Are you old classmates… old girlfriends… old Navy buddies? And more important… once you found me, what kept you from saying hello? Am I that unapproachable? I’m just saying…

Lastly, for those of you who have written to inquire how the decaffeination of David is going… the answer, surprisingly, is ‘not bad!’ I had a little twinge of a headache the morning of the 2nd day. But I have been stepping down my caffeine intake so gradually that the only thing that has really suffered has been my taste buds.

Right after Tisha B’Av, I am soooo breaking open a bag of Peet's Italian Roast beans! I’m gonna have two huge cups of that oily black goodness… with a couple of big dollops of whipping cream… and then I’m gonna ‘shake, rattle and roll’ through all those house and yard projects I’ve been putting off all year! =:~>

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by David Bogner on July 23, 2004 | Permalink

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re: the googling people. how many people do you meet in daily business, again? :) customers, potentional clients, competition...they're a curious bunch of moles at times.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jul 23, 2004 5:29:09 PM

Don't overdo it on the Peet's, now. Your tremors will be so bad you won't be able to hold any tools/work implements. :)

Posted by: Lachlan | Jul 23, 2004 6:39:02 PM

It is not possible to overdo it on Peet's.

David: The next time you order, get some of the Panama if it's still available. It showed up a few weeks ago for the first time in two years: acidic and sparkly.

Peter
lifetime Berkeley resident
"a pound a week; that's all I drink"

Posted by: Peter Adler | Jul 24, 2004 12:41:23 PM

Mademoiselle A... I hadn't thought of that, but most of the people I meet for business are foreign military officers. Most of the searches with my name originate from computers in the U.S. That's why I figure it has to be former friends or 'um friends' trying to track me down. :-)

Lachlan... Thanks for the warning, but I'll take my chances. Truth be told, you read about coffee-related home project accidents all the time, but you never think one will happen to you!

Peter... Welcome, and thanks for the advice. I will have to try some of that... although I feel oddly 'Cheech & Chong' calling up and asking for some 'Panama'... should I say "Dude, Peter sent me"?!
:-)

Posted by: David | Jul 24, 2004 9:11:20 PM

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