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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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    Happy Birthday, Chuck
    “I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born, in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuading arguments of my best friends.”

    -----------Charles Dickens

    Chuck is two hundred years old today. I use the present tense despite the overwhelming preponderance of public opinion that says that he is dead, buried and gone because I don't know that he's dead. I don't even know if it's possible to be dead. I do know that *NSYNC's No Strings Attached sold over 2.4 million units in the US during its' first week and that's pretty much all we need to know about just how wrong public opinion can be.

    I also know that public opinion can be right, so who's to say? But isn't it better to err on the side of caution and speak of Chuck as if he is still here just in case he is indeed here to hear it? All that is merely manners and decorum, though and what needs to be said today, because so many tend to forget it is that Chuck is a blogger.

    Essentially. Better paid and held in higher regard than most to be sure but still, he is a blogger. Because he writes his novels in serial form, one piece at time, usually weekly or monthly, most generally several at a time. In short, he sits down everyday and puts out whatever is on his mind through a fictional framework populated by invented characters, posts in them in some sort of mass media platform and then patiently waits for reviews and payment.

    Because the real people would want royalties. Some bloggers skip the made up trappings and just tell you what really happens to them everyday...That's what I do because I have no imagination and am thus incapable of creating fiction or even fictionalizing reality...but either way, it works out to the same thing.

    The other important thing to point out about Chuck is that it doesn't even matter if he did really die in 1870 because he really didn't miss anything. Not much anyway, because 2012 is very much like 1870. It continues to amaze me...Even though it shouldn't...just how much life continues to resemble Bleak House---That is a series of blog posts Chuck made between March 1852 and September 1853.

    My favorite current example of this is the teacher in California who was arrested for molestation because he didn't know about digital photography and now they're only accusing him of lewd conduct and then they decided to fire everyone at his school just to be safe after a couple of other teachers there were also arrested (

    Can anyone at this juncture resist recalling, "What are you going to do with Noodle?’ Bewildered by the shifting alignments of the day and sorely put to find a place for every deserving man, Lord Boodle saw the awful choices facing the Crown in forming a new ministry should the present government be overthrown, choices which ‘would lie between Lord Goodle and Sir Thomas Doodle – supposing it to be impossible for the Duke of Foodle to act with Goodle, which may be assumed to be the case in consequence of the breach arising out of that affair with Hoodle. Then, giving the Home Department and the Leadership of the House of Commons to Joodle, the Exchequer to Koodle, the Colonies to Loodle, and the Foreign Office to Moodle, what are you to do with Noodle? You can’t offer him the Presidency of the Council: that is reserved for Poodle. You can’t put him in the Woods and Forests, that is hardly good enough for Quoodle. What follows? That the country is shipwrecked, lost and gone to pieces…because you can’t provide for Noodle!’”

    Even if you have, like me, no imagination? And it's not just one school in LA. Stories like that, that make no sense, pop up every few days and then there's everything else that doesn't even make the news. The good news is that it provides lots to blog about and that's good news for Chuck. Wherever he is.

    Current Mood: depressed
    Current Music: Coast To Coast AM---George Noory, WOC AM 1420

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