March 12, 2007

I made a decision.

I got to the point where I'd entered the phone number and all that was left was to push the "send" button. To push the "send" button would really be to make the decision. I pushed the "send" button!

47 comments:

mcg said...

Domino's Pizza, may I help you?

Gahrie said...

Central City Morgue...you stab them, we slab them.....

Karl said...

Selling the house?

Maxine Weiss said...

Where's Quixxo?

Reality check has nothing on Quixxo.

I'm celebrating an anniversery.

March 2006 was the very first time I ever posted comments on the Althouse blog.

I'd been lurking since September 2005 (Katrina). Althouse really gained from Katrina, ironically. She saw a spike, as that weekend, everyone was looking for content and commentary, and Althouse saw her numbers rise.

To think, I went 6 months (from Sept 2005-March2006) lurking till I made my first glorious comment. What took me so long? I wasn't sure of the rules. There didn't seem to be any Code Of Conduct other than "Let your conscience be your guide" , or "I'm not your Mother".

(I've been known to be wrong, and I may have commented on Althouse before March 2006, but March 2006 feels like when I started in, so March it is.)

How does everybody find their way here?

Althouse owes a referral fee to Overlawyered. I believe, Katrina Weekend, I was looking for content, stumbled upon Overlawyered, and Overlawyered mentioned something or other going on with Althouse. And, that's how I first came to Althouse, through Overlawyered. Irony: Never really visited Overlawyered since.

Neverthless, that's how I discovered Althouse for the very first time.

Either Althouse needs to pay Overlawyered a referral, or Overlawyered need to pay Althouse, not sure which.

Peace, Maxine

Simon said...

A wise decision, one hopes.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

You pre-ordered the new Apple phone.

reality check said...

She ordered a vortex generator for her Audi. Improves the downforce. Improves the negativity.

Please blogger, don't eat my comment!

StephenB said...

[Telephone ringing]

Voice: Thank you for calling the New York Times. How may I direct your call?

Althouse: Mr. Schlesinger, please.

Voice: Of course. May I ask who's calling?

Althouse: This is Ann Althouse. I believe he's expecting my call.

Voice: Certainly. One moment, please.

[Transfer tones]

Schlesinger: Ann, I'm so glad you called. It's good to hear from you. Have you considered my offer?

Althouse: Yes, I have. I'll take it.

Schlesinger: Great! I've been looking to replace Maureen Dowd for months now. Welcome aboard...

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Ann Alt would be an improvement over Mo Do.

Frank_Nerdster said...

Oh no, Althouse has gone high school ambi-emo on us. Hopefully she's over the touchy feely namby pamby before our next class...

johnstodder said...

This post is vaguely reminiscent of something Emily Dickinson might write if she were alive today.

Wurly said...

It was to "Save the Children." Wasn't it? It finally got through to you that there were terrible things going on in the world that you weren't blogging about, so you made the call.

Theo Boehm said...

So, your house was on fire?

Mark the Pundit said...

"Good evening, Clarice..."

Jennifer said...

Rorschach, Althouse style.

peter hoh said...

Theo -- was that related to a certain old joke about the libertarian and the fire department?

peter hoh said...

I love the idea of this post being some sort of po-mo Emily Dickinson.

Now for something closer to the old-school Emily:

Because I could not push the send,
He kindly pushed for me.
The carriage held but just ourselves,
and immorality.

Then there's the eggagog version:

THE LOBSTER DIALED THE PHONE NUMBER, BUT DIDN'T PRESS THE SEND! THE CREEPS SHOUTED DON'T PUSH THE SEND!! SHOULD THE LOBSTER PUSH THE SEND?? THE CREEPS ARE EATING THE MASHED POTATOES!! LOBSTER PUSHES THE SEND BUTTON!!!!!

Internet Ronin said...

I think it is something like casting a vote by telephone, thus push the "SEND" button. Can someone vote for or against contestant on a show like American Idol (or the one about the models) is not showing that night?

Theo Boehm said...

Peter - ;-)

Actually, LMAO after those last two!

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Geez. It's 'he is the box' all over again.

peter hoh said...

Ruth Anne, Thanks for the memories. Those were good times. Did we ever learn more about the original context of the box comment?

peter hoh said...

Theo, I found the link. I was thinking of an Onion story about a libertarian who reluctantly called the fire department.

Ron said...

Paid the federal taxes?

chuck b. said...

You drank and dialed.

Gahrie said...

perhaps a booty call?

reality check said...

I think we're making a mistake by assuming the "I" is Althouse.

I think she was reading the Times, where it says Bush was the one that got US Attorney Iglesias fired, and she was channeling the deciderererer.

Jim M. said...

peter hoh: how can that second one be dickinsonesque? I could barely recite it to the yellow rose of texas.

Pogo said...

Re: "To push the "send" button would really be to make the decision."

Deborah Harry?
Ghostbusters?
Janet Jackson?
Captain Beefheart?
Patty Duke?
Anne Heche?
Al Green?
Mister Tibbs?

Anne Bronte!

Call me away; there's nothing here,
That wins my soul to stay;
Then let me leave this prospect drear,
And hasten far away.
To our beloved land I'll flee,
Our land of thought and soul,
Where I have roved so oft with thee,
Beyond the world's control.

Simon said...

Perhaps a phone call to buy... Plane tickets? An early AM trip?

StephenB said...

Okay, seriously, I'm ready to know now. It's been almost eleven hours. Are you replacing Maureen Dowd or not?

bill said...

If we're all guessing, I'll toss in the diet guy from the quiet mountain town.

AJ Lynch said...

I did not know there was a "Bloggers Anonymous" but good luck with getting a cure.

AJD said...

But the line was busy, wasn't it Annie.

Silly professor. You can't call yourself!

peter hoh said...

Jim M: the second bit of writing is not an attempt to mimic Dickinson's style. Rather, it's a nod to Eggagog, a blogger who, during his/her/its heyday, was an Althouse favorite.

It's an aqcuired taste. Eggagog's blog.

MadisonMan said...

I think Ruth Anne (as usual) has the answer.

Kevin Lomax said...

I dunno. Is she giving up blogging?

Mark Daniels said...

The other line rang. "Hello," said the familiar voice.

"Reebum schplurgum ickofeefee."

"Who is this?"he asked. (At moments like these, I'm especially happy to have that Caller-ID Blocker on my phone!)

I pushed the "end call" button, set down my drink, and headed for bed.

That was a close one!

StephenB said...

Give her some time...she's probably still on the phone.

paul a'barge said...

Down in Texas, where the wild dogs moan and ex's of Althouse incessantly hunt unpretentiously for the best BBQ, we have a saying ... even a poodle with hemorrhoids would be better than Maureen Dowd.

chuck b. said...

You called that Campos dude all, "WTF?"

Ann Althouse said...

Wow, it's driving you nuts, isn't it?

Really, I'm not toying with you. It's something I'm going to do that I'm not revealing yet!

Wurly said...

Are you jumping into the race for Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin?

Simon said...

Wurly- think bigger. Maybe Ann knows something about Justice Stevens right now that we don't. ;)

Curtiss said...

Those of us on the inside know that Paula Abdul's slot on 'American Idol' is open for next season.

Annie said...

Hope it was a guy, hope he was glad to hear from you. (I'm such a diehard romantic . . . )

- amba

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Following on to Amba: You're teaching a semester in Austin...and stirring the embers.

[I love Parent Trap.]

Wurly said...

Just don't show up in Austin with a giant Warner Bros. poster of Porky Pig.