Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's shout-outs.

It's time to look back and acknowledge, with thanks, the folks who have encouraged and supported this blog over the past year.

First, enormous thanks, hugs and kisses to Martha and Liz, my wife and daughter, respectively, for their patience with my time-consuming and too-often distracting hobby. (As I've noted in a previous post, David Carr, of the New York Times, had this observation about having a blog: "[T]hink of it as a large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention." Liz would much rather I had a Lab.)

Next, kudos to Homer Fink of Brooklyn Heights Blog, and Dawn Coyote of WikiFray, which provide me with alternative fora in which to serve up my half-baked ideas, as well as very productive links to this blog. Dawn, thanks for picking up the ball and running with it when Ender put it on the ground. Homer, I promise to have a column for you, real soon.

Louise Crawford, unofficial Jewish mother of the Brooklyn blogosphere, has been a great supporter of S-AB, giving encouraging commentary and making productive links again and again and again. Special thanks for including a mention of S-AB in this year's Park Slope 100, even though I'm not a Sloper.

Rundeep gets a special mention for having posted one of the nicest things ever written about S-AB, and about yours truly.

Allan Tremmel is a high school and college friend I'd lost contact with until he discovered S-AB, and I heard from him for the first time in at least twenty years. Since then, we've corresponded by e-mail, mostly about my having ended up where he started out (Brooklyn), but also about our old common interest, astronomy. In addition, he's put me in touch with other high school friends. A happy, healthy and prosperous 2008 to you and yours, Al.

Old Fray friends Twiffer and Persephone have been faithful readers, and Twiff has posted frequent and incisive comments (but, face it, T., you'll never get me to like the DH rule). This year, though, they especially distinguished themselves by bringing Li'l Macduff to life.

Other Fray folk who have been S-AB supporters include august, Grant Miller Media, Keifus, John McG (who gets special thanks for giving me my first "Digg"), Archaeopteryx, Hipparchia (who gets special thanks for "tagging" me for the Pharyngula mutating genre meme), TenaciousK (who I am delighted to see has resurfaced and with whom I share my March 19 birthday), catnapping, The Dread Pundit Bluto, topazz (who, alas, appears to have ended her blog), and (though he'll no doubt deny it) Schadenfreude.

No discussion of Fray friends would be complete without mentioning the return of Moira Redmond. Moira, I promise I'll be back for at least an occasional Fray post in the near future.

Other Brooklyn bloggers rating special mention for their support are The Changeling of Bed-Stuy Blog, EJ of BK 11201, Brooklyn Beat of Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn, Xris of Flatbush Gardener, Bob Guskind of Gowanus Lounge, Rob Lenihan of Luna Park Gazette, Miss Heather of newyorkshitty, and Gary of runs brooklyn/brooklyn runs who, even though he's moved away and stopped adding to his excellent blog, still visits SA-B regularly from his new home in Iowa.

Other bloggers who have been supportive include Heights neighbor TS, who is one of two contributors to Instaputz; Brain Tracer, who believes in the psychic power of MP3 players (a topic on which I may post ere long); Joe Martini, of Give 'n' Go; Mother Jones, R.N., of Nurse Ratched's Place; N. Pepperell, of Rough Theory; rhea, of The Boomer Chronicles; El Cabrero, of The Goat Rope; whoever does Going Like Sixty; and, of course, the always faithful Sometimes Saintly Nick.

Resolutions? You want resolutions? I think Chaylene may have the right idea (though, as expected, El Cabrero has more considered thoughts on the matter).


  1. Claude, thank you for your kind mention, though I don't know what I've done to deserve it. Best to you and yours and S-AB for this year and those to come.

  2. Thanks for the kind words and happy new year!

    Miss H

  3. Claude, you are a dear. I'm bad at getting out to other people's blogs, but I do read everyone's feeds every day. Your pictures of the lake ships made me want to put on some Stan Rogers. Do you know "The Mary Ellen Carter"? It's a very sad song about a boat, so I figured that you would.

  4. Anonymous9:02 PM

    Hey Claude! Thanks for the shout out, and happy new year :-)

  5. Happy New Year, Claude!

  6. Claude -- Belated thanks for the shout out ! You are one of Nature's Noblemen. Pardon my tardy reply but again, Happy New Year and all good wishes to a Most Excellent Self-Absorbed Boomer

    Tony N /Brooklyn Beat

  7. Anonymous7:32 PM

    It's true, Claude, I do check in from here in Iowa (where things have only recently calmed down after a raucous caucus). Thanks for the shout out, happy new year, and best of luck with S-AB in 2008!

  8. Hello back (belatedly)