The title itself is a misnomer as it really isn't my last blog. It will be the last one that I post to this site, but I do plan on writing a little more and compiling a collection of my favorites into a self published book tentatively entitled "Caramelized Ongion". I envision 6 or 7 chapters with the
broad stroke titles of Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fun and Finance. I should be able to include my favorites under those titles or I'll make a catch-all for those that don't fit. I anticipate a one time printing of a few hundred copies, retailing for $20, that I'll hawk to my family, friends, co-workers and fans of the blog. I'll spend this year compiling, editing and writing and expect a late 2014 publishing date. A close family member has already agreed to do the editing, but I've given strict instructions to not touch the commas. I received a very special gift this week from my sister Wilson that I will include in the book, and it was her blog entry of my brother Redface's life, a blog that I could just never write, and now I know why, because there was a person out there who could write it better. It will be included in the book.
Endings are tough and as the guy most likely to be the last to leave the party, I'm not sure saying goodbye is a strong suit of mine, but I know the time is right. I've faithfully given you 182 unique blogs over 3 and a half years. I took 4 weeks off by re-posting some favorites, but since I gave you a
few extras in there too, I'm finishing all caught up with exactly the right number for that time period. I'm pretty proud of that. I was assisted by 5 guest bloggers over that time too, and I thought each of their efforts well worthy of inclusion in both the blog and the book. I've built a loyal fan base of a few hundred readers and many hundreds more who drop in and read a blog when they see a title that interests them. This week, this blog entry will generate the site's 100,000th hit, and that's a good number to go out on. For my loyal fans, I suspect that Tuesdays are now, and for a long time after, will be, associated with Blog Day! I'll candidly admit on those mornings that I would publish a little late, the Facebook comments, the texts and hits to the site anticipating that week's post were especially flattering. An average blog took between 2-4 hours of pondering, writing, rewriting and scouring the internet and my computer files for the right pictures, not to mention the hundreds of hours that I spent in bars
|I'll have another glass of research, please.|
So, to review, where did I take you during this journey? We went together to Boston, China, Halifax NS, Canandaigua and Hall NY, Ottawa and London Ontario, Phoenix and Sedona Arizona, Cancun Mexico, Rochester's South Wedge, and to the insides of countless small hotel rooms. We traveled back in time to Roseland Park, Evan's Field, St. Mary's Catholic Church and School, Sonnenberg Park, Cdga Academy, to my childhood home on Fort Hill Avenue, to a Broadway stage at the old Studio 54 and to a high hill in a shopping cart. You met my first crush, my first foe, my first car and my first boss, all of my siblings, my 3 children, my parents, my girlfriend, my cousins, my friend Frank, the organ recipient in Philly, the nameless girl at LaGuardia Airport, the stranger on my Facebook, the clothing lady with the one shoe story, the guy who stole my Christmas tree, my Boy Scout Troop, my wife's Girl Scout Troop, my
|My first boss, Papa Frank|
|Most of my siblings|
So I should start my summation now, or I'll lose my readers with short attention spans. Each week, as I finished a blog, I tried to convey a lesson or at least give you some points to ponder. As I finish this project though, I'd like to tell you all what I have learned. You see, it's tough to bare your soul and life each week without being a little
|A recent photo of my family|
|My wife and my girlfriend, trying to hide their identities.|
|Me with some of the boys, doing more research.|
|Practice hiking for Jamboree|
I'll close now, as I've already exceeded my self-imposed limit on blog length, but I figure you'll forgive me, as it is the last one. It has been my great honor to share these stories of my family, my travel, the people that I've met and my life, with you. I've tried my best to entertain, amuse, enlighten and possibly inspire you and I hope you've found my efforts worthy. I've appreciated all the Facebook and blog comments, and those in-person encounters where we've conversed about the latest post. If you'd like to be given advance notice on the book launch, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you a note when it is ready to order. As always, for this last blog, feel free to comment or share, and the blog may be ending, but I hope to be around for a while. Be Well.