Sunday, January 24, 2010


We interrupt this Boozy Rock ‘N’ Roll Blog to bring you this special announcement:

I wish to take just a moment to thank all of my friends for their replies to my request for feedback and criticism of my short story ‘The Legend Of Cordes Junction (Version #1)’ – the response has been overwhelmingly underwhelming. I couldn’t have imagined your impressive outpouring of total disregard. As I wrote to one of my friends the other day:

I really and truly and honestly wanted to learn what was wrong with that story – why it didn’t appeal to anyone. If there was some consensus on the problem, I would have known how to correct it, or at least how to avoid it if I ever write another short story. I’m not angry or anything like that, but just a little surprised and disappointed that no one bothered to respond to my request.

I suppose I should point out that I did receive some input from Arlee Bird (after I threatened to sic my 350 pound dog with the cat-o’-nine-tails on him), and so he is hereby exonerated. As for the rest of you . . . Phooey!

I’ll bet y’all were counting on inheriting my 250,000 cases of fine Irish whiskey shortly after my liver finally explodes and kills me, weren’t ya? Well, guess what! Fuhgeddaboutit! Y’all have been written out of my will. Instead, I have decided to bequeath the Irish elixir to the Hardrock Orphanage. (It’ll help take the minds of those po’ kids off-a their troubles.)

And the next time you plead with me to fuhgeddabout the fact that you once stupidly voted for George W. Bush . . . well, you can fuhgeddabout THAT, too! ‘Cause I promise ya I’m gonna remembuhboudit and I’m gonna throw it back in yer face!

So, my friends, to put it all in a nutshell: THANKS FOR NUTTIN’!
[*Father, forgive them, for they know not what they not do.]

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Boozy Rock ‘N’ Roll Blog . . .

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.


Judy Harper said...

Okay, I missed that post! But I would like to know (1)what you mean by Non-profit, what kind of work is nonprofit, with you it could mean out of work? (Why do you feel that to get your message across, you have to be so negative about yourself and wrap you posts with so much BS? (3)One of my favorite people is Dean Martin, a funny generous man, but not many people knew that he wasn't an alcoholic or drunk? He rarely drank, yet that's how he's remembered. Wonder if that's what he really wanted? (4) How about your family? (5) Is Stephen McCarthy your real name? (6) Why is it important for you to get the message of Jesus Christ across? These are just a few questions that cross my mind when I read your posts, and I know you can write. Maybe you should start a calendar so that on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, you talk about your real passion and Tuesday and Thursday you give us your writing? And then Saturday could be you BS day, because I think you really love doing it!

arlee bird said...

Saint Stephen--

Ah, don't take it too hard. Maybe everybody just wasn't sure what to say. Maybe they what they read was so profound that they are still thinking about it and trying to come up with some equally profound answer--after all many of these folks are writers and want to come up to come with some high quality writing with which to respond. But I shouldn't be making excuses for them, they do what they do and there's always that possibility that they don't like Irish Whiskey -- put some Grand Marnier on the table and you might get some takers.

Then again, a lot of people have been "unplugged" lately -- maybe that accounts for the lack of response. Since you say you don't look at many other blogs and comment on them, the "unplugged" thing you might have missed-- a lot of bloggers said they were getting off the internet and blogging for a week or a month to do other writing. Sounds silly to me, but maybe they did unplug and will be going back upon their return to blogland to see what they missed with your "Stuffs". Well, I guess you probably needn't hold your breath unless you're under water or retaining some really good smoke in your lungs.

By the way, did you ever get my heartfelt confession that I sent as a comment to the post that had the pictures of the Tiny Tim fountain? I never got any response to that. I was thinking maybe I upset you and you weren't speaking to me. Then again maybe "Capcha" ate it -- it's happened before.

Your faithful reader and commentor,
rLee B

P.S. -- My sister says that it's really raining a lot in Phoenix. She didn't tell me direct, but my mother said she told her. Why I bet that's what's happening about your post. People didn't comment directly to you, but they're discussing it on each other's blogs. Haven't seen it yet, but as soon as I run across one of these discussions I'll send you the link.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Judy ~
DOH! Those are hard questions! I take it all back - forget the interview idea. Don't you have any softball questions you could lob to me instead?

Nah, I'm just kidding.
OK, I will address those questions in a reasonably serious manner (well, with as much seriousness as I can possibly muster, anyway).

Judy, this Blog Bit will be amongst the next few that I post, but it'll take me a little time to do some Internet searching and to assemble some other questions to go along with yours. But I give you my word I will come through on this for you before too long. THANKS!

~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe (...Who Still Thinks He Can, but wouldn't bet any of his hard-earned money on it.)

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

"Saint Stephen"?!
"H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P-!"

rLEE-b, kinda careless with the "Saint" label, aren'tcha? ;o)

Well, Brother, it ain't as bad as all that. I was just mildly disgruntled enough to compose a Pissy Post, but not upset enough to dwell on it further. As the Liberals love to say everytime they get caught with their hand in the cookie jar: "We're putting it behind us now and going forward." That's how I'm viewing this thing as well.

>>[and there's always that possibility that they don't like Irish Whiskey -- put some Grand Marnier on the table and you might get some takers.]<<

That's pretty well beyond my price range, but I suppose at the least I should have made it bourbon instead. I mean, only a dumb drunk would pass up bourbon for Irish whiskey.

But speaking of Grand Marnier, I'm about to go to work on that previously mentioned GM Blog Bit. GM will not be the primary focus of the piece but it will enter into it toward the end.

>>[By the way, did you ever get my heartfelt confession that I sent as a comment to the post that had the pictures of the Tiny Tim fountain? I never got any response to that. I was thinking maybe I upset you and you weren't speaking to me. Then again maybe "Capcha" ate it -- it's happened before.]<<

No, my friend, I never saw it because it never came through. Another friend, Mr. Paulboy, has also had all kinds of trouble trying to submit comments to my Blogs before. I didn't know until you mentioned it just now that the "Capcha" thang might have had something to do with this. OK, please tell me briefly how I remove the "Capcha" thang. Under what category do I find the blasted thang? It bothers me when I learn that a friend has spent a fair amount of time composing a Comment to me and then has it disappear long before I even get a chance to read it!

Lee, we did get a good, steady, all-day rain on Thursday. The winds picked up quite a bit in the evening, but not for long. We were supposed to get even more rain on Friday but it wasn't much - not nearly as much as I would have liked. (That's how it was on the West side of Phoenix anyway.) However, I have turned off my lawn watering system for a few days. I always appreciate it when God does the watering Himself and saves me a little $.

~ "Lonesome Doggboy"

arlee bird said...

Okay, I'll try this "capcha" elimination thing again. I sent the how-to before but it must have disappeared with the "Tiny Tim confession" message.

Go to that layout page where you have your settings and click on the "comments" tab. Go down the page to "Show word verification for comments?" and click on "no" and that will eliminate that funky word thang.

So far taking it away has not had any real negative effect. I've gotten a few weird comments that I have deleted, but I don't know if it's any more than I have gotten before eliminating "Comment Moderation". I don't think so.

Try it -- you can always go back and change it again if you don't like it.


Anonymous said...


Sorry, but I haven't been by your blogs in awhile (my pesky life just keeps getting in the way).

I will try to catch up with your postings. Though I did not read your story, I DID uphold my Tiny Tim pledge. Any word if he got a new record deal yet?

Anyway, I'll be in touch. I hope all is well.


Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Thanks, LEE!
I just eliminated the dang thing. (Please let me know if it still appears - but it shouldn't.) Hopefully this resolves that problem. I always felt bad when I'd learn from Mr. Paulboy that he'd spent a lot of time composing a really good comment on one of my Blog Bits only to have it disappear after he clicked "Send" or "Post" or whatever.

And I'm sorry I never got to read your Tiny Tim Confession. If you ever find yourself with a lot of extra time, maybe you'd want to try to recreate it? Maybe even in just a Reader's Digest edited form?

I still have the "Moderation" device installed, but no one should have to play that "word game" anymore before submitting a comment.

Thanks for your help, Buddy!
~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Hey, great to hear from you again. It has been awhile, hasn't it? Truthfully, I had begun to wonder if I might have said something that made ya mad wid me. Although I couldn't possibly imagine what that "something" could have been. Glad to learn ya jus' been busy.

Hey! And I'm also really glad to learn ya Made A Wish For Tiny on Christmas Day! Please tell me where the body of water was where you made your wish so I can add your name to the Tiny Tim Wish Fulfillment Team roster. Was it in Connecticut? Or were you out of state?

~ "Lonesome Doggboy"

Judy Harper said...

After reading the comments, I think I have an idea where you live. Lee's right about one thing, after the holidays, it's taken me a while to get back in the swing of reading my favorite blogs. I'm not sure why, maybe, being an accountant, year end work,it's leaving me exhausted by the time I get home, plus I've had to spend so much time cleaning up viruses on the work computers.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Judy, are you familiar with the Phoenix area?

I have a buddy who's also an accountant and he's been working late every night for weeks now, so I hear ya. L.C. barely has enough time to help me fix the world, then go home and feed his cats, before he has to be back at work again. It's a rough time of the year to be an accountant.

~ "Lonesome Doggboy"

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

To The ANONYMOUS INDIVIDUAL Who Submitted A Comment To This Blog Bit:

My apologies! I saw your comment but it hasn't been posted here because I mistakenly clicked "Reject" when I should have hit "Publish." I'm sorry about that. "It all comes, I suppose, of liking honey so much."
Uhp! I'm an idiot!

~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe

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Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Thomas ~

~ Stephen T. McCarthy
D-FensDogg of the 'Loyal American Underground'