Well, how about that? I was just looking at my dashboard and realized that Friday's post was #100! Funny how we put such emphasis on certain numbers, isn't it? Anniversaries and birthdays that end in 0 or 5 get a lot of attention, and then there are the biggies: 25, 50 and 100. Sadly, #100 was not one of my better posts. This one may not be much better!
I'm living in fear today. Not of the rejections I'm sure will start flowing in this week, but of my computer. Last night I was catching up on the nastiness of Flyers-Penguins game 3 via one of my favoritehockey blogs. I was watching video clips: Stars fighting stars! Bad goaltending! Cross-checks to the face! when my computer locked up. No mouse movement. No Task Manager, no nothing. Nothing to do but press and hold the power button for ten seconds to shut it down. I left it alone for ten minutes or so. When I restarted, everything was normal, until about ten minutes in, same thing happened. Uh, oh. And then it happened again. Not good. Around ten last night I unhooked my computer from everything and spent a good half hour blowing dust off of every surface and sucking it up with the vacuum. After that I rebooted in safe mode, ran some Malwarebytes, Spybot, etc., and shut down for the night. This morning, so far, so good, but I'm definitely treading on eggshells.
Speaking of treading on eggshells, The Wife ran out of cigarettes yesterday, which is fine because she's officially quitting smoking today. Again. I hope this is the last time. Experience tells me the best thing I can do for her is to never mention cigarettes, and avoid any discussion of how she's feeling or any outward sign of support such as "You're doing great!" It puts pressure on her, even when she's being encouraged or praised. So, I can only state here that I'm proud of her for making the effort and I hope it works this time.
From the WTF? Department: I check my numbers. I'm sure you do, too. I notice when I get new followers, and I will eyeball the number of page views. But I don't have any advanced analytics, I just use the stats page blogger defaults to. I've noticed over the last couple of months a spike day, one that seems independent of any blog hops or challenges or whatnot, where my numbers take an unexpected jump. Yesterday I was looking at the stats page, and sure enough, there was one of those jumps: Page views Today: 8. Page views yesterday: 46. As I said, WTF? I expect this sort of thing if I'm in an event. Sad Songs brought a lot of people here. Origins, now the most-viewed post on this blog (it took a while – for the longest time, the #1 page was, inexplicably, the Back Home Filler Post from last August) was logical. Go figure, because I can't.
I recently read Fearless, by Rafael Yglesias. It's an older book, published in 1993, and was made into a movie starring Jeff Bridges. This is one of those books that made me say, "I wish I'd written that!" Very clean, direct prose, compelling characters and situations, and a hell of a start. I hadn't read Yglesias before, but I'll have to look for more of his books.
That's about it for me today, have a good week, all.