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June 10, 2005

An Introduction

Hi. I'm Joel.

I'll be doing some posting over the next week while Dan enjoys his much-deserved vacation. I'm going to try to not make Dan regret the decision of giving me access to Popping Culture, but I can't guarantee anything. I have been known to be a bit uncouth. I'll try to keep myself in line for the week.

I first met Dan over at the original Iron Blog, back when he was running God In The Machine, and despite the fact that I was--still am--an emphatic liberal, he put up with me. And I would say that he's become a good friend since and has even managed to teach me a few things and dispel some of my widespread ignorance.

Apparently, he likes my writing a bit, as well, because he asked me to help out here for a week along with Sheila. Or it could be that everyone else just said no and he scraped the bottom of the barrel with me. Either way, I agreed. And then I grinned an evil grin and laughed in a mischievous manner. However, I've since regained control of myself.

A bit about myself: I'm 24 years old, live in Vancouver, Washington (that's not Vancouver BC, by the way) and I work retail, which ranges from being not so bad to being horrid, grueling work. If nothing else, it gives me plenty of opportunities to think all kinds of things about my fellow human beings.

I'm a big reader, I write fiction, I love certain good television shows and movies and music, enjoy video games though I don't play them nearly so much of late, and feel happy when I'm outside. I love to hike, camp, go to the beach and stare at the ocean, or just drive around. Oh, and I love the zoo. The monkeys are particularly excellent.

So what you'll see from me over the next week will include some repurposed posts from my blog, The Between. If you happen to be a reader of that blog, then you're going to see some familiar posts. But I'll also try to get in some of that quirky cultural news that Dan is so good at bringing us.

Also, Sheila will be posting and whatever she puts up will probably be far more interesting than what I manage, so keep an eye out for her stuff.

So thanks for having me, and thanks to Dan for asking me to do this, and hopefully you all won't hate me at the end of the week.

Posted by Joel at June 10, 2005 03:06 AM

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That was a nice personal ad, Joel. You've had practice, haven't you? ;)

Posted by: Nathan at June 10, 2005 04:30 AM

Well, I love to talk about myself.

Posted by: Joel Caris at June 10, 2005 05:17 AM

I won't hate you, tho I admit to being a trifle jealous.
But Hi, I'm Kimm. I send Dan sites I find that get any kind of double take from me. Some he posts, some he doesn't.
Look forward to reading more from you.

Posted by: Kimm at June 10, 2005 01:45 PM

Any luck fixing your computer? Good to see ya posting again even if it is on Dan's blog.

Posted by: Ralph at June 10, 2005 02:42 PM

Thanks, Kimm. Howdy. I've seen you round here, though I don't think we've ever properly conversed.

Ralph, I'm lazy. No, I haven't gotten the computer fixed yet. I've been comfortable with the laptop. But I do intend to fix soon, the keyword being intend.

Posted by: Joel Caris at June 11, 2005 12:01 AM

Well, 'proper' conversation is overrated anyway. (Sez she who cusses like a sailor.) Oh dear, did I just make a stereotype?

Posted by: Kimm at June 12, 2005 03:46 AM

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