I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cavemengo Anecdotes - Josh Toulouse

So, Justin, the proprietor of this very blog you are reading, asked me to chime in with an anecdote about his blog to help celebrate the one year anniversary (or blogiversary as he put it) for Cavemen Go.

My first thought was obviously…

Who celebrates blog anniversaries? That’s so weird!

My next thought was…

Blogiversary? Seriously? You’re calling it a blogiversary?

After that I thought…

You know what sounds good? Chocolate. Chocolate sounds good right now.

But then I decided….

Eh, what else do I have going on?

So, I said yes.

That brings us, of course, to the next issue I was faced with, which was what anecdote I could tell to help Justin celebrate the one year anniversary of his blog.

I could talk about the annoyance I feel when I’m a little behind in my blog reading and I see a blog post from him posted to Facebook that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet (because Justin links his posts to Facebook after they go off of the front page of his blog). In these situations I will immediately start reading the bit on Facebook after the title that had caught my attention, only to get extremely frustrated because it is only the David Bowie song that he has at the top of the blog site. This has to have happened to me at least 30 times. (Sure, you could say that this is my own damn fault and that I should have learned by now, but I prefer to pass the guilt onto others as I feel less guilty that way, and therefore place the blame squarely on Justin for intriguing me and leaving the same damn Bowie song where it is on his blog, thereby getting me EVERY SINGLE TIME, and I also place the blame on Facebook for somehow dumbing me down while I am on their site so that I haven’t learned to realize that this is about to happen to me again each time I look at one of his posts.)

But, that isn’t very exciting, so I probably won’t talk about that.

The next thing that I could anecdote about (I just made anecdote a verb. I wonder if anyone else has ever done that? Or if anyone else will ever do it again? In other words, am I a trendsetter, or just someone who doesn’t understand the basics of English?) would be all the influence that I personally have had on this very blog. For instance, one time I posted a blog entry about possible guest stars that could play Sweet Dee’s baby daddy on the incorrigible comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This idea came due to a discussion I was having with Justin in which he told me that he was planning a blog entry about possible guest stars that he wanted to see in some of his favorite television shows.

Okay, okay, I see what you’re thinking here…

You’re thinking that it looks more like Justin influenced my blog instead of me influencing his blog. Before you go all judgey judge, let me finish the story…

After I posted my blog, crediting Justin with the idea, Justin had to go ahead and turn this loosely formed idea he had into an actual blog post himself, since I had advertised it on my site.

Due to my post, he included this little paragraph in his post…

I was originally going to sit on this blog idea for a while to see if I could brainstorm more ideas, but yesterday my good friend Josh, whose brilliant blog Fat Train deals with all the best and worst the worlds of television and film have to offer us, put some fire under me. During a class we both attend, he wrote a blog titled It's Always Funny in Philadelphia in which he linked his internet followers to this very blog post before it was even written. I thank Josh for his kind words and for introducing his people to my blog, but I also begrudge him for forcing me to be less lazy with my blogging.

See! I told you my blog has influenced his blog.

Okay. Okay. So maybe that anecdote just highlights the fact that our friendship has occasionally caused each of us to influence the other’s blog.

Hmm…. This is more difficult than I thought it would be.

I don’t know why I agreed to do this anyway. All that I really think about when I think about Cavemen Go is that I need to blog more myself. After all, it’s only been around for a year and there are already over 500 posts? What is that about? Over 500 posts in less than a year!? This is my sixth year of blogging and I’m barely over halfway to 500 posts! Am I just lazy?

Maybe. Maybe I am.

(Okay. I definitely am.)

But part of it is also the fact that many of Justin’s so-called “posts” (do you see what I did there? I called the posts “so-called” thereby implying that they weren’t really posts, and I also put the word “posts” in quotations thereby implying yet again that they weren’t really posts) are just pictures of people, things, tv-shows, movies, or albums. That’s it. No comments about them or anything, just a picture.

Which reminds me…

I have actually influenced Justin’s blog, because in his second year of blogging, he is going to repost each of these simple pictures with his actual thoughts or other comments he may have on the anniversary of when he first posted just the picture. In other words, he is actually going to blog about them.

And he is doing it because he is tired of me complaining about his cheating ways inflating his blog posts.

That’s right. Influence.

That I have had.

On this very blog.

So really, we should be congratulating me on this anniversary.

Or, I guess you could just keep on reading his blog.

Here’s to another year, Cavemen Go.

(And remember, if you ever get bored, you can always visit me at Fat Train. Justin won’t mind.)


  1. Josh, I love a writing style that follows the sporadic organizations of thought processes. Mostly because that is how I like to write. Therefore, I love you. I hope to hang out sometime again before I leave TX.

    Justin, pass this along to Josh in case he doesn't make a habit of checking posts about him looking for comments in vain. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Because there's not.

  2. First off let me say that this might be the greatest post on your blog ever.

    Secondly (now that my ego has been affirmed), let me say thank you to Adam!

    And third, congrats on one year, my friend. Can't wait to see all the great posts of year two!

  3. Thanks for the congratulations, Josh. To quote Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Stick around."