On an Update and More

How was your weekend?

Ours was fine, but it included the expected and unexpected. First, Friday and Saturday gave us time on the ballroom floor. On the other hand, we had a birthday party for me planned on Sunday, but because attendees were primarily from our church, and given the unexpected death of a good friend was from church, cancelling my celebration was the right thing to do.

Thanks for everyone who stopped by this little corner of the work for surprise birthday post to my blogger friends. Meanwhile, my wife and I had a good day with a trip to the Museum Center for an Omnimax film (Flight of the Butterfly) and taking in the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit – followed by dinner. Meanwhile, here’s an update on my situation.

Returning after an emotional trip from Italy and dealing with the jet lag is a given. Reconnecting with bloggers after time away is demanding. Toss in the fact that I’m behind on my tax preparation, a time-consuming project just came my way, and then the sudden death of my friend – yep – all those added together equals overload. As I’ve stepped away from this blog for short time, a special thank you to all for the kind words I recently received

Here is my upcoming plan. Instead of posting 5-6 times per week, I hope to post 2-3 times per week over the next few weeks. I’m confident that I can keep up with replying. On the downside, I know my time at your blogs will be limited, if any. Please remember that I’m not abandoning you!

For your Monday Morning Entertainment, enjoy this commercial blooper because this couple makes me laugh. Have a good week, and I hope you stop by on Tuesday and Thursday.

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69 thoughts on “On an Update and More

  1. I’m impressed you can manage posting 2-3 times per week. I went down to just once a week, at least for now. Allows me more time for my creative writing. Only so many minutes in a day, which really stinks some times. 🙂

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  2. As long as you’re taking care of yourself, and making time for your wife and friends, I couldn’t be happier for you.
    We’ll be around when you come back, and again, Happy Birthday!

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  3. Happy Birthday Frank! I’m glad you are finding time to do things. I’ve cut down a lot on blogging, not because i don’t want to, but more to reflect to see what I really want to blog about. I’ve also got other projects under the radar which I will publish on my blogs. 🙂 Hope you have a nice week!

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  4. Indeed. In a perfect world, I would updated two to three times a week, but once is as good as it gets. So long as there is something consistently added, your reader base will continue to grow, and your hair won’t pop out by the roots.

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    • Lame,
      A lot for sure. Then again, it’s all a matter of perspective. After all, my friend’s wife is going through a lot more. Nonetheless, I’m confident that all will work out here. 🙂

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  5. I continue to send condolences in the loss of a good friend. It can be rather shattering for all. And as for your posting schedule, you know, there aren’t rules. The best we can do is the best we can do. That’s rather true for each of us in all that we do. You can be assured that the blogging community is very loyal and only wants what’s best for you! If you can give yourself a little break, I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

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  6. Oh Frank.. I am glad I got a chance to come by today,, I was so happy to see you last week (?) over my way – that you hadnt forgotten me 🙂 and I have been barely writing much less reading anyone’s blog..i had some time and something said ..go here.. er well come here rather. Happy Birthday and taking a break isnt such a bad thing sometimes..you have many followers here who will wait patiently and be here when you return..count me as one.. and I am so sorry you lost your friend. .. sincerest condolence and warm thoughts for you.. You too have a great week..

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  7. It sounds like you and your wife found a very special way to celebrate your birthday So sorry about the loss of your friend, and condolences to you. I’m also not posting so often. Life is very busy at the moment. Take care, and hope the tax preparation goes well.

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    • Paradise,
      Cancelling the party was the right thing to do – even though I know the friend and his surviving wife would be disappointed … but I just couldn’t do it. Meanwhile, we still turned it into a good birthday. Thanks for the support!

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  8. Great to hear from you … and when ever you pop up .. with new post – I be coming over .. doesn’t matter how often or how seldom. So sorry for your lost – and thanks for the video … brilliant – needed a big smile.

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  9. I think cutting back is a fine idea. I’ve had to limit my own time in the blogosphere, and I feel much better mentally for it. I’ll be able to enjoy your posts two times a week just fine. … That video was a hoot! Adorable couple for sure. 🙂

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  10. Good idea to cut down on the blogging. I don’t know how people keep up with the daily blogging plus read all their buddies blogs, and still have a life.

    Happy Birthday Frank :D. I didn’t know you were also an Aquarian. When is your birthday?
    I missed the Dead Sea Scroll exhibition when it came to San Diego. I appreciate that you saw it for me.

    OMG Frank that video was so funny (especially when the woman goofed) that I had to step away to catch my breath.

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    • Rosie,
      I’ve been blogging for 4+ years and never disclosed my actually birthday, so one of my treats was to surprise my readers on my day … so I actually posted this one minute after midnight (my time) on my birthday (Feb 17th) – that way I awaken to birthday greetings!

      Glad you enjoyed the video … and yes, I too got a big laugh when the woman tried! The only thing I didn’t like about the Dead Sea Scrolls were the crowds. Interestingly, it was fun to learn that Cincinnati played such a big role in their studies. Thanks for the support!

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  11. Oh my gosh, I laughed myself to tears on that video……First of all, Happy Belated Birthday…I hope you were able to enjoy it a little…you have so much to deal with ….you are doing the right thing by backing off the blogging a little and everyone will be thrilled when you come back….Take care Frank!

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    • Zannyro,
      Thanks for the birthday greeting and glad you enjoyed the video. I agree … definitely a good chuckle! Backing off is the right thing to do here, but I just wanted everyone to know so there wouldn’t be any worries. Thanks for the support.

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  12. i was recently considering cutting back my posts as well. i had been running at about 6 per week, sometimes 7. but i think i have too little time for other kinds of writing that might be more vital. and a few other blog friends have said the same thing – so it makes me curious. i wonder if there are stages in blogging, like the stages a star might go through before it fizz- nevermind.

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  13. (Quiet) Cheers for your birthday – sorry it’s late, but still catching up. Both of the films sound very interesting.
    Sometimes you have to be gentle with yourself – post when you have time and something to say.
    Have never understand how people can post everyday – it would be so overwhelming and take so much time away from real life.
    Always enjoy your posts so take time and don’t burn out!

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    • Mouse,
      Many thanks for the birthday wishes!

      The Flight of the Butterfly was very well done, so keep your eyes open if you have an IMAX nearby. The Dead Sea Scrolls was an exhibit, which has a Cincinnati stop for 5-months. It was definitely interesting. Tons of history shared.

      I had a system for posting each day, which actually worked for me. A key is not having a lot of writing with each post. For instance, my Satire Bits (Wednesdays) are very easy to do.

      Actually, I’m not burning out (at least not yet), just short on time. Thanks for your insight.

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  14. We understand, Frank. I’m so sorry about the death of your friend, and of course it takes a while to re-orient yourself after an overseas trip. Tax time is never fun, either. So whenever you post, we’ll be here!

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    • Weebs,
      Thanks for the supporting, and seeing that various things have converged on my at once … no fun … but all are worthy of attention. Thanks for the thoughts about my friend, and I’ll have more to say about the situation soon … hopefully in the next week or two.

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  15. Oh dang, I missed your big day! Sorry, my friend. Things have been a bit nuts here, with “lake effect” snow (how Lake Erie can affect us way the heck down here beats the crap outta me!) and a duel between which is gonna lay me low – headaches or a flu variant that makes one hurt ALL over. Tons of fun!
    Catch ya as I can.

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    • TBM,
      Those outtakes are really funny! Meanwhile, I’ve put a dent in the taxes stuff, but the time consumer is the project – which is actually a worse than a slow-moving bore. Thanks for the support and understanding.

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