Day One. Yikes.

Welcome to... something.

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I might want clever conversation. I’ll get back to you.

Billy Joel, maybe.

What was I thinking?

mt58, definitely.

You would have to have either a lot of misplaced confidence, or just be as dumb as dirt to try and create a new lifestyle blog website in 2022. Just take a look at the competition: There are already a zillion other great places available to spend your time online. You can learn about new and interesting things, have a good laugh, perfect that chili recipe, or, as I like to do, look for the latest in revolutionary dog training tips.

Look, I kept my part of the bargain. I sat. I begged. I rolled over. So where’s the chili?

With so many robust choices, one thing is clear: I am so far out of my league, it’s not even funny.

But I have a secret weapon. It’s all of you. Some of the funniest, coolest, and most introspective people that I’ve met in years have been an inspiration to me in this newest attempt at weirdness and wonderfulness. And with your encouraging virtual hands on my shoulder, I’m going to give this venture my very best effort.

By the way, yes, I washed and ironed the L-I-G tee. It’s a special occasion, after all.

Nobody wants the site to be a running monologue by yours truly. Yecch. Instead, I aspire for it to possess the spirit of the good ol’ SG TNOCS comment section: a place where people can proactively show kindness to each other, have spirited discussions about anything under the sun, and feel like they are a part of a welcoming and decent community. An online oasis to spend a few moments of your valuable time, a couple of days a week.

So, how will we get there? That’s your cue! Batter up!

What will really make this place unique is if good folks like you participate, not only as commenters, but as writers. Hey, who better than you to see your feature published, complete with a spiffy digital byline?

And if you’re thinking, “Hol’up, there, mt. I’m a lover, not a writer… what would I possibly have to say…?

I believe in you. You’ve got this. Type up a review. Talk about new music. Talk about old music. Talk about what happened to you yesterday in the grocery store. Really, and I’m serious about this: what makes your life go around? It’s likely the everyday stuff. Reminiscent of that old John Lennon lyric via the actual Allen Saunders quote: “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.“

Allen Ono Saunders.

See, there’s an idea right there: maybe someone could do a write up about a line or a lyric that improbably became your words to live by.

And then other people could comment.

And then you would get a lot of thumbs up. And then you would be happy.

And then I would be happy. Not that my happiness is your responsibility, but… oh, the heck with it. You get what I’m saying.

Thumbs up. And only up.

So if you’ve made it his far, welcome and thank you. Be it a soaring success or a lead {sic} zeppelin, it’s an experiment that I’m ready to try.

OK, blog boy. Enough. I’ll leave you with this: it would mean more than you’ll ever know if you’d consider joining me.

So fasten your belts, break out some snacks, fire up a great road-trip playlist, and together, let’s take a fun ride.

Good on you all,

mt58

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Your grateful host. Good on you all.

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Virgindog
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March 17, 2022 7:22 am

May I be the first to say it? Atta boy.

The site looks great, and I particularly like the tin cans and string graphic. Congratulations on a job well done.

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March 17, 2022 7:23 am

Right there with you. Seems like fun, and who couldn’t use more of that?

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March 17, 2022 7:58 am

I got an email notice this morning, and hot damn, looky here –

tnocs.com really is open for business!

[Wanders through the spiffy new digs like a 3 year old and touches everything…]

Thank you again for your generous gift to us mt…

Sláinte!!!

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March 17, 2022 2:07 pm
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Where can we sign up for the email alerts? I must be dense, but I’m not seeing anything in the “My Account” section….

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March 17, 2022 2:32 pm
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Got it – Thanks!!

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March 17, 2022 9:53 am

“Ba-da-ba-ba-ba, I’m lovin’ it.” – Justin McDonald Timberlake

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March 17, 2022 10:08 am

Good on you, mt58. The perfect day to launch your new adventure!

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March 17, 2022 11:17 am

Testing…Testing…Is this thing on?

Just checking to make sure that the Edit button works.

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March 17, 2022 12:05 pm
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Not to be dense, but there’s an Edit button? Sorry, I don’t see it.

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March 17, 2022 11:48 am

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody!

Here in the United States, St. Paddy’s Day can have a drunk-before-noon, kiss-me-I’m-Irish, trashy vibe, sometimes with a whiff of white supremacy. For most people who acknowledge it at all, it’s a lame excuse to get drunk (like its similarly misunderstood cousin Cinco de Mayo).

Which is a shame, because the people of Ireland suffered through some of the most profound pre-20th century genocide in Europe. I read Sven Lindqvist’s Exterminate all the Brutes last year after watching the HBO documentary of the same name. The techniques the English used to commit genocide against the Native Americans — killing not just the men but also women and children, destroying food, repeated relocation and starvation — were first tried and perfected against the Irish. It’s a story that’s been largely ignored, at least here in the US.

So, to imperfectly acknowledge the struggle the Irish have endured as well as the weird quasi-fake holiday St. Patrick’s Day has become here in the US, I present the song below. A cover of a John Lennon song by Shonen Knife (guest vocals by Jeff McDonald from Redd Kross) — “The Luck of the Irish”

https://youtu.be/m3a7T1X7COg

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March 17, 2022 12:12 pm
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I never knew Shonen Knife had a softer side to them. I’ll drink to them.

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March 17, 2022 12:47 pm

Site looks amazing – nice work. Now I have another place keeping me away from being a productive human being.

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March 17, 2022 1:42 pm

Wooooot! Thank you, MT! Can’t wait to dig in.

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March 17, 2022 5:56 pm

Wonegan here! Congratulations on the inaugural Day 1 of this wonderful undertaking. I need to explore. In the interim, the Productivity Group from my HR Dept. (and other TNOCS’ers organisations) would like a word with Mr. mt58. Seriously, this awesome and can’t wait to explore! You ROCK!!!

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March 17, 2022 6:28 pm

Also want to add two more things:

Firstly, awesome contributions by our initial batch of content writers… I’ll admit I get overwhelmed sometimes by the sheer amount of information in TNOCS (Stereogum version) and I always feel like I’m missing something. I feel like I can breathe a little better when I’m reading it in article form here (does that make sense? it did in my head until I started typing it out, lol). Trust me, this isn’t meant as a disparagement of TNOCS (Sv), and I feel blessed by all of y’all’s output over there as well.

Secondly, that dialogue between General Halftrack and his wife in the paper mt is reading had me literally snorting laughter. Yes, I’m easily amused sometimes.

jmf74
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March 18, 2022 8:34 am

Hello! This is great!

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March 18, 2022 9:58 am

Here for it. Thanks for making this, mt.

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