Open thread: Introduce yourself!

Sometimes that first comment on a blog is the hardest one to make, which is why we create open threads like this. It's an easy way for all you BlueNC lurkers to break the ice and join the discussion. Happy Friday!

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My name is James.

And I am a blogoholic.

:)

What's the cure?

When there's a slow day here I get really sad. When it's a busy day but I'm too busy elsewhere to log on I feel like I'm missing out. HELP ME!!!!!!
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Help from me

would be the blind leading the blind. This has totally blown me off of writing novels. One of these days I have to get back in that routine too. .

My name is

Kristin and I'm from Greensboro. Nice to meet you all!

And here I thought you were a guy!

Not sure why . . . probably just typical testosterone-driven egomania. Very nice to meet you!

that's ok

for the longest time, I thought you were female!

No way.

n/t

Randolph here (you can call me JW)

And I am up in Boone, a senior at Appalachian State. I run the Appalachian Voices blog. I love my job and my life and my roomates and a nice lager.

Wise beyond your years.

I wish I were a senior at Appalachian instead of just a senior.

I'm 55. God that seems old right now.

Lance

Guy, neither old nor young, neither mountains nor coast, but interestingly both fish and foul. No, seriously! My parents were very surprised.

Don't you mean Fowl?

I mean....I'm so tired I can barely dissect your post, but I would never refer to you as foul. You're not really fishy either...hehehe



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'bout me

I'm a pharmacist, and I'm counting the weeks until I can leave Oregon for home (6, now.)

Where exactly is home?

If it's here...welcome home (in 6 weeks)



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Home is...

Hillsborough.

I'm looking forward to being able to go to the CH Drinking Liberally meetings.

Yay!

Ahem. I mean, "why, that's wonderful news; I look forward to seeing you there."

*grin*

I love a good beer. I think it's my German heritage ;) (No sausage, though, I'm (mostly) vegetarian.)

I worked at the NCNB in Hillsborough

after I graduated. I was the assistant branch manager. Fun, fun, fun. We have friends who live there now. We used to visit often, but schedules are a wee bit busier now.



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It's a neat, small place.

It's a neat, small place. Mostly, though, we do stuff in CH, since that's where a lot of the stuff to do is.

I was rather annoyed at the construction of the damn new WalMart (which I told the door-to-door person I wouldn't shop at, and I haven't), but I'm tickled pink that Weaver St Mkt is opening a branch in town. (I'm working on convincing the SO that we can afford a founding share, like the good wannabe hippies we are...)

I don't want to wait til 5:00

Here's a question for everyone: when and how do bloggers move from gathering reports to becoming reporters? For example, Grimsley High School here in Greensboro was locked down today because someone called 911 and reported seeing a person with a gun near campus. The only news agency that I could find reporting it was WFMY News 2, with a bare minimum article. At the bottom of the article it says to tune in at 5:00 for more information. Well I don't want to tune in at 5:00. I want to know now. Can I as a blogger, make some calls to find more information? What in the world do I tell them when I call? Has anyone else gone beyond what the news agencies are reporting for a story?

I just did a researched report yesterday

But it wasn't breaking news. It's an old story no one ever reported.

Of course, you can be a reporter AND and a blogger. Just post a diary entry with the news.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

There's no reason bloggers can't do what reporters do

We are hindered by a lack of credentials, but I don't think that's the ballgame. And reporters are aided by an organized news gathering machine, but I think that institutionalization often works to blind them. For both reporters and bloggers, it's just a matter of knowing who to get information from and getting them to talk.

On the school lockdown and getting people to talk, see this blog post.

About being a "blogger"

I think if you say something like "I write for BlueNC, a state-wide political journal," they won't necessarily label it as inferior to other news sources. If they ask more, it's online. It's news-oriented. Yes, it's a website. You don't have to say "blog."
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

A fine point.

I made an effort to sign us up as a Google News source earlier today, and I described us (accurately, I think) as North Carolina news, analysis, and op-ed pieces focused on state and local politics. We are definitely more than a blog.

My name is.....

Betsy. But, you all knew that already. I'm in Charlotte - two kids - one husband - one dog - two hamsters and a dead rabbit buried in the back yard.

I'm the one nobody can get to STFU. I figure the more I talk/write, the more likely it is something intelligent will come out.

Gotta run go do the school thing.



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Working, and married

I'm Brad Miller's fundraiser and Kristen Ward's husband. Kristen works for the party. I'd say TGIF, but I pick the Congressman up first thing tomorrow for the 13th District Convention. Life is good, because everyday we get letters from folks disgusted by Vernon Robinson's mailer, and then I go home to my wife (of two weeks!) and our dog Juno.

I'm a progressive, gardener, home brewer ...and I even live in the district!

Back to work, and thank you BlueNC!

PJ Puryear
Brad Miller Congressional Campaign
(919) 834-2343
pj@bradmiller.org

PJ Puryear
Brad Miller Congressional Campaign
(919) 834-2343
pj@bradmiller.org

Awww, Congratulations

and send our best wishes to Kristen. We're glad you are here and even if tomorrow is a busy day....TGIF



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I'm an actress (surprise, surprise)

Married 25 years. Childless by choice. Cynical about politics but idealistic, too. I live in the mountains and don't know how any of your flatlanders stand the heat.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Lily

My daughter, is going to Camp Curtain Call in Virginia (north of Greensboro) this summer. She wants to be an actress too, or maybe a person who does scores for musicals.

good for her!

I've written a musical but never produced it. Getting the music from paper to studio seems daunting!
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

You aren't childless...

you are married and you have a cat :)....

Oh...and an inner child, right?



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dozens of inner children!

 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Word. I'm also childless by

Word. I'm also childless by choice - my cats are good enough, and I have lots of "babies" - my writing, sewing, spinning (waiting for my wheel to be delivered), gardening... and my career, hey.

We flatlanders deal with the heat with air conditioning, sweet tea, and lemonade ;)

Ah Shucks!!,And I thought Me & DQ were Old Hippies!

Anglico , YOUR how old! How come I always had you figured as mabie a senior in college at best!!!!! Dang DQ, Hit me up side da head with a ball bat, I must be slacking in me judgement! Of course Anglico would just say I suffer from "CRS"! Oh, to the newbies in our merry little group, Im Daniel, but you can call me Dan ,Hey You, or just whatever! Like Anglico I am a vet, and serve as a veterans advocate in Western North Carolina Dist.-11. Other than hanging with my adopted family & friends here at BlueNC most of the time I can be found wound up in writeing articles for the paper on veterans issues, working to get Heath Shuler elected or just lurking around in the woods on my property. Hello, to all, Glad you are here!

:)

Ditto backatcha.

I AM an old hippy!

 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Well, I Said WE Were!

Steve Miller Band, Three Dog Night, The Moody Blues, The Guess Who,Hendrix,PBR ,Schlitz & Black Label was king brew for a short time, Hoffa was giving orders, Carlos Santana came out with Black Magic Woman, Green Eyed Lady was a hit song,A 65 Mako Shark Vette,64 & 1/2 Mustangs .I know Im missing more! Cherry Cokes & putting a bag of peanuts in your bottle of Coke, A pack of smokes were a quater and the drink machines at school would sell ya a Coke for a nickel!
Ok DQ, It's up to you to add on to this now!

Oooh, I can do this too

Capri Sun revolutionized the juice container industry, the girls on the bus swooned over tracks from "Slippery When Wet," Airwolf was good enough for prime time, MTV played music videos, and a young Joe Piscopo taught us how to laugh...

I'll do my best

I remember Inagaddavida played endlessly, my brother had a Baracuda, my parents had a two-toned '56 DeSoto, then a Rambler, hand writing everything, using your own brain to figure out the change from a cash register, manual typewriters, no long distance calls unless someone has died, root beer floats, white bobby sox, mini skirts, granny skirts, hot pants, jeans so tight your legs would lose circulation, then the baggy bell bottoms that dragged on the floor, buffalo sandals, "Things go better with Coka Cola, life is much more fun when you're refreshed. And Coke refreshes you best." "Everybody goes to Gino's, 'cause Gino's is the place to go." First day of school being kissed on the face by my first grade teacher because she had taught all my older brothers! The school was called Youth's Benefit.

And I remember when gas was 29 cents a gallon!

 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

Showing Up Late To The Party

Hello to the newly introduced, and high fives to the regulars.

I write for the online magazine of North Carolina politics, BlueNC as well as for the internet journal, Scrutiny Hooligans. I'm a Child and Family Therapist in private practice. I live in Asheville, and I work in Brevard and in Hendersonville. My wife and I work together then come home to our cozy bungalow and our two handsome hounds.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

Never too late for the party, Screwy!

I don't see how you do it with a real job. I get away with it by ignoring my family...:).... Are your hounds Bassets? I love hounds.



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Only one of them's a hound, really

Yellow Lab mix with extraordinarily long legs and a German Shepherd mix.

I like bassets though.

Slept on the sofa with both dogs last night. A thunderstorm rolled in, and those two wouldn't stop pacing and whining. So onto the sofa we all went, where a good sleep was had by all.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us

I was on the sofa with Lizzy

our black lab mix. That would be thursday night, though. She had been by herself for almost 8 hours and was worried to death. I couldn't let her on the bed, so I slept on the couch and she jumped up there and put her head on my pillow. I don't know when she jumped down, but a little after 5:30am she announced a black cat in the back yard....in her loudest voice. :)



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GO LANCE GO!!! And dont beleive Screwy!

Way to go on the comment Lance, and newbies, DONT beleive a word Screwy tells ya! This man is worth more the the computer & Internet industry than Bill Gates ever thought about being. He even puts Donald Trump to shame! Nah, In all honesty, Screwy is a really good guy in my book. Well, Screwy, I tried my best to plug for ya and upgrade your immage!

Bill Gates...Donald Trump

It's all true.

Except for the fabulously rich part. And the global mogul part. And the bad hair part.

Thanks for the mythologizing, Daniel. You're too kind.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us