Ten Year Blogiversary

Ten years ago, I started this blog with a post about earthquake monitors.1The 2004 Indian ocean earthquake and tsunami struck five days later. Now, 2,304 posts later, I’m still blogging.

Over the years, this blog has gone through a lot of change. Quoting my about page:

I used be a “serious” blogger and wrote about politics and religion. Now I’m a snapshooter extraordinaire who takes pictures of the sky, buildings, and Dawson Creek Park. I also write about family vacations, bicycling, and other fun stuff we do.

Most of my posts are still available2I’ve deleted a couple of parodies that were likely to be misinterpreted. The Internet lynch mob has a limited sense of humor, no recognition of irony, and an insatiable appetite for outrage. No reason to feed the monster if I can avoid it. in the archives.3Yeah, the archives page is a little slow. I haven’t found a faster archives plugin that makes it so easy to access all the posts, so I put up with the slowness. Some of the posts I’m embarrassed about.4I haven’t deleted them–yet. Others, I’m amazed I took the time to write. The posts I enjoy the most are those about family vacations and pictures I’ve taken. I try to remember that when I click publish.

I expect to continue blogging, although I now repost a lot of my content elsewhere, and elsewhere is where most of my online interaction takes place.5I even experimented a couple of times with removing the comments from my blog. As I haven’t had to worry about comment trolls, I reactivated the comment section, and wait patiently for someone to comment. ;-)

I wonder what changes the next ten years will bring to blogging.

Happy Anniversary, Suzi!

Yesterday, Suzi and I were summoned home for lunch and instructed to arrive together.

As we entered the kitchen, we discovered our kids waiting with an anniversary surprise. They had prepared a meal for all of us to enjoy together. There was a gift basket on the counter. And they had selected some of their favorite family pictures, printed them, and placed them in a picture room divider we had bought but not yet filled. And Lionel Ritchie played softly in the background. Awesome!

Thanks so much, Ashley, Heather, Melissa, and Jamison! Happy anniversary, Suzi!

Our Anniversary Celebration

This afternoon, our kids banished Suzi and me from our house. All we were told is they were preparing an early anniversary celebration for us, could we stay away until after 5? Our course!

We returned to find a sign on the door announcing we had arrived at Chez Logan. Inside, nicely dressed wait staff greeted us at a maĆ®tre d’s podium. We discovered Chez Logan was decorated with flickering candles throughout, rose petals, and little white lights draped tastefully over cabinets. We were directed to our private table and Jamison handed us our menus and filled our glasses. Ashley, Heather, and Melissa attentively served us the delicious food they had prepared for us.

Lionel Richie played softly in the background. A slide presentation of family photos from our Rainier camping trip this past summer looped on the TV. In between courses, Jamison performed a piano solo.

After dinner, we enjoyed dessert, complete with hugs and kisses. Chez Logan presented Suzi and me with a gift basket and took pictures of us for our memory book.

Wow! Thanks, kids!