Saturday, March 22, 2003

If you've happened upon a link to this site while out cruising through the blogosphere, let me say welcome. I've been planning to do a blog for about 3 or 4 months now. I've been practicing for a month, but for one reason or another, I kept putting it off. Then the damn war started and I wanted to bear witness to history, and the blog is perfect for that of course. Hopefully, over the next several weeks I'll become more technically proficient and set this here baby up with a more professional look and feel. It's not that I think I'll suddenly get smart and figure everything out, it's just that I have friends who will help, if for no other reason than they don't want me to look like a dipshit.

While I'm very political by nature and totally hooked on current events and news, my primary interests are elsewhere. In time I want to talk about my family, Texas history, Louisiana history, my ancestral families, racism, the history of racism, South Carolina history, the American Revolution, genealogy. Did I mention cooking? I like to talk about food and its preparation. Hope you'll stop by again from time to time. Hopefully, there'll always be something going on.

Some of my basics: I'm a 55 year old, "confirmed batchelor" who lives alone with a cat named Beauregard in Oakland, California. I have lots of friends, an even larger family, a cush job from which I hope to retire in about 5 years, an opinion about just about everything, sometimes it's a studied opinion, sometimes it's off the cuff. I was born and raised in East Texas, but have lived in California off and on since 1963. I have lots of education, none of it particularly focused. I read a lot. I love to have books recommended to me. I love to recommend books. Until I get a Comments section started -- if I get a Comments section started -- if you want to communicate with me you'll have to use email. I'm not sure I want or need a Comments section. Remember Terry Cole Whitaker? She wrote a book entitled "What You Think of Me is None of My Business." I didn't read the book, but the title provided one of those little flashes of light where you totally get it for a moment. If you do ever have a comment about something I say, maybe you should go start your own blog and then invite me over to read about it. That's sort of what I'm doing here.