I know I’ve been bad. I haven’t posted anything other than a few random camera phone shots in several weeks. But there’s a reason for my recent radio silence.

I finally took a cue from Johnny Paycheck (as written by David Allan Coe) and shoved the day job so I could go into business for myself. My last day at the hoochie factory in the online relationship business was January 27th and I’m now officially on my own.

(You can celebrate with me by downloading Take This Job and Shove It from iTunes and singing along!)

Quitting your job can be a great feeling if you’re leaving on good terms, and this was just such an event. Scott even gave me a trophy!

The last day in the office was like a birthday party. I actually received several other gifts from my friends on the team, but unfortunately (for you) most of them aren’t exactly appropriate for public viewing. While I don’t miss the daily grind, I already miss my office friends. They’re A+ in my book.

So what am I doing? Two things, for now:

  1. I’m helping start up a textbook publishing company. I’m mostly doing web work for them for now, but will be editing and probably doing a little marketing magic as well. We’re still pretty early in the game on this one, so there’s nothing to show off yet, but I’m really excited about it.
  2. I’m also helping my friend Carol grow her wellness center, Integrated Healthworks, through a little more of that marketing magic. (Step one: Website version 2.0 coming soon!) If you’re in need of a good headshrinking, therapeutic massage or advice from a registered dietician give IH a call. (And if you tell them Bo sent you they probably won’t hang up on you! You might as well take advantage while I still have a good reputation!)

So … since I’ve been getting the working from home in gym shorts gig up and running, you can understand why things have been a little hectic … hence the limited posting activity.

Now that I’m a little more settled in (and stir crazy) you can expect the updates to arrive with greater frequency. So hooray for blogging.

So outside of the work stuff, what’s going on? Here are some random anecdotes about my last couple of weeks:

1 – A Call to Action

Last Saturday the phone rang and I looked down at the caller ID to see:

“I better answer this!” I said to myself. “Superman may be in trouble and his sidekick/photographer immediately thought to call me because the only thing that can save Supes from Lex Luthor’s latest dastardly villainous plan is my keen recollection of pop culture trivia!”

It turns out Jimmy just wanted me to vote for some local schmoe for county judge. It was a big disappointment to say the least.

2 – Delivery at the Drive-In

I drove to Sonic to grab one of those tasty Tuesday night half-price burgers. While I’m munching away on my #2 cheeseburger with jalapeños a Domino’s driver parks in the spot next to me and runs a couple of pizzas inside.

I have two thoughts on this:

  1. It’s cool that the fine folks at the local Sonic are getting rewarded for good service with a pizza dinner.
  2. Even though I know I wouldn’t want to eat at the same place every day, it’s still somehow a bit disconcerting that people who work at a restaurant have to order out for food from somewhere else.

When it comes down to it though, it doesn’t matter. Sonic’s Strawberry Limeade is crazy delicious. It’s addictive. It’s like crack, but cheaper, tasty, and a lot less bad for you.

3 – China Hates Jesus, Loves Jesus Merchandise

I like to collect kitschy religious junk, like this goofy Answer Me Jesus figurine I got at Urban Outfitters:

It’s like a Magic 8 Ball, but when you turn it over, the advice is all Jesusy.

But you’ll also notice this:

I have to wonder how the Chinese government justifies itself on stuff like this. It’s a good idea to repress religious expression, unless you can cash in on it? I wonder if these are legal for sale in Lhasa.

4 – The top 4 search terms that brought people to my website in January

  1. aquacar
  2. small bathroom
  3. snl weiners wmv
  4. thrifty nickel vicksburg ms

If you actually read this far, you have way too much time on your hands.


anne · 24 February 2006 at 12:23 PM

does that trophy figure have breasts? just dropped by…what happened to D204? I’m a little worried that it’s only me who’s been denied access, so I’ll lurk around your website instead. Happy Friday!

seeamap · 25 February 2006 at 10:55 PM

thank God you quit that job, or I might not have had the opportunity to do a llittle blog karaoke or bring a little testerone to our center (as well as a fab website and online marketing!). In regard to shruken heads I prefer Doc Bwana’s House….. gross! Have a great weekend!

fatboy · 27 February 2006 at 4:54 PM

i need a new addiction. so here i am.

here’s the nerd skinny on 204 in a nutshell (with an assist from dan yobry):
*Host bought out
*New host has new servers
*D204 migrated to new environment
*New environment does not support DSN connections
*New boards software doesn’t support DSN-less connections to Access database
*Dan doesn’t know enough PHP to efficiently hack board code (nor does he want to)
*Dan is trying to get Snax to raise the funds we need to move hosts
*Dan has a Unix/MySQL host picked out, need the money

bottom line, we’re about to enter into a d204 pledge drive. look for the artist formerly known as fruitsnax to be bugging you shortly.

Bo · 27 February 2006 at 5:00 PM

Hot damn. Tell Snaxl Rose to get his ass in gear!

Dan the Candy Man · 27 February 2006 at 5:12 PM

I do want everyone to know that I could just assume take up the part of fundraiser. However, in an effort to make this page a truly community-maintained operation vs. just a Dan-maintained operation, I’ve decided to delegate the fundraising duties to Froots. Fatboy is helping author a message to the users I can post to the front of the site explaining to our humble constituency what the malfunction is.

In the meantime, like Fatty has informed you all, I have a new host picked out. Once I receive the funds needed to move forward, I will begin installing the board software on the new site as well as undertake the painful process of migrating our current data over.

I thank ye all for your patience in the matter.


Tony · 19 March 2006 at 9:01 PM

You left us to die by ourselves in Boobieland. I want my life back too. :(

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