Thursday, August 28, 2008

Five Hundred

500 posts? Really? Damn, that's a lot of BS!

So then - in honor of this most historic occasion, here are the answers to the personal questions you were so kind to ask. I'll try my hardest to be serious with these - but don't expect miracles.

April - 1. What made you start blogging?
It all started when I stumbled upon this post by accident while doing a Google search for something at Home Depot. I immediately wondered, who are these common folk that write so humorously on the internets? And after reading through all her archives I came to the conclusion that I should attempt something like that. The rest, as they say, is history.

2. It seems your family all supports the blogging; are there some people IRL who don't know about it?
MOST of the people I associate with in real life don't know about my blog. When I was interviewed by our local newspaper I told all my employees about it and only asked that they not read it at work. Well, not only did they not read it at the office, but apparently they didn't bother to look it up at home either - which is fine with me.

3. We all know you're a great dad, and love being a dad, but what has been the hardest part of parenting for you? How do you overcome it?
The hardest part is definitely the balance of being a parent vs being a friend. Nothing breaks my heart more than having to stick to my guns and enforce a tough decision. It would be SO much easier and way more fun to simply let the kids do whatever they want whenever they want to, but in the end it's the structure and consistency that makes for well adjusted and happy children.

JD - How long did it take you to learn how to play the harmonica? (Please include any pertinent details: did you teach yourself? Do you think I could learn? and so on)
About one afternoon. The first time I decided to try it was in 1986 when I wanted to sing The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades by Timbuk3. The song has a cheezy harp solo in it and I really wanted it to sound authentic as opposed to just mimicking it on the keyboard. It only took me a few minutes to cop the solo by ear. After that I was hooked and started playing harmonica on everything. And yes, I think you could play it too. But I wouldn't recommend buying those instruction books that come with a CD. Just buy one, listen to a harmonica part you like and try to recreate it. It's that easy!

Elizabeth - Do you speak any foreign language? Is there any language that you don't speak now that you really would like to learn?
You mean besides Geek? No, but I would actually like to be able to understand Spanish, since it's such a prominent language in our society today.

Kathy - 1. What sports, clubs or activities were you involved with in high school?
Just choir. And I was part of a 50's band that played sock hops and dances too.

2. Did you ever break a bone?
Never. Not once. In fact, nobody in my family has ever broken a bone that I know of. We drank a lot of milk.

3. Besides Canada, have you ever traveled out of the U.S.? If so, where?

Yes. I spent about 3 months in Asia and the South Pacific in 1981 on a USO tour with this band. We were lucky enough to be on the same tour as Lou Rawls and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!

4. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Coffee, with a little chocolate drizzled on top. YUM!

5. What's the best Christmas gift you ever got as a child?
Easy. Read this!

6. And here's a dare: What was your SAT score?
As I replied when you wrote the question... I don't actually know what my SAT score was! How would I find that out after all this time? Maybe they're etched into some stone tablets somewhere. I'll have to check.

Heather - How much furniture did Charli have when you met her? Did that seal the deal?
Hmmm, I don't remember. But I do know she had a really nice bed.


Michelle - I believe I remember you saying that you grew up in MN. Did you ever think about leaving? Did you ever leave for awhile (other than touring, obviously)? What keeps you there? Would you leave if given the opportunity?
Besides being on the road, I grew up in Duluth and have always lived in MN. After we got married I took a job here in St. Cloud and have basically had the same job ever since (17 years). Once Roseanna is 18 however (in only 6 more years but who's counting), Charli and I are thinking about exploring other states and opportunities.

Babs - Do you play any other instruments, besides the harmonica?

Yes, I am first and foremost a keyboard player. I'm also a singer and recently took guitar lessons for a few years. But I never really got the hang of that so I don't play it much these days.

Bill - What was in the river? The Army Corps of Engineers from Mpls is checking it out, if it is still there.

You're referring to this thing. We contacted the DNR and the City of Sartell, but no one has come to look at it that we know of. But now that the water has dropped even further, we think it is a boat lift attached to a dock that got snagged by the ice last winter and has worked it's way downstream to settle on the bottom outside our office.

Well, there you have it... everything you wanted to know about me and weren't afraid to ask. Thanks for the great questions everyone!

It seems like just yesterday I was debating whether or not to start this blog. Now, 500 posts later, I'm happy to say I made the right decision - thanks to all of you!

So stick around folks... I think I've still got another 500 left in me :-)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations and here's to yet another 500!

JD at I Do Things said...

WOO! Congrats on 500! That is quite an accomplishment. And guess what? THEY ARE ALL GOOD!

Thanks for answering my question. I always suspected the harmonica was something you just sort of "picked up." Now I'm off to teach myself the cool harp solo in Led Zeppelin's "Nobody's Fault but Mine." After I buy a harmonica, that is.

JD at I Do Things

Anonymous said...

Congrats on this special milestone, Jeff. I love reading about your life and look forward to the next 500!!

Heather said...

Whoa. Jeff Lee information overload.

I have to go decompress now.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

hilly - Thanks Hilly! I'll drink that toast with you :-)

jd - Just make sure you buy one in the right key, otherwise you won't be able to duplicate it. (they make harmonicas in every key of the scale)

jennine - And ditto to you too. You've been one of my longest (I won't say oldest) friends, and I thank you for that!

heather - Just don't come up too fast or you'll get the bends.

Anonymous said...

And I too say congrats on 500!! I think you know your blog is THE highlight of our day around here--we just really enjoy it, and all the fun comments, so much. And, as hilly said---here's to another 500!!!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Congratulations on the 500th post.

I wouldn't worry about guitar - EVERYONE plays a guitar ;O)

I'm the same with keyboard. I never really bothered to learn properly, and now I wish I had.

yellojkt said...

Happy 500! That is a lot of dedication and laughs.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! 500 wow! I really look forword to reading your posts.

Anonymous said...

NICE! 500--wow! That takes a lot of work. You make it look so easy. I'm sure it's a lot harder than it seems when we get to read it.
I love the picture of Hank and Cindra and the group--(were THOSE your leather pants??!) You know you have to do this FOREVER and Ever--dont you?? It's like how I keep track of my St. Cloud family! Love ya--keep up the good work! sis

Anonymous said...

Congrats Dude :)

I like your blog!

Michelle said...

Dude, you made me start reading another blog. I have too many to read as it is. *sigh*

Congrats on 500 posts! And so sweet of you to answer all the questions.

How WAS the tour with the Cowboys cheerleaders, anyway?

Windyridge said...

Jeff you amaze me. Hanging out with the Dallas Cowboy's cheerleaders? Isn't that every guy's dream?

Anyway congrats, I plan to read 500 more.

Roger Miller said...

I am so glad that I found you for some of your 500! You rock!!

Okay, I actually do enjoy reading your blog as does my wife, whenever she gets a chance to take a look. :)

Here's to your next 500!!

MYM said...

Woot! As they say in blog world. 500 is quite an accomplishment! I love your blog ... as I'm sure you know ;) You're a fantastic writer and I'm always entertained :)

I especially like your diary posts, HA! Young Jeff ... I love him. Old(er) Jeff ain't half bad either.

Anonymous said...

I can't remember where or when I discovered you, but I'm glad I did. My wife (@ Dispatches from the Northern Outpost - no link, because this is about you, not her :), though, loves your diary posts and I just love your straight ahead, no nonsense approach to everything. When I said you were a class act in a review somewhere (BlogCatalog, I think, although it all runs together to be honest), I meant it. Your blog is what mine can only hope to attain in some small measure in another 460 posts.

Congratulations on the 500th and to another 500! We'll be here.

Whit said...

Congrats! 500 is pretty impressive. Isn't that what you got on your SATs?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

mom - I do it for you. Everyone else is just being nosy.

babs - I just figured since I've been playing piano for 40 years I could just pick up the guitar and "wha-la!" ... I'd be good at it! But surprise surprise - it's not that easy!

yellojkt - Thanks. 500 of anything is a lot.

elizabeth - As do I enjoy yours as well.

sis - Ah, you're so sweet. And no, I never had white leather pants. That would just be weird. ;b

sarah♥ - Thanks. I'm glad you've been stopping by :-)

michelle - I have to say, it wasn't the most horrible thing I've ever had to do.

roger - Thanks Roger. And thanks Roger's wife too! Please do drop a comment some time and say hi :-)

drowsey - Thanks for the reminder. I think it's about time to hear from young Jeffrey again!

unfinishedrambling - Wow, how totally nice of you. Thanks!

whit - Yeah, that's the ticket!

Ed said...

Congrats on the big 500. You don't look a day over 470!

I'll race you to 1000 (I only say that because I'm 47 posts up on you now...)

Megan said...

Man, I've got a lot of archives to read. But that's a good thing!


cathouse teri said...

Wait... you have employees?

Super cool five hundredth! Love all the trivia, too. Especially that 1981 picture! Priceless!

So I went to visit that first post you looked at that got you hooked. I thought it was kind of coincidental that her initials are C.T.

AND her name is Teri!


Well congrats, Mr. Furry (previously Furrier)! Have a lovely, lovely Minnesota day!

Mom Thumb said...

I look forward to all your blog posts. Congratulations on 500, and thanks for encouraging me to start my own blog.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

ve - Don't look a day over 470 eh? Funny! I doubt I'll ever catch up to you though. I only post every other day and you post like every hour.

megan - That shouldn't take too long... if you read 50 posts a day. Have fun with that ;-b

teri - Yes, my melon was a little furrier in the old days. Thanks for the reminder ;-)

mom thumb - Glad I could be there for ya. Thanks for being such a great blog buddy!

United Studies said...

I will be here reading each and every one. Unless you turn boring.

Fancy Schmancy said...

Congrats! I hope you have another 500 posts in you, because I'd really like to read them!

cathouse teri said...

Well, be that as it may, I was referring to the LENGTH of that hair! ;)

At any rate, the only part of my comment I wanted you to respond to was:

Wait... you have employees?

Gen said...

Congrats on the 500 posts! And here's to the next 500.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jacki - D'oh! So much for my series on Potato varieties of the world.

fancy - Oh, they're in there. I just have to figure out how to get them out!

teri - Oh yeah... I currently have 5 people who report to me, but I used to have 8 at one time. I blame Y2K for the loss of the other 3.

groovy mom - Here here indeed!

Rickey said...

hot damn, mazel tov on 500. Rickey's working up to 300 and is fairly proud of it.

Sarah said...

Congrats Jeff! At the rate that I'm blogging, I'll be blogging for about nine or ten years before I hit 500. Keep up the good work, we obvoiusly love reading it!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Did you just say five hundred. Wow! (I don't have to go back and read all of them, do I?)

Anonymous said...

Guess what!! I hit your archives and I found I did not remember what you had written. My advise to bloggers is do not return to the archives, unless you want to spend a few days laughing and reminising.

Anonymous said...

500, WOW that's a lot of posting. Congrats!
At first glance of the thing in the water, it looks like an otter with a snorkel mask. Nope, I'm not drinking.

Anonymous said...

Wow - Five HUNDRED!!! Will I ever get there, I wonder?

Well done!

I haven't broken a bone, either.

Kathy said...

Jeff -- Congrats on your 500th post! You're truly a pro and I hope I make it that far myself. I'm so happy I discovered your blog last year. It's one of the few I never miss. It's all gold!

Thank you for answering my myriad questions (gee, I didn't realize I asked you that many! You should have set a limit). I don't know my SAT score either, but I can tell you it was not a stellar score, which is probably why I'm forgetting it.

Looking forward to the next 500 posts!

April said...

Congrats, Jeff! Thanks for your great answers.

Maureen said...

Even though it's late, it's no less heartfelt; Happy 500 Jeff!!!! Wow! Yours is one of the few blogs I have to read every post on. Because they are all that good.

Here's to many, many more milestones!!! I don't know what I'd do if there wasn't a View from the Cloud to enjoy. Thank you!

Marvin said...

LOL, who remembers Timbuk3? You do! Very cool. I always wanted to play the harmonica also. I just saw The Romantics in concert - they play a mean harmonica too ("What I Like About You!")

Congrats on 500. A thousand will be here before you know it.