Friday, October 12, 2007


Today, October 12 is a strange anniversary of sorts. It is a bit of a mile-stone for this blog. You see, this article is the 500th article posted here on Astoria-Rust. When I think of it, I never had an intention of writing this much, this often, for this long, for free.

Sure I’ve put some crap in there from time to time, but there certainly are pieces here that I consider some of the best things I’ve ever penned.

I have to admit that when I write and post I am writing for an audience. It’s not just for me, though it is therapeutic for me to get the thoughts out of my mind and put them somewhere so I no longer have to feel like I need to continue processing those thoughts over and over. I write them and move on to newer or even older ideas that rattle around in my head.

I suppose I would be somewhat sad if no one was reading this stuff. I probably would have given up long ago if that were the case. However, those of you who reply really make it all worth while. I’ll even admit that I often try to trick you by writing something that I think will make you rise up and pelt me with rocks and garbage, but then you all end up agreeing with me. One example was when I wrote about how I hate eating in public. I figured you’d all turn on me like rabid dogs, but you all seemed to agree with me. I guess, like likes like.

I get a sickening feeling in my stomach as I look ahead to the next five-hundred articles. I fear that I will get into it and then just run out of ideas and words. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to quit right here and right now, but really, how long can this go on? I think I’ve only taken one day off since Rust began running seven days a week. I’m looking forward to the next time I take a day off, though I don’t know when that will be.

Thanks to all the readers who make a daily stop here. I wouldn't do it with out you.


Blogger Auntie said...

Thank you for providing me with my morning read since May of 2006. Yesterday my mother shocked me by saying that she could not get over your "eating" article and now is very self conscious when eating by herself or with others. See the power of your pen, Pappy?

If you ever run out of ideas (and I doubt you will, you always say that) you should write a book, or finish one that is half done.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I'm looking forward when you run out of posts next time and do the "you pick the topic thing." It's a good break. Keep on keepin' on.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pelt you with garbage? Nay-nay. Must save the precious commodity for the compost pile, remember? Rocks, maybe. Let's hear some more about how you do that thing you do with compost, recycle and 2 garbage cans full a year.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Mom? Leave Pappy alone about his re-cyclin'.....

7:38 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mammy? Is that you? Ohhh Darlin...
Compost happens in a big way at my place. It was all cooking down well all summer, but it's slowing down now. I think one bin is finished and ready to use. It's true I recycle just about everything, but I end up with only one pick-up truck load of garbage, not two cans. I store the trash in a bin that is 5' X 3' X 3' and it takes a year for me to fill it. BTW I'm honored you finally replied here. I wonder what sort of crap the boy will send my way now.

Lori, I may not be going there again, sorry.

Auntie, I had soup with a group of people last week. Gross.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

I saw you eat that soup. Though I was seated to the side of you, I snuck a look, JUST to be able to tell you about it later and tick you off, Pappy.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Zoe said...

Well I for one, am glad you write for us for free. 500 posts, that's amazing. I do understand feeling a little daunted by writing 500 more posts. But, for you, I'm sure it will come.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What is your opinion about "hall food," or dare I ask?

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guy, the kid is on his way out of town to kill something or other, but told me to pass this on to you: "Tell Pappy that I am going to be driving down the road very soon and will be eating peanuts, beef jerky and swilling soda - AND there will be others in the truck with me, to which I will open my mouth at periodic intervals and show them the masticated (or just partially) contents.
- from K-Herb "

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Auntie, go out back and cut a switch...

Zoe, I have to admit that I still get a special spark when I see a reply form you. Thanks, darlin.

Hall food! Disgusting! Pot lucks, too. I'm just shocked that anyone is still alive. What I'm talking about is when you go to an office and someone puts a bunch of food in the hall for anyone who passes by to consume, breathe and spit on. Totally disgusting.

K-Herb, out playing with the boys eh, let's hold the towel snapping and sword fights down to a minimum...

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nay-nay again. That was far from the first time I've commented on your site. Neverless, I really am a garbage-challenged citizen. Take heart, though, that I'm filling up Washington's landfills and not Oregon's.

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I just never knew it was you until your bratty daughter outed you. Thanks L.

Just know what you can and can not recycle. Know what you can compost and what you can feed to the crows. Purchase things with minimal packaging or bring your own packaging. If you turn it into a game you can win....Darlin.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your blog daily, I have learned many good things.

11:11 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Sounds like it's time you asked me out to lunch ; )

11:30 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Guy, as another daily reader I'm constantly in awe of how you people who do this every day manage it!! I can't seem to get beyond my one post in a row record. Looking forward to the next 500 posts:)

12:52 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Guy Smiley said:
>>>I fear that I will get into it and then just run out of ideas and words. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to quit right here and right now, but really, how long can this go on? <<<

Well you have got off to a really good start informing us about some of your weird quirks, dark thoughts, depressed states; SURELY THERES MUCH MORE!!!!
Keep writing or I'll give the folk some real dirt on the Guy to chew on.
Like the time that

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1:09 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Guy...before you quit...I gotta know. This has been bugging me for some time...I can't sleep...I wander around in a daze...I scratch my head. I visit strange come if a horse can't breathe through its mouth, it can make that flapping sound with its lips?

Congrats Guy...500 is a great milestone...not a millstone.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mike, thanks, I write them in advance, I sometimes write five articles a day and then I take a couple days off. And I jot down every idea that comes to mind for future development.

Gearhead, are you buying the beers at the conference. Shoot, we'll charge them to my room and get Mark to pay for them. I want to argue with you about Measure 49. Then we'll get your uncle to start a fight, just like the good old days.

Moosehead, That lip flapping sure is creepy. It's like a damn puppet. As I said, they do not breathe through their mouths, but they can cough through their mouths. I don't think they can vomit either. Strange animal, no doubt. BTW I am honored that you've been visiting here, and if anyone should have a blog, it is you, my friend.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I hate to tell you this, but we don't jump your case about your neurotic behaviors because they're pretty normal. I asked someone in the therapy biz and she said your watching people eat issues are a lot more common than anyone suspects.

As for hall food. I take it to work cuz I love to cook but once it hits the lunch room counter I don't touch it. The open candy container people dig their hands into makes me gag. Not surprising I rarely get the diseases that plague my office.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Columbiacontrolfreak said...

Ok, so I signed up for this blog thing so I can make comments.

I might blog when my project gets rolling, but no guarantees. the Blog title is RacingBees

7:51 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Damn, they are out there consulting therapists about me now. I'm doomed...

CCF, you could have posted anonymously without signing up, but you will be fun to read anyway. Brave move.

By the way folks, it was CCF that I was writing with who started the windshield lipstick topic.

10:02 PM  

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