As evidenced by my reduced blogging frequency in recent months, the loss of my only known occasional reader is not the sole cause of the Tally Book’s dearth of content; it’s a cause, but not the only one.
Another big part of it is that, when it comes to things political and social, the only thought that ever occurs to me anymore is to wonder whether it’s possible to roll one’s eyes so hard and so often that they eventually just pop right out of their sockets.
I started blogging back when facts and logic still held sway, and I never quite developed the knack for screaming simply to hear my own voice, or to generate sympathetic howls from others in a comment section or a social media feed.
So, starting October 1 (or whenever I actually post something after that date), McG’s Tally Book will be archived quarterly rather than monthly.
<update, Thursday> Or maybe I'll just start now, retroactively, with July, August, and September. </update, Thursday>
Worst case, my blogging frequency will continue to dwindle and I’ll eventually fall back to archiving a whole year per page. Won’t that be fun?
© Wednesday, September 18, 2019 McGehee
That’s California. Wyoming got snowed on last week.
© Tuesday, September 17, 2019 McGehee
For the past few years, Americans reaching voting age have had a dwindling chance of having any personal memory of the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Today, that chance vanishes away completely.
Now, granted, there wasn’t a realistic chance of anyone turning 18 yesterday having any personal memory of 9/11, but today brings an absolute finality to the notion. New voting-age Americans over the next several years will have some memory of the consequences of the attack, but will only know of the attack itself what others — increasingly, a public “education” establishment hostile to Western civilization — tell them.
Today the memory of 9/11 is old enough to vote, but it probably won’t.
© Wednesday, September 11, 2019 McGehee
Charles G. Hill, Squire of Surlywood and proprietor of Dustbury, is in the hospital after a vehicle accident. Some of us had begun to worry because he hadn’t updated his site — nor his Twitter timeline — since Tuesday morning. However, fellow blogger HollyH left a comment to Charles’ most recent post with the information.
Charles has been having health issues in recent years, and has occasionally had difficulty driving because of some of the resulting complications. Of course, he has always had to contend with other people’s lousy driving habits on his daily commute too, so until we hear from him we won’t know whether this was a result of the former or the latter.
Update, Friday: This tweet was posted yesterday but I just found it.
According to his own blog, Charles has been chronically depressed for most of his life, yet he has also borne up against trials that might have crushed a man of a more sanguine disposition. Like all of his friends I fear the worst, but I’m also hopeful that, if he possibly can, he will get through this too.
Update, Sunday night:
I'm too busy stuffing cash into my swear jar to comment at this time.
Update again, a bit later: I managed to find some G-rated words that I posted in the thread on Charles’ last post:
Many of his loved ones went before, and his pain is behind him.
Ours is just begun.
Update, Monday: Fellow Dustbury reader and Friend-of-Charles Roger Green offers a eulogy.
Update, Wednesday, Sept. 11: The Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer offers a tribute of his own.
© Thursday, September 5, 2019 McGehee
Yesterday your blogger got to watch two college football games of the NCAA variety: Mississippi State visiting Louisiana-Lafayette at the Superdome in New Orleans, and Wyoming hosting Missouri at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Mississippi State’s Bulldogs scored first in their game, but couldn’t seem to keep the Ragin’ Cajuns from tying things up again until the third quarter when they opened a 14-point lead. Louisiana narrowed that to seven in the fourth, but State scored a field goal near the end of the game and finished 38-28.
Wyoming’s game started less auspiciously, with Missouri leading 14-0 at halftime, but the Cowboys emerged from the locker room ready to come back; soon they had opened a 17-27 lead, and the Tigers never again saw daylight. Long pass troubles by starting quarterback Tommy Stevens in the first half evaporated, and the Wyoming defense ceased to be caught flat-footed by Missouri’s ground game. When it was all over, Wyoming had defeated Missouri, 31-37.
Both losing teams suffered from costly turnovers, but the winners weren’t immune — a Louisiana punt bumped an inattentive Mississippi State player’s leg from behind, freeing the Cajuns to reclaim possession. They went on to push into the end zone on the resulting drive, scoring one of their first-half game-tying TDs. That Bulldog player will certainly be looking forward to next Saturday when hopefully some other topic of conversation will emerge from their game against Southern Mississippi.
The NFL regular season starts next weekend.
© Sunday, September 1, 2019 McGehee