Our latest milestone. August 23, 2010Posted by ourfriendben in Ben Franklin, wit and wisdom.
Tags: blog milestones, our friend Ben, Poor Richard's Almanac
Please forgive us here at Poor Richard’s Almanac for a little back-patting, but we’ve finally reached a milestone we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Sometime during the night, PRA finally passed the 200,000-view mark (as of this second, the official count is 200,362).*
Richard Saunders, up extra-early to prepare for the first day of class, was first to see our little triumph, and he quickly called Hawk’s Haven with the news. “Tell Ben to hold off on that post about the history of hex signs!” Richard told a delighted Silence Dogood. “We need to post about the 200,000 views!”
“No worries, Richard. Ben isn’t even out of bed. Shock surprise!”
“Uh, no doubt he was up late burning the midnight oil.”
“Yeah, right. So what should we say in our celebratory post? We’d better make it good, ’cause we won’t get to crow about ourselves again until we hit 500,000!”
“How about a quiz?”
“Well, we did that for our 100,000 milestone. I’d say we could do a Top Ten Things You Don’t Know about Us post, but I don’t think there are ten things our readers don’t know about us! At least, ten things they’d want to know about us…”
“What if we stuck to ten basic things, and opened up the floor so readers could add their own answers in the comments?”
“Okay, I’m game. You come up with the categories and I’ll go wake up Ben.”
So, dear reader, here are Richard’s categories and our answers. Please join us and let us know how you’d answer them. And thanks so much for taking us to 200,000 views! We’re looking forward to hearing from you often as we take aim at 500,000!
Our friend Ben, Silence Dogood and Richard Saunders
1. What’s your favorite color?
2. What’s your favorite time of day?
RS: late night
3. What are your three favorite foods?
OFB: potatoes (every which way), fried chicken, salad
Silence: pasta, curry, salad
RS: roast beef, barbecue, hot peppers
“Hot peppers aren’t a food, Richard. They’re a seasoning.”
“Oh, come on, Silence! I think of them as an entire food category. If Ben can list potatoes, why can’t I list peppers?”
“Let’s try this another way. If you couldn’t list hot peppers, what would you list?”
“All righty then.”
4. What’s your favorite dessert?
OFB: chess pie
Silence: fresh blueberry tart
RS: a hot fudge sundae
5. Where would you like to have a vacation home?
OFB: on the beach
Silence: in the mountains
RS: on a lake
6. What country would you most like to visit?
“Ben, I thought you wanted to go to Scotland. Not to mention Turkey and India!”
“I do, Silence, but I want to go to Normandy more. Besides, what happened to Mexico and Greece? I thought those were at the top of your fantasy travel list. As for you, Richard, haven’t we been hearing about that dream vacation to Japan for about bazillion years now?”
“Well, yes, but if I could pick just one… Thank goodness real life isn’t limited to just one choice!”
7. What’s your favorite kind of pet?
Silence: Don’t even think about making me choose just one.
“Silence, that’s cheating. Just answer the question.”
“Oh, shut up, Ben! I love all our pets. They all add so much to our lives in their different ways. How could I choose between a dog and a cat or a parrot or parakeets? I guess I could leave out the fish and shrimp, but only if I absolutely had to. And what about our chickens?!”
“Uh, never mind.”
8. What’s your second-favorite dessert?
“Richard, that’s just lame. Enough about the desserts. You’ve got to do better than that.”
“But, Silence, I thought you liked to cook. And besides, we asked for three favorite foods but only one favorite dessert.”
“I love to cook. And I love food. But you’re the one who made up these questions, so it’s your fault we only asked for one dessert. Too late now! I think it’s time we moved on to some other topic.”
“You mean, there is some other topic?”
“Shut up, Ben.”
8. What’s your favorite leisure activity?
OFB: reading, then sleeping
Silence: [sigh] reading writing singing knitting beading cooking…
“Richard, ‘history’ is not a leisure activity. Making history, maybe.”
“Well, what I really mean is pursuing history, through reading, research, travel, collecting historical artifacts, watching documentaries and films that attempt to recreate or illuminate an era, going to museums, and writing. But I figured that took too long to say.”
“You’ve got a point. I forgot to say thinking. I think I love thinking even more than reading and writing. Oh, and did I say sleeping?”
9. Who’s your favorite author, composer, artist, musician, actor?
OFB: Homer, Bach, Leonardo, Mark Knopfler, Robert Downey Jr.—or, wait, maybe Johnny Depp—no, Robert Downey Jr.
Silence: Jane Austen, Mozart, Leonardo, Bob Marley, Alan Rickman
RS: David McCullough, Vivaldi, Leonardo, Jimmy Page, and, OK, I’ll plunk for Johnny Depp, so you don’t have to feel bad, Ben
“Gee, looks like we’ve got a Leonardo thing going here.”
“So, what’s your point?”
“Seems like at least somebody would have voted for the usual suspects: Michaelangelo, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet…”
“Puh-leeze. Vermeer, Van Dyck, Fra Angelico, Holbein, Durer, absolutely. If there was no Leonardo. But there was, and that’s all there is to it. There’s Leonardo, and then there’s everyone else.”
10. If you could have been anyone in the course of history, who would it be?
OFB: Supreme Lord and Ruler of the Universe, what else? Seriously, how could you even ask: Ben Franklin, of course!
Silence: Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I wouldn’t have minded being old Ben, either. Elizabeth I has appeal, too, but I’m not sure she was happy, and I’d want to be happy, whoever I was.
“Not Marie Antoinette or Cleopatra, then?”
“Sorry, Richard. Maybe Isabel Burton, the wife of the great explorer, linguist and author Sir Richard Francis Burton. She certainly had an interesting and romantic life! But only if I could rewrite a bit of it… How about you, Richard?”
RS: Dr. Franklin certainly appeals. So does George Washington and Daniel Boone. But I’m thinking, if I could be anybody, few people in history had it as good as Louis XIV. Yeah, I’d like to come back—or go back—as the Sun King.
* If you’ve astutely examined the number on the SiteMeter in the right-hand column of the screen, you may be thinking we’re a few tomatillos shy of a load in claiming that we’ve surpassed 200,000 views when the SiteMeter shows less than 170,000. But for once, we’re right and it’s wrong. It’s because we’re such Luddites that we didn’t even get the SiteMeter set up until our blog had been up for several months. Fortunately, WordPress, our blog host, also tracks blog views, and it’s been tracking from the first day our blog was up, so its count is accurate. Thanks, WordPress!