Before we get to locations, I must thank you all for your lovely birthday greetings on Saturday. I had a fine time with your poems and ditties and blog posts and video links and all.
You said so many nice things about Time Goes By and me that I am abashed – as I always am in such circumstances – and can never figure out how to adequately express how pleased I am – at least, not without sounding a bit too much like Sally Field.
What I want you to know is that I appreciate each and every one of you and to tell you that you are as much responsible for this blog as I am. I may post a story each day, but it would just sit there, one woman's thoughts, without your comments, ideas, discussion, arguments, etc. that take off from my beginning, expand in all kinds of directions and add many colors and nuances. You expand my world and my mind.
One other birthday note: last December, I posted some photos from the art show of Isabelle Johnston including a spotted cat perched on a pink lotus blossom that looks remarkably like my Savannah cat, Oliver.
While I was pottering around on Saturday, the postman (well, in my case, the postwoman) arrived with a box marked “fragile” and this is what I found inside from my sister-in-law, Isabelle:
I haven't decided yet where it will sit in my home - somewhere I can see it every day without danger of it being knocked to the floor.
Certainly you all know that the location check on Friday has no scientific validity, right? Respondents were self-selected and thousands of others did not stop to tell us where they are. Nevertheless, I found it interesting and enjoyed learning where some names I recognize live.
Thirty-six states were represented. Four signed in from Pennsylvania, two of them from Yardley. Wikipedia tells me that as of the 2010 census, there were 2,434 people in that town, so I'm curious: do you two know one another, Claire Jean and Dana Ainsworth? If not, say how do you do today – at least right here.
Pam says that MAD magazine pronounced her town, Middleboro, Massachusetts, the most boring place in the world. I think you should know, Pam, that there is a town here in Oregon called Boring. It was named for a Civil War veteran but still – can you imagine telling people you're from Boring.
Two people, yellowstone and redstone (should we assume they are a couple?) didn't give the name of a town, just “Atlantic Ocean” but included a Zip Code, 32137. So we know they are in Florida. Living on a boat???
There is another reader who has no fixed address. Allan Moult tells us that he is a “full-time grey nomad exploring Australia slowly in Madam Plush, a converted bus that in a former life in Japan was a mobile bordello.”
Who knew there was such a thing – not me.
Altogether, seven people signed in from Australia including the official Time Goes By musicologist, Peter Tibbles, who holds forth here every Sunday.
There were 16 Canadians from four provinces – Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta.
Sweden, Scotland, Spain, China and Italy were represented with one person each. There are two each from Paris and England. And here's one you wouldn't expect - Ecuador. Jody Broyles checked in via email:
”I live in the Amazon rainforest in Mera, Pastaza, Ecuador. Really!!! I've been meaning to write to tell you what a wonderful impact your Time Goes By and the Elder Storytelling Place have had on my attitude about aging.
“I am 67 and since I no longer have living family members I have had very little exposure to what aging really means.
(I hope Jody won't mind that I've quoted her email; I didn't get permission.) You can read about what Jody does in Ecuador here.
There was one respondent from Hawaii which, to me, is almost as exotic as Ecuador. California had the highest number – 25 – followed by Oregon with 17 (we really ought to meet sometime) with a number of others who live elsewhere but are originally from Oregon.
Counting the many that arrived via email, at least two hundred people checked in so it is a bit much to mention all of them. But I enjoyed hearing from everyone and it will be nice to put a location with your messages in the future.
One more note: If you are looking for yours or someone else's comment on Friday's post and cannot find it, there are two pages of them. At the bottom of the first there is a link with this designation ">>" (without the quote marks) and on the second page, the reverse - click "<<" to return to the first page of comments.
I had no idea this happens (apparently there were never this many comments before) but I don't like it and will, when I have time, work out a fix so that in the future all comments appear on one page.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Johna Ferguson: New York City