Nine things I’ll miss most about this blog

December 5, 2011

Let’s get the sad news out of the way first.

After an exhilarating five-year run, this blog is ending its run here. Websites change, and take new directions.

The slightly better news is that we have a couple of weeks until my final post, so let’s have fun.

I’ve enjoyed everything about creating and writing Oddly Enough. My advice is, if somebody offers to pay you to be a sarcastic smartass, take the job. Especially if it includes dental insurance.

Some of the things I will miss most…

9. The Photos: The Reuters photo file is a grand candy store. It has been a treat to look through it daily, searching for goofy gems in a sea of serious images. I’m sure it’s fair to say many of the shots in my blog don’t get used anyplace else. Indeed, it was the richness of our photo archive that inspired the blog’s fabled Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop, which will be a runaway success if it ever opens.

8. The Animals: Readers know I have a soft spot for animals. I have supported animal rescue in this blog, and have come down hard on people who don’t respect animals. Hey, I’m talking about YOU, bullfighters! If you want to do something special to remember this blog, please help an animal. Doing something nice for people wouldn’t hurt you, either.

7. The Words: This is a blog for lovers of our language. I have tried my best to revive neglected words such as haberdasher and scalawag and floozy. If you heard someone shout “Huzzah!” in Starbucks today, you can probably thank me. In fact, I imagine it WAS me.

6. Lamar: I didn’t see it coming when I created this recurring character representing the incompetence in all of us. Somehow Lamar has ended up with his own following, even marriage proposals. When the blog goes away Lamar will be relocated to a secret place by the Federal Witless Protection Program. Don’t worry about losing touch with him, I’m sure he’ll send out a change of address note.

5. The Duchess: A blogger’s best friend, without a doubt. When I want to pander for page views, I turn to Catherine and she never lets me down.

4. Those wacky Republicans: Where do I begin? With Sarah Palin’s fractured history, with Herman Cain’s Libya meltdown, with Rick Perry’s “Oops,” or just with Donald Trump?

3. The Truth: I’m allowed to invent fun stuff in this blog, but as a journalist I know the truth is much stranger than anything I can imagine. When a city in Turkey equips the local morgue with the latest gadgetry in case any of the bodies stored there have been declared dead by mistake… When officials in Georgia consider saving money by using prison inmates to fight residential fires alongside real firefighters… I just can’t beat that.

2. The Commenters: I value all my readers, but especially those who have contributed so much to the comments section. We’ve received an astonishing 46,000 reader comments in five years, many of them written in haiku, in limerick form, as parodies of Cole Porter songs and Shakespeare plays, and other creative styles. I plan to keep in touch with the regulars, and maybe even go see some of them when they’re allowed to have visitors.

1. And the number one thing I’ll miss about this blog is… Wait. It’s here somewhere. Nobody leaves this room!

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Left: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney looks at an ear of a corn during his visit to AgVision Agriculture Software, in Ankeny, Iowa May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

Right: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin gestures as she speaks in Woodbury, New York, February 17, 2011.
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Blog Guy, its Reuters loss.
As for missing ya, well, thats not happening.
You gotta set up your own blog offline, on FB, SOMEWHERE!
and we regulars will keep getting our kick out of it.
Come on, this Blog is like my daily dose of tea. I would be cranky without it.

And you are getting yourself to Edinburgh. Heck, Grey Friar’s Bobby wants to shake your paw.. I mean, you shaking his paw. :P

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

be honest, BG. This is because the political campaign is kicking into high gear. You and Lamar will be busy getting elected.

or maybe you’ve landed a recurring role in the new episodes of Arrested Development…

Baz/Lamar 2012 AND 2016!!!

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Well, tarnation! Forget the doughnuts this morning and just pass me a jar of sprinkles. The Giant Economy Sprinkle Self Help Kit. Williams Sonoma doesn’t have that. It’s a GFMDS special, when the museum gift shop opens.

Think about it BG: Shra without the blog gets cranky! And she has the zapper!

You just know I’ll stay in touch. I still owe you for the therapy.

Later.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

…arriving late to this blog, I (selfishly) mourn the early years that I missed. I found a literate (mostly), witty (usually), tight-knit (or is that loose-wrapped?), caring (always) community that soon came to feel like family. And you, BG…therapy doesn’t begin to cover it. As for the rest of you, how the heck am I going to let everyone know when the annual Moonshine Family Farm BBQ, Beer and B.S. Picnic is scheduled? To borrow a phrase from Georgia, “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

BG – A tragic loss of sarcasm in the blogosphere. Now that you will have all this free time, you can travel to Kabul with me…. Oh, wait, you had free time before, didn’t you? Everyone knows the blog was actually written by underpaid interns under the supervision of Lamar.

Anyway, get Lamar cracking on those interns, it’s almost Christmas, so I’m sure there will be plenty of wackiness between now and 9 days from now. E.g., the Cain Train is derailed…. Trump is HOSTING a debate? Etc.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

:-( The BT-69 will fly again, I know it! It will safely (?) carry Bas and Lamar on the campaign trail and back to DC where the loyal OE followers will all assume their new cabinet posts. Med free? Never! This little corner of the Internet has brought soooo many smiles to so many people (the lurkers too!). I had this fantasy idea that all the ‘usual suspects’ from the OE blog could meet up somewhere for a party. Complete with doughnuts and goofy face pictures of us all. Hell, I’d even invite my sister.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

You can’t leave, BG. You are way too important to all of us readers. You got me through some difficult times at my job, and helped the relocation from Long Island to North Carolina. You MUST keep blogging, and keep this group together. We can open campaign offices for you all over the country – Baz/Lamar 2012!

Posted by inebgreen | Report as abusive

Adios, Miho. It’s been nice visiting you, here, in this nuthouse. You’ve been a bright spot (once in a while) in my day. I will miss this.

You’re going away
No more Oddly Enough Blog
Ndinombethe.

Posted by lceel | Report as abusive

I am crushed at this news, Blog Guy. You make every day so much better by adding a smile or sometimes a guffaw or even a belly laugh. This blog makes me think, laugh, be more sensitive, and enjoy life. But it doesn’t make me learn or teach — promise.

May I offer a haiku or two?

The super Blog Guy
Brought ev’ryone together
We owe him so much

Thank you for the laughs
That you gave us ev’ry day
Boredom without Blog

And now I can say
It was just one of those things
(Thank you, Cole Porter)

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Not only that… But you deliver the news on Eva Mendes Day!
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/12/05/happy-eva-mendes-day-to-all/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

This can’t be! I learned so much from this Blog, like “Reuters” doesn’t rhyme with “hooters.”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Well, I have to admit to not being such a regular lately, but I’ll always have grand memories of the rootbeer float-illa and the doughnuts – especially those ones with the medicated sprinkles!!!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

@Doc … it doesn’t? (ROFLMAO)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

I am going to name 9 things that I will miss most about the Oddly Enough blog. Anyone else care to offer up a list?

9. The headlines. I think My favorite is “Cleopatra? Who died and made YOU queen?”

8. Krasnoyarsk, aka Wackytown

7. Eugene “Toilethead” Johnson, Johnson the photographer, Wall Guy, and Lamar

6. Doughnuts, whether from the Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop or the chemist’s/pharmacy.

5. Getting riled up — “How dare those bullfighters…?” “How dare that politician…?” “How dare that commenter not understand that this is a humour blog?!” and letting it loose with laughter (Blogs on tape, for example).

4. All the photos of the royal family and how the Blog Guy uses them to such great advantage, such as the World’s Coolest Leader Dude, Prince Charles (for example, http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/10/08/why-do-they-call-it-the-send-of f-royale/), Queen Elizabeth II an her funny faces, and various ones of the princes and the duchess.

3. The commenters. I love the way someone starts something (sometimes the Blog Guy, sometimes a commenter), and people would jump on the train. Of course, I love the poetry ones and the rewritten song lyrics, but my favorites were the jokes including magazine titles http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/01/13/honey-did-my-beaver-come-in-the -mail/ and the fish puns http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/08/17/head-out-on-the-highway-take-a- swordfish-with-you/.

2. Just knowing that you could get a five-year gig making stuff up when you write is mind-boggling and wonderful. I try to make stuff up when I write at work every day, but then I get into trouble. The Blog Guy gets away with it and gets a salary for it!

1. Having a reason for coming to work every day besides the job. Knowing that, when the stress levels get high, the politics get unpleasant, or the work just gets too convoluted, I can make a quick stop to http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/, I will have an instant stress reducer and connection with sensitive, funny, witty people (not the least of all of whom is the Blog Guy himself). It’s an unparalleled daily diversion and slightly guilty pleasure.

Thank you, Blog Guy.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I’ll be missing Shra and how she managed to conscript the entire blog into the service of finding her shoes to look at.
That, my friends, is the power of a regular poster!

==RED

Posted by REDruin | Report as abusive

Awww Red! You got me all teary-eyed
No BG, there is NOTHING wrong with my eye!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@REDruin: I can say something special that each and every commenter offers to the blog (including the entertainment value of how you always change your sign-off), but, @Shra, I have to agree that you wield enormous power, having so many people reading the blog regularly without learning or teaching a single thing and yet getting the Blog Guy to post many pictures of SHOOOOOOEEEESSSS. I also want to know when we’re all getting together to sample some of your baked goods. I’ll bet that I can even get a live Mr. Fab Abs to show up. Who’s in?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Oh Bob! Tell me it’s not true!! I know I’ve been slacking off in the last couple of years with my comments (due to my insanely busy schedule of chasing Zoe around the house and playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies with my boys) but if I PROMISE to post every day will you stay? I just can’t imagine a world without this blog!! I’m sorry. I’ll regain my composure.

I shall wear black every day for a year in memory of this blog. Where else could a backwoods conservative hillbilly become friends with (and even meet) a big famous hotshot published writer who is so fluent in sarcasm?

Alas, I am at a loss. This blog will be missed. Please let me know what you will be doing next so that I may stalk….er….I mean…..follow your every waking move….uh…..well….READ whatever else you find yourself writing.

Text me sometime mang.

Posted by justK | Report as abusive

Oh, say it isn’t so … Reuters has definitely lost its sense of humor along with its mind for letting Oddly go.

Someone above said Reuters doesn’t rhyme with hooters–no, it rhymes with loiters. That’s what serial OE fans have done for five years–loiter with BG and Lamar. Now we’ll have to do something constructive, like work.

I will miss the guide to Williams-Sonoma’s catalogue, among hundreds of other topics, like where to get the mud for roasting chicken in the $159.95 pan? And how about all the latest on weddings and brides? I’m just broken-hearted.

BG, your job now is to find a new, safe place to take all of us. Meanwhile, we’ll mourn the demise of OE–it’s been a great ride. xoxoxoxoxo

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive

What?! Blog Guy, this is the most unwelcome news I’ve heard in months. Here’s my top thing I like about the Oddly Enough Blog:

1.) It rules!

And here’s my number one reaction to hearing of this new development:

1.) That sucks.

Posted by BartKing | Report as abusive

I know what I’m giving to everyone on my Chanukkah list this year: SARCASM.
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/10/18/pushing-shakes-for-a-sheikh/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Wait a minute. Lamar has his own tag?!? This is fantastic. @Ladylala, did you celebrate when Lamar got his own tag on the Oddly Enough blog?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Elegy
Our hearts are broken beyond repair.
We reel like Ginger without Astaire.
Countless crises have we roughed
But is our lifeline blog now snuffed?
Pray tell, ye Reuters Gods that be,
Have ye no hearts to feel pity?

(If the guys at reuters.com would read more classical poetry, they’d know those last 2 lines can be made to rhyme just peachy.)

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

I trudged through the rain back to my office. It was another December day in The City. The rain dripped from my Fedora onto my shoes like a leaky shower. My trench coat was soaked through, all the way to my soul. My feet squeaked in my wet shoes. It wasn’t my shoes squeaking. It was my feet. They squeak even when I’m not wearing shoes. But you don’t want to hear about my problems. I was a homing pigeon, going back to the coop. I’m a private investigator. The directory in the lobby says so.

I was going back to the office from the Olde North End. It rained drops and bullets up that way, and I was glad to be flying home with only a wet knot on the top of my head. An angry husband gave it to me. That’s what I get for going into the North End when I don’t have a case. No work means trouble. But that’s my name. Trouble. It says so on my door. You don’t even want to know my given name.

In the office, I had a short chat with an old friend. I poured my friend into a paper cup by the water cooler. My friend and I took off my wet shoes, and I squeaked across the floor and sat down at my desk. I corked my friend and him back in his drawer. There was a message for me. An urgent one. I felt cold.

The message was from “rb.” And that didn’t stand for “rhythm and blues.” I read the message, and read it again. It was an urgent call for help. This was foul. The syndicate was leaning on rb and leaning hard. My freind rb was connected, and unelss I acted quickly, those connections would be DOA. Not on my watch.

I knew just what I had to do. I had to do a lot more squeaking. Suddenly, I didn’t feel cold anymore. But I knew that, from the soles of my squeaky feet to the top of my lumpy head, I would be squeaking out in the cold. The end.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

@Spin: Re Lamar getting his own tag — Can’t say I celebrated but I certainly thought it was a good idea when Ma Lamar finally sewed tags on his boxers. Same with the string around his neck for his mittens.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

Dang! George and I are besides ourselves!

justk, you are sounding very Tony Montanaish!

Where can I ever find a place to be cryptic, kind of like Nostradamus?

Where can I go for electroshock therapy, delivered in the way that only Shra can?

Where can I say ‘Huzzah,’ and not be shunned?

Where can I find another hillbilly to be buddies with?

Where can I find a blog that is so free and yet so Spam Baskety?

Where can I find a blog with so many down to earth, yet so sky-high minded answerers?

Where am I going to go every day, in the midst of recession, wars, occupiers, and such like, and still find a place where I can openly laugh at this blogger/blog answerers shenanigans?

What are all of my friends going to do with all of their time at work? Work???

Is The Blog Guy ever going to forgive me for having a little bit of fun, mocking UW? Of which, I almost forgot about doing that. I hope that BG has. OOPS!!!

Where are you going to go, or do, without us, Blog Guy?

Are you going to be posting anything like this, ever again, Blog Guy?

In two weeks, BG, you just go and leave us stuck trying to find this blog, with you sipping a Long Island Iced Tea, sitting in a bath tub on a Caribbean beach, sprinkling the scads of money that you made doing this over your head, muttering, “Mine! MINE! ALL MINE!!! Not yours—MINE!!!”

Can George and I watch you doing that? Please?

Tim/Unca Rastus and his redoubtable bud and son George

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

%– Shocked speechless –%
(reaching for extra sprinkles for my medidoughnut)

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Ah well. It was fun while it lasted. :/

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

“Websites change, and take new directions….”

Well, I’m with ‘ol JD Salinger on this topic, when he said, “Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” Yeah, like in the GFMDS! How are we going to get our medi-donuts AND SPRINKLES?!

“I put a dollar in one of those change machines…. Nothing changed.” -George Carlin (That has absolutely nothing to do with all of this, I just love that quote.)

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

Oh, poop!
Apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley:

I met a traveller from a blogless land
Who said, It’s vast, the media world out there.
Some might even try to make one last stand.
Half sunk, a satirical visage lies, whose stare
And sneering lip, with comments spun and canned.
Tell that its blogger well the Times did read
With photos placed on the Internet
The pens that mocked them and the hearts that feed:
And on the Topic line these words appear:
“My name was Oddly’Nuffness, Blog of Blogs:
Look upon my web, ye humorless and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of contributions for quirky fare
The sane and witsome friends just drift away.

I will greatly miss you, BG. Thanks for brightening my day and giving me raison d’être.
(more to come…)

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

Dirge

Whither the laughter, whither the hope?
Whence on Kate the inside dope?
If the OE Blog cannot be seen
Then pull the curtain on my screen.
Must Lamar to history fade?
O Reuters, then thy tomb is made.
When all the joys of life are gone,
Ain’t no point in loggin’ on.

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

It little profits that an idle Blog
By this still keyboard, among these barren cubicles,
Is matched with cold coffee, mixed
With imitation sweetener, and other base material.
These coworkers embalmed in grey suits:
In proximity of space, but not of heart
Know not the joys and laughter of blog renown,
Of the Toilethead, or fish puns,
Or of Prince Charlie’s goofy crown.
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
Poltroons that hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not us.

I cannot rest from commenting: I will drink
Puns to the lees, cry huzzah in public places,
Settle bets with haberdasher’s midwives
And match barbs with slack-witted politicos:
All posts I have enjoyed greatly, have snickered under breath.
And over many a dull hour; greatly, both with those
That commented with me, and with the Blog Guy himself;
From foamy shore or spud-filled cafeteria
In Spam Filter’s dog house, or soaring high
Over the University of Wisconsin,
In a wobbly-winged BT-69;
In all the fashion shows that ever were, yea
All this must pass—though,
Let us not stay beyond these nine days
To let the rout of grey suits press our eyes with dull sight!

Nay, friends, let us surround our Blog Guy
Carry him off on shoulder held high, into new ground
Providing cyber sammiches to starving zombies,
Oogling pandas, bears and rotweilers
Until we, the big tears, o’erwhelmed with cute, let fall, Passing donuts with rich sprinkles to laughing youth
Making their weary hearts glad.

There lies the port; the vessel “Proud Kate” puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark broad seas. My fellow commentors,
Souls that have toiled, and wrought, and thought
with me—

Let us make these nine days shine!
And then when it is time
Set off for other climes

Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
For my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset
It may be that the trolls will knock us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great 8 foot cruellers
And cream filled bars, dotted with the sprinkles
Where readers of the Blog sit in lawn chairs
In circles glad, wrapped in bathrobes
And fuzzy slippers, holding steaming mugs of Earl Grey
With lovely Kate’s waxy face seal’d forever.
And if some fool should happen to chance
On our imaginary scene, with a mind to instruct
The current of 12 million volts shall fill the air,
And there with our beloved pets,
That frolic in the warm grass, with us
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

Maybe if we all keep posting comments here they’ll never take it down! This will be the most commented blog post in the history of the Internet! BWAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Wow. Thank you all. I am speechless. But tomorrow I’ll be speechful again, so tune in for the fun….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Since the Blog Guy can totally make stuff up, I want to try my hand at it. Nothing in this list is factual or accurate.

FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE BLOG GUY
5. He was not totally suprised to find out that the Fekrats were his biological family.
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/01/25/the-sound-of-family-getting-clo ser/

4. He recently applied for a Home Depot credit card under the name Blog Guy. No word whether the application got accepted or rejected. It’s possible that he applied after Ronald got some SPAM.

3. When he first got the job, Lamar was the only one to make it through all three rounds of interviews. The Blog Guy doesn’t care to talk about the other fifteen candidates.

2. He wishes no harm on animals, but the Blog Guy sometimes wakes up after having had nightmares about badgers.

1. Speaking of dreams, do you know how people have flying dreams? The Bog Guy has dreams of getting the BT-70 off the ground someday. Without duct tape.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

ARRRRRRGHHHH!

I came here for a laugh, and instead left with a cry.

Posted by gregbrew56 | Report as abusive

What is next in The Daily Adventures of The Blog Guy?

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

Now I lay my head down and weep,
and hope the blog my laughter keep.
If I should cry until I break,
I hope the bloggers my laughter take.

@greg: the tissue box will be passed around following the doughnut plate.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Ahem,reuters news. Just say the first two words quickly, ok?

Some news is just a pain in the,uh, heart. See, I really did behave! Sort of…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

BG speechless? Must be the doughnut in his mouth.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Imma let you finish, you got 2 weeks…..

Posted by KWest | Report as abusive

Nah it’s all a gag you guys. He did say there are a couple more weeks right?. I bet it’s just all a big set up for some grand joke and we will all have a good laugh. The OE blog ain’t going nowhere. Just you see, everything will be ok! :)

First Stage of Grief: Denial.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Here where the angels
Have appeared and are gone
Your face like an ember
Glows in the dawn
But I want you to remember
All wild deeds live on
All good times, all good friends

All good things got to come to an end
The thrills have to fade
Before they come ’round again
The bills will be paid
And the pleasure will mend
All good things got to come to an end

All good times, all good friends
All good things got to come to an end
(Jackson Browne)

Thanks BG and fellow blog posters. I’ll enjoy as much time here as we’re allowed and hopefully BG will let us know where we can contiue to partake of his SARCASM.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

I blame myself. I stopped reading regularly, and now this blog is going away.

It sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks.

That’s just among the most depressing news I’ve had all month.

Ugh.

I’m heartbroken.

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

Noooooo! Say it ain’t so!!!!! I may not have been posting, but I read every day! Noooo!!! (goes under the covers to cry….)

Posted by vwgal | Report as abusive

Hey, where’s Nosmo? Do we need to go on a hunt for him too?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Yeah, I can live with blaming this all on skeres. Works for me.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

And you’re sure this isn’t a clever marketing ploy to get us backslidden commenters to crawl out of the woodwork for one last witty repast?!

Oh well, good bye and thanks for all the fish, see you around, BG.

Posted by knit_nurse | Report as abusive

Spin, my door is always open to any OE Blog commentator. Should any of you ever find yourselves on the shores of bonny Scotland, give me a “Huzzah” and I shall be there, to offer home-made delicacies, from a few major cuisines and a couch.. Not to pick your baggage, coz I have been told I am a wee thing.

As for keeping us together, really BG, you need to look for greener pastures and invite us when you find it. Having a 10,000 fan base is a highlight on any resume.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

A very, very sad day. :|

If you’re not retiring, give us a hint where you’ll be blogging.

Either way, I wish you a very happy life ahead, full of joy and pleasures of all kinds. :)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I figured I could borrow some ideas and stanzas from that Poe guy. I hope he excuses me just this once:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious blog of humourous lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my office door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my office door -
Only this, and nothing more.’

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate blog post wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow
From the OE blog surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost humour galore -
For the rare and radiant Blog whom the angels named a blog of humour -
Nameless here for evermore.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Maybe I should have clicked through on more of those Levitra ads … not that I NEED anything like that, just sayin’.

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

what the hell? why? WHY? I love this place… :(

Posted by sarabelle | Report as abusive

@justCAM: Ouch!!.. that’s bang on target. :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I’m very sorry this blog isn’t going to be around anymore :( I don’t always comment but I do enjoy it. Let us know where we can read your future material.

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

Well that’s seriously crappy news. Next they’ll be cancelling Christmas and making us wear bags over our heads. We would feel better if you could give us someone to blame for this planned happiness mugging – is this a budget cut? Blink twice if Reuters is to blame. I am going to tell the Occupy people to go over to the DC office and get some answers.

Posted by hmcfabulous | Report as abusive

fabulous idea, hmcfabulous :)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Is the end of the Oddly Enough blog a sign of the oncoming apocalypse?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Never posted, but have enjoyed reading both the blog and the comments … well, most of them. :) Thanks, BG. May your quill remain sharp and your ink never run dry.

Posted by TNT7713 | Report as abusive

Well this just sucks. Now who am I going to direct goofy photos to?

Posted by Ogress52 | Report as abusive

@Ogress52:
Maybe you can send goofy photos to
The Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop
c/o Lamar
Lincoln Memorial entrance
Independence Ave SW & 23rd St SW
Washington, DC 20001

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

It’s a sad day – Oddly Enough is such a staple in my daily reading ritual and occupies such a prominent space on my iGoogle page. What will I do with the resulting vast void when it goes? Ouch. Never thought it could happen.

Posted by niteshift | Report as abusive

I’m devastated! BG, if you ever want a trip downunder, you’re welcome to stay with me and (by then) my hubby! :(

Posted by Funkyk | Report as abusive

Geez… I haven’t been busy around here in the past weeks due to ever increasing work commitments, and less time available for haiku and sarcasm. This really is a shocker. :(

Wish I could have joined the blog earlier.

OE Blog says bye,
New directions for Reuters:
No more time for fun!

A sad day indeed,
Don’t let this blog just vanish:
Relocate this blog!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

I’ve never commented in the 2 years I’ve read the blog because I’m quite certain I could never hang with the rest of everyone. I thank you all but especially The Blog Guy… But I’m pretty sure my neighbors and students hate you :) Of the thousands of things they blocked at school, y’all never made the cut.

thank you again and again. Have fun out there on that interweb-wide-machine and keep the shiny side up Mr. Baz.

Posted by phunphysics | Report as abusive