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Is blogging over? I mean, do people still read them now with Facebook? I do have some readers who do keep me on my toes (hello, and thank you, Melody and Randy), but it seems most people have ceased to check out their favorite blogs on a daily basis (not that my blog was probably anybody’s favorite).

Hell, I know that I rarely check out other people’s blogs anymore. Anyway, I’m going to try to keep posting here…and hopefully more regularly…even if just as a test to see how often people check-in. I don’t want to let what few fans I have down.

So, let’s see…what’s happened since my last post in January. Snow. Then more snow. Then ice. Then rain. That pretty much sums up the past few weeks.  Boston’s had 71.5 inches of snow  (Arlington got quite a bit more) and my commute since Christmas has been 50% to 200% longer than normal every day. Even the main roads (Massachusetts Avenue) are missing lanes of traffic because of the mounds of snow. And I still don’t understand why they are allowing parralel parking along that major artery in Cambridge when 2 lanes of parking and 4 travel lanes has been narrowed down to just one lane of traffic in each direction. My normal 20-30 minute commute has taken me a minimum of 40 minutes, but is frequently 1.5 to 2.0 hours…each way. I could walk faster (if the sidewalks weren’t icy lawsuits waiting to happen. The one benefit has been that it’s allowed me to watch an episode and a half PER DAY of old Pushing Daisies episodes on my iPhone.

Fortunately, we’re FINALLY getting our first thaw and things are melting. An invigorating sign that spring is on it’s way.

On another positive note, Randy and I will be heading to Mexico shortly. I wasn’t initially excited about going to Puerto Vallarta since I’d already been there twice before. Although I still would have prefered to venture someplace new (Costa Rica, Chile, or Dominican Republic), I’m now getting excited as the trip is approaching. Especially after this winter.

On a negative note, my uncle passed away on Friday after being hospitalized since November following a heart attack. The funeral is going to be Thursday. They’ve even enlisted me to be pall-bearer (something I’ve never done before despite attending more funerals than I care to remember). The poor guy, he was suffering for months.

Also this winter, we FINALLY had hard wood floors put in on the third and fourth floors. They look great, but the work still isn’t done since we’re also supposed to be having the stairs done, too. Between the contractor’s delays and now my own delays (it was supposed to be completed this week but my parents are coming up for the funeral and staying with us) it’s been bumped too many times since originally planned after Thanksgiving. The new date to start is Friday. Fingers crossed.

In between, we also refinanced our mortgage, despite only having lived here for 1.5 years. We’ve calculated the savings to be well over $200/month, and it will help us pay off the mortgage years earlier.

Finally, I’ve also been keeping myself busy planning the trip to Hawaii next summer. But I think we finally have the itinerary hashed out and now it’s just a matter of confirming hotel rooms for six of the ten nights. We’ve picked them out already…we just need to confirm.

Phew. And what’s new with you?


  1. Comment by randy on February 14, 2011 3:56 pm

    Hi Poodle, happy valentines day 🙂

  2. Comment by Jeffrey on February 14, 2011 4:43 pm

    I was going to ask what happened to your blog, but I don’t like to badger people. You’re part of my routine. Email,, Karl’s Blog, then Facebook. Done!

  3. Comment by Golden on February 14, 2011 9:42 pm

    You blog feeds my Google Reader when you ACTUALLY write something! No, seriously, I read them all, but don’t have to check everyday. It shows up for me to tell me you did. I’m lazy like that.

  4. Comment by randy on February 16, 2011 2:24 pm

    See people want more from Karl

  5. Comment by Melody on February 17, 2011 3:24 pm

    FINALLY!! So glad you haven’t given up on your blog. I don’t always go on Facebook but I do check your blog everyday. Thanks for catching us up. So sorry to hear about your uncle but glad he isn’t suffering anymore.

  6. Comment by Mark on February 24, 2011 6:29 pm

    Well, of COURSE we read them, when we get a chance. And when there’s something to read…

  7. Comment by Will on March 5, 2011 6:04 pm

    There’s no comparison between Facebook and a blog. — they are two different media. One is a wonderful way to keep in touch with a large number of friends quickly and easily.
    The other is a forum for discussion, a way to reveal thoughts and your life in depth instead of with quick, tweet-like updates. I discover new blogs that interest me all the time and am delighted to do so.

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