August 09, 2007


"The Von Trapp Family Singing 'So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night'" Version of the Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!

Except without the Nazis. Or singing. Or nuns. Okay, it's not at all like anything in the movie. SO SUE ME!! (Not really.)

Anyway, as you all know, The Axis of Weevil Thursday Three has been one of the more popular recurring features of Possumblog over the years, dating back to April 8, 2004. It has been on summer hiatus to allow it to be properly aired-out and disinfected, but when we sent it out, we had no idea that we'd be making our big exit before resuming production for the Exciting New Fall Season.

SO, in the spirit of the times, and to cap off the most drawn-out, insufferably melodramatic blogdeath sequences ever recorded, we herewith assault you one last time with The Completely Self-Centered Good-bye Edition of the Axis of Weevil Thursday Three! Since the original idea was posited by none other than Jim Smith, PhD, he has graciously written out the final question set for us.

As has always been both rule and custom, anyone may play along by either leaving a comment below, or by leaving a link to the answers on your own blog. Answer us now these things:

1. What was your favorite Possumblog post over the years? (With archive link, please, if you can find it.)

2. What will you miss most about Possumblog?

3. Do you have any final words? (And it better not be "Rosebud"!)

And, the exciting bonus question!

4. What will you not miss at all about Possumblog?

So, there you go.

As for my answers...

1. I don't have one that's my favorite, but several do stand out in my mind. One is not even a blog post. It's what got me interested in writing in the first place, though, at least as a method of catharsis. It was my set of recollections of September 11, 2001, and the months following.

On Possumblog proper, I still take time every year to update and post a little Valentine's Day paean to Miss Reba, whom I love more than life.

On a post related to September 11, this one was about getting to hear one of the engineers who designed the World Trade Center discuss their construction and destruction.

For you lovers of Southern culture, this one is pretty funny.

And for some reason, this one still strikes me as humorous.

2. Oh, that's easy. Everyone I've met, whether in real life or over the wire. I cannot thank you all enough for dropping by and chatting.

3. Love God, and love each other. Really.

And for the bonus:

4. Cleaning up after Chet the E-Mail Boy. That, and trying to remember not to start every single sentence with either "Well," or "ANYway."

Posted by Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2007 06:05 AM

i'm up at my place and for
the bonus
too many car posts

Posted by: jim at August 9, 2007 06:51 AM

But...but I LIKE cars!!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2007 08:22 AM

1. It's like trying to choose a favorite child. I'll have to say it's a toss-up between the first mention of Cornatees® and the photoshopped picture of double-ought (or is it naught?) supersecret agent PossumSpy.

2. Community, as 2-dimensional and disjointed as we were.

3. Love conquers all, even the empty feeling we'll have as we shuffle around the blogosphere without our free Possumblog ice cream.
[Yeah, I know you're not LEAVING leaving like ALANHA, but it'll be different.]

4. (Not) My Friend Jeff, if he really exists. Not that I'm slightly-teensy jealous he gets to have an occasional lunch with you or nuttin'.

Posted by: Marc V at August 9, 2007 08:49 AM

Well, here are my answers:

1) I too liked your 9/11 posts; I think that may have been how I wound up here. But the "Thursday Three" series may be my favorite overall, such as this one.

2)I would agree with Marc about the "community" aspect. I don't know many blogs that have built such a community; Tim Blair is probably the only one I can think of that comes close.

3) I'll miss all of you folks. They say "birds of a feather flock together" (I know, cliche-ville) but Terry's community speaks very highly of him.

4) The messages from "" that "Commenting has been suspended due to high levels of spam."

Posted by: Stan at August 9, 2007 09:44 AM

1. I think my favorite was your post after your family happened upon Possumblog.

2. I'll miss the Monday morning recaps of your weekends in suburbia. And, the Winston Churchill quotes. And, the Volvo updates (what will become of Revolvoblog?).

3. No final words from me, because I'm betting you can just quit this thing. I think you've got too much to say, and you'll find ways to squeeze in a little blogging.

4. I'll miss least the obscure architectural terms. Not that there's anything wrong with it...

Posted by: BillW at August 9, 2007 09:47 AM

1. Not a best post, but a best mention, using the Construction Master IV for your taxes and arriving at a refund of 16'3-3/4". I've remembered that since 2002.

2. Like others, the community.

3. I'll still be looking at other blogger's sites, but how will I know if Stan does go on to law school?

4. Hon, you really need to do something about all that gas.

Posted by: Janis Gore at August 9, 2007 09:48 AM

Ooops. 16'3-1/4".

Posted by: Janis Gore at August 9, 2007 09:52 AM

Hehee--it's funny, but the things people will miss the least are the stuff that I know most about--Jeff, cars, and architecture. And gas.

I'm not sure about Revolvoblog. It operates in its own little universe that doesn't depend on comments or constant updating. It'll sorta rock on as it has, as sort of a placekeeper/checklist of stuff I need to do and stuff I've done already. BUT DO BE SURE AND BUY NEAT JUNK FROM THE CAFEPRESS STORE!

And I'd forgotten all about that tax refund. The hard part wasn't getting it, it was spending it.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2007 10:01 AM

If I remember how to do the linky-thing, I'm up.

Posted by: Diane at August 9, 2007 10:22 AM

Will you be dusting off the Construction Master for the new job?

Posted by: Janis Gore at August 9, 2007 11:33 AM

Yep, you betcha. There's only so many decimal equivalents of the inch I can remember and add up, and I sure can't figure out hip and jack rafter lengths on my fingers.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2007 11:47 AM

Let's see;

1. There are too many and besides I'm swamped here at the editor's desk.

2. The Thursday Three of course

3. We'll see you on the other side (since you'll still need to know what all of us are doing)

4. Yeah, I miss having a garage living in a city again, but you did post a lot about the Volvo. That thing better be running beautifully soon.

Posted by: Andre at August 9, 2007 01:11 PM

"Soon"? Well, as long as we define "soon" in geological terms, well, then, yes. Just be glad you found Possumblog after the countless posts about dear departed Franklin, the F-100! ::sniff::

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2007 01:20 PM

1. What was your favorite Possumblog post over the years? (With archive link, please, if you can find it.)

I guess it's all the "deep fried" posts. I mean it's durn hard to think of a thing someone hasn't suggested be fried & served on a stick.

2. What will you miss most about Possumblog?

Your weekend reports. I haven't lived a life like that since the mid 80's and it tickles me that there really are Mom, Hubby and 2.3 kids out there & I can be friends with them.

3. Do you have any final words? (And it better not be "Rosebud"!)

I hope some of ya'll will come and visit, just wipe the mud off before entering. ;-)

And, the exciting bonus question!

4. What will you not miss at all about Possumblog?

The drivel about Auburn footyball. Everyone knows LSU is the SEC bestist team. Goux TIGERS! :-)

Posted by: Chef Tony at August 9, 2007 08:31 PM

1. One of my favorite posts was the one where you wrote up the history of Cheese Puffs and Cheese Curls. There have been others, but that is one of the first that springs to mind.

2. All the wonderful comments and general silliness -- not to mention the opportunities to goof off photoshopping your picture.

3. Not really

4. Sports stuff...I may not know much about guns or cars, but those became funny and interesting, football not so much...

Posted by: Jordana at August 9, 2007 11:29 PM

Last to the party, any cake left?

Anyway I'm up!

Posted by: Sarah G. at August 10, 2007 12:01 AM

I'm gonna ignore that comment about Auburn football, Tony. For now. Jordana can get away with it, though.

And Sarah, there's always cake for you!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 10, 2007 08:38 AM