Wow. I just can’t look at the first three words of that title without the hint of a smile crossing my face.
As I’ve come to understand, one traditionally celebrates such a landmark in the life of his or her blog as the advent of its one-hundredth post by attempting to erect a show-stopping article designed to thoroughly sweep the audience off their feet. However, as most of my friends and associates would readily agree, respect for tradition and conformity has never been my strong point. In place of the aforementioned ritual, I’ve opted to use this milestone as an excuse to (briefly) go ‘off the record’ and allot myself the age-old indulgence of highlighting a few completely random things that most of my readers likely don’t know about me. For humility’s sake, I’ll attempt to buck my well-documented personal verbosity in the hope that this post will be relatively brief.
1.) I despise bacon!!!
This assertion will likely convince the average member of my sex that I’m some sort of pansy (which, in all seriousness, is somewhat true), but I simply cannot deny my loathing of bacon strips. While I generally prefer fruits and veggies to meat, I’m not a vegetarian by any stretch of the imagination (I actually quite enjoy seafood and poultry). Nevertheless, I draw the line at bacon because it’s essentially composed of hard, crispy sticks of grease.
2.) My favorite movie is ‘King Kong’ (1933).
While I’ve made my love of giant monsters well-known elsewhere, I can’t quite bring myself to cite any ‘Godzilla’, ‘Gamera’ or Ray Harryhausen flick as my favorite film (although each group contains a close runner-up in this regard), for that honor belongs to the movie which literally started it all. Not only are Willis O’Brien’s legendary stop-motion special effects absolutely spellbinding even to those first enjoying them seven decades after their conception, but the movie is also surprisingly well-written and boasts an intriguing message about the human condition. Even the enormous fanbase of the masterful ‘Jurassic Park’ can’t claim that Speilberg’s film is nearly as balanced, original, and evocative as ‘King Kong’: the great American epic of monster cinema.
3.) I’m a bit of a Russophile.
No, I’m NOT a fan of Russian politics, Vladimir Putin’s malevolent antics, or the former U.S.S.R. I simply find the country’s history, culture, and language to be a most interesting blend of East and West. I’ve tried to teach myself to speak and read Russian on several occasions (especially in the aftermath of my discovery that this blog is fairly popular amongst the country’s paleontology enthusiasts) and have invariably failed, a predicament for which I largely blame the devilishly tricky alphabet. I can, however, speak with a fluent Russian accent.
Alright then, now that I’ve discussed my thoughts on such scattered topics as bacon, monster movies, and Russia, the time has come to reveal just how much my humble corner of the internet has meant to me during its hundred-post reign.
Blogging has been a wonderful experience for me, and I can think of no decision in recent memory which has positively affected my life to the extent that my resolution to create ‘The Theatrical Tanystropheus’ has. To me, few things are as intensely rewarding as being able to connect with the paleontological community as I’m now able to on an almost daily basis. Being able to thus discuss the science to which I’m devoted and which has utterly captivated me throughout my life with some of its foremost experts and enthusiasts alike has, at the risk of invoking a cliché, truly been a dream come true. Through this digital venue, I’ve become introduced to some of the most interesting, knowledgeable, and passionate people with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming in contact.
Therefore, I’d enjoy nothing less than to take this celebratory opportunity to extend my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read my articles and entertain my thoughts.Your audience is very much appreciated and despite my obvious love of theatricality, I feel that it is I who must now give a round of applause. With great anticipation, I look forward to our frequent correspondence during my next one-hundred posts and beyond!
May the fossil record continue to enchant us all!