It doesn’t seem like it, but IMAO is 15 years old today. At this moment, in fact. Yes, at 4:42 PM on 9 July 2002, Frank J. put up the first post at http://imao.blogspot.com/
We haven’t always made a big deal about anniversaries … um, blogiversaries. Mostly because we forget things. You know that movie Finding Dory? Based on us. Not the finding part, but the can’t remember anything part.
Anyway, we’ve made anniversary posts — or is it blogiversary posts? — posts in the past, at the one, two, three, four, five, seven, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve year marks.
Yeah, I noticed that around the time I wandered in and SpaceMonkey asked Frank J. “Can we keep him?” that the blogiversary posts started to taper off. But, 15 is a big deal. My first marriage didn’t last 15 years, so there. And, we are kinda making a big deal about it. Well, not really. It’s just that someone remembered ahead of time. Probably Harvey, or one of the adults.
How big of a deal? We got Frank J. to agree to jump out of cake for the official blogiversary celebration. Can you imagine that?
Uh, maybe we ought to go some other route. Yeah, we’ll not do that Frank J. in the cake thing.
Instead, let’s look back at the very first post at IMAO, back when the blog was on Blogspot. How many of you remember that?!
Hooray! A new blog! There’s lots of stuff I felt like spouting off about, so here I am. Just as a warning, everything written here is in the most unrefined form and should not be used as an actual opinion.
POSTED BY FRANK AT 4:42 PM
Huh. That’s the first post? That’s, um … historical? Yeah, we’ll go with that.
Maybe the second post?
Peace or Pothole
First off, I don’t like the way the current administration is pussyfooting in the Middle East. If Reagan were still around, right now there would either be peace in the Middle East or it would be one giant smoldering pothole. And then it would be done with. Instead we play buddy-buddy with a bunch of dictators who, in a true and just world, should be hanging from trees. At least, it seems, Bush has completely cut off all ties with Arafat. I think we could have cut off ties with him a lot more forcefully, though. Instead of Bush coming out and saying, “You should elect someone other than Arafat because we don’t like him,” just so the Palestinians could defy us, we should first have had a sniper take him out and then say, “I think you should elect someone other than Arafat because he’s dead now.” Then the Palestinians would have to concede to our simple logic or elect a dead man. They’d probably elect a dead man, but sometimes people surprise you.
POSTED BY FRANK AT 5:22 PM
Okay, that’s more like it. Oh, and don’t forget the original tagline at the top of the blog:
I believe that the important issues that affect us our too complex to be fully grasped by the intellect alone and that by thinking them out too much leads to the worst answers. That’s how crap like communism came about. That’s why I’m dedicated to responding to political issues with my gut response and as little extra thought as possible.
Of course, it was later shortened to “Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated.”
Well, that’s a brief look back at the beginning of IMAO, 15 years ago today.
So, what’s the future have in store for us? I dunno. Probably good stuff. I mean, you guys went and elected Donald Trump, which is comedy gold. So, yeah, probably good stuff.
I have no doubt that IMAO will easily make it to year 20. Or, 15 years and a day, at least. I’m optimistic that way.