Fare-thee-well, Innocent Bystanders March 22, 2015Posted by Mrs. Peel in News.
As geoff mentioned yesterday, Innocent Bystanders is coming up on its ninth anniversary. Nine years ago, the troll “mike” had singlehandedly rendered comments at AOSHQ nigh-unreadable, and many of us had begun writing/commenting on smaller satellite blogs (which later became collectively known as the “Moronosphere”). As a joke, Retired Geezer created this blog, Michael’s Comments, and several of us gravitated here to comment.
The last nine years have been very busy for all of us. I haven’t posted anything here for ages and ages, and the few stalwart posters still trying to keep the blog going have become more and more overloaded, so we’ve decided to close Innocent Bystanders at the completion of its ninth year. Several of us will be writing posts over the next few days to refresh our memories on all the good times we had here; Dave will wrap the whole thing up on March 25. So, this is my farewell post.
(A quick note to catch you guys up on me, since it’s been so long since I posted here – Will and I got married back in 2011, and our little boy was born in 2012. In 2013, I started a major project at work that I am just now getting close to completing. So that’s why I haven’t been around – my day consists of working and toddler-wrangling. Right now, the toddler in question is nuzzling the television. Sigh.)
Anyway, IB will always hold a special place in my memory. We had some very entertaining threads, everything from silly jokes to troll-hunting to relationship advice. And we also had get-togethers, the first one of which I attended being right around this time (March Madness) at Michael’s place.
To be honest, I was pretty nervous about meeting INTERNET PEOPLE for the first time. (My mom’s bizarre ideas didn’t help, either. More on that below.) Michael’s hello hug was a little bit too long, but what would you expect? Anyway, he, Cathy, geoff, Dave, Lipstick, Eddie, and even Wickedpinto, plus the inevitable person(s) I inadvertently omitted, and I managed to rein in the weirdness long enough that we all had a great time. Many laughs were had, excellent food was devoured, and absolutely no basketball was actually watched.
So anyway, even though I’ve barely darkened IB’s doors in years, I’ll miss the old place. Thanks, everyone, for the laughter and friendship over the years.
And finally, for the last time, here is my mom’s take on Michael and Cathy’s probable motivations for hosting the IBMMP:
Me: So anyway, I’m planning to go to this party. It will be fun!
Mom: Who-all is coming?
Me: *lists names*
Mom: And what will you do?
Me: I dunno, hang out, go to the range. The usual.
Mom: Are you sure that’s all?
Mom: You know, when your dad and I first got married, we were very surprised to learn how many people we knew were into wife-swapping.
Me: (trying to break the tension with a joke) Well, wouldn’t I need a partner in order to properly reciprocate?
Mom: (condescendingly) They make sure the numbers work out.
Me: (thinking) <i>one…two…Wickedpinto…OMG!!!</i> (aloud) I really don’t think that’s what’s going on.
The looks on everyone’s faces when I recounted this story were hilarious. As is hopefully needless to say, no wives were swapped in the making of this blog!