Saturday, August 19, 2006

I passed (whoopee)

Last week I ventured down to the 169 Bar in Chinatown to hear Wendy Ip perform. She's back from her stay in England with a new song, and a new boyfriend. I have gotten to know Wendy from her weekly performances at the Stonewall Bistro, before it closed down.

There was a guy hanging around Wendy and her friends, and they introduced me. He said he was just from the neighborhood, and happened in on this night of music. He was showing a picture of his kids, and said his wife was out of town. He was obviously drunk, even before I had arrived.

Eventually it was Wendy's turn to sing. She was as good as ever. Afterwards she hung around a little while, talking to people. The drunk guy started coming on to me. (I guess I should point out that a) this is a straight bar; b) I was presenting as a woman.) He gently took ahold of my arm. I gently pulled away. It didn't discourage him though. He said something about us going back to his place (it was hard to hear over the music). I said, "Sorry, I've got a wife and I'm faithful to her," showing him my wedding and engagement rings.

He looked confused. "You're not a dude, are you?" he asked. I asked him to repeat it, just to make sure I heard him correctly over the band. I never assume I pass as a woman, especially after someone gets a good look at me, and hears me speak. But he repeated his question, "You're not a dude, are you?"

I replied, "I'm a little of both."

He looked at me for a few seconds, and said, "I'd bang you anyway."

I said, "I get enough of that at home," and headed for the exit.

But now I know that I pass as a woman in a well-lit straight bar--at least with a drunk guy.


Friday, August 18, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Blog changes coming is adding to the features available to us bloggers, most notably the ability to separate our posts into various categories. It's still in beta testing, and I don't know when I'll be able to add it here, but it's coming.

So if you only want to see, say, my "Living with bears" posts, without the distractions of my other, much less important articles, you'll be able to do it.

The other big change apparently is the ability to easily modify the layout of the blog. I've fiddled with my template a little, but it's basically the same as the way the template author wrote it--which means it looks like any number of other blogs. This too will change. I'll try to remember to give an advance warning, but don't be surprised to come here some day and find a very different-looking blog.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Weird websearch of the day

humorous retiree monologues for church has this blog fourth!--right below that hateful Concerned Women for America.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The experiment: (slightly) amended results

A couple weeks ago I ran a little experiment to see if I could attract more vistors to my blog, by listing the ten most frequently searched-for terms. The results: zero. My blog was too low in the results lists.

But a couple days ago I did get a hit from someone doing a search using one of the terms: Kurara Chibana searches. Adding the word "searches" got my blog into the top 20.

Happy anniversary--to me!

This blog is one year old today. Starting with my toe-in-the-water test post through this one, I have 594 articles up--with exactly 8700 visitors as of this writing, an average of nearly 24 per day. That's not very large in the blogosphere realm, I know, but somebody must like what I'm writing.

Actually, I know who some of you are. As you can probably tell from all my "Weird Websearch" posts, I check my visitor log thoroughly. I don't get the names of my visitors directly, but I do get the IP addresses, and frequently the location of the ISP. With a little external info, like when you leave a comment, I can connect a visitor log entry with a name.

So I see no reason to stop writing "caprice's glob." Since I've been concentrating on my Office Clean-Up Project, I haven't been posting much of substance lately. But eventually that will end, and I'll get back to my entertainment reviews, etc. Hang in there. If you don't want to check in constantly, you can subscribe via FeedBlitz using the box in the right hand column. They'll send you an e-mail listing all my new headlines. It'll be a day late, but I think for most people that should suffice.

In the meantime, Happy Anniversary to me!

Plat du jour

A soccer referee?