Danny & Family

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

For Those Of You Who've Left Comments

The topic of today’s post will basically just be a response to recent comments left on my blog by readers. I’m doing it this way for reasons I’ll explain below. So let me get right in to the responses:

To all of you who wished my daughter Nina a happy birthday and/or left a kind remark about the picture I posted – Thank You!

But not to be too impersonal, let me respond in more detail to . . .

LA – Yes, Nina is the one on the left, her friend Frankie is on the right.

GetFlix – Grumpiness is the nicest word I could come up with at the time. Nina can be (and often is) a little stinker. She’s also sometimes a spoiled brat and a crybaby. She’s also learning the fine arts from her brother, Brady, of being disrespectful, not picking up after herself, and not listening to her parents. But Laura and I love them both. Sorry, I digressed. I have several pictures of Nina that capture a grumpy or grouchy look that she gets when she doesn’t get her way, or is upset with someone or something. We call this her Pooty Face.

To all of you who have offered congratulations on my recent Blogger Reflection Award, thank you. And thanks again to Sage for bestowing this honor on me.

V - Thanks for the words of encouragement: "As long as you're still blogging, that's all that really matters." The truth is that I'm barely blogging.

LA – I was actually surprised that Frank Murphy gave me a shout out. I too remember when Frank was K&B’s producer, and Mark & Brian’s before that. (I remember Poorman on Love Line too.)

So why am I responding to my readers’ comments here and not on the comment page where they left the comments? To tie it to an explanation of my personal blog reading and writing woes.

Here’s the thing: the company I work for began enforcing an internet use policy. This policy includes tracking of internet use by users without their knowledge. No, there is nothing illegal about this. As a member of our company's human resources management team, it would be career suicide to continue doing what I had been doing up until about two weeks ago - spending my lunch hour reading the blogs on my blog scroll and commenting on the same. Even though I would never go to a web site with content that is clearly in violation of the policy, the policy also covers using the internet for non-business reasons. There is absolutely no business related reason for me to be on any of my blog sites, regardless of the content or subject of the post.

Here's the other thing: my wife Laura really, really doesn't like my blogging habit. She has disagreed with my blogging since day one. So, since I can't blog from work, and I am very limited to when I can blog from home - basically when Laura is out of the house, like right now as I'm writing this (as opposed to when you're reading it); I can almost never blog. It pains me that I haven't read any of your posts for nearly two weeks. But as time allows I will catch up with my reading, try to leave a comment, and occasionally post something here for you to read.

All my best, Danny


  • At September 10, 2007 11:33 AM, Blogger GetFlix said…

    Hey Dan, I hear you! Blogging is an imperfect hobby at best.

  • At September 10, 2007 12:07 PM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said…

    It is best for you to not get busted at work or home. Stop by whenever!

  • At September 11, 2007 6:37 PM, Blogger sage said…

    Hey, I understand. Stop by when you are able.

  • At September 11, 2007 6:37 PM, Blogger sage said…

    Hey, I understand. Stop by when you are able.

  • At September 13, 2007 6:55 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    I agree. And, nothing in life is perfect, so it fits right in.

    That's very understanding of you.


    I'll be stopping by tonight.

  • At September 15, 2007 11:07 AM, Blogger Prunella Jones said…

    Aw that's too bad. Your comments always crack me up. Blogging is a fun hobby and it helps with the communication skills. Tell Laura it could be worse. You could be looking at porn all night. (Okay...I know my last post could qualify as porn, but I swear I won't be doing that again any time soon!)

  • At September 18, 2007 9:53 PM, Blogger LA said…

    I work from home, but up until several months ago, I did all my work on my own computer. Then, they gave us company computers, and I am extremely careful about the websites I go to when I'm on that one. I know they have employee tracking software on there. I don't do any commenting or blogging unless I'm on my own machine.

    Sorry to hear your wife is against blogging. I've had friends tell me they think it's absolutely crazy that I do it. Fact is, I've been "blogging" since 1998 (although back in the day, I called it my "diary" as the term "blog" was just being coined). I'm far less revealing than I was back in the day, but I still really enjoy it.

  • At September 20, 2007 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Danny,

    This is a bit late considering when you posted, but I'm extremely proud of your blogging. You deserve a chance to get your thoughts and feelings out - everyone does. I hope you get a chance to continue, and I hope you know there are many of us out there who enjoy reading your blog. You're my brother, so I'm a little defensive of you. Your therapy is just as important as anyone's. Don't stop blogging. I love you lots.


  • At September 27, 2007 8:57 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    LA -
    It's been tough not reading everyday like I had been for over a year. I'll continue to enjoy it when I can.

    My Favorite Youngest Sister, Donna -
    Thanks, this is a form of therapy, and it's important to me. I love you too.

  • At October 11, 2007 3:45 PM, Blogger Carmi said…

    Bummer about blogging at work and at home. I'm blessed with a wife who started her own blog to see what the fuss was all about. She gets that blogging is a part of my writer's life, so I don't get grief from her as long as I keep everything in balance. Which I do...otherwise I'd never get anything done.

    When I worked in IT, my going-in assumption was that Internet, e-mail and other network traffic was always monitored. I was always blown away when folks at work downloaded MP3s and surfed to their heart's content. Good on you for staying below the radar.

    Our loss that we don't get as much of you as we did before.

  • At October 13, 2007 2:29 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    Keeping everything in balance is very important. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.


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