Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Mini-marathon

Saying for the day: A mini anything is not as good as a Great one.

Well here we go with blog marathon number five. It will be slightly different than the other marathons. Here are the rules.
1. 30 blogs need to be completed to finish the marathon
2. you must do blogs in sets of five by category
3. You receive fifteen points for each category completed
4. There are a total of twelve categories to choose from
5. Keep track of the categories completed and when you are through leave a comment on my blog telling me which categories you did by number. This gives me a check on my totals.
6. Those doing 6 categories or more will receive a marathon certificate and a blogger snow globe.
7. Be nice and creative in your comments and remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comment to get the JCPOINTS.
8. Mini-Marathon will end at 9:00 AM Thursday
Have fun and you will find the category lists by clicking HERE

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run and kids are the government– The election is over and the votes have been counted in Pigeon Falls. The votes for Mayor are as follows, Nancy 1, Eino 1, White Rabbit 2, and Tommy 5. The new Mayor of Pigeon Falls is Tommy the undertaker’s kid. The council will be made up of the eighth grade class all six of them. Each one got five votes. Apparently the last years graduating class decided to shame the town by writing in the eighth grade class. There is no age limit on the office holders only on voting for the office. So now Tommy, who couldn’t vote for Mayor, is the Mayor. He will be on Thursday when he and the new council members have been voted in. The adults in Pigeon Falls are in a state of shock. One eighth grade mother said she isn’t going to let her son serve on the council. The town attorney said that if she prevented a properly elected official from performing his duties she could be arrested. Tommy announced that his first official act would be to declare the White Rabbit the town mascot and make it illegal to shoot at him. Mrs. Trumble has not been available to comment on that development.
Nancy says all those people who came in for coffee agreed that something had to be done but nobody had the slightest idea of what. The adults don’t want the kids making the rules for the town. Nancy says that if nothing else is true its been good for coffee sales.
Lest we forget the dragon got one vote for council. So things could have been worse. We could have had a council consisting of the dragon and the Mayor would have been the White Rabbit.

There will be no link today because of the mini-marathon. Click HERE for that list. Remember to put the words DR. John in the comments to get your own personal worthless JCPOINTS. Check HERE for your totals.
Mia Culpa, Mia Culpa, Mia Culpa. I am guilty. I made an off the top of my head comment in Monday's post which could be read as questioning the ethics of Cindra Jo's relatives. It was not intended to do that but to question if the identifies of the writers in the contest could really be kept secret. I have always had a tendency to put foot in mouth and do so even on this blog. To all of Cindra Jo's relatives my sincerest apology. I am sure that you are all ethical people. Out of all this I have learned how easy it is to destroy the peace. In the future I will try harder to say what I really mean (think before I write). Again I am sorry.
For those who wonder what T.I.P.C stands for it is "Thousand Individual Point Club" which is made up of bloggers with over 1000 JCPOINTS.
Betty was going to paint the garage door but it rained. She did bring in the hose and some unused rairoad track. I worked on filling out a question sheet sent to us by Mr. Smythe. I hope the answers will be okay. Betty sold some stock that she and her sister had. The last of the stock. It brought about $450. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Tommy as mayor and the eigth grade as council? Well, all I can say is some trends transcend reality.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

An eigth grade Mayor and Council. Perfect! I know I certainly knew everything when I was in the 8th grade!

4:45 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Dr John,
are you saying there is no bribing Cindra Jo in the Monday word competition. That's half the fun see who can come up with the best story, or promises of the most outrageous laugh or bribe.

I mean, how else am I gonna ever win otherwise.
So go and vote for entry X
No, not the X-rated one, the anonymous one from the X-files

4:49 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

Some people are more competitive than others. I suspect, like me, you are in the others category. I confess that in Cindra Jo's last word game I voted twice for myself, however I still came last. I feel this was an appropriate punishment for attempting to rig the result in my favour.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

All of a sudden I start getting comments on my blog this morning. (Four new comments in the span of a few minutes!) Each new comment mentions Dr. John. I think, who the hell is this dr. john? I check commentor no. 1's blog, no mention of a dr. john in top few posts. Check commentor no. 2's blog, again no comment in top few posts. Check out commentor no 4's blog, having accidently skipped checking no 3's blog, and a mention with a link that brought me here!

Whatever the intention might be, I hope it brightens the days of others as it already has mine!

6:45 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...


What does that mean?? I'm soo confused!!!

6:59 AM  
Anonymous andrena said...

Hey Dr. John...finished section 1. Have a great day!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous cindra said...

You sillies! Dr. John, good grief. This is all in fun and there is no need to apologize. That was a comment made in fun!

Bazza-the poll is set up so you can only vote once...or it should be. You big goober!

I don't get to vote because I am the organizer...I guess I could do a family contest on the side...but isn't being part of a family a contest in itself???

Okay, for the record, so we (at least Dr. John and I) can move along...I took no offense at all and I appreciate your apology, however (un)necessary. Thanks.

My family has been known to expand some details here and there or leave em' out all together!

Good day to all. I'll be back later for the marathon.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

I'm confused too. What is TICP?

8:05 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

I did no 12 and I think I got comments recorded.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Foot in Mouth - I know it well. Jon and I just had our 5th anniversary and we follow the Greeting Card Traditional Gift Suggestions.

When asked last night what I got for an anniversary present I replied, "Wood".

Everyone laughed and ran away with the impossibilities! When I should have just said "A cord of firewood" so we could cozy up and snuggle next to the fireplace on these up and coming cold winter nights.

But nooooooo! My friends are terribly uncooth.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Ginamonster said...

I love the kids are in charge of Pigeon Falls. Maybe they will set things strait.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous andrena said...

finished section 2!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous andrena said...

okay,finished section to class for the rest of the afternoon! Cya!!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I think I found out what T I P C means. It is an acronym in Latin that says:

"The coveted cherries found in a dented can of fruit cocktail."

9:27 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Hey Dr. John!

big yay for me! I just finished Category 2.. the photoblogs!

9:37 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

I just finished 4 and 5.. and does anyone know what tipc means yet??

9:48 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

morning sir. first, thank you again, for allowing me time to be able to join in the fun. you are right, i love the marathons..i love being able so say Dr. John sent me here..i say it with pride..i do it for fun as well, because it is a great many finds i have welcome to my reading lists..and i do it for the friendships as well. so many lovely hearts in our community.

so God Bless you for your thinking of me and for you looking after me. i'm so grateful for you and your family's friendship...

Now....i have finished the whole thing..all the blogs..every single one of them...yuppii...

but on section 2, blog named Chicago Sunsets...the blog logged up but there were no posts, ???

on section 9, blog named An army wife...i left a comment, twice, but i'm not sure it gave me back an error something about not properly loading my template???? no idea here i tell you..but it might be there, both, i don't know..

on section 11, blog named Nightengale, the post was up, it was an ink pen but it wouldn't take any comments even though it had already had one there...??? so i left a message for her previous post dated Nov.4 Saturday..

will come back to leave you my usual, regular long winded, lol..comment for your post today in a bit..i'm off to eat and get some zzz's, lol

and thank you again from the bottom of my heart..


10:05 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

I finished sections 1-8.
Fourth blog in section five won't let me leave a comment. I tried ten times, and ten times I got the message "An error occurred:

You must define a Comment Pending template."

So how can I leave a comment when I don't how or why I should define a comment pending template?

11:09 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

I have now done no.1

11:28 AM  
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

How soon they forget, eh, Doc?

T.I.P.C. stands for Thousand Individual Points Club.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

WOW!!! That is some town to have a kid for mayor and a bunch of 8th graders for council.

I can just see it, curfews reversed and and making it illegal to punish your children. lol That is too funny!

I'm gonna try and do the marathon. School has been pretty busy but I need some JC points. My goal is to now get into the 1000 club. I have to be apart of that!

11:34 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

Too complicated for me, Doc! Too busy commuting.

You take care of yourself!

12:28 PM  
Blogger otilius said...

Dr. John,
A belated THANK YOU for including my site in your fun.


12:36 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

i had already written about my first part but now i'm back for the rest.

I absolutely LOVE the fact that Tommy is new the major and that the council is made up of kids.

kids ideas and innocense are exactly what we all need more of. their enthusiasm and joy of life are catching..things can only be fun and adventurous and that is just awesome.

pls tell Tommy how grateful i'm for his first order of business...WHOO-HOOO the rabbit and dragon are safe..I'm sure that Mrs. Trouble will love this one for sure, lol..
If you knew how often i write something that in my head sounds funny or smart and when i go back, it sounds nothing but. I have put more feet in my mouth than i owned and so i know how bad you must feel. But you have explained and apologized and really that is all we can do. It was a mistake, one we all make i assure you.

Thank you for the happiness of today. Enjoy all the people out there making others happy. Take care and love to you both.

1:49 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Just finished #3... man.. i'm on a roll!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

The Army Wife blog would not take comments. FYI

2:41 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I feel like I have just ran a marathon. I did them all, but only because I didn't want to leave anyone out. I love all Dr. John's Peeps.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Except for "the army wife life" in group 9, which still is giving me an error message, I have been to and left comments on all marathon blogs. Some said posting waiting on approval, but I commented on them all. Thanks Dr. John for the marathon, and thanks for brightening my day by naming my blog on the art blog list. You made my day!

2:52 PM  
Anonymous andrena said...

finished group #4....starting to get butterflies and nervousness about meeting tomorrow evening...

3:04 PM  
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

Done Categories 1 through 3 so far, Doc...

3:36 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Woo hoo.. the final and complete list of categories finished..

#4 (tho' i only did 4 of them.. because I'm in this category.. )

4:34 PM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Dr. John, Apology accepted. I knew you didn't mean your comment the way it sounded, however I won't be participating in Cindra's contest. What you said others think. It makes me sad.

I won't be joining your marathon. It came on a very busy day for me. I am struggling to make my usual rounds. I hope everyone has fun.

5:57 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Hi Dr John

This time I was able to take part in the marathon. I was off today with a break to the Dentist (only a filling).

I've been to the Blogs on 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. I've even left a comment on my own blog just to be safe.

Thanks for letting me particitpae and including my blog in the marathon.

Have a Blessed Day.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous andrena said...

finished secton #5. I am not able to leave comments in some blogs because they are set to "blogger" only....

6:29 PM  
Anonymous andrena said...

finished #6..

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Whew! There's always something going on in Pigeon Falls. I can't wait to see how the town handles this one.
I'm beat from all that marathoning, but I made it through catagories 3,4,5,7,10 and 12.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous andrena said...

okay..finished #7...calling it a night! bless you John!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Josie said...

For some reason I am having trouble clicking onto people's comments links. So I am just going to say hello to everyone here. Hopefully I can join in the next marathon. They sound like a hoot... :-)


8:09 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

my sweet Dr. John i will share that often i have nightmares or startle easy..sometimes i hear weird noises that freak me out...all in all, when i'm having one of those days or nights..besides the comfort of knowing that God is watching over me and i have my guardian angel next to is the cuddles that make me feel all better..Poor Betty, what a horrible night and stressful day she has had..and she still worked so hard on the house and did all the marathon..would you kindly add one more hug to your regular cuddles from me to her..and even though i know how much you comfort her anyways, pls hold her ever so more closer tonight..sweet dreams sir...great success this marathon has been..

8:12 PM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

Ok, Dr. John, in betwixt and between everything I had going on today, I finished 1, 2, 5, 7, 8. I hope to do another early in am, but if I have a night tonight like Betty had last night, I may not be up in time!

So much for volunteering at the soup kitchen, today (only kidding!)

8:27 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I did #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,,12
there were some I couldn't get to or comment on. It is aafter midnight and i am going to go to sleep and pray that no one calls at 4:00AM

10:24 PM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

Have done 2,3,4,5,6,7
Phew hard work was even blogging in my sleep!

1:48 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

Hi Dr John, I visited Nos 1 to 7 inclusive.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

Just done number 9 but don't think one of my coments registered

2:21 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I'm up early with no work to go to this morning so I came back for more. Add section 11 to my list of completed marathoning.

2:50 AM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

done number 1 now thats me lot!
enjoyed it though

2:57 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I wass waiting for this marathon. I intended to be a winner but I only managed to finish #2. It was great though, loved all the photos.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

Well, Dr. John, just finished my minimum 6 - can add 11 to the previous 1, 2, 5, 7, 8. I try to read a bit into the blog and write a reasonable comment - so did not have time for more. I am sorry for all the gems I did not get to visit.

Please, I don't need a snow globe! My reward is in the wonderful blogs I have discovered, thanks to you. Plenty enough reward!

Also, I was at a church service yesterday and at one part, right before the Creed, the priest says "The Lord is my rock, my fortress. . . " For some reason, I immediately thought of you. I don't know why it didn't hit me weeks ago! I've only been a visitor here for a few months - but I was wondering about the origin of "fortress" in your blog title - have you posted an explanation of that before? Thanks.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

I finished 10,and 11.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how you found my blog, but thank you for including me.

10:44 PM  

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