Whoops, I guess I missed my own blogiversary! Last Sunday marked ELEVEN years that I've been blogging chez Verbatim. I'm obviously no longer doing the every-day thing, but I do my best to check in now and again. I want to again say thanks to those of you who still show up here to see what I have to say, and especially to those who occasionally comment below or via email, Facebook, or Twitter so that I know I'm not just hollering into a void.
Meanwhile, something funny happened last week. I got an email from a woman in Florida:
So 10 years ago, on Oct 31, 2005 you posted about a purple stretchy toy lizard. Is there any chance it is still in your possession and if is in reasonable condition? I googled purple toy lizard after our dog managed to eat the legs off my daughters favorite toy and the first image that comes up is yours and it's identical. I have no idea where she got this lizard toy, but she's had it for years. Poor girl was in tears, which is not like her at all. I managed to cheer her up, but decided to see if we could find a replacement. Just wanted to see if you still had one and would let me buy it from you, strange I know.
The post (and lizard) in question are here. Julie was all of FOUR years old at the time.
I wrote back and said that I was sorry, but we'd long ago given away all of our little toys like that. Later on I told Julie the story, and she said, "Mom! We still have that lizard! It's under the couch in the den!" And sure enough, there it was. (The irony is not lost on me, that she's the one who knew where it was.)
So I wrapped it up and sent it off to Florida (no, I didn't let her buy it), and a few days later she wrote back to say that her daughter was thrilled to be reunited with her beloved lizard!
Try pulling off a stunt like that pre-Internet, huh?