It’s the start of our Anniversary Week! And like all good anniversary parties we’re looking back at the good times and our favorite memories. We’ve started this week by asking you: What is your favorite CJS article or articles we have posted? We have a fun walk down memory lane and as usual we’re at the head of the pack and some of our readers fill out the tour group. So hit 88 MPH, and let’s go through the past archives.
E Dagger: Between Hart, Limon, and myself, we have 546 posts on this site counting this one. Choosing a favorite for us is a lot like choosing a favorite child since so much of our energy and sacrificed social life has gone into this site. But I have a few that really stick out for me personally.
The first article we ever wrote that I’d consider a “favorite” was definitely our first Kentucky Derby Awards coverage. We’d only been online for just over a month, and this was the first thing we co-authored. It was also the first time I was confident that we could write something funny and unique on a daily basis. Plus, now Hart and I have a fun reason to get drunk every year while watching the Derby.
Another one I’m most proud of is Hart’s “The Truth Behind 5 Popular Soft Drink Names“ because it was that October that Limon started to pull back from the site while Hart and I hit a wall creatively. We had exhausted all of our most obvious topics and had to dig really deep to come up with new articles. This article helped us go in a direction we hadn’t considered and added a new dimension to CJS.
Since I didn’t really know what to expect from Senor Limon when we started, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was to see his first offering: Things We Hate #2: Donuts at the Office. The writing was so concise and pointed and funny, it was a wonderful change of pace from my inability to be brief. We miss Limon’s voice around here, but I’m glad his archive is still up because I can still cruise through it and laugh my ass off.
As for me, five of my favorite ones (all for entirely different reasons) from my personal archive include “The 6 Happiest Sad Songs I Know,” “Top 10 Tips to a Kickass Prom,” ”It’s Time to Kill the Man- Prefix,” “Top 5 Chick Flicks,” and the “Water World” Field Trip.”
I could name a hundred articles that touch me in a different way whether it has to do with being of reminded of a specific time in my life, a laugh I got unexpectedly from something Hart wrote, or a comment from one of the Regulars. But above is a sampling of some of the ones that stand out for me. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as we’ve enjoyed writing for you. We hope we can continue to entertain you. And if not, just enjoy Food, Sex or Cars every November.
Lee S. Hart: Wow, two years and 546 posts. Where has the time gone? Seems like just yesterday when we decided to share our thoughts and jokes with a tiny hope other people would enjoy them as much as we do. All the daily comments have let us know you do all enjoy them, and in turn that has boosted our egos nicely. Overall this website has been a lot of fun. And when something is as fun as this has been, it was difficult to choose my favorite articles. So I put some on a dart board and used three darts to pick them. All three darts landed on throw again and I questioned why I put that option on there. So I took the board down and did real work to make my choices.
From Limon I really enjoyed his letter from the manufactures of his Garmin wrist navigator. Actually after reading this post several times I’m still not exactly sure what the product, or its many patents do. I got a kick out of this piece because not only was it from the rare voice of Limon, a break from Dagger’s and mine, but it was also a different voice for Limon as well. That and it was just really funny.
Dagger had a lot more post and thus harder to pick one for him. I decided on “The Many Professions of E Dagger” parts I and II. I have known Dagger for about 10 years now. He’s my best friend and I have heard a lot of stories from him. But somehow most of the work stories he shared in these two posts were new to me. And when Dagger spent one summer we lived together letting me know the age of Carlos Zambrano every time Big Z was starting a game (one month older than Dagger) it was nice to have heard something new. Also I don’t think bindery sounds real.
You’re always the hardest critic on yourself, and to that end I had the hardest time choosing one of my own articles. I almost didn’t choose one, but as it turns out, I really like me and I can’t be left off my own list. So my favorite article from me is “The Things I Carry.” This wasn’t one of my funnier articles, in fact the comedy is completely lacking from the piece. But it was really important for me to write it, and it made me feel better about things in my life at the time. I also like the style I used to write it.
It is things like that which have made this a fun website to make. It’s a therapy of sorts, not only from doing the writing but from logging on and reading everyday. The articles and comments can change the mood of a day, and usually for the better. Now I raise a glass to another year. Cheers, assfaces!
Even though we just got to write about favorite subject, us, we aren’t ones to shy away from praise. So let’s find out what you like best about us, other than Food, Sex, or Cars?
Gutter: I had to do some digging to find this one and thank God there is the search bar or else I might not have found it, but one of the articles that has always stuck with me is the “Why I Love Baseball “ article written back in April 2008. The title alone makes it a top article, but under the title is a great written piece that I think almost every guy can relate to. I can’t say this for a fact, but looking at the article again and the number of comments on it, I would bet that it was one of the most commented on articles in the CJS archives, so I know I am not alone when saying that it was a great read. Whenever I read a great baseball article or when I just stop for a moment and enjoy all the sights, smells and feelings at a ball game I always think of James Earl Jones’ quote from Field of Dreams: “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” A great quote to go with a great article, good luck this year with your articles Hart & Dagger, look forward to another year of wasting my mornings at work!
Lady E: I have two articles that tie for my favorite thing posted. They are the “Thoughts on Gender with Def Jam, Adam Carolla, G.I. Joe, And Barbie & the Rockers,” and “The Loneliness of Dr Lightman.” These are my two favorite as this is what Dagger and I did for 2 years of our life in grad school. For me it is like reading interesting communication theory, without having to sift through all the DeCerteau or Burk crap that make it confusing. I like that it makes me think about my life and how I interact with these facets of society and in turn how they effect and affect my daily life.
So enough of that highbrow theory and thought. My other favorite thing is Food Sex or Cars. While I don’t participate on the site because it would look rigged, and Flickerbock doesn’t need anything else to bitch about, I do get to play with the creators. It is always fun to try to figure out the mind set that makes each answer “correct.”
CassieB: Wow. Two years. In two years I got a puppy which is now a dog, went to 6 weddings, entered the third decade of my life, went to Europe, conceived a child, was “with child,” had a child that is now 9 months old. And in the midst of this all I have always found time to fill my life with (semi) fabulous perspective as offered by CJS. Thanks dudes. Anyhoo…onto favorite articles. Gentlemen, know this wasn’t an easy decision.
THREE WAY TIE:
Don’t Say That To Her. (Dagger) I mean what’s better than noticing the beautiful “shoulders” of your significant other. Sure, they may be big shoulders, but they are beautiful shoulders. I mean gosh darnit Dagger…you know a way to a woman’s heart.
Las Vegas. (Dagger) Your original Vegas post, and the best part is, I think we’ve all had those same experiences, and we all (shamefully) admit that the only way to a true hangover cure in Vegas is the Oxygen Bar at New York New York.
Random Musings on a Tuesday Morning. (Hart) What can be better than an article that starts off with a picture of Red Fraggle? And damn right…Diet Dr Pepper DOES taste more like regular Dr Pepper. And NO I didn’t know there was no period after Dr in Dr Pepper. Frickin CRAZY!
Keithage: I like the article by Keithage. He’s an awesome guy.
Deuce: My favorite article is actually three different series of articles. We’ll start with the series: Food, Sex or Car. I look forward to that during the Thanksgiving week and check my phone frequently to see when new postings go up. I enjoy the conversations with Mrs. Deuce as we debate what we should choose. Also, I really enjoy the Love Lounge articles. They usually make me laugh and that brings me to my third article favorite. That would be the ones that make me laugh out loud so my coworkers ask what’s so funny. Too numerous to be specific, since it doesn’t take much to make me laugh, but there is usually some little bit that catches me off guard and I start laughing before I can control myself. Those are great. Keep it coming CJS.
Jitterrawks: Happy 2-year anniversary guys! You’ve successfully made me laugh longer than most of my relationships. And to think, after two years with some of those guys, I sure as hell wasn’t all excited to see what they were up to first thing in the morning. Anyway, you’ve been entertaining me as I pretend to work, and I’m glad to see the site grow and continue. My favorite article…well, I’m not sure if it’s the best one overall, but I love Happy Friday #1 for what it started. Before, I would treat Fridays at work like any other day until around 3, when I started to drift into weekend mode. But with the inception of Happy Friday, I start the drift much sooner. That weekly article is also my social currency in the office…in a room filled with sales people in cubicles, hilarious unknown websites are the ultimate in increasing your status around the office. The Happy Fridays have infected the rest of my week, as they give me several websites to follow daily. Thank you, CJS, for helping me become a more mediocre employee, but a happier person all around.
Corriander: This was a very hard choice for me, but of all the articles on CJS this one stood out above the others for me: “Tight Pants, Bro!” Oh wait, that was the article I wrote for CJS, oops. But I do like it a lot because it was a fun experience to do something I don’t always do. Even if my brother is still mad at me for making fun of his tight pants on the internets.
I also really like these two articles from Hart about trivia. “Things We Love #18: Trivia,” , “My Auto Bailout.” I liked the first because I also enjoy trivia and our team with Hart is a pretty damn good trivia team…most of the time. The second is only indirectly about trivia and I feel bad calling it out as one of my favorites as it was about a not-so-pleasant evening for Hart. But I like it for a more personal, and really super cheesy, reason. I normally wouldn’t point this stuff out but I thought you guys would like to know how CJS articles can reflect important little moments in life. This article was the first time someone else called me the girlfriend of a certain other CJS regular. That was kind of cool, especially for someone who hasn’t always been comfortable with that term. Thanks guys.
Ok, so now I feel like I need to counteract that cheesiness with an article about drinking or sex or something. So I’m going with the flabongo review...it definitely made me what to try that one out myself, which reminds me that I still haven’t done that. Can I borrow the official CJS flabongo next weekend???
Here’s to another good year of CJS!
Dzayson: Yesterday, I followed the CJS link to an article Dagger wrote about change while attempting to hunt down another excellent article by the same writer. While reading the article about “In-Between Times,” I quickly realized that it was not only my favorite CJS article ever but also a poignant essay on the topsy-turvy waterslide that is life. As a testiment to this, I started reading it while riding shotgun in my buddy’s car (on my douchey little iPhone, natch). I keep reading while walking into a bar, getting carded, and ordering a beer. My friends all (rightly) accused me of behaving like a rude little prick, but I didn’t care because the writing was that damn good. And man alive, what an amazing post script in the comments section by jregolden. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in that family, and I mean that as a very sincere compliment. I was saddened to hear of Dagger’s family loss, yet inspired by what came of it in his article. Great, great job.
Brad: While you guys have written plenty of great stuff to choose from, you haven’t written your best one yet. I just came back from the future where I read one involving candy and midgets and it was SO funny that I went into cardiac arrest from laughing and had to have a futuristic artificial heart transplant done. Don’t worry. It becomes a really cheap procedure. Mostly because the heart is hecho en mexico. But now was that article only written because I told you about it? Oh no! The paradox!
There you have it folks, some fan favorites. But as you can see, our best is yet to come. Brad doesn’t specify how far in the future, so in order to not miss out be sure to check in every day. And like we’re known to do, we’re going to nerd it up a bit here and quote Stan Lee, “If you keep reading ‘em, we’ll keep writing ‘em.”
And every Monday you help write ‘em and in order to keep that going we’re giving you a new question. Since our very first article was about baseball, we’re making our Anniversary week come full circle. We want you to put on your prognosticator hat and make baseball predictions for the year. Any predictions you want. From The World Series winner, biggest news maker, or how many beers you’ll have at the stadium this year. Any prediction you might have about baseball we want to hear about it.
We want to know more about all our readers. So don’t hold back. If you haven’t confessed, or it’s been awhile, or even if you did it last week, we want to hear from you. Confession is good for your soul. Don’t be shy and send us your response, along with your posting name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put them up next week.
Dagger & Hart
22 Mar 2010 CJS Staff