Open Thread - 11-18-22 - And You May Ask Yourself
"Well, how did I get here?"
I was looking for answers. The Bush II administration was in the full process of changing the world as we knew it. I shouldn't have to revisit those years, I'm sure you all remember it vividly. I couldn't believe what was happening in and to the world as those lunkheads made history.
I was surfing the web. I don't remember how I stumbled upon it or what the article was about, but I had taken my first bite of the acidic orange blog, Daily Kos, around or about 2003. It made sense to me then, what the writers were saying about the strange new world that the neocons had concocted for us all. I read there every day from that point on.
Many a diary I agreed with, some I did not. I found the comments interesting and many times appalling. At times I would cheer internally at the truth to power some of the authors laid down. Other times I would cuss and spit at my monitor over the vitriol of some of the yahoo-ic numskulls that had the absurd temerity of laying their ill formed ideas to print. Again, I bet you all know exactly what I'm talking about. The site was enlightening and maddening at the same time. It didn't take long to develop a love/hate relationship with la naranja amarga.
I lurked and read at DKos for years. Many times I almost registered but didn't, too much vitriol, division, and psychological and emotional manipulation. Then one day in 2009 I followed a link from one of buhdydharma's comments and found my self at his blog, docudharma. That was exactly the site I was looking for and I joined immediately under the username gotterdammerung, I'm a huge Ring Cycle fan. It had some of the best writers from DKos and it was a blast. I made some long lasting online friends at that site. All was good at docudharma until it imploded a couple of years later. It was then, in late 2010, that I relinquished and finally registered at DKos under the username Johnny the Conqueroo.
I had also joined other sites after my stint with docudharma. I was a regular at Pfiore's writingintheraw again as gotterdammerung. I also joined Dianne G's The Wild Wild Left and another blog that the name eludes me, but I think it was Firefly Dreaming or something like that, both as gotterdammerung.
All the while I continued participating at DKos. I had started hanging at joe shikspack's, I think around 2011, Evening Blues. I became a regular to the point where, at times, I filled in for joe and eventually ended up doing the Evening Blues Weekend Edition. Then one day, out of the blue, I was invited to join a Google Group that was started up by c99's Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal, whose moniker at Dkos at that time was liberalinMD, if I remember correctly. That invitation eventually lead to the forming of caucus99percent.com after many iterations, from Google Group to a phpBB forum to c99 as we know it now. I've written about that journey from DKos to c99 before and wont bore you with it again.
That, my friends, is how I got here. Same as it ever was.