Some of you won your bet.
But I am a kinder, gentler Blunt.
I checked the archives and find most of my old posts kind of embarrassing.
The period of time wherewithin I was constantly foaming at the mouth and criticizing Isthmus was when I felt snubbed by jjoyce (every POST was a pitch; my whole LIFE is a performance audition), lost everything TWICE in two home floods, my mom was dying (which is why I went back to Spokane) but pretty much mostly because ephedrine was still legal. I have calmed down a little since then.
Of course, I still think Isthmus should give me a weekly column but I won't rant angrily about it anymore. I still hate REM for fooling kids into thinking country was cool and stealing two songs from me: "End of the World" and "Kenneth, What's the Frequency." I still find the Go Go's overrated but can't believe how worked up I got about it. And I'm not even annoyed with ProfWags or BookPolice anymore.
I am back to being calm and chemically balanced.
There will be no more exclamation points.
You may have wondered why I wasn't posting here anymore.
Since I can only observe what I see and my perspective is the one I have easiest access to, it went with me when I moved back to the mighty Pacific Northwest. But I am coming back.
Spokane is over for me. I do not like it. I never did. Now I want more than anything to return to Madison, my true home. I miss it and you all with an unresolved passion. I am trying with all my might to somehow scrape enough money to come back.
If any of you want to help, send me one or a thousand dollars to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online
It would be fun and I would like you.
I promise any contributions will be used for the trip and not drugs or drink.
Until then: hello again.