Friday, March 25, 2011

We Interrupt Our Program

  Dear followers (or people who've inadvertently stumbled on this blog looking for porn.),
  This will be my last post (I hope at least a couple of you-and my mom-are numb with dread that I'm disappearing) until April 1st (really, April Fools Day).  Penwasser Place is going to shut down for a week to prepare for the A-Z Blogging Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird, he of the Tossing It Out blog.
  The reason I'm taking a week "off" is so that I may prepare for what will be an arduous effort as I endeavor to submit a new post each day from April 1st until the 26th.  Each post will center around a letter from the alphabet (sorry, English only.  I have no clue about Cyrillic, Mandarin, Hindi, Farsi, Hebrew, Martian, Esperanto, Heiroglyphics, Polynesian, Alpha-Bits, or New Jersey).  26 letters, 26 days.  Pretty clever, huh?  And the nuns never thought I'd remember all the letters of the alphabet.
  For the next week, I'm going to start writing posts in preparation for almost a month worth of mindless rambling.  To help keep me on track, I'm going to take advantage of Blogger's delayed posting feature.  This way, I can write and post something for a future date.  Obviously, I won't be able to write 26 posts in one week (I'm just one little man!), but it will certainly help get me going (sort of like a blogging laxative).  Hopefully, I won't post something about somebody on April 15th who dies on April 14th.
  The A-Z challenge allows me to post just about anything.  Essays, stories, poems, random thoughts, menus for beef jerky, everything is fair game.  Of course, what this means is that I won't be able to break some of my posts up (like I am wont to do) to help you slog through them (and give me three days worth of posts for only one topic), unless I can cleverly come up with the next letter in the series being part of part II of the post.  Confused?  I'm sure you are.  I know I am.
  So, look for the grand reopening of Penwasser Place on April 1st.
  I'm looking forward to seeing you back.
  (Of course, I'll still be looking at your blogs-so keep a light on for me, ok?)
best fishes,


  1. Oh whew you scared me for a minute there I thought you meant you were "shutting down the studio" for good, just a week, thats cool, we will try to get by without you ;)

  2. I like your excuse. I'm betting you're going on vacation to New Jersey and just won't admit it. Hahaha. See you when you get back!

  3. Well, have fun. I use that blogger feature all the time. Sometimes I have 4 or 5 days posts all done ahead of time. I'll be looking forward to your return!

  4. I'm so glad you're doing this too. Now I know I'll have one ever-entertaining blog to visit. No pressure, Al.
    PS Like JD, I got scared there too. You can't leave us alone to all the more serious bloggers out there.

  5. I saw "this will be my last post" and let out a big cheer--but then I kept going and saw my name mentioned and let out a bigger cheer.

    You are a very wise man. Anyone who is taking advantage of the A to Z Challenge is wise. Although maybe it would be more accurate to say that you are a wise guy.

    I'm sure you're alphabetical posts will be entertaining as always and very creative as well. I'm looking forward to next Friday.

    Tossing It Out
    Twitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  6. If anyone can meet the challenge it is you Al. You were born to waffle.

  7. have fun with that, mr funnypants!

  8. Glad it is only a week off and not closing up shop for good. Have fun with the blog challenge.

  9. I guess the week away will be worth it. 26 straight days of hilarity? We'll never be the same! I know you can do it. I look forward to it!!!

  10. sounds cool, i'll be back in april!

  11. Thanks, everyone! I just got back from spending the weekend visiting George Mason (the college, not the man. The man has been dead for over 200 years, after all). Anyway, it was a fun trip and will be the subject of a post sometime in the future. I'll be taking it easy tonight, but I'll be reading all your blogs tomorrow. Hey, just because I said I won't be posting doesn't mean I've died (I just smell that way).