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I started writing Ramblings back in early 2000. I had just graduated from college and started working in earnest. The initial email was a fluky thing I did, perhaps in response to a suggestion from a friend.
I only sent it to a few people at first, most of whom were hometown friends away at college or new friends I met while visiting those friends. Very shortly it became a weekly thing (I believe at a friend's suggestion) and the name John's Weekly Ramblings came about.
My stated goal was to keep in touch with friends. My real goal was to keep in touch with a girl who lived a couple hundred miles away. That did not work out so well.
Weekly. No shit. I was pretty consistent for the first two full years. Volumes I and II, a combined 104 Ramblings, each took approximately a year to complete (Volume II was a little longer than a year, I guess). Volume III took just under 3 years, I believe, and Volume IV, still underway, was started at the end of 2004.
Fairly early on on Volume IV, I changed the name to John's Worldly Ramblings. See, I got to keep the same initials. Although the frequency of the Ramblings dropped significantly, I certainly hope the quality has improved (both stylistically and in the topics covered), but I guarantee nothing.
I will continue to post the old Ramblings here over time so we can all marvel in the things I once said. Looking back, I can hardly believe some of what I wrote. I don't necessarily agree with everything I wrote anymore, but I won't hide from it...even the embarrassing stuff.
I should also thank my brother Dan for saving all my Ramblings. I didn't have the foresight to save any of them until way later. Thanks to him, the catalog is complete and we can suffer through the ones that are, truly, ramblings.
I don't know where else to put this, so I'll mention it here. I'm a fan of Maddox, and have been for a few years. There's a link to his insanely entertaining website, The Best Page in the Universe, in my links section. I started sending emails to a few close friends; he started a website and posted his thoughts and whatnot (he started back in 1998). The thing that I think worth mentioning is that he has been posting fewer updates in recent years, but they have been better posts, no doubt in my mind.
Go fuck yourself, San Diego.
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