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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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It has been 1276 days. Or 3 years, 5 months, 28 days; or 110,246,400 seconds; or 1,837,440 minutes; or 30,624 hours; or 182 weeks.

It has been 312 posts.

It has been approximately 58,000 views.

It has been 132 comments.

It has been fun.

It is over.

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The moment I walked past my seat on the aisle I knew I was about to commit my first sin since my fake confession with Master Harvey. I had fabricated humdrum misdemeanors for this practice session: nothing that would incur the wrath of the headmaster. He made a formidable and unforgiving priest. I thought of the bamboo canes with which he doled out punishment in the classroom, and humbly played the part of the seven year old taking her religious coming of age seriously. Yet when I stepped out of the black cell and blinked in the dimly lit chapel, some force of mischief took over me. (more…)

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It is the third day of summer. It is early afternoon. As I gather myself together in the minutes before leaving for work, I decide an iced coffee would be ideal. The Dunkin’ Donuts is around the corner from my apartment should be the easiest option. It isn’t a peak hour for donuts or coffee. I park in the lot off of Shady, between Forbes Avenue and Marlborough Road. The clock on the dashboard reads 1:26 as I turn off the car. As long as I allow myself half an hour to get to work and avoid any roads likely to be closed by the possibility of a presidential motorcade, I will be on time. I head in through the back door and weave down the hallway past bathrooms and supply closets. There is almost nobody in the main donut sanctuary.
The mission is on: large iced coffee, cream, no sugar. Target time: three minutes. (more…)

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The Archipelago: A Balkan Passage is Robert Isenberg’s dynamic one-man-show about a journey through the former Yugoslavia. Adapted from his recent book, The Archipelago relates stories from Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia — told in an earthy, comic and often heartbreaking style. This show continues the “monologue” tradition of Spalding Gray and Mike Daisey, while incorporating multimedia elements.

Adapted for the stage and performed by the author, The Archipelago: A Balkan Passage is being presented by No Name Players in conjunction with Autumn House Press and will be directed by No Name Players’ Artistic Director, Don DiGiulio.

RSVP now on.

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Two years ago, the Steelers were headed to the Super Bowl. They’re going again, so we wanted to refresh your memory on our helpful posts, with one new video, taboot.

Sal Molitierno
Not Gonna Write a Steelers Song by Truth in Advertising.
My Football Stats by Robert Isenberg.
Walking the Walk by Brad Keller.
Black and Gold Alert by Bernadette Ulsamer.

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Three great events, one holiday weekend. Make plans to attend.

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