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Addendum: Solving the Mystery of Your Guest Blogger

   I should have mentioned in the last item who I am here pretending to be Mr. Achenblog Himself.
   Marc Fisher is the name and I'm a columnist here at the Washington Post. You can find my column--today's and an archive of recent offerings--at
   I'll be with you here for a couple of days while Joel is away.

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 5, 2005; 12:15 AM ET
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You need to put a "http://" in yer link so we can read your material and not look at 404 errors :)

Posted by: Sam | July 5, 2005 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I hear that a grammar quiz could get the crowd going.

But seriously, folks.

I'd love to be a guest blogger. I'd like to take a shot at it right now.

Here goes.

The mind remembers many interesting things. And there are little things that don't connect until later. I just had one of those moments.

When my grandmother died some years ago, I remember the house of the people who had us in for a reception. They were rich people and they had a house for rich people. It was big. Long rooms connected into more long rooms. Shoot, it had a garage that most people would be happy to live in. The garage had numerous fancy cars. The grounds were, as they say, nicely groomed. And they had, laying round the place, something I remembered.

Comic books.

But they weren't mere comic books. They had nicely bound versions of the complete Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon series or whatever. I remember those books. It's an odd item to remember, those comic book collections. It is an image that has stayed with me over many years. I was young. I remembered the comic books.

Rich people, at least the ones I knew, had nicely bound collections of comic books laying around. You and I, mere non-rich people, had regular comic books. The rich had nicely bound versions of then. The rich were different from you and me because they had more money and because they had comic books that were nicely bound.

So I'm driving along recently with my stepmother and she's recalling the rich people who had my family over to a reception after the death of my grandmother. And a small factoid jumps out at me.

She told me those rich people owned the rights to those comics and made a good bit of money off of them.

Posted by: Baggins | July 5, 2005 1:58 AM | Report abuse

I MISS JOEL!!!! (no offense to guest blogger.)

Posted by: Sirin | July 5, 2005 2:45 AM | Report abuse

Dear Marc Fischer,
I liked your blog. It was good. Everyone is reading, and everyone is not posting comments because they would feel like traitors. You are funny and should feel warm and loved inside. I would post under my usual handle but I am afraid.:)
Just kidding.

Posted by: Very anonymous | July 5, 2005 9:39 AM | Report abuse

On Johnny Carson, doesn't the guest host have to tell a few jokes to warm up the crowd? I suggest this as standard procedure because I haven't heard any good jokes latey. Yeah, the rich folks had better comic books, but you probably couldn't touch the pages - you had to turn them with an ivory spoon or something. My comic memories run to interstate rest stops and those racks of hermetically sealed Scrooge McDuck or Richie Rich's you could buy for a dollar.

Posted by: Videlicet | July 5, 2005 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Nice blog Marc, but probably best to retain your day job (as must we all, if ever so tenuously).

Been reading your columns for years and I must ask, are you really anti-dog as Gene has alleged? I know you are most assuredly anti-deer. Whenever I see one of these innocent, though voracious, woodland creatures I cannot help but recall your several columns calling for the annihilation of the species after one of their number boldly attacked your wife and child who were, at the time, protected by nothing more than a one-ton metal vehicle.

It may be that you have too much umbrage for this blog.

Posted by: Cubedweller | July 5, 2005 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I understand your loyalties to the Great and Marvelous Joel, and I'm just passing through here, but I can pass along that Mr. Achenbach's last words as he left for the Great Open Highway to the North were these: "They will be reluctant at first, but then they will start to comment, and you'll like them--they're good people." I believe his words meant that you are free to comment without fear of appearing to be disloyal to your Leader.

Posted by: Marc Fisher | July 5, 2005 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Marc! You're my hero man. You're the greatest soccer basher of all time man. Love your stuff where you just rip on soccer. What a stupid lame sport that is. So incredibly boring and slow. Nothing going on. Like you say, it's all immigrants and foreigners. Horrible sport for America.

Posted by: Raphael | July 5, 2005 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Soccer would be more fun if they gave each player the national weapon to defend the ball. Does bolo defeat scimitar? Tune in to find out!

Posted by: Videlicet | July 5, 2005 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I never have checked my umbrage meter--maybe it's time. But when you start checking these things, the results are almost always disappointing. The doc wants me to start undergoing those various tests that middle-aged guys are supposed to have done, but of course that will lead to Horrifying Discoveries and the dreaded Further Tests. It's generally better not to know.

Posted by: Marc Fisher | July 5, 2005 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Achenbach's absence is a chance for those of us who are not members of the TSA-15 to stage a coup of the blog (a coup d'chat, as it were) and establish our own form of strict, but eminently fair, rule over the blogohedron. Who's with me??!!

Posted by: Cubedweller | July 5, 2005 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree, it's often better not to know. (Have you noticed that people seem to get a whole lot sicker once they've been given a formal diagnosis?)

Posted by: Dreamer | July 5, 2005 10:21 AM | Report abuse

But Cubedweller, you ARE a member; always have been and always will be.

Posted by: Dreamer | July 5, 2005 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Dreamer, as usual.

Those that protest that they aren't a member of the TSA-15, most certainly are.

Marc, thanks for housesitting while Joel's gone.


Posted by: bc | July 5, 2005 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Guys never want to go to doctors, because it always ends in something being lopped off or cut out. Girls go more often because they're more complicated inside and they're habituated to frequent mileage checks. My grandfather-in-law waited till the pain was intense, then he found out that he had colon cancer. Too late to treat it. Listen to your inner Katie Couric!

Posted by: Videlicet | July 5, 2005 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm . . . Joel goes on vacation, and suddenly a good number of the regular commentators are nowhere to be found. Seems a bit suspicious to me. Could it be that most of these folks are actually Joel?? He says, "They will be reluctant at first, but then they will start to comment." Does he mean reluctant until he can regain Internet access? Think about it: Where are jw, nottamember, fdg31, Linda Loomis, and countless others? What are we to make of the fact that Joel once told "nottamember" he was "no Linda Loomis"?

Posted by: Achenfan | July 5, 2005 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Achenfan, I noticed this too. Either they are Joel, or they're stuck up. I'm hoping they're just stuck up, otherwise I've pseudo-blog-flirted with a fake "jw" in the past.

And if they are Joel, then his nottamember v. Linda comment is further proof of a personality disorder.

Posted by: Sara | July 5, 2005 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Either that or he's a very, very creative writer, going where no blogger has gone before. He is no longer a mere journalist; he's become a playwright.

Posted by: Achenfan | July 5, 2005 2:50 PM | Report abuse

What I find interesting is that whenever someone remarks about NOT being a member of TSA-15, it is somehow interpreted as complaining or whining or wannabe-ing.

We are bragging, people.

We are content to be outsiders. Indeed, in some corridors, nonmembership in the TSA-15 is a badge of honor. So, pbbffbpht!

I believe the regulars on this blog remain ensconced at thir summer places in the Hamptons, along the Maine Coast and on Martha's Vineyard, refurbishing their expansive porches to reflect the Achenbach-aesthetic that is, obviously, the fashion of the moment.

Posted by: Cubedweller | July 5, 2005 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Or they could be in prison.

Posted by: Achenfan | July 5, 2005 3:17 PM | Report abuse

A Mexican prison. Joel did write his last Rough Draft column about Mexico City. So, if he does have a personality disorder and he himself is in a Mexican prison (which he might be, we won't know unless he never returns) then they are all in a Mexican prison.

Or, there is a select group within the SAO15 that he takes on vacation with him...

This could be a blogging soap opera. "Tomorrow, on Achen Addicts..."

Posted by: Sara | July 5, 2005 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Achenbach just called me from the road. He wants everyone to understand that Marc is a legend. Specifically, he cited Marc's record writing of 13 articles in a single day during the "Herald Era". Joel was a bit concerned the peanut gallery had lowered themselves to incessant rating of guest bloggers. I assured him that wasn't the case....

Posted by: Joel's Proxy | July 5, 2005 3:59 PM | Report abuse

So it looks like Joel has already used up his one phone call.

Posted by: Achenfan | July 5, 2005 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I was in my backyard trying to see if a comet accidentally falled in my property.

Posted by: fdg31 | July 5, 2005 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for blogsitting. I was in my backyard (since I don't have a porch) trying to figure out why grass is green.

Posted by: fdg31 | July 5, 2005 4:09 PM | Report abuse

. . . And, coincidentally, "fdg31" has just been located.

Posted by: Achenfan | July 5, 2005 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Marc. As a relatively recent commenter, I can't defect.

Posted by: June Gordon | July 5, 2005 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking about that comet in light of Joel's "Tom Cruise on Aliens" post. What if they destroyed a whole civilization of ETs when they blasted that thing?

Posted by: Dreamer | July 5, 2005 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not stuck up! I've been in NYC since Friday and went cold-turkey off the blog. But it's nice to see you missed me, Sara ;)

Posted by: jw | July 5, 2005 4:26 PM | Report abuse

We really will have to have that happy hour, just so jw and Sara can meet. Assuming jw isn't really Joel . . .

Posted by: Achenfan | July 5, 2005 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I missed you until I realized that maybe you weren't really you.

Posted by: Sara | July 5, 2005 4:33 PM | Report abuse

See Achenfan's above comment. My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: Sara | July 5, 2005 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Achenfan-- I am not Achenbach. Ha ha ha. I guess it won't be proved until he gets bach

Posted by: fdg31 | July 5, 2005 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Achenfan-- I am not Achenbach. Ha ha ha. I guess it won't be proved until he gets bach

Posted by: fdg31 | July 5, 2005 4:49 PM | Report abuse

That won't prove anything. That could just mean that the "Joel" personality is taking a vacation.

Posted by: Sara | July 5, 2005 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Dreamer, re Comets & Aliens.

Looks like the Cretaceous period just ended on Tempel 1. All that's left are cockroaches and Sea Monkeys.

And it's not the first or last time that the human race didn't let the possibility of doing harm to some life forms get in the way of a good show. See the "Industrial Revolution", and subsequent "Information Age"...


Posted by: bc | July 6, 2005 9:44 AM | Report abuse

We'll just have to wait and see what those sea monkeys evolve into.

Posted by: Dreamer | July 6, 2005 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Legislative branch of the US Government?

White House Staff?

Smaller Tom Cruises/Scientologists?


Posted by: bc | July 6, 2005 12:43 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Dreamer | July 6, 2005 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I think you nailed it.

Since they won't be on the same planet as Ashton Kutcher, they should be able to evolve to our level and start blogging in something less than the 65 million years, it took us, right?


Posted by: bc | July 6, 2005 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The emergence of the first Achenblogger on Tempel 1 could be just days away. I wonder what will happen to the non-Achenbloggers, both here on Earth and on Tempel 1, now that this new Achenspecies has branched off?

Posted by: Dreamer | July 6, 2005 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Productivity drops to zero.

I'd add that I think that the emergence of the Achenblogger species on Tempel 1 might take more than a couple of days, presuming that they may need to wait a bit for the weather to clear. Looks a bit foggy there to me - at least in the southern hemisphere...


Posted by: bc | July 6, 2005 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Rove is what Rove is. He's always had that vindicative, take-no-prisoners attitude. And if we just let the story lead us..and not lead the story. This dirty dog just might have his day in court.

Posted by: Teresa Jackson | July 12, 2005 5:21 PM | Report abuse

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