Friday, February 4, 2005

Begging For Compliments

Yesterday, I posted a little rambling in which I said I was uncomfortable with the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Because they are based upon links from other sites rather than visits to the site, and because at the moment there are several blogs linked to this blog, I came in at # 332. I'm happy with that, but just the fact that I'm listed above many, many blogs that are much, much better bothers me. It doesn't seem to bother the other blogs, though. But anything that in any way appears to have this blog ranked above other much superior blogs bothers me. I can't help it. It's the way I am.

Anyway, in the comments, my Big Sister, who's 5'4'', make the statement:
Now, basil, quit begging for compliments and simply accept the fact that your blog is interesting and people are becoming aware of that.

Well, I don't think I'm begging for compliments. I wasn't wanting people to say that I deserved to be ranked high, or that I didn't deserve to be ranked high. I already know how I feel about it.

I operate this blog under the name "Basil." Well, Basil is my name. I have another name, and that other name is how people that know me know me. Also, my last name doesn't appear anywhere here. I'm not hiding it so much as enjoying the anonymity.

I'm not seeking public recognition, either. When I was in the Army, the only promotion I every was comfortable with was the one from E-1 to E-2. I was called into the office and the sergeant on duty handed me a piece of paper and said, "Congratulations, you're an E-2." Later promotions were in front on the company to which I was assigned. Big deal where they call you out of formation, read stuff, and then pin the new stripes on. I didn't like those later promotions. I liked that first. I wish every one I was involved with was like that first one.

For a few years, I had a streak of perfect attendance in Sunday School. The church where I was a member always gave out Sunday School pins at the end of the year. I got them to not call my name out so I didn't have to go down front. I don't like that kind of stuff, and they understood and went along.

So, I really don't think I'm begging for compliments. Very few people know who I am, so if anyone compliments "Basil," they are complimenting someone they really don't know. And, I don't think that if anyone who reads this blog were to meet me, they'd never know I'm "Basil." I like being anonymous.

And pay no attention to the new license plate on my car.


  1. The Mean Sister (who is 5'6")February 4, 2005 at 2:13 AM

    No you did not...yes you did. When did you get that? I guess between you an The Big Sister (who is 5'4"), my poor little educator tag is in sad shape. How will I ever keep up??

  2. Maybe you should be re-christened "The Cheap Sister."

  3. The Big Sister (who's 5'4")February 4, 2005 at 3:27 AM

    Oh, my word! That really is your new license plate! I haven't seen it. I know you have always like anonymity. This blog has really brought out a side of you that I am enjoying getting to know. I already said somewhere in some post a while back that I was getting to know you through these posts...but even those who do know you don't know you. I know that.
    OH! And I still have your tapes. We just gotta get together...

  4. well, i really don't care what you call yourself, whether it's basil, Basil, or John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt. just because his name is my name too, i'll spare you the details of what happens every time i go out....but the big sister(who's 5'4") is right, you ARE interesting. At the very least, what you write is interesting, and funny, and keeps me coming back time after time to read and enjoy whatever you decide to post for the day. i also like that you are getting your family involved in the fun. be nice to little sis (who's 6'0"). i think she has a lot of good funny to share with all of us loyal readers, if she wants to get involved. don't forget to say nice things to big sis (who's 5'4"), and the mean sis (who's 5'6") sounds like (just going by her nickname) she can take care of herself.
    i found this site while reading headlines at IMAO. i now visit this site more often than Frank J.'s site, just because the funny is better, and you are much more humble than he is, but not as humble as sarahk!
    but i'm starting to ramble...before i forget why i decided to comment on this post, just let me say that you, and your sisters that have commented and contributed to your blog, have put many smiles on my face that would not have been there without your (all of your!) effort. thank all of you for being just a mouse-click away from me.

  5. The Mean Sister (who is 5'6")February 4, 2005 at 4:44 AM

    basil: The Cheap Sister (who is in public education)is pretty accurate, and I should probably be identified as The Broke Sister (who is working on a doctorate), but I like being The Mean Sister (who is 5'6"). That fits me so well...kinda like a 5'6" glove.

  6. I thought you were from Columbus, GA.

    (confusion about 'Bama plates)

    er, Phenix City, maybe???

  7. i thought it must be a hoax, just because basil wouldn't get the vanity plate 'cause he's humble, and the letters aren't lower-case.

  8. Busted meaning that's correct?

    (still confused)

  9. Oh, and that's my favorite kind of promotion/award
    eenlistment/whathaveyou, too. Forget about the fanfare! Just pay me!

  10. Yes, one of those work on one side of the river, reside on the other.

  11. Hey, whaddya know. You're right up The Highway of Death and Hades- er, US 431 from me. Home is good ol' Fort Rucker, down by my future home, Dothan.

    Course, you probably know by now that's not where I live right now... but it's home.

  12. Hmm... I bet it's real irritating to leave for work at, say, 6:45 AM CST to be at work at 8:00 EST.

  13. Russell County actually operates on Eastern Time. Even though officially it's Central, everybody including the cable company, the banks, BellSouth Caller ID, and everything else shows Eastern Time.


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