Friday, March 04, 2005


A Garfield Ridge Milestone.

I don't know how long this has been true-- it's probably pretty recent-- but when you search Google for Garfield Ridge, I am now the first link that appears.

Sheesh, finally. It only took 54,000 visits, six months, and a few dozen links by National Review, Ace of Spades, Allahpundit, and other high-powered blogging friends of the family.

Anyways, many of my readers may have wondered where, exactly, the name for this, the greatest of all blogsites came from.

A lot of people have blamed the effin' cat. Anyone who knows me understands that I have no patience for real felines, let alone those of the cartoon variety. George S. Patton would carry pearl-handled pistols before I named a website-- or a bowel movement-- after a cat.

No, as the Google search reveals, Garfield Ridge is also the name of a neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago. This neighborhood just happens to be where I grew up, from birth to when I left for college here in Washington, D.C.

The Chicago urban grid showcased in Garfield Ridge. Boring as paint drying.

When I started the blog, I tried to think of a name that was distinct, had personal meaning, and yet had at least a little bit of class to it.

I didn't want to be just another "-pundit." And, let's be honest-- who can take a blog named Wonkette seriously?

Garfield Ridge satisfied all these requirements, and as soon as it popped in my head, I knew I had my name.

What's funniest to me now is that any time the old retirees, firefighters, cops, and Polish immigrants living in Chicago search the internet for information about their neighborhood, the first site they come across dishes about monkeys, barely legal Sailor Moon hentai, and those asshole Danes.

In a way, this blog is my little "thank you" to the decades of stultifying boredom the Southwest side of Chicago treated me to.

So, thank you, Garfield Ridge. And, to all my Polish friends-- I've got the zimne piwo for ya!


You smoked Garfield Ridge Construction.
That's the biggest gripe about all of this. I mean, c'mon, it's not like I named my blog something ridiculously popular, like "Schoolgirlpornpundit." There shouldn't be *that many* hits on non-blog pages associated with Garfield Ridge, right?

Oh well, such is life.
This pollock says congratulations.
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