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May 2, 2010

I’m hoping there are a few of you out there who are geeky 1980s cult horror movie fans.  One of my favorite films from this era is Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2.

Long long before Mr. Raimi was famous for directing the grotesquely lucrative Spider-Man franchise, he made his mark with a small and inexpensive horror film called The Evil Dead.  Which, by the way, proved to be stunningly brilliant.

When he raised the money to make a sequel, Evil Dead 2, the movie was surprisingly similar to the first.  Of course with a higher budget came higher production values.  And the second time around the tone of the film turned from bleakly dark to darkly comic.  There is some argument as to whether this was truly a sequel or a remake, but regardless it is indisputably one of the best films of its kind.

I say this because the FUSSYlittleBLOG is going into its second year.  And characteristically, I have been giving this milestone a lot of thought.  Officially the second year of the FLB began yesterday, May 1, because it was this day in 2009 that the blog went live.

Well, I have a plan for year two, and I thought I would share it with you.

Blogs are twitchy.  Maybe some are more thought out than the one you are reading right now.  Maybe there are some writers who write and edit and rewrite.  Mrs. Fussy helps me with that a little bit.  But more often than not, there are arguments that fail to get made, different approaches to an argument that after the fact I thought might have been more compelling, or additional examples that there wasn’t time to include.

Some of the stuff that gets covered here is timely, and specific.  For example, there is no reason for me to rehash Deli Days when there isn’t a guest speaker coming into town.

However, some of the stuff I have written remains relevant year after year.  Nothing will change the fact that a Martini is made of gin and should be stirred and NOT shaken.

My plan is to use last year as a guide for the coming one.  I expect most of the posts to be brand new.  But I am also going to take advantage of having a second chance to re-argue some points I made in the past year.  If I didn’t change your mind the first time, hopefully I can this next time around.  Plus over the past year, the FLB has seen a significant increase in readers.  So to some of you, these arguments may be news.

Don’t worry, there is still a lot of stuff that hasn’t gotten covered in this first year that I still need to talk about and get off my chest.

But for the sake of those who have never read my first post, or who have never seen my “hobby cards” I thought today would be the perfect occasion to repost verbatim the Fussy Manifesto:

Being fussy is different than being a snob.

A snob will look down their nose at something simply because of what it is:
Wine that costs less than $5 a bottle.
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

A fussy person will just insist that whatever it is, it is the best of its kind that it can be, and will not settle for less.  Sometimes the line can get a little fuzzy.  And if you want to think of me as a snob, I can live with that.

But I do know what is good.

Thank you all for your support over this first year.  It has been a lot of fun to see this community grow, and read all of your FUSSYlittleCOMMENTS.   Please keep them coming.  Please continue to tell your friends about what is going on over here.  And please sign Jamie’s petition in lieu of presents for the FLB’s birthday.  Or if you won’t sign, please let me know why, so I can try and change your mind.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Kerosena permalink
    May 2, 2010 8:28 am

    Very exciting! Congratulations. Also, I am now part of the American food revolution. School lunches were an abomination in Guilderland School District in the 80’s and 90’s. It isn’t poor nutritional values that concern me in this area, it’s the quality of the food. Do any FUSSY readers know what sort sort of quality local schools can claim nowadays?

  2. May 2, 2010 9:00 am

    Happy birthday, Fussy. You’ve accomplished so much within a year.

  3. Mr. Sunshine permalink
    May 2, 2010 9:38 am

    Loved Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2; Army of Darkness (ED 3), not so much.

  4. May 2, 2010 10:01 am

    Maybe a campaign for a local S-Mart location is in order? For all of our boomstick shopping needs. Shop smart, shop S-Mart.

  5. May 2, 2010 10:08 am

    Oh didn’t notice, Kerosena you went to Guilderland too? Remember the “Dutchmens” in the morning? Sausage, egg and weird runny cheese, those were the days, what I wouldn’t give for a taco boat.

    • Kerosena permalink
      May 3, 2010 10:21 am

      Why did they have to turn everything into a ‘boat?’ I guess on account of the Dutchman theme? Tuna Boat with Cheese Sail does sound better than 3 Day Old Tuna Salad on Leftover Hot Dog Roll with a Half-Slice of Cheez.

  6. May 2, 2010 11:14 am

    Happy Birthday! Petition signed. Ready for year 2!

  7. May 2, 2010 1:28 pm

    Thanks for keeping it going. Here’s to another year!

  8. phairhead permalink
    May 2, 2010 2:44 pm

    Cheers! looking forward to another fuss-tactic year :D

  9. Sarah M. permalink
    May 2, 2010 9:52 pm

    Happy birthday, FLB! Looking forward to your terrible twos.

  10. Ellen Whitby permalink
    May 2, 2010 10:26 pm

    “…and proud we are of…” you.

    Mazal tov.

  11. May 3, 2010 8:21 am

    Happy blog birthday? Blirthday?

  12. llcwine permalink
    May 3, 2010 8:28 am

    Happy Birthday FLB….looking forward to many many interesting posts!!!

  13. mirdreams permalink
    May 3, 2010 9:46 am

    Ah, but did you see Evil Dead the Musical? So very very funny to see that much fake blood live. And set to music.

  14. brownie permalink
    May 3, 2010 10:11 am

    Congrats to you, profussor. Come on down sometime and I’ll make my special Kraft Dinner recipe to celebrate.

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