We have celebrated a lot of milestones on the FUSSYlittleBLOG. Let’s quickly review a few of them.
300 Posts – Happened to fall on an Ask the Profussor
500 Posts – Technically this was post number 501
600 Posts – Came during Fussy Little Ballot Season
800 Posts – Fell on the anniversary of my grandfather’s passing
900 Posts – Involved significant reflection and heartfelt thanks
All those were big. But today we annex a zero and roll over into quadruple digits. The next time that happens will be at 10,000 posts. If I maintain this current posting schedule of six stories a week, it will take more than 25 years to get there. Let’s all pray I’ve found a more productive use of my time by then.
Specifically, I hope to eventually find a way to turn this food thing into a money-making enterprise. Luckily I don’t have to figure that out right away. Although Young Master Fussy looks like he may need braces, so that might accelerate things. I shudder to think about how much that will cost.
But for now, I’m not going anywhere. Well, besides Pennsylvania for a few weeks. And then I may spend a few days on Long Island, but I plan to keep writing through it all. I can’t tell if this blog is more like a disease or an addiction. Whatever it is, I can’t shake it.
So what’s happened over the last thousand posts since I started blogging on my own?
I’ve gotten old. No joke. We bought our first house, had our second child, I threw my back out multiple times, and have struggled with my cholesterol. But that’s not the worst of it. You know what else has gotten old? That picture of me that’s on everything. It was taken the year we moved to Albany, in 2007.
My sister had tried to take new photos of me for the blog. But that wasn’t working out so well. She’s trying to take the kind of picture that she wants. I still want something that casts a critical gaze. Hopefully I’ll find some way to freshen up the image before post 2,000.
The good news is that not only has food gotten better, but the FLB and the community around it has grown in both size and stature.
It may have taken a little bit longer than I had hoped, but restaurants are finally starting to reach out to the blog and share some of the great things they are doing with higher quality ingredients. The Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region poll is better now than it’s ever been. There is less farmed Atlantic salmon and more grassfed beef on local restaurant menus. The Trader Joe’s is opening soon, and I still can’t even believe we are really getting a Whole Foods. Truly. I’ll believe it when I see it.
I remember a time before Ala Shanghai, Taiwan Noodle, Chipotle, New World Bistro Bar, Capital Q, Parivar, The City Beer Hall, All Good Bakers, Garden Bistro 24, Caffe Vero, Crisan, Sushi Tei, and a host of other great places.
But I also think of some of the fantastic spots that we’ve lost, like Pasquale’s, the old Scubber’s, Townsend Park Bakery, Casablanca, Wine-N-Diner, the Jonesville Store and more.
Still, I think the Capital Region has been continuing its upward trajectory in regards to the improvement of food in general. Soon we are even going to get a real, serious cheese shop in Albany.
It brings me great pleasure to help promote better food, and I hope to find a way to keep on doing it for a long time to come. I’m very proud of my participation in the local food community during the last few years when we’ve seen some major improvements. And from what I can tell, things promise to keep on getting better.
Thank you all again for coming here day after day to read this stuff and sharing it with your friends. It means more to me than you could possibly imagine.
Now I’m going to go and eat myself sick on ice cream.