a note to all of you who read and yet don’t leave comments

Is it that you don’t think you have anything interesting to say? Is it that you’re shy? Is it that you think people will make fun of you? You do know that you can leave a comment under an alias, right? I just don’t get it. Several hundred people read this site every day, but only a few leave comments. I’m kind of curious as to what the rest of you out there are like. If I asked a real simple question, would you answer it? I just want to know where you’re from. Is that too much to ask? Just leave a comment telling me where you’re from, OK?

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  1. William
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    fairborn, oh

  2. Dan Carroll
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Ypsilanti, MI. And yes, I am shy. Poorly socialized as a youth.

  3. pootie
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Reprezentin’ for the Shy Rights Movement(sheepishly) from Ypsi! Incidentally, that’s the name of a band in Scotland whose main guy turned me on to Crimewave.
    I used to comment every now and then, but I tried once some time ago and it didn’t seem to work, as if you had to register or something, no?
    I even bought a t-shirt from you at the Shadow Art Fair without divulging my longtime readership. I didn’t want to be a bother, had nothing enlightening to say, yadda.

  4. WAP
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    across town.

  5. Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Funny… I live in Ann Arbor. But I just moved here a few weeks ago from Austin. When I moved here, one of my old coworkers (at the food coop in Austin) told me about your blog, which he reads from A-TX. I am not sure how he got into your blog, but when he found out where I was moving, the connection was made.

    Further funny… I read you for the first time after I saw you (and your wicked unicorns) at the Shadow Art Fair. Which stuck in my mind, because google trends tells me that it is not just my imagination…. Austin is a hotbed of Unicorn-loving weirdos. You may have a market down there.

    And while I am shy, and get most of my writing out either at work or in emails, I have other reasons for not really commenting often:
    1. I read all my feeds in a feedreader (Vienna). This is great for reading, but does not have an easy commenting mechanism, short of loading up the URL.
    2. I mostly read political sites, and commenting is a surefire way to get neck deep in flames. I just try to use what I read to be a more informed member of my community and citizen, and also try to keep up interesting conversatio with those around me based on what I come across.

  6. Jude Yew
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Tried to leave a comment sometime back but couldn’t because the comment functionality didn’t work. Hopefully this time it will. I am the guy from Singapore who spoke to you at the first Shadow Art Fair.

  7. Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    From Ypsilanti
    I gaze across your website
    And leave a comment

  8. Funkman Teet
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    To those still silent, the panty post finally confirmed for me that you don’t even have to enter a real e-mail to comment.

  9. Guybrush Threepwood
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m from downriver. Someday if I’m feeling like a challenge I’ll take a kayak from there to riverside park on the mighty Huron.


  10. ebjorn
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    – 1974 to 1992 Salina, Kansas.
    – 1992 to 1993 Lindsborg, Kansas. (college)
    – 1994 to 1999 Manhattan, Kansas. (college, grad school)
    – 1999 to 2001 West Lafayette, Indiana (grad school)
    – 2001 to 2004 East Lansing, Michigan (post-school liminality)
    – 2004 to 2005 Ann Arbor, Michigan
    – 2005 until, most likely, retirement: the city of Ypsilanti

  11. Posted August 1, 2007 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    born in detroit, raised in sterling heights. and i commented! once. hmmm.

  12. Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Ann Arbor, MI
    And yes it’s true,I stalk you.
    And also give you hot tips for blog posts.
    I’ll be reading . . .

  13. with love, thine neighbor
    Posted August 1, 2007 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never commented before because I thought it wuld freak you out. I live in the lot behind your house.

    Every night for the past three years I’ve watched your shadow glide behind the curtains, washing dishes, trimming beard, pulling trousers up and down, and dancing awkwardly to Enya.

    I hope it is a comfort to know you’ve never, once, danced alone.

  14. Tommy
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Saline, Mich. via Canton, Ohio. Should have agreed to the Fox 2 story only if BOTH Cam Carmen and Deena Centofanti (rhymes with Ypsipanty) modeled the goods. You would, of course, have to have pillows available just in case a fight broke out. That would be some good TV!

  15. be OH be
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Canton, OHio reprazent!

    Mark, do you have any how the panty story first broke? What lead reproters to your doorstep, or unmentionables drawer, as the case may be?

  16. Ace
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Ypsi Twp via Westland via Plymouth via Oviedo Fla. via Casselberry Fla. via Mount Vernon Oh. via Gambier Oh. via Waterville Oh. via Toledo.

    Hey, you promised this would be real simple.

  17. Paul
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Lake Winola PA(near Scranton)
    been reading for quite some time
    check out http://www.WSVR.com
    keep up the great work, Mark

  18. Posted August 2, 2007 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Do you use Google Analytics? It’s not 100% accurate because it’s based on IP addresses, but it gives a good idea of where your readership lives.

  19. Kirk
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Ypsi Twp and came to your site via Ypsi~Dixit

  20. Posted August 2, 2007 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I’d comment more, Mark, but I’m kinda thin skinned.

    And worse, I’d hate to get mired in a discussion of whether or not my girlfriend wears Ypsipanties.


  21. CompaniaHill
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Minneapolis. Drove over the I35W bridge earlier the day it collapsed. But don’t know anyone who was on it.

  22. dorothy
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    haven’t felt much like commenting lately. i lost my 18 year old cat, which almost killed me and three days ago my two boxers died within six hours of each other—both were eleven, but still is was a shock. i visit your site every morning, mostly to catch up on clementine since i live too far away to feel in touch with ypsi. sounds like a great place though.

  23. Scott
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Bought a house in Ypsi Township last year and found you when searching for blogs focusing on Ypsi. Thought it would be a good way to get a feel for the area.

  24. Erin
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I’m from Ypsi – grad student at Eastern, bought my house in town a couple years ago. Okay, that’s not exactly true, I grew up in Chelsea, so I’m not actually from Ypsi, but I’ve lived in Ypsi for the past decade or so. I actually see you around town fairly frequently (usually at the Corner, or in the vicinity around Sidetrack). I’ve never said anything, figuring it would freak you out that I know who you are and you have no idea who I am. And I’m shy.

  25. Zach
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Hello Mark. I stopped by the Corner Brewery one night and discovered the Shadow Art Fair just as everyone was packing their stuff. I vowed never again to miss it so the next day I did an internet search for more information and stumbled upon your blog. I have been reading it ever since along with East Cross and Ypsinews.

    I just bought a house in Ypsi (near Prospect Park) last Fall after living in an apartment in Ann Arbor for 3 years. I actually lived in Ypsilanti for 5 years as a kid so I guess I’ve come full-circle back to the pristine banks of the mighty Huron.

    I really enjoy reading your blog! Maybe I’ll run into you at the Corner Brewery sometime.

  26. Lindsey
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    I’m in Ypsilanti, moving to East Lansing in a few days. I’ll check in frequently because I’m going to miss Ypsi so much.

    You know, I left a comment once, Mark. But then you insinuated that I might be here for the ball shaving.

  27. Stacey Hasenfratz
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Ypsilanti, just not much of a commenter.

  28. L Steeple
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Los Angeles Ypsiphobe

  29. Soph
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Current Home: Chicago

    Formerly of Ypsi, where I went to Eastern. I worked at HF, and met you at one of the Anniversary parties.

  30. Ol E' Cross
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Is it that time of the year again already?

    At least you’re softening up a bit.

  31. Ty
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    whispers to everyone else:
    “I see Lindsey’s back for more ball shaving.”

  32. Suzie
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Permalink


    I have no good excuses for not commenting more.

  33. JPowers155
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I comment. Sometimes. But mostly I troll, looking for things to front page over at MichLib. Also, I read most of my 400+ blogs via Bloglines so I only click over if there’s something that really captures my attention. I have this whole anti-Southeast Michigan myopia thing going on.

  34. Posted August 2, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    From? Ann Arbor.
    Living? Goshdarn Ohio.

  35. edweird
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I think I post too often to actually post here. Shit! I just posted here. Damn it! Now I have to go taunt my armored monkey into slicing me in half with his katana. Thanks Mark. I was planning on doing that tomorrow. Now my plans are wrecked.

  36. jill
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Ypsi – Midtown.

  37. Posted August 2, 2007 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Chelsea, MI.

    Not much to say…I live a boring life. ;-)

  38. Evil
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Originally from London, ON.
    Now I live in Seattle, WA.
    I’ve commented before but not regularly to remember my registration details so that makes it a pain to comment frequently. So I don’t.

  39. Posted August 2, 2007 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been in Saline since 2001, spent the fifteen years before that in Ann Arbor, and the twenty years before that in IL. I think I’ve commented before, but I thought I’d throw you a bone anyway.

    Not that I don’t love your blog, but do you any of you Ypsilantians know what happened to Ypsi~Dixit? I really miss her blog.

  40. mike_1630
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    On the road the last two months :D I usually just read your post via my feed-reader, when I’m offline :) You rock, Mark!

  41. Jack
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Oklahoma City, OK

    And I try to save my comments for zippy one-liners that will amuse everyone.

  42. Posted August 2, 2007 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Hmmmm. I think I only post when it serves my own selfish purposes. How ungirly of me. BUT then, why is it that I posted unstoppably on Ypsi-Dixit but rarely here, when I read you about the same amount? Must be the ball shaving.

    (Ypsilanti. Normal Park.)

  43. brad
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    i live in ypsilanti — downtown, washington street, south of cross.

    i occasionally post at downtownypsi.org (when it’s up) and check a few ypsiblogs daily but generally refrain from commenting for no particular reason.

    i suspect i’ll comment if there’s further posting regarding showing night of the hunter in riverside park. that’s such an awesome idea…

  44. Kathy
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Ypsilanti, MI!!
    This marks my 3rd comment but I read your blog daily. I have no excuses for my near-silence.

  45. UBU
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but I’d never post on a site like this.

  46. Terri
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I was your backup doula. Although you may not remember meeting me. I have been following your blog via doulicia.

    BTW, I live in Ann Arbor, but grew up in Detroit. And I read often!

  47. Posted August 2, 2007 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Currently Ypsi, hopefully that will be true for a long while.

    My longer post resulted in an error msg, so I’ll email that to you instead.

  48. David Palmer
    Posted August 2, 2007 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I grew up in South Lyon, moved to Ypsi via EMU, then to EL, then to South Lyon, then to Portland, Maine, then to Ypsi, then to Portland, and back in Ypsi again.

    You’ve received an excellent response to your plea for reader identities. I’ve tried this on my blog with less success, nice work.

    On a side note: Lets make the Liberators a reality so I can try to stay here for the foreseeable futre. Water Street, aka: Goose Land, is begging for a baseball team, or an Indian Casno, or something to pave over the contaminants that the Traverse Group didn’t do a good job identifying before the City got us into this boondoggle.

  49. Jennyfurann
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    From Cross Street. I comment occasionally. Usually I don’t have anything interesting to say. Plus I’m completely shy and still won’t say hi even when I see you around town (even though I think it’s completely rude not to – can’t manage to do it)….

  50. BrianB
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Ypsi – Normal Park. I brought you some records to appropriate at the shadow art fair. Rock on.

  51. degutails
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    broadview heights, ohio (near cleveland). i comment occasionally, but i generally don’t feel like i have much to contribute (having no balls to shave, etc.).

    for the record, however, trusty getto’s girlfriend wears ypsipanties. they’re quite comfortable.


  52. Vera
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Born and raised in Ypsi. Now in neighboring county. Don’t post much. Educated in Willow Run schools. Unable to write in full sentences.

  53. Robert
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I haven’t been shy. I’m the guy who has posted most of the dumbest comments you will find on this site. My posts are always filled with typos, embarrassing misspellings, run-on sentences, atrocious grammar, and horrifically improper word usage. You’ll notice my posts are often senseless, and ultimately pointless. I come across as hostile, and frequently use foul language, almost certainly insulting and alienating most people. I am the quintessential jackass.

    Some people out there might think I am just a pseudonym Mark uses to set a really low bar, attempt to encourage anybody and everybody to feel comfortable in posting, knowing they could not possibly make a bigger ass of themselves than I do. However, I am a real person, and yes, I am really this obnoxious and idiotic. It’s not an act.

    Anywho, I just thought I’d come right out and say all that. I didn’t want anybody out there to think I wasn’t aware of it.

  54. Posted August 3, 2007 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Maynard for Mayor

  55. Posted August 3, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah, Ypsi, East Cross.

  56. Kevin Dole 2
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I don’t post often because in general haven’t much to say. Except lately!

    -I’ve overheard two different groups of people at two different bars discussing the “How Many Mommies” video. “Hey! A bumblebee!” Gets the most laughs.

    -I recently found myself swimming in the company of the A2 News reporter who did the Ypsipanties story. She was quite proud of herself.

  57. grr
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Canton, but alas, not walking distance to our local megachurch.

  58. Sara Henschell-Doyle
    Posted August 3, 2007 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I live in Ypsilant, i read your blog almost everyday and see you at the brewery or in depot town just as much… i always smile or wave.

    it is hard to comment a chuckle…

  59. Lucy Strike
    Posted August 4, 2007 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    I think where I’m from isn’t nearly as important as where I’m going.

    So no, I won’t answer your question.

    Stop living in the past and present. Start living in the future.

    You can’t spell future without TRUE F-U.

    Think about it.

  60. mark
    Posted August 4, 2007 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I can’t possibly respond to all of this… so I’ll just say, “Thanks.” I appreciate your taking the time.

  61. It's Skinner Again
    Posted August 4, 2007 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    That’s often how I feel about leaving comments…

  62. ypsidweller
    Posted August 4, 2007 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey Kevin Dole 2,

    If you happen to be swimming next with the knucklehead who writes music reviews for the A2 News, will you convey to him that he’s full of beans, so to speak? He panned Patti Smith’s outrageously superlative show at the Michigan Theater the other night, calling it “muzak.” It’s not nice to name-call, but what a nincompoop. Actually, it was some of the most heavenly music I have ever heard–I paused several times to wonder if I were possibly in heaven or still in the balcony–and apparently everyone else but him felt the same way. Sweetly intimate, full of covers done so lovingly, really swell arrangements–Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Doors, and on and on. What a show. And that Lenny Kay on guitar. Mama mia. What a bummer that music reviewer is.

  63. stella
    Posted August 4, 2007 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I contend he was probably one of the cretins who laughed when she brought out the clarinet…..

  64. UBU
    Posted August 5, 2007 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Yes, that review was the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in the Ann Arbor News and that’s saying a lot….

  65. chris
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I live in Brooklyn, and have for the last 13-14 years. You asked for it you got it, “Dude, you are lookin’ old!”. Clementine is sucking all of your cuteness out of you. I guess I lurk now, don’t comment because….I am…I don’t know…

  66. mark
    Posted August 6, 2007 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Yup. I look like shit in that photo. In my defense, however, the photographer had some really good photos of me. She just used this one because Clementine and Linette looked great. In the other shots, my hair looks fuller and my eyes are bag-less. (I confess, however, that the jowls really are mine.)

  67. e.g.n-b
    Posted August 7, 2007 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Originally from Queens, NY, but now in Washington, DC. The mother of the “other” Clementine.

  68. Gene
    Posted August 14, 2007 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    a2, nyc, a2.

    you’ve made me want a ball shaver.

  69. three
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I talk to you through my computer screen.

  70. Peter Larson
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    What are you complaining about, Mark. At least people read your blog.

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