So it’s been a whacky couple of days both in virtual and physical space. First my blog got hacked by some Cialis spammer who left invisible links in a post from a couple of weeks ago, which led to it being delisted by Google, which led to an upgrade and server transfer at edublogs (my host) which hit a couple of snags and left me blogless for a couple of days. (The shakes are just now abating.) Then last night on my way to Tess’s basketball practice, this doofus deer runs out in front of my little Prius too late for me to stop and I BANG into his right rear flank sending him flopping into a cornfield and sending me into a stream of profanities even I didn’t know existed. (Unfortunately, Tess’s friend was in the car. Fortunately, when I called her mom to fill her in and apologize, she said she was sure it was nothing she hadn’t heard before. I’ll take her word for it.) Upshot: one seriously banged up hybrid, one dead deer, and a couple of amazed kids.
But here’s the warm fuzzy side to both of these stories. (You knew there had to be one, right?) Shortly after I realized my blog was in Google hell, I Tweeted out its demise. Within a few minutes, Tim Lauer had diagnosed the problem, sending screen shots of the wonderful Cialis ads that came up on a Google search of my blog and later scouring my source code to find the offending post. Soon after, Steve Dembo, who was having the same problem, Tweeted a link to the “claim your blog” function in Google to get the relisting process started. (Steve’s is back in the Google database…mine, notsomuch, and they’re saying up to three weeks. Ugh.) Then, after my whole blog went down on Sunday to finally come back this morning, I got an e-mail from Lennie Symes, a total blog stranger, letting me know that my RSS feed wasn’t working properly. Got that squared away now too. And, I can’t not mention the efforts of Dean Shareski, he of too much time on his hands, who created a blog update status page to chronicle the event. Nice.
On the deer side (not a pretty picture, btw) when I went to the State Police barracks to file a report (for the insurance process), I decided to Tweet up a quick recap of the event while waiting for the paperwork. Within about 2 minutes I must have had 20 Tweets of concern back (well, most of concern, some bad poetry thrown in) from folks wondering if I was ok and how the deer was and if anyone was hurt, etc. I got a half dozen DM Tweets from people, even, surprisingly from a family member. (Who knew?) One even offered legal help if I needed it. (No, his name was not Vinny.) And there were a couple of venison recipes thrown in for good measure. It was, um, what’s the word, um, not surprising but, um, kinda nice 2.0, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, you don’t need me to make the point here, do you?
(Photo “Winking at You” by cyclewidow.)
Clarence Fisher says
You know…. If you had a 3/4 ton 4X4 truck like mine, that deer wouldn’t have even slowed you down… Then you could use your Prius as a life boat. Throw it in the back of the truck instead of the deer.
But really, glad to hear all are OK and that you managed to throw a vocabulary lesson in as well.
Ed Allen says
Funny Clarence! But i think that it is great that Will is driving such a green car.
I am happy to hear that everyone is OK. (except the deer, of course) And don’t worry about the expletives, that is what Dads are for now and then.
Will Richardson says
Thank you Ed. Clarence just doesn’t get the finer points of saving the world. ;0)
Sean Nash says
A vocabulary lesson indeed. The way I see it, people should let their children ride with you, Will. They just need to be proactive in dealing with the naughty words they could potentially encounter.
Right, Will? Who wants a “walled garden”, right? I’m sorry for two things. 1) I’m sorry Cialis took you down. it really isn’t supposed to do that from what I gather. And 2) I’m sorry to have such a laugh at your expense. The web snafus you describe would have me pulling my hairs out. But hey- you started it by being darkly humorous.
I mean really… the “backtext” of the deer image reads: “I hate you”? That’s good stuff. Here’s to a speedy digirecovery.
Karl Fisch says
@Sean – you forgot to mention the tag for the post . . .
Will Richardson says
You forgot to mention how WP 2.7RC1 makes up for it all 🙂
Sean Nash says
@Karl – yeah… the fact that “$%#*&” is only appended with “deer” makes me want to scan all tags here for code-profanity. Weblogg-ed: ahhh yes, the seedier side of the web.
Doug DeWItt says
Glad you and the kids are OK. Sorry about the deer.
I used to live in Northern MN and there was a saying:
There are two kinds of people: Those who have hit a deer, and those who haven’t yet!
Welcome to the club!! 🙂
Wesley Fryer says
My blog was hacked somehow back in September and I never did figure out exactly how it happened, but it certainly caused a great deal of stress. Isn’t it amazing how these virtual spaces now can have so much importance to us? The psychology of blogging and incidents like this is really pretty amazing. I am very glad you got things straightened out, deer and Prius aside.
I’ve heard that deer populations in many areas are at record highs. This can only mean one thing: It’s time to cast aside your vegetable-eating ways, and embrace the path of the carnivore. Ask Santa for a 30-06 for Christmas, and do your part to keep culling back the local deer population in Jersey– with a hunting license, of course, rather than another automobile.
Will Richardson says
Thanks for the sentiment, Wes, but for now, I’ll just kill ’em and you can eat ’em. ;0)