Monday, April 1, 2013

No Joke

Happy April Fool's Day. Today marks this blog's 7th 6th birthday. (Leave to a mathematician to correct me. Sir Stephen Parrish has pointed out I've only been blogging 6 years. Well it feels like 7 to me). Seven Six years. Given that internet time is much like dog years I think that makes this particular blog rather old. So much has happened these last seven years that in many ways it seems like a lifetime ago I started this journey.

Not as many people stop by as once did but I want think each of you who take time to read and comment whether it be every post for only occasionally.

This is going to be one of those rambling, a bit of everything posts that has no great them, message or even direction.


So the other day our supervisors calls us into the break room and informs us that someone has apparently been masturbating in the bathroom stalls because the custodians have been complaining about suspicious stains on the walls.

No, I am not kidding.

All I got to say is somebody is WAY more excited about coming to work than I am.


Now that I start typing I realize I might have a theme after all.

I've wnated to share this story despite the fact my son will be appalled if he finds out I did.

Zalen is 10 now.  Here he is taking a flying leap into about a foot of water at Palo Duro Canyon.

His is my quiet, deep-thinking child. As well as a budding soccer star. He doesn't talk a lot but when he does you better watch out because you never know what is coming because just as in the picture he lets his true thoughts fly.

A kid in his class got stitches so on the way from school he begins grilling me about stitches. As with most conversations with 10 year old boys the chat took a bathroom humor direction when he said, "What if someone had to get stitches in their wiener?"

I said, "Most boys do get stitches in their wiener when they are circumcised."

We ride a  few miles down the road in silence before he says, "Why do boys get circumcised?"

I explained that not all boys do but that it is a cultural thing done for both religious reasons as well as hygiene.

A few more miles of silence.

"Why don't they circumcise dogs."

I kind of chuckled and said there is no need. Dogs take care of their business and keep things cleaned themselves.

Again silence until Zalen states matter of fact, "Well, they should at least circumcise show dogs."

I'll never watch Westminster the same.


Following those two stories is probably not the best introduction, but still I want to share the cover of my next book with y'all.

TWISTED ROADS will be released in May though my publisher still has not determined the exact date.  I'm excited to share the story. Even more excited than I was THE FEEDSTORE CHRONICLES. I think because this story is pure fiction. A creation purely of my mind rather than a creative retelling of events. Long before I starting this blog I had the dream of seeing my name on the cover of a novel. This book fulfills that dream.

Satisfaction without staining the walls, or painful surgery. 

Thank y'all for traveling the twisted road with me these past 6 years.


Eric said...

I haven't been a follower all 7 years Travis, but I've enjoyed every moment thus far. You make me chuckle with pretty much every post. And yes, my wife is counting down the days until your book comes out :)

DeBie Hive said...

Happy blogoversary! We're blogging dinosaurs together. I've been at it over 4 years - which makes us ancient. LOL

Good stuff. Congrats on the next book!!!

Stephen Parrish said...

I count six years (April Fool's joke?) but no matter. I miss the old days when Blogger was pretty much all anyone had and we hung out together in comments. I hope you keep blogging for another six, I mean seven, years.

Betty said...

Happy Anniversary! Your son is pretty smart and I agree with him. I don't comment often and I just found you recently but I really like the way your posts make me go hmmm.

Travis Erwin said...

Dang it, but Stevie is correct. The post has been amended.

Stephen Parrish said...

Sorry about the correction! I started in 2006 and remember when you came on the following spring. You drank all the beer, stole all the girls, and quickly became one of the most popular bloggers in the community.

One thing I don't miss about those days is prefacing "writer" with "aspiring." Here's hoping you write many more books.

P.S. I still can't get here by googling "Trabbis." What's with that?

Travis Erwin said...

I of course always am in need of correction. Just ask my wife.

I did drink the beer but I think those girls got lost somewhere between here and Germany my friend. Maybe they are up in Colorado with Eric.

Wendy said...

Happy Blogoversary, Trabbis!

Old Kitty said...

Happy blogoversary!!!

I think the "stains" on the wall should be sent for DNA sampling so you'd know whose they are! LOL! Take care

the walking man said...

It would seem we had started doing this at about the same time. So was the tale of work or the car ride the lead in to the book? Which by the way I wholeheartedly congratulate you on Travis, some dreams deserve to be birthed and this is one of those kind.

Charles Gramlich said...

Looking forward to some twisted roads!

G. B. Miller said...

Congrabulations on your anniversary!

Yours was one of the first blogs that I started reading back in 2008 (found it through a blog based community website that I no longer no the name of).

Been a funky ride throughout the years and I hope I can make mine last that long (coming up on five years this May).

And that is nice cover. The kind of cover that prudish people would question and complain about.