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Number 555



Hi Everyone!

It’s celebration time here at the Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel!  This is a landmark 555th post.  I suppose it is a more common practice to celebrate one’s 500th post but that one kind of slipped by unnoticed at that time.  At any rate, 555 brings back many childhood memories when the cigarette brand “State Express 555” was one of the most popular brands in this part of the world.  Not that I was a smoker in my tender age but the 555 brand was so omnipresent that I still remember doodling on the ubiquitous “555” notepads.  That’s all the excuse needed here to have a mini celebration to lighten up the dark radioactive cloud that seems to be hanging over the world in recent times.

I started to blog in October 2006 which means it has taken me four and a half years to reach this 555th post.  I certainly have not been as prolific as some of you who seem to be able to do a post a day but I surprise myself that I have not run out of things to say long before this.  At the time of this post, there have been 94,197 visits to the Realm.

In June 2010, after taking a short hiatus to take care of some major life changing decisions, the Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel re-emerged but in line with celebrating making life changes, the Realm shifted lock, stock and barrel over from Blogger to WordPress.  In the process, some readers were lost into the ether but others were gained.

As is the custom of this mad scientist, I like to mark the occasion with a retrospective of what has been the character of this blog.    The Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel has been  quite eclectic and represents a very chaotic and wandering mind. However, the top 5 topics or themes have been humor, about people, about self, Malaysia and culture.   Here are some of my personal favorites from each of those themes.

HUMOR
1. I Get No Respect (where I gripe about what’s in a name)
2. Anxiety Attack or  Psycho 101 (where I confess to psychological problems)

PEOPLE
1.  Rediscovering Christina’s World (where I investigate the story behind a beautiful painting)
2.  Locked In (where I get to share about my brief contact with a very courageous woman)

SELF
1.  My Father (where I describe my father and our relationship)
2. How I Came to be Out in the Cold (where I go through a rite of passage with a friend)

MALAYSIA
1. Have Gourd Will Travel (where I relate a folk story from Malaysia)
2. Field Report on Manglish (where I give readers a chance to learn a foreign language)

CULTURE
1.  Time Ball (where I examine how some native American Indians used to keep their dairies, long before computers and blogs)
2. Secret Squirrel Spot No: 6 (Canals of England and Wales) (where I get to talk about going along the canals)

While those above are among my personal favorites, the visitors and readers of the Realm have their own preferences.  These may be determined either by the amount of visits to the post or the amount of comments generated.  Here are the top posts as determined before and after the Realm went over to WordPress.

Top 5 Pre-WordPress Posts (most comments)

  1. Half Mast, Half Post, Full Life (where I reflect on my father’s passing)
  2. Bears Just Want to Have Fun (where I post a very interesting video of polar bears at play)
  3. Born Buddhist (where I share my early childhood exposure to Buddhism and my conversion to Christianity)
  4. Squirrel’s Secret Spot No: 12 – Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (where I extol the virtues of this museum)
  5. 300th Post (where I look back at this blog’s first 300 posts)

Top 5 WordPress Post (most comments)

  1. Reflecting on 47 (where I lament my birthday)
  2. Danger Squirrel (where I try to prove that you shouldn’t mess with squirrels)
  3. First Day of the Rest of My Life (where I begin blogging on WordPress amongst many other beginnings)
  4. Old Man of the Forest (where I meet with a wild orang utan)
  5. Feeling Flat (where I wonder if the whole world got up on the wrong side of the sun)

Top 5 Pre-WordPress Post (most visitors)

  1. Choosing Seven Natural Wonders (where I propose my top seven natural wonders)
  2. World Food Spot 5; Horchata, the Elixir of Tiger Nuts (where I regale about this wonderful Spanish drink)
  3. The Haircut: The Ecstasy and the Agony (where I agonize about getting a haircut)
  4. Still Not My Year (where I begrudge the Year of the Rat)
  5. The Nutter and the Hag (where I discuss a movie and make fun of the Swamp Thing’s relatives)

Top 5 WordPress Post (most visitors)

  1. Tsunami – Japan 2011 (where the blog observed a week of silence in respect of all the victims of the 2011 Japanese Tsunami)
  2. The New Zodiac (where I re-invent the Zodiac for modern times)
  3. Carolina Squirrel and the Money Pit (where the debonair and courageous Carolina Squirrel tries to dig up buried treasure)
  4. Kat and the Kamama Wonderland (where we get to visit with fellow blogger, Kat)
  5. First Day of the Rest of My Life (where I begin blogging on WordPress amongst many other beginnings)

Finally, to round off this list, here are a couple of my favorites amongst the videos displayed on this blog to date.  If you have time to kill, I hope you will take a spin around the Realm with the aid of the links.

1.  Nocturnal Perambulations in Borneo (come see a rare video of a rare and reclusive creature of the rainforest)
2. Flagpole Sitta from Lost and Refound 2 (come enjoy a funny music video and wish you worked there)

And finally, what loyal readers have to say……..