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‘Idol’ coverage moving, not ending

The original "Idol' logo circa 2002

The original "Idol' logo circa 2002

In February, 2005, as season four of “American Idol” launched, the AJC was seeking interesting blog topics. An editor thought “Idol” as the No. 1 show in America would work. She asked me to handle it since I’d already been covering the show since its inception in 2002.

At first, I did so, reluctantly. I already had another blog covering radio. But once I started writing recaps of the show, I realized that this could be fun. It was more free-form writing than I was used to. Little by little, people started joining in the conversation. Even after Carrie Underwood won, I decided to keep the blog going in the off season. That first summer and fall,  I felt like I was pretty much writing to myself.

But 2006 came and the blog blossomed, coinciding with what was the peak year of “Idol” popularity. Credit the likes of Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Katharine McPhee, Elliott Yamin and the winner, Taylor Hicks.  I was finding my own “Idol” voice as part of what I liked to call the American Idol Industrial Complex.

What was just a posting board for “Idol” news gradually morphed into what I could say is a community of regulars. Some stuck around awhile, contributed, then disappeared into the ether. Others joined in and stayed for the long term. Many were seasonal, some became perennial. A few got upset in 2007 and created their own “Idol exile” group. I exiled a few myself. We tried our best to ignore the trolls and laugh at the pseudo-superior visitors who write, “Get a life!” whenever a blog entry was featured on the home page of ajc.com.

Deirdre became our den mom, my unofficial (eventually deemed “official”) moderator who would keep conversations flowing and inform me whenever something odd was happening. LinnyKat, JTesla, Rickster, Kellie & Carrie Fan and others became daily contributors to a conversation that usually stuck with “Idol” but would segue into other topics, be it movies, our personal lives, or plain silly jokes. Ultimately, we became a virtual family of sorts, a comforting place to just lounge and sip virtual coffee each day and have a laugh or two. I thank you all for making this blog what it is and would love to hear your favorite moments on the blog itself.

And I have to thank “Idol” for its contributions to my life and the country as a whole.  Over the past ten seasons, I have attended every single “Idols Live” concert in Atlanta (except the second one in 2005, the only year they came twice). I’ve seen Kelly Clarkson solo in concert five times, Fantasia on stage five times, Kellie Pickler five times, Carrie Underwood three times.  I have interviewed a vast number of the “Idol” alums, although some of the biggest ones continue to elude me. (Carrie and Kelly – call me!)  I’ve been verbally harangued by David Archuleta, Diana DeGarmo and Clay Aiken fans. I was kicked out of the green room before a Jennifer Hudson concert over a spat with the publicist.

But as the tired cliche goes,  change is the only constant.

After seven seasons, 2,000 blog entries and 60,000 blog comments over three different software blog platforms, this blog will no longer be updated as of Sept. 23, timed with my first two-week vacation in my entire life. “Idol”-related news will now migrate to my Radio and TV Talk blog starting October 10 when I get back. This will also include coverage of “The X Factor,” which debuted this week.

Additionally, we’ve created a new “American Idol” landing page, designed exclusively for fans of “Idol” and related topics. There you’ll find a host of photos, archives of posts from the “Idol” blog and related links along with my continuing coverage of all things “Idol.” The page also recognizes the impact you have had, so you I hope you check it out, bookmark it and share with others in the “Idol” community.

I’ll also be including “Idol”-related posts on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, so I hope you’ll join me there as well.

I thank my bosses here at the AJC for allowing me this platform to express myself, to earn my PhD in “Idol,” to become more than just a journalist, but an arbiter of something that has given many comfort and joy.

Of all my work over 20 years in journalism, I’ve taken greatest pride in this blog. It became an extension of me. And you, the readers, made it work, made it thrive, gave it life. I plan to bring the “Idol” blog spirit and soul over to the AJC Radio and TV blog the best I can and hope you can all join me there as well.

68 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
8:20 am

All good things must come a……different platform. Nope, that’s just weird.

I think the most difficult thing about this transition will be that Rodney will be gone for the first 2 weeks of it. That means it will be up to the blog regulars to supply info and chat topics to what will become an extremely long blog page.

I think maybe those of us around should use this day to talk about this place, why we’re here and how we got here.

This isn’t an end, it’s a transition. I don’t doubt that some will see this as an opportunity to “let go” and to them all I can say is that we’ll miss you very much!

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
8:28 am

Rodney, thank you–thank you so very much for all the years and all the memorable blog items. And, thank you for all the memories, too. It may seem a bit sappy to talk about memories of a blog, but this place has been so much more to those of us who inhabit it daily. It has served to entertain, but also to express opinions, concerns, and even to act a bit silly at times. But it also is a place where I have made good friends. Those who would offer “Get a life” have no clue, or they’d understand what it means to have been welcomed so warmly and to have a place to come and find conversation.

A few of us have become personal email and Facebook buddies, and that is a huge benefit. But way deep down, none of us really knows what each of our lives are really like or what worries and burdens we carry. To be able to join folks here and to find a friendly voice each day probably has served to relieve or at least lighten burdens and worries. It has allowed us an escape from those things and to become part of something bigger–a blog family!

I look forward to continuing our blog conversations, but it is like moving to a new house. Taking a long, last look at the old one, where so many memories and fun times occurred, cannot help but make me a bit misty this morning.

Thanks, Rodney, and I’ll be seeing you!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
8:29 am

Rodney, you and I have talked a lot and I hope you know what this little community has done for me personally. It came along at a time when I needed desperately to latch on to something.

In Dec. of ‘04 we held a big party at our house for my older son’s graduation from Tech. My dad had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had very little time left. The party was a huge success right up until my dad died. One of the happiest and saddest days of my life all rolled into one.

My mom, with an enormous amount of health problems, moved in with us and my life changed completely.

Finding this blog saved my sanity(some might question that its actually been saved) I came here. like many of us, disagreeing heartily with a comment and I’ve never left.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

Well-said, Deirdre!

Nana

September 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

Good Morning….

As a regular poster here for the last six years, for me this blog has been a place to come for conversation, advice, to vent, share time with others and most important, to be amongst friends. There have been happy times, sad times, heartbreaking times, frustrating times and so many others that has made this blog a wonderful place. Now, as we say good bye and retire this blog, we will create another one just as better. Rodney, you have been an excellent journalist for this project and I know that you will also be on the one. Your followers will be right there with you.

You asked us to post what our favorite moments were and the one thing that comes to my mind was when I was being attack by a troll and someone reporrted it to you. You cared enough to call me and had the person prohibited from coming back. For that, I thank you as that showed me you really and truly cared about this blog and your bloggers. So, let this blog end, but your followers will not.

Thank you for all your time and efforts. We all appreciate them.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
8:37 am

I remember that incident, Nana! That guy was a disgruntled former regular who attacked you even though you had nothing to do with his leaving.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
8:39 am

Nana and I arrived on the blog as regulars about the same time. I had been lurking and occasionally posting a comment. I only found the blog when it was linked to the front page of the AJC, and it took me awhile, and some instruction from linny, to be able to join in daily.

I found the blog in the first place because I missed Atlanta. I had lived there for 13 or 14 years, but had moved back home to SC and was hungry for news of the area. Having never missed an episode of Idol (and I still never have) I was delighted to see the link and to have the opportunity to read all the posts. I got up the nerve to post occasionally, and finally linny responded by asking if I had not posted here before. I told her that I had, and she welcomed me warmly and encouraged me to stick around. I have never left since that day. So, thanks, linny, for the welcome, and thanks, Deirdre for making me feel so too!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
8:45 am

I have many good memories about this place. One came during the off-season. At that time we had a group of really fun women on the blog, many of whom were African-American. Late one day as the chat was winding down and boredom was setting in, Shay(I think it was her) asked a question that started with “Why do white girls……” I can’t even remember what the question was but we continued on that vein for at least another hour asking questions that began with “why do white girls…” or “why do black girls…..”. I think I laughed until the tears were running down my face.

On that subject, I’d like to say thank you to Shay, Carla, Kimmy, Eve, and Jex(please let me know if I left anyone out) for joining us. I really enjoyed your company, learned a lot, laughed a lot and I was very sad to see y’all leave. I’m sorry for my part in anything that may have hurt your feelings.

RoHo Fan

September 22nd, 2011
8:46 am

The American Idol Blog is one of the best blogs that AJC had or will ever have! It’s a shame it won’t continue, but glad to hear we’ll still get to read about it through RoHo’s Radio/TV blog. We love you RoHo!!!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
8:54 am

So true, RoHo Fan!

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

I did not pay my wife to provide that endorsement! :)

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
8:59 am

RoHo Fan has it goin’ on, Rodney! Pay or no pay! ;)

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
8:59 am

We know Rodney. Helen has been a loyal fan for quite some time now. We always enjoyed her contributions to the blog!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
9:02 am

Especially that, for awhile, she actually believed she was fooling us! ;-)

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Also Rodney…a little tidbit that I’ve never told you. My husband refers to you as my third son. It has something to do with you calling me when you’re in the car on the way back from an interview. My 2 boys can’t get behind the wheel of their car without calling me and you just added to that particular mystique. ;-)

Mo Schreibman

September 22nd, 2011
9:05 am

Mr. Ho please keep wearing the same hat so it will be easier to find you in your other Atlanta Journal newspaper column.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
9:20 am

RoHo: Glad we’re continuing, and it’s not so bad, since we all discuss many other tv shows, even during the Idol season. You are a great “host”, and every time some jerk makes a disparaging remark about it, it irks me terribly!

Thanks for the Kelly link – love that girl. She looked gorgeous and sounded fabulous, as always. A real talent and entertainer! She will be on Ellen today at 4:00 on 11Alive. DVRing it – can’t wait.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
9:31 am

Another good memory…sitting on the virtual porch with JT and many others eating virtual popcorn while the fans of one Idol or another battled Rodney and each other over so perceived slight to their one and only TRUE Idol.

I know that many of you shy away from controversy but I tend to plunge right in, getting myself in trouble more often than not. With linny on hiatus, having JT as a cohort has been delightful!

JTesla

September 22nd, 2011
9:36 am

“Goodbye and hello, as always.”

- Roger Zelazny, The Courts of Chaos

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
9:46 am

During the controversial days on the blog, k&cf was torn between staying with us and protesting the horrors that flats created. I remember that linny and I encouraged her to try the exile blog if she was uncomfortable here. As you know, k&cf returned to us and has been our historian and fact-rememberer ever since. What would we do without her? Thanks for giving us another chance, k&cf!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

We have been privileged to meet so many interesting people here. I imagine that we will run into a lot more naysayers on the next blog but we are a tough group.

Rickster

September 22nd, 2011
10:00 am

In the immortal words of Lennon & McCartney:

“You say good bye, and I say hello.”

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
10:02 am

As to “X”: Don’t like the live audience for the first auditions – too early! Cheryl Cole was a doll, with some good remarks – much better than the Nicole creature! Bad move on Simon’s part.

If the guy tossing his stuff around had been on Idol, the security guys would have hauled him off in a heartbeat. It was disgusting and unconscionable allowing that sicko to go on for several minutes! There were kids in the audience and backstage – he should have been handcuffed and put in a cell somewhere. I’m with Paula, if that mess had been slung over my head, I’d have thrown up too! I’ll only be watching this show if there’s not a thing else I watch on at the same time! And I’m not so fond of the age mix – think I prefer, even at my advanced age, to see singers in a range to actually become pop/rock stars.

Rodney Ho

September 22nd, 2011
10:31 am

I agree about the guy who stripped down. He should not have stayed on the stage for more than two seconds after he dropped his shorts.

Rickster

September 22nd, 2011
10:33 am

Was a little underwhelmed with X-Factor. Like Cheryl Cole (bring her back!!!) and really didn’t like the non-Paula female.

The authorities should demand the unedited tape, get the registration information on the alleged flasher, and file charges immediately. The guy should be tried, convicted and forced to register as a sex offender.

Woodpappy

September 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

I started reading this blog years ago and lurked for a long time before I was brave enough to join in. I have been treated so kindly here and feel like I know most of the regulars although I don’t always have a lot to say. I love Idol and have seen every show except one since it started. I appreciate everyone’s opinion here and have really felt a part of this place. RoHo you have been wonderful. Hopefully I will be able to find everyone on the other blog.

JTesla

September 22nd, 2011
10:51 am

Thank you Rodney and thank you everyone else. You’ve made this a fun place to keep checking in at. Also, thank you Deirdre for all the “work” you’ve put into this place as well ;)

Now I look forward to conquering a new land.

JTesla

September 22nd, 2011
10:55 am

“Another good memory…sitting on the virtual porch with JT and many others eating virtual popcorn”

One of my fond memories as well. I have enjoyed jumping into the thick of things, but there are those magical times when the blog would just churn along like a train racing down a mountain out of control.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
11:08 am

Count me among those who are happy kcf decided to stay with us. You add so much, kcf, and we love you! The flats thing had me running for cover, too, almost. He had me believing that he and linny were actual friends. If she had not told me herself what was going on, I might not have hung around.

I hope some of the former blogsters see this and can find us. I am thinking of some of those who only join in during the season.

Nana

September 22nd, 2011
11:17 am

Another good thing about this blog is that people care. Even though I have only personally met a couple posters in person (linny and harm), I have so many friends here as well as on facebook, phone and email. I clearly remember the day my brother passed unexpectly, the sincere condolences I received here was amazing. One doesn’t ever forget the friendships that are made. This has been such an uplifting place for me and I cherish each and everyone. I know the friendships will continue on the new site..

Yes, there have been times that I’ve said more than I should when one of us were attacked by trolls, but I think I have always said my peace in a mature way, and that I made by point. Just because this blog is going away, does not in any way we are.

Mo Schreibman

September 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

As our grandmother told us at the end of our summer visits each year I also would rather you went to see your other grandmother instead now wait outside on the porch for your father to pick you up because you give me a headache already. It brings back memories bless her heart everytime I hear a door slam to this day.

Woodpappy

September 22nd, 2011
11:40 am

Too Funny Mo !!!

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
11:42 am

I’m glad to have K&CF around too! She must be feeling pretty good – quite a lovefest! I’m glad for all you guys – keeps me from getting too bored at work every day! Keep wondering if we’ll ever all agree which contestant is the best and should win Idol – will that season ever come?

Shaun

September 22nd, 2011
12:07 pm

OMG, the Idol blog is ending??? I had some really great times on this blog, and met some really kool people. D, I miss you! I am sorry if anything I said was hurtful, and wish you all the best.

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Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
12:10 pm

Shaun: Just go to Rodney’s Radio & TV site – we’ll be in there somewhere. Who know, we may take it over completely! Don’t give up – we’re fighting for our rights!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:13 pm

Thanks for dropping by Shaun. Nice to hear from you again. The blog isn’t ending, just moving. we’ll still be here but over on the Radio&TV blog. Why not pop in every now and then to give us your two cents on whatever we may be talking about.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:20 pm

Now that I’m back from mom’s latest appt…..I want to mention Harriett. I don’t think there’s anyone here gentler or more even-handed and fair than Harriett. She will always answer a query. She will always comment on someone’s thoughts. She has been through some really tough times in her life and has come through them with grace and dignity. While I work to back some intolerant troll into a corner, Harriett speaks calmly to us and reminds me that I’m talking to a fellow human being. She’s managed to very quietly save my hide on more than one occasion.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:23 pm

Woodpappy has been with us a long time. He and linny(as fellow Athens residents) hit it off right from the start. It is always nice to have former law enforcement in the building….he might have saved us from a lawsuit or two. ;-)

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:24 pm

And what other blog has their own resident film critic? I’m grateful to Mercedes for keeping us up-to-date on the latest releases.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:25 pm

Branch…or wrecked…we will always try to get Diana on a blog thread to keep you as happy as we can.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:26 pm

Sam, the animal loving lady, never fails to ask about the health of my dogs and understands why I can’t stand watching sad animal movies which probably means I’m going to miss out on War Horse when it’s released.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:27 pm

Mo just makes me laugh! What a welcome addition he is!

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:28 pm

Nana just keeps me hungry with all her cooking…probably that’s not a good thing! ;-)

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
12:31 pm

And Rickster, whose jokes and parodies have kept us laughing and whose super comfy bunker may come in handy when we all move to alien territory.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
12:45 pm

Deirdre – thanks! The movie about the injured dolphin, which has a GREAT and HAPPY ending starts tomorrow. I’ll be there – still have my kleenex – I cry in commercials with dogs.

And speaking of, how is precious Maggie doing? is her hip ok, as well as the snake bite?

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Thanks, Dierdre. And by the way, how is beautiful Maggie doing – are her hip and snake bite healed well?

And, the dolphin movie with a Great and Happy ending starts tomorrow. Sure I’ll need kleenex anyway – I cry over commercials with dogs.

Sam-A

September 22nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Well, there you go – didn’t take my first one, then, when I retype, it pops up. Drives me nutty sometimes!!!!!

Nana

September 22nd, 2011
12:56 pm

Deirdre, if my cooking makes you hungry, I have had pork BBQ slow cooking since last night with a pot of homemade brunswick stew, so come on over!!!!

I also want to thank everyone for their concerns when I thought I was going going to lose my precious Memory. Prayers are a wonderful, both for humans and pets.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
1:13 pm

Nana!!! That’s just mean!!!! ;-)

Sam, Maggie is doing very well. Snake bite and leg are back to normal.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
1:21 pm

Ok gang…time to experiment. Head on over to Rodney’s Radio and tv blog. On the right side of the page, near the top, you’ll see something called all things American Idol. Ther are 2 links. One takes you to an American idol page where you will find the archives and photos and stuff. The second link will take you to Idol related threads. In this case, it will be an X-Factor thread. Go ahead over there,when you get a chance, get a feel for the place and post something on the thread

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
1:27 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Deirdre. You are a gift to all of us here. You’ve served as den mother, policewoman, enforcer, and above all, the voice of reason (most of the time ;) ). You’ve gathered us all together when our Rodney was gone and have kept the blog going. You’ve spoken up when some wrong has been committed against one of us, and you’ve been steadfast through some pretty rough times here. And, now, just when we need a fearless leader to step in, here you are again! I welcome the opportunity to continue to share bolg space with you, and I am so proud to call you my friend!

JTesla

September 22nd, 2011
1:35 pm

Hey Rodney and RoHo Fan, enjoy the vacation!

Norman Buchanan

September 22nd, 2011
2:12 pm

As a long time lurker and rare “comenter” I will miss this form however I have alreadybookmarked the new site. Thank you all for amusing me over the years………please keep it up in the other blog.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
2:14 pm

Hi, Norman! Please visit us and comment from time to time. Lots of us started out as lurkers. Glad you’ve bookmarked the new page.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
2:26 pm

Norm…we’re coming back bigger and better! Well, maybe just better…not sure “bigger” qualifies.

And I ditto JT. Rodney and RoHo Fan…have yourselves a great vacation! And don’t worry about us…we’ll hang in there until you return.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
2:27 pm

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 22nd, 2011
2:47 pm

Hi y’all,

I had to think about this, because I really don’t want to say farewell to this blog. I know, I know, change is inevitable and it will be a good thing. It just feels like I’m getting rid of my favorite sweatshirt. It was warm, comfy and cuddly…and it felt like home.

So here I go: I have so many things to say… I don’t even know where to start. I came to the blog a long time ago. I really can’t recall how I ended up here. I was a huge fan since Kelly graced my screen back in the summer of 2002, a light bulb moment of sorts for me. But anyway. I would like to take the time to say thanks to you all for making this a fun place to come to and discuss Idol, life, and so many other topics. I won’t mention how many mornings this was my first stop after settling in, grabbing some coffee and catching up.

D, Harriett, and Sam-A, thanks for the love! I’m not sure where else I’d spent time communicating with folks from such different backgrounds and ideologies. I’m glad to have been able to contribute in some way whether it was thanks to my role as blog rememberer or sharing some of my thought from my “alternative” perspective. I really have never not felt welcomed here, and I have really valued that.

Nana, thanks for the food talk. Always brought a smile to my face and made me miss my nana, but in a good way.

Mercedes, thanks for the movie reviews/scoop. They’ve always come in handy and have been most appreciated.

JT, Rickster, Woodpappy, Branch, Linny, Mo, MikeS, Harm, and everyone else: Thanks for the laughs, the contributions, and your part in making this a fun place to be. I look forward to more of this at the “new house.”

And lastly, to Rodney: our blogmaster extraordinaire: I’d be grossly remiss if I didn’t publicly thank you for all the “Idol meet ups.” It’s always been fun to discuss how much Carrie spent on her tour production, what Kelly’s next move might be, how Constantine was born to play Drew Foley. Really, thanks for the time and dedication you’ve put on this blog community. I hope we carry it forward to our new home.

*insert a Mary Tyler Moore series finale style hug*

KPH

September 22nd, 2011
3:07 pm

OH NO say it ain’t so Ro Ho! It was great while it lasted and I will look forward to seeing you all on the new forum when the season starts.

Deirdre

September 22nd, 2011
3:09 pm

So, k&cf…follow the yellow brick road to our new home.

lar

September 22nd, 2011
3:19 pm

Thanks to Rodney and all the regulars, I do not post to often but I read this blog everyday.

KPH

September 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Some of you have my email and are facebook friends. Please let me know where to find everyone on the new blog. Will it be a blog? Or whatever it is.

Harriett

September 22nd, 2011
3:59 pm

KPH, follow Deirdre’s instructions above and you will find us.

Nutmeg

September 22nd, 2011
8:33 pm

Now if only the AJC would host a bulletin board on the Idol page, I think we’d all be happy.

Vivian

September 22nd, 2011
9:51 pm

This blog is ending? Too bad. I will miss your lack of David Archuleta news and sometimes snark. I laughed for over a week every time I thought about the “Baby Jesus” reference someone made a few weeks ago. Sorry your dealings with David’s fans were less than favorable. And poor Fantasia–the hate was strong up in here! Obviously I didn’t agree with a lot of what was posted, but I did enjoy lurking and laughing. I also liked that comments were not so restricted to topic on your site. Well, I hope the switch works out well for you and the “regulars”. Best Wishes

Rick Combs

September 22nd, 2011
11:40 pm

Excellent blog, Rodney. I’m pretty sure I’m too old for American idol, but I still think I have something to sing to the world! I’m going to refer people to your blog on my blog, http://www.meandmymicrophone.blogspot.com

sakura

September 23rd, 2011
9:11 am

This has been a wonderful blog with wonderful people and i hope that continues. Will look forward for more idol related topics and stories on the radio and tv blog…

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

September 23rd, 2011
9:00 pm

I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to get back on and make my comments about just how very much Rodney and AI Blog has meant to me. Deirdre, Mike, KPH, JT, Harriett, Nana, and so many more have kept me sane for years; unfortunately my blogging from work was curtailed, even though i never was “behind” in my work and only blogged in bits and pieces as time allowed, it was made clear that it was the job or the blog, and unfortunately i could not afford to lose the job! wish i coulda said otherwise, but i’ve tried for the last year and a half to blog as much as possible, reading back over posts and making belated comments.

D referred to the group that left, and I too wish things had been different, because those girls were a blast to blog with; i only wish whatever turned the tide had gone somewhere else… and whatever misunderstanding had not happened. I too apologize to anyone i’ve inadvertently offended, because those who know me know, while i am vehement in supporting my personal opinions, i’m truly a lover and a caring person to the core.

I cannot truly say exactly what my favorite moments have been, because there are way too many. Every year we talk about meeting up in atlanta somewhere, an Idol reunion of sorts… but we’ve never managed to do it, except in small pieces; Nana, we REALLY do have to make it to lunch again soon! And D, we WILL get together one day! ANd Harriett, one of these days i’ll be making the trek to see Donald sing with you, i am sure i will!

I look forward to working my way to the new platform, and believe me, now that i have hopes of having a computer in front of me DURING Idol, i’ll be there on idol nights, finally!

and as for X factor, I much preferred Cheryl Cole to Nicole Sherzinger as a judge (LOVED the accent) and the first night of auditions was way better than the second night…but we saw the same WEIRDNESS out of Seattle on AI auditions, and on AGT auditions too, so it’s not surprising that the weirdos came out for XF… however, i’m still willing to give the show a chance,just to see the talent that does make it. That’s pretty much why i watch any of these shows, after all.

Rodney, Helen, hope you’re on your way to having an absolutely WONDERFUL vacation ;.. you’ll have to let us know what it’s like to have TWO weeks all at one time!! I cannot remember the last time i did that…maybe summer break from college?

Love you guys! See you again, soon! In the “new place” eh?

now, it’s time, and it’s

meowwwwwT!