Saturday, November 18, 2006

One Year On And They Haven't Shot Me Yet

Los Angeles, CA

So, I'm looking at the calendar and something's nagging at me. November 18th. What the hell is it with November 18th?

And then I have it. My dad died on November 18th of 1992. Had a heart attack in Hilo, drove home to Kona to, get this, make sure he had clean underwear because he knew he was going to be in the hospital for an extended stay. It was something like his fifth or sixth heart attack. He knew the drill.

He finally kicked in the hospital a week or two later, prompting the confusing early morning phone call saying that he couldn't be resuscitated and me being too tired to completely click onto what that meant.

"So, he's dead then?"


"Oh. Okay."

It was a rough month.

So I'm musing on this, thinking how things have changed over the last 14 years, but something's still bugging me. And then I really have it.

L.A. Noir is one year old, today.

375 entries, 13,859 visitors.

A whole year of shootings, stabbings, dismemberments, drug raids, gang rapes, hits ordered from prison. Burnt bodies in campgrounds, parked cars and hotel rooms. Murder, arson, short cons, long cons, the occasional angry drunk. Sex offenders, offendees and those who just like a little kink in their porn. Book signings, fiction, the occasional review.

Now, I know some people have enjoyed this site. They've told me.

I also know that many others have very much NOT enjoyed it. I've never had hate mail before. It's been an interesting experience. I wouldn't mind it so much if many of them had more than a third grade reading level, but you take what you can get, I suppose.

So, like it or hate it, it is what it is.

Thanks for reading.


anne frasier said...


as i was reading i thought this was a goodbye post.

what a relief!!!

a lot of people quit at the one-year mark. i understand that, but i would really miss your blog.

i love the story about your dad going home for clean underwear. i hope you don't mind that i love it.

angie said...

Wow. I second Anne's sigh of relief - though I'd hope the love/hate/laugh of l.a. noir would outweigh the hatemail and hassle. I would sorely miss my daily dose of wtf?!

Guess today's on the bittersweet side in memories - here's wishing you more sweet than bitter in the years to come.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Are you kidding? I'm way too pissy and bitter to stop doing this. I'm working on my Old Curmudgeon Merit Badge, after all.

Anonymous said...

I check this blog every day. No one else could make simultaneously nostalgic for the short time I lived in L.A. and relieved as hell that I moved back to Maine.

Anonymous said...

That should have been "could make me." Cut me some slack, I've been up since 4 a.m.

Anonymous said...

Sex offenders, offendees and those who just like a little kink in their porn.

And those are just the visitors.

Congratulations on the anniversary, Stephen. I too was relieved because it did sound like a sayonara.

I know because I'm coming up on my one-year anniversary soon. In fact, the anniversary of my father's death is coming up soon, too. I have no idea what that means.

But I'm happy to know you as a writer, a reader, and an amazingly entertaining drinking partner.

And for those who haven't closed a bar with Stephen or wandered around Phoenix in search of a bottle, then you haven't fully committed to the writer's life.

pattinase (abbott) said...

This is a great idea-generating blog. You've managed to be memorable though rare mention yourself. A good lesson Blog on.

Angry in L.A. said...

Happy Anniversary

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Thanks, everyone. I'm going to keep going with this.

And David, watch what you say about Phoenix. We took a solemn oath never to talk about those things. Especially not about the donkey.

Lyman said...

As a new reader, I hope you're around for a few more years. Living in dead water, Maine, the only crimes I get in the blotter are stray dogs and suspicious noises near the outhouse. L.A. fodder is a nice change. Congrats!

Lorax said...

So, first *your* birthday and now your blog's birthday - good work all 'round, Stephen. LA Noir is great.