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April 07, 2005
book about a man and his ability to speak softly to Equus caballus + 1998
Will the person who's come to this blog 45 times today on the above search string please let me know if you find what you're looking for? I've become curious.
Posted by Chris Clarke at April 7, 2005 10:24 PM
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Must be looking for Nicholas Evans' The Horse Whisperer, mustn't he? (Book 1996, film 1998).Posted by: Jim Flannery at April 8, 2005 02:30 AM
That's what I assumed, but why so many searches, and why come here each time as if the answer would somehow be here after the first time?
Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 8, 2005 07:04 AM
Though I guess you've put it here, Jim. Never mind.
I came upon this site to read the post about Morin the serial killer. I am still not sure how I feel about that, I just know I feel something. Anyway, I am not the man who came here 45 times today via a cryptic google search. But for some reason I clicked on the bio, and the first paragraph added an eerie note to my initial impression.
"Born of woman in a small town in New York State, near a lake smote into the earth by a Pleistocene glacier, and a couple miles from the largest buckwheat mill in the US."
I believe I come from the same town; Penn Yan, NY.Posted by: Justin at April 8, 2005 08:23 AM
I believe I come from the same town; Penn Yan, NY.
Paisan!Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 8, 2005 08:30 AM
Wow! Creepy! Or is it synchronistic???
Unlike big brother, though, I didn't know about the buckwheat mill...Posted by: Carrie at April 8, 2005 08:37 AM
Justin's a good guy with an excellent blog, so I'd say it's a happy coincidence.Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 8, 2005 08:40 AM
It gets even eerier, chris... remember: what was the mainstay of our diet there for a while? Stale Buckwheats cereal!Posted by: Craig at April 8, 2005 11:20 AM
BTW, Chris, maybe you can help me figure out this search string I've been getting: "hans bethe Unitarian Church Ithaca"Posted by: Craig at April 8, 2005 11:22 AM
Ooop! Didn't realise there was a game involved :-). Maybe he'll be grateful enough for getting the actual answer to say hello tho ...
Personally, I thought the obfuscation suggested it was a "treasure hunt" of some sort.
Multiple clickthrus to a blog aren't too unusual in my experience -- since the text does get indexed in multiple places on the site (original main page, monthly archive, individual page, "recent comments" page if there's quoted text ... if you don't pay attention to the snippet in the search result it's pretty easy to wind up hitting the same thing a couple times. 45 is a bit much tho.Posted by: Jim Flannery at April 8, 2005 12:22 PM
I came here from Michael Berube's place the other day for the first time, read your bio, and had the same eerie feeling... I'm not actually *from* Penn Yan, but I've lived there (here) for the last 25 years. Given the population of the place, the number of people wandering around progressive blogs, and the traffic you get, what are the odds that we're all ending up here???Posted by: NYSusan at April 8, 2005 02:20 PM
OK, Susan, that's just too funny. Maybe we should have a meetup in Red Jacket Park.Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 8, 2005 02:39 PM
Chris -- Easy for you to joke about -- I could actually be in Red Jacket Park at the drop of a hat (or at Long's Bookstore or Trombley's or the Indian Pines fruit stand)...
In truth, it gets just a little bit weirder... Lots of people lived in the Bay area at one time -- and probably more than a few of us occupied administration buildings while we were there. But how many of us also had a dog named Kelev?Posted by: NYSusan at April 8, 2005 05:49 PM
Unbelieable that three people in this comments list have been through Penn Yan. I don't know if I should ever speak of this again.
Anyway if you guy & girl ever want to grab a slice at Cam's pizza and head to Loyd's let me know.Posted by: Justin at April 9, 2005 10:44 AM
It's worse than that, Justin: It's five of us so far.
Susan, pretty much all I remember is Red Jacket Park. We moved away from the Finger Lakes in 1967, and though we spent a fair bit of time going to visit an aunt and uncle who still live on East Main Street, we didn't spend a whole lot of time downtown.
We actually lived out of town a ways, out on Voak Road near Havens Corners Road, not too far from the euphonious intersection of Swamp and Muck.Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 9, 2005 01:44 PM
Oh, and I don't know that having a dog named "Kelev" is all that more hugely weird than having a cat named "Kitty." Far more uncommon, yes.
Anyway, Zeke says that was his slave name.Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 9, 2005 01:46 PM
Justin -- So two of us actually live here now? I assumed from the way your comment was worded that you weren't here any more.
Chris -- I had computed from your bio that maybe you were here a little longer -- I picked some things that were sort of town institutions when I moved here in 1980 -- the sorts of places that I thought you might remember if you recall Red Jacket Park. Oh well...
I also live a little west of Penn Yan -- close to Keuka Lake State Park on the western arm of the lake -- if you travel south on your map from Voak Road to Guyanoga Road to Branchport, you'll see the state park. I did once have an unfortunate encounter with a deer on Voak Road not far from Havens Corners Road...
I knew there was a Swamp Road but was unaware of Muck -- my husband (who is in the volunteer fire department and so knows where EVERYTHING is) reports that this intersection is not far from the also attractively and appropriately named Shanty Plains Road.Posted by: NYSusan at April 9, 2005 06:10 PM
Becky and I tried to find a campsite at the State Park one night in 1996, but the place was full up. It seemed odd to us, until we remembered that it was July 4.
We could easily have stayed with any of a dozen relatives within 25 miles, but I guess I was tired of family at that point.Posted by: Chris Clarke at April 12, 2005 02:51 PM
The reason so many people have been searching the question about a book about a man and his ability to speak softly to Equus caballus 1998 is for a game called Q6 on MSN. That was one of the trivia questions. I came here for the answer because I got a direct hit. But I do not know why people began searching here. And yes we were looking for The Horse Whisperer.Posted by: Kim at April 15, 2005 09:09 PM