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WORLD CHAMPION SEARCH STRINGS

  • HOW THIS STARTED:
    "shelf life of prune juice" - The Middlewesterner

  • "elko + bar + bathroom + girlfriend" - Creek Running North
  • "what does a mole on the palm of the hand mean?" - Mole
  • "biro, slowly watching memory" - frizzyLogic
  • "pictures of someone who looks forgotten" - Blaugustine
  • "emily dickinson's address" - alembic
  • "heterosexual woman becomes lesbian in midlife" - Velveteen Rabbi
  • "if lost return to" - Slow Reads
  • "village voice newspaper headline when andy warhol died in 1987 village voice headline is god dead is god dead" - Marja-Leena
  • "I have no head" - Under a bell
  • "what can we do about privilege?" - Feathers of Hope
  • "stigmata montreal women" - Cassandra Pages
  • "Aztec sacrificial victims" - 3rd House Party
  • "ugliest woman ever" – Fishbucket
  • "prime number farting" - The Middlewesterner
  • "sasquatch beauty barn" - Via Negativa
  • "I have what looks like small pieces of bird seed in human feces my feces." - Nuthatch
  • "signs your girlfriend is not happy" - The Middlewesterner
  • "real tribe potion to become Immune to fire" - susannagig-jig
  • "does god blink" - The Middlewesterner
  • "Sleeping ovaries" - Find Me a Bluebird
  • "People find me offensive poem" - Find Me a Bluebird
  • "girlfriend taming" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked librarians from north dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "signs a girlfriend is about to walk out" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked girls at prayer" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does 'behind the barn' mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "basho farting" - The Middlewesterner
  • "white conic body lotion" - Mole
  • "what specifically is the emerald mole?" - Mole
  • "how to impress a tomboy girl" - The Middlewesterner
  • "ripon cookies for bear bait" - The Middlewesterner
  • "people who think they are cats" - The Middlewesterner
  • "crows and fog omen" - The Middlewesterner
  • "when you are walking in the spirit what does heat mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how to be more socialable" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does making hay mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does it mean to call someone an iowa farm boy" - The Middlewesterner
  • "What does it mean when there are 2-3 crows in your yard and you don't have a corn field?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "tomboy addiction" - The Middlewesterner
  • gunmetal tulle - findmeabluebird
  • mucho bonito senorita translation - findmeabluebird
  • "swollen rash" diagnosis - findmeabluebird
  • how to keep a kid occupied when sick and in bed - findmeabluebird
  • moose bums - findmeabluebird
  • uninterlaced - findmeabluebird
  • "red squirrels castrating grey squirrels" - The Middlewesterner
  • "short poems to impress a girl" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what is an important food crop in middlewest?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "the reason the elements of the writing process are important to poetry" - The Middlewesterner
  • "wallpaper, poet" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how to be a vagabond" - The Middlewesterner
  • "my jock strap hearts how can i fix it" - The Middlewesterner
  • "How do Hutterite deliver babies " - The Middlewesterner
  • "shelling corn slang" - The Middlewesterner
  • "lady of guadalupe as vagina symbol" - The Middlewesterner
  • "will the leaves still be on the trees October 21, 2006 in Davenport, Iowa?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "driving time between seydisfjordur and skaftafell" - The Middlewesterner
  • "impress a girl from north dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how do tigers get born?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "jesus nude girls" - The Middlewesterner
  • "falling in love with a midwesterner" - The Middlewesterner
  • "shanties with cadillacs" - The Middlewesterner
  • "middle road sermon" - The Middlewesterner
  • "ephemeral as the summer fly" - Chatoyance
  • "how to paint ghost flames" - Chatoyance
  • "wine of cardui" - chatoyance
  • "kevlar bridal dresses" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "how to scold boyfriend" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "how to find your true self" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "it goes around the sun 4 times a year" - Hoarded Ordinaries
  • "how long does it take for a sprinter to regain his speed after a grade 1 hamstring tear" - The Middlewesterner
  • "understanding why crows like you" - The Middlewesterner
  • "customs and culture of the middlewest region of the United States" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked girl in a pile of money" - The Middlewesterner
  • "dakota tom sandwich" - The Middlewesterner
  • "things to do in Middlewest US" - The Middlewesterner
  • "nebraska christian music thunderstorm" - The Middlewesterner
  • "naked girls performing prayer photos" - The Middlewesterner
  • "metaphysical stores in Davenport Iowa" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does 'worthless as tits on a boar' mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what is silo liquid and why does it make the cats sick?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "names of the dinosaurs that live in water or pictures naked women" - The Middlewesterner
  • "alien + pigs + north + dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "poems for football players girlfriend" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does 'making hay' mean?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how do cows eat cabbage in south dakota" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does a skunk mean in a dream" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does the mole on the buddha mean" - The Middlewesterner
  • "hutterite bra" - The Middlewesterner
  • "when to planet vandalia onions" - The Middlewesterner
  • "The Republicans have been painting an unattractive portrait of Democrats roasting young children on a spit in the Capitol rotunda and what not" - The Middlewesterner
  • "kewpie doll karl rove" - The Middlewesterner
  • "Real photos of Mary and Joseph with Baby Jesus and a story how Mary got her baby, Jesus removed out of her stomach" - The Middlewesterner
  • "fog barn stillness beauty poetry" - The Middlewesterner
  • "redneck outhouse poems" - The Middlewesterner
  • "haiku farting basho horse" - The Middlewesterner
  • "signs that i'm a heroin addict" - The Middlewesterner
  • "how do you know if your ankle is sprung" - The Middlewesterner
  • "translations from spanish to english giving opinions about the preservation of wild cats in South America" - The Middlewesterner
  • "stealth bomber information" - The Middlewesterner
  • "emily dickinson with cowboy hat" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what causes bossy girlfriends" - The Middlewesterner
  • "owl hitting a windshield and meaning" - The Middlewesterner
  • "long arm handling gloves cat" - The Middlewesterner
  • "what does a rendering plant smell like?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "potion to become a superhero" - The Middlewesterner
  • "fried egg symbols of lesbianism" - The Middlewesterner
  • "when you are sixty years old should you move back to cold weather in michigan?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "learn poetry to impress a woman" - The Middlewesterner
  • "if you were asked to teach a character education program with which you found fault, what would you do?" - The Middlewesterner
  • "tractors porn" - The Middlewesterner
  • "does black or dark nail polish on a woman mean anything" - The Middlewesterner
  • "keeping warm in north dakota" - The Middlewesterner
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Comments

qB

This is absolutely wonderful. And I so agree about the way people are like they are in their blogs only more so. Perfect.

Tom Montag

qB, thanks so much. It was perhaps you, most of all, that I was thinking of being like your blog only more so. I'm think of the lilt of your language actually in my ear, rather than merely imagined....

leslee

Well captured. Thanks for bringing back the memories - and filling in on the days before you guys arrived. To the next blog-swarm-family-reunion!

Tom Montag

Thanks, Leslee! I have updated my post to include a couple of yours about Montreal, and a couple of Dale's too. If nothing else, a lot of wonderful photos have come out of the meet-up....

Rachel

What you say about knowing Plummer's Hollow now in your very muscles makes me wish I could go there someday, too.

I love the way our words bring our weekend to life -- and, for that matter, the way our embodied realities bring our words to life. We knew each other first as words, and while there's some wonder in that, I found so much more in the realities of our faces.

Tom Montag

Well, you know, getting to walk Plummer's Hollow is not such an impossibility.... I know someone who knows someone.... :)

It was terrific putting faces and physiques and expressions with the words. Like walking Plummer's Hollow, knowing in a different way.

I hope your caterpillar infestation has subsided!

Marja-Leena

Oh my, what fun! I do wish I could have been there too! Thanks for bringing it all to life with your great descriptions, Tom.

Dave

Tom, I think one of the distinguishing characteristics of our little blog community is that few of us strive for instantaneity, and quite often - as here - the one who blogs last, blogs best. As Lesleee says, you really captured the trip well. I was honored by your visit and generous offer of transport, and needless to say, I had a blast! Now I think we should all give serious consideration to Madison as the next place for a blogger swarm. (Funny, I've just been writing about a swarm, too. I'll have to link back here.) But in the meantime, folks are more than welcome to visit Plummer's Hollow.

dale

God, I had such a good time. Thanks, Tom. Reading this put a huge grin on my face.

Tom Montag

Hi, Marja-Leena--About you being there - maybe next time? What I said to Rachel might apply: "I know someone who knows someone...." Maybe someday a swarm in Vancouver?? I'd love to see that city....

Tom Montag

Dave--I have linked to your swarm, too. You know, our swarm was different from the swarming bees, but it wasn't ALL that different.

Yep, a blogger swarm in Madison sounds terrific. State Street will never be the same.

I had a blast, too. Thanks for the guide service for Plummer's Hollow and central Pennsylvania. I appreciate it.

Tom Montag

Hi, Dale--finally having time to think and write about the experience put a grin on my face too. You know, one of us ought to write a movie about the experience and be ahead of the curve....

Natalie

Tom, thanks so much for adding your report. Now my mental picture of the Montreal meet is almost complete and it's as if I had been there. Don't exclude London from possible locales for the next one...what's a little ocean among friends?

The photo of you through a glass brightly is even better bigger.

Beth

The best, honey-est, and least-stingy swarm I've ever been privileged to be part of. You've got it down, Tom, and we miss you all up here already.

Tom Montag

Hi, Natalie--Thanks for the good words. Yes, London would be a lovely spot for a blogswarm, though I don't know how soon I'd be able to make it across the big pond, and I don't know how I would handle the language barrier (now that I have heard the lovely lilt of qB's speech). :)

Tom Montag

Thanks, Beth. What a terrific visit we had. I really miss the late night hot chocolate in that place along Rue St. Denis. And I miss the laughter, all the laughter....

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