Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

One Million Visitors

Sometime yesterday morning, my Sitemeter showed that TSSBP passed the 1,000,000 visit plateau over the last 4+ years. Thanks to all who've visited and commented over the years! I'm also closing in on the 2 million page view milestone, which we should pass sometime early next month.

While we're on the subject of blog admin, I figured I'd fill you in on what'll be happening the next few weeks. We fly to Seattle on Monday for my cancer surgery on Tuesday; I expect that blogging will be light while I'm recovering in the hospital, since I'll probably only be able to post from my phone. If anyone in the Seattle area would like to visit me at Virginia Mason Medical Center downtown between about the 18th and 25th, please drop me an E-mail [joel(dot)bubblehead(at)gmail(dot)com], and I'll send you my cell phone number. As Toby said in this season's opening episode of The Office, "It's nice to have visitors."

Finally, moving on to the "Proud Parent" portion of this post. We found out yesterday that our middle child is officially a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, which means his out-of-state tuition to Washington State University should be substantially covered next year. Hooray!


Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

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2/10/2009 6:31 AM

Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

Congrats on surpassing 1,000,000 EFPH (effective full person hours) on your blog!

Good luck with surgery. We're all pulling for you!


2/10/2009 6:33 AM

Blogger Buck said...

You've reached 1M because you're a darned interesting read!

Congratulations to your middlest child and to you and your bride. A very good deal indeed, and reward for hard work.

Sending you some positive energy regarding your upcoming surgery... I'm sure I'm only one of very many doing so.

Today's captcha: rheSSN - even the electrons are pulling for you!

2/10/2009 7:37 AM

Blogger Patton said...

Congratulations on everything, and good luck with the cancer treatment. And keep writing the good stuff. That's why you've had 1,000,000 visitors.

2/10/2009 8:55 AM

Blogger Tara A. Rowe said...

Joel, I'm certainly not in Seattle, but if you need anything at all while you are recovering please don't hesitate to ask. I know what it is like to be recovering from surgery, as boring as it can be and how frustrating when the drugs play tricks with your mind. Shoot me an email and consider it done! All of us in the Idaho blogsphere are pulling for you and wishing you the very best. And congrats on all those visits!

2/10/2009 2:38 PM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Congrats on the milestone!! I'm in total agreement with the others here. Your blog is one of the best out there, and always provides for interesting banter. We will keep you in our prayers during your cancer treatment, I look forward to seeing many more posts from you very soon!

2/10/2009 6:31 PM

Blogger tammi said...

Congrats to the Middle Child! Well Done!!

And also to your blogging milestone.

As to your upcoming surgery and the recovery involved...please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

2/10/2009 7:00 PM

Anonymous LT L said...

I must disagree: without the Trollagain you are still <1,000,000 :P

Best of luck with the surgery!


2/10/2009 8:37 PM

Blogger Marty said...

Congrats on the success of your website and LIVESTRONG!

2/10/2009 11:01 PM

Blogger Elise said...

Congratulations on your one million visitors! Your website is my go-to place for submarine information and I suggest it to my friends.

Congratulations too to your middle child. To be a National Merit Finalist is a great accomplishment.

If I were still in Washington, I would be visiting, or at least hoping to meeting you and your wife at the Change of Command. I look forward to hearing good news.

2/11/2009 1:44 AM

Anonymous Guinness said...


Congrats on the 1M milestone.

Kick butt in surgery! I'll be sending my prayers...

2/11/2009 2:39 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Found your blog about 2 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It is easy to see why you have had over a mil visitors. BZ

After putting 2 through college to their masters, I can truly appreciate your middle ones efforts and the relief on your pocket book. BZ to him/her.

You and your family are in my prayers daily. Have faith and He will see you through the surgery.

Thanks again for all your effort in putting this blog together and keeping it going as you do.

My best wishes and prayers

2/11/2009 11:12 AM

Blogger beadlizard said...

Wonderful news about Middle Child! Consistently positive action and careful attention to detail really do pay off. An excellent accomplishment.

Good luck with the surgery -- we're praying for you. Recovery isn't fun, but getting the icky stuff removed is a huge emotional relief. --Syl

2/11/2009 11:25 AM

Blogger Chap said...

Good luck, shippie!

2/11/2009 1:08 PM

Blogger Greyhawk said...

Congrats and Good Luck. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

2/11/2009 2:17 PM

Anonymous chrys said...

All your hard work and consistency (what I haven't had consistency for over a year now. lol) - You're are finally getting payback you truly deserve! First your WIN, now your "body count!" {paste tacky grin here} I'm impressed (that and $8.00 will get you a cup of coffee) Picked up on your "right stuff" years ago!

2/12/2009 10:48 PM

Anonymous Phil Beckman said...

Congrats J,
I really enjoy popping in every couple of days to read your insights. Your discussions are always well founded and investigated. Keep it up and I can't wait to be the 2Millionth visitor. You are an inspiration to keep the blog going as you continue your battles with health issues. My best to you and yours.
Phil Beckman

2/13/2009 9:13 PM

Anonymous served_ssbn_xo said...


BZ on a great blog site - its great to frequently visit and read. God speed and best wishes for a speedy recovery. My dad received treatment at VM years ago and its a good facility.

Also, congrats on your middle child - GO COUGARS!!!

2/14/2009 7:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you on your surgery and a speedy recovery! Positive thoughts on the way to you and your family!

Also, what a great reflection on you and your bride on your child's success! Congratulations!


2/14/2009 12:28 PM


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