Grok grok grok

bucketbrigade.jpgI delete probably 90% of my incoming email messages without reading them. I’ve owned ababsurdo forever and I get spammed like crazy. As for list-serve messages, I am only interested in certain sub topics. “What flute should I buy?” is not one of them. I mean, it’s a legitimate question but it gets asked by every junior high kid in every flute-loop group and I’m just not interested. Just don’t buy one at Walmart. Trust me.

Every once in a while, a Google mishap sends some poor, unsuspecting soul my way. I can see them rubbing their eyes and wondering, “what the *heck* is *this* and why did The Goggle Google send me *here*?” Like one time when somebody asked if I sold deep-well submersible pumps. I sat there scratching my head for a few minutes trying to figure out if the message was for real or if it was some kind of weird spam or what. Recent search terms leading to my site had included some plumbing terms and I realized that The Google had probably picked up on a slide show about the old Houghton Lake Disaster Area Bucket Brigade wintertime plumbing system. I replied rather apologetically, saying that I didn’t sell sump pumps or anything else and that it was just my own personal little place to rant, rave, and ramble. And post weird plumbing pictures from leaky old northern Michigan cabins. I actually felt a little guilty for wasting his time!

Recently I got a similar email from a perplexed sounding person who had been sent by The Google to learn what “grok” means. And was actually brave enough, after seeing the content on ababsurdo, to ask anyway. It’s a little embarrassing to try to explain that a crazy frog puppet fairly regularly takes over your blahg. Frahg Blahg? But this is the Internet and it’s pretty much a public place and these things happen. So I swallowed my pride (you didn’t think I had any, right?) and explained that ababsurdo was just my little personal place to rant, rave, and ramble and that “grok” in these parts is how the crazy old frog puppet that sleeps it off in my laundry basket talks. In other words, it is nonsense. But “grok” is, in fact, a legitimate concept so I also pointed this person to a wikipedia article that has some better answers, probably more along the lines of what was being sought.

4 Responses to “Grok grok grok”

  1. Mark Says:

    Anne, your website is messed up.

  2. Emily R Says:

    If you do get into plumbing supplies, however, do let us know.

  3. Pooh Says:

    1. Loved the Wikipedia entries. So Froggy groks the Listerine and the Listerine groks Froggy? Or as Ford Prefect explained to Arthur Dent. “Travel through hyperspace is like being drunk.” Arthur: “What’s so bad about being drunk?” Ford: “Ask a glass of water!” (From “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, by Douglas Adams)

    2. When we load your website at home, it shows the blog entries post 12/7, but it does not show your sidebars or whatever the correct term is for the right-hand column of links and archives, etc.

  4. Webmomster Says:

    Site looks fine to me!

    [do I need to get my eyes checked ? :-/ ]