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Hi folks!

Hey, guess what?

I just realized that September 13th marks the one year anniversary of Vent!

Shit…where the hell did time go?

And what’s really funny, is that when I think about how I had originally planned to present this blog, I’m reminded of my previous post on Change.

When I first started Vent, I was going through a lot of frustration and anger in my life, and wanted a place where I could just SCREAM my emotions.

(I’m Italian, you know)

And if you can believe this, initially I had planned to leave comments closed, and simply allow people to read my words as if it were a book, without any interaction.

(Oy…how boring is that?)

Eventually, I began to find the humor in my anger and started laughing at myself.

And then Vent took control…and has lead me to where it is today.

A wonderful place of communal expression, joy and fun.

Having this blog, is a very important part of my life.

It’s become a passion and a dedication.

And if it weren’t for the interaction with all of you, it would merely be a paper journal.

A blog is plural…not singular.

So I would like to share this one year anniversary with each and everyone one you, who stop by to read and leave your freaking AWESOME comments.

(even those of you who have just recently stopped by)

Now I only partially made this little gift, so I can’t take full credit for it’s total creation.

So…in the spirit of Vent.

I give each of you…your very own little movie clapboard.

Please take this, with the understanding that your life is like a movie…and each moment, is a series of takes…so enjoy your film!

You’re a STAR!

Thank you everyone…for BEING Vent.

Happy Anniversary!

Have a wonderful weekend, peeps!


  1. First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR VENT BLOG, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.... YAY!!! So, glad I found you, even if it was only about a month ago!!! I LOVE this blog and as I said before, the comments are as good as the posts... You make my day, Ron- when I go to my blog and see that there is a new post on Vent!!! It's a great place to come to- it's like therapy for me just to read what you have written... So, "bonne continuation" - good continuation to you and hope to have many, many more Vent birthday..

    Second, I just have to say that when I saw that there were no comments on this post yet... the first thing that came to my mind... was when I used to read religiously (I don't read it anymore) and the first person to comment would always write -- First, bitch!! It would really crack me up that people had that reaction to being the first one, I'm not like that by the way... But anyhow... I digress!!

    Big hugs and kisses to you on your Blog Birthday--
    Love, Leesa from France

    P.S. What the HECK are those big donut, onion ring looking thingings with the number 1 candle in the middle of the ring?? Just curious!

  2. Happy Birthday to you,,,,
    so exciting!
    like a mile marker wizzing by you on the freeway of life....
    (shit was that my exit?)
    a whole i know what that feels like...
    makes you wonder
    makes you clap your hands together and say "MORE!"
    Be lost with out you!


    I'm just so jealous that I wasn't here from the beginning!!!

    And boy am I glad you decided to have comments! Because I know for one I would probably hunt you down myself just to tell you how much I LOVE YA! :-) *GiGGLeS*

    Thank you for the awesome badge!!! I'ma add to my side bar right now! xx

  4. Happy Anniversary :-)

    Found you over on Leesa's blog..She is great :-)love reading her blog.

  5. Hi and thanks, stopped in from Giggle's place, she is a big fan of your's and I'm a fan of hers...
    Well really she kind of scares me some times with all that tough talk of hers lol.

    I will be back!

  6. Awwwwwwww......Happy Anniversary to US!

    ((((( George Jetson )))))

    I'm very glad to have found you.

  7. Awesome Ron!! Happy Blogiversary!

    I am glad that your blog evolved into what it is now. Imagine if you had never allowed comments. You would have never met all of these wonderful people!

  8. Happy Birthday!!!!!
    OH I am just sooooo happy that I found you and Vent.
    What I love about this blog, well, aside from just it being written by a person like YOU, is this comment section. Unique. Sure, most blogs have comments, but this behind the scenes stuff is really fun. At my blog, I read ALL of my comments, and usually within the week, altho not always, I do leave a response in the comment section but it's never very detailed. Also, I don't post every day. It could be a couple times a week or nothing for more than a week.
    I enjoy that you are so consistent, just knowing OOH, it's Friday, Ron has a post up!!!
    Here is a place that's the perfect blend of humor, and memories, thoughts, and daily happenings! And branching off to do the review blog was a terrific idea. So informative.

    So bravo to you, dear RON! Happy Anniversary to Vent. It's fabulous and I enjoy coming here.
    I'll be thinking of you.
    Have a great weekend!! :)

  9. Happy Birthday, VENT!

    I'm coming up on my year in December.

    I'm so glad I found you. Your comments back are always so full of light and happiness.

    Thanks for being "there"!

  10. Morning Leesa!

    Thank you, you sweet lady!

    I was over at Giggles blog last night, and when I saw that she had chosen YOUR blog to click on...I was soooo freaking happy!

    Sometimes when you meet people, it seems as though you always knew them, and when you meet's like picking up where you left off. And that's exactly how it felt meeting you, Leesa. Like a good friend!

    Yes, as I'm sure you've already noticed, I moderate all comments before publishing, so I it's hard to figure out being the FIRST comment. I try to answer the comments in the order in which they were given, but I does take the FUN out of being the first commenter!!! I may change that later on down the line.

    (you know me...always CHANGING!)

    And guessed it, dear lady...those strange little things with the candle in the middle ARE donuts!! At first I thought they were BAGELS!!


    Anyway, Leesa...thank you for coming by today and sharing in this celebration. And thank you for your presence's such a JOY!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Good Morning Lady Sorrow!

    Thank you, dear lady!

    I remember meeting you for the first time here, but I had seen your great avatar on many of the blogs I had been reading.

    Through your life's journey, you've taught me so many wonderful things...and mainly about LOVE.

    You are a beautiful example of LOVE in motion.

    Thank you for being my teacher!

    And thank you for stopping by today and celebrating ALL our Anniversary!

    Have a great weekend, dear Sorrow!

  12. Morning Giggles!

    You're so damn cute, in your expression!

    Like I've shared with you before...I'm SOOO happy that you left that first comment, during the winter and introduced yourself to me.

    It's my pleasure knowing you, dear one!

    Thank you for sharing your many talents and gifts with ALL of us...for you make the world BRIGHTER!

    Happy Anniversary, Giggles!

    And thanks for stopping by today!

    GREAT weekend to you!

  13. Happy Anniversary :) I'm so glad I found you this week. Many more years to Vent!

  14. Hi Anne from Oxford!

    Welcome!!!...thank you for stopping by and celebrating this anniversary!

    Any friend of always welcomed here.

    Isn't she AWESOME??

    And also...the BEST damn COOK???

    Anytime I visit her blog, I want to LICK all the "goodies" on my computer screen!!!


    Please stop by anytime. The door is alway open!

    Have a great weekend, Anne!

  15. Morning Mel!

    Thank you, my Crayon-Bubbles-Sidewalk chalk-and Rubber Duckie friend!!!

    It's been such a HIGHLIGHT, meeting you Mel!

    I only wish we had known one other in Kindergarden School...can you imagine the FUN we'd have???

    (and the TROUBLE we'd get into??)


    Thank you for all the wonderful HUMOR and LOVE you bring to Vent.

    Thank you!

    Have a great weekend, Mel!

  16. Good Morning Nicole!

    You said it, girl!!!

    Because no...I can't even imagine what it would be like, knowing NOW all the JOY you ladies and gents bring to my life!

    Thank god for change!!!

    And thank YOU for being here,'re such a GREAT buddy!

    (and thanks again for telling me about all those DAMN missing socks)


    Happy Anniversary, Nicole!

    Have a MARVY weekend!

  17. Good Morning Crystal Chick!

    Thank you for your sweet words!

    As I shared with Nicole...I can't even freaking IMAGINE what this blog would be like without comments.

    Commenting has turned out to be the thing I love MOST about blogging.

    Like you, It's the "behind the scenes" that I find the most enjoyment. And the most interesting! It's the INTERPLAY with one another, that takes the post to another level...a CONVERSATION.

    Thank you for stopping by here and introducing yourself to me, M. I so enjoy what you always share. You always bring such great knowledge and positive energy.

    And isn't it COOL that we're practically NEIGHBORS????

    Thanks for stopping by today, M!

    And Happy Anniversary to you, TOO!

    Enjoy you're weekend!

  18. Morning Mama Dawg!

    Thank you!!

    Hey...and I'm so glad we've meet too!

    Boy...and had I NOT decided to OPEN comments, I can't even imagine what would have been MISSING from this blog....

    like All the freaking FUN!!!!

    Boy...and your anniversary is coming up soon! Isn't it amazing when you think of how fast time goes?

    Thanks for stopping by this morning, Mama Dawg!

    Happy Anniversary!

    P.S. I really should have had offered you guys some WINE or something!?!?


  19. Good Afternoon Christina!

    Thank you so much!

    And I'm very grateful that you stopped by and introduced yourself to me!

    It's been so nice getting to know one another through our conversations!

    Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have an awesome weekend!

  20. Hiya Diane!

    Thanks a bunch!

    And me to well!

    Thank you for celebrating in this anniversary, Diane!

    It's so nice having your energy here!

    Happy Weekend!

  21. Greetings Ken!

    Welcome, buddy...and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
    It's always great meeting new bloggers!

    Oh...your comment made me laugh, that was FUNNY!

    Don't ya just freaking LOVE Giggles!!

    She's one of the sweetest ladies!

    And aren't you so excited about the BABY?

    My god...I feel like I'm the FATHER or something?!?!

    Please stop by anytime, Ken!

    And thanks for celebrating in this anniversary!

    Have great weekend!


    I can't believe it's a year since you started Vent! So how old is Foot Notes then?

    Also many thanks for the clapboard, I will put it on my awards slide show to display it with pride.

    You rock!

  23. Well, congratulations on your anniversary. You are one of my most favorite blogs!! :)

    It is strange how the blog's have changed our daily lives. Sometimes I think I am in a living "Blogs of our lives"...instead of Day's or Our Lives..hee, hee You do get attached to the bloggers and you worry if they disappear without telling us good

    As for gave us a place to hang out to vent, bitch, whine, and laugh! Sort of like the small town coffee shops where people gathered to do the same. At least, that is how it feels to me, and I must say, I like the feeling!!
    So I think the energy comes full circle, Ron dear heart, and I am so glad you are part of my blogging family!

    I will toast you tonight!

    Love Ya!


    Sweetie, I wish I had known. I would have jumped out of a cake for you. I'm quite good at it. tee hee.

    Sweetie vent...take one...I'm grabbing one and hanging it on my blog, cause I heart you hard Ron. Your blog rocks and so do you, my friend.

    Mr. DeMille (ron) I'm ready for my close up. hehehe.

    Congratulations again sweetie...It's true what your readers are fabulous and so is your my friend sparkle and you shine. Your warmth carasses my soul and I walk away a happier woman after reading you. It's true honey...I wouldn't say it if I didn't feel it.

    I better go before I want to pick china paterns with you. hehehe.

    Ciao baby. :D

  25. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY brilliant one! Yes, i know its been awhile and i have crawled out from under the proverbial rock I have been hiding at. Pls come visit me at my re-vamped digs! BIG HUGS! from - Sib

    PS: Some violin for you!

  26. Happy Birthday Vent!!!!! I came by through Giggles blog!!! She demanded we stop by and start reading.

  27. Happy blogoversary! (Is that a word?)

    Here from Giggle. If she says you're worth visiting, that's good enough for me.

    Just off to nosey through your archives...

  28. Good Evening Akelamalu!

    Thank you, my longest bloggging friend!!!

    God...can you believe it's been a whole year since I started this blog?? It FEELS like yesterday! Foot Notes is two years old now.

    That's where you and I first met!!!!

    And you were the FIRST person to share an award with me. I'll never forget that, either...because you made me feel like a million bucks!

    Thank you, dear lady...for being so loyal and dedicated. I sooo appreciate that!!!

    (as I'm sure ALL your readers do)

    YOU rock!

    Happy Anniversary, Akelamalu!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  29. Good Evening Dear Gypsy-Heart!

    OMG....that's a WONDERFUL way to express it...

    "The Days of Our Blogs"!!!!!!


    And it's very true. Because we DO get so attached to our blogging friends, just as if we were interacting in person with them. Many people who have never blogged, don't understand this (and rightfully so) because you have to understand the DEEP connection that can be made just through sharing our words, which carry our feelings.

    Blogging has been such incredible journey for so many of us, ya know?

    And hey, thank you for your kind words...they really touched me.

    "A coffee shop!!"

    And I am SOOO freaking happy that you and I have met through our blogs, and for what you add to circle of energy here.

    I have a feeling that one day we will meet in person, and sit with a nice glass of red wine...and talk until we lose our voices!

    (and then we can draw pictures!)

    Bless you!

    And have a GREAT weekend, dear Gypsy!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Love ya too!

  30. OMG Miss Jones....your comment had me laughing my ass off and getting all MUSHY at the same time!!!


    Please just know how MUCH your words meant to me!


    Hey...and I think MANY of my readers here would just LOVE to see the DIVINE MISS JONES jump out of a cake!!!

    Right readers???

    Everyone CLAP if you want to see Spiky jump out of a cake, wearing a NUN's costume!!!

    clap, clap, clap, clap...

    SEE...what did I tell you?

    Oh, Miss Jones...meeting you through our blogs has been just a freaking DELIGHT!

    Thanks for always sharing whats in your wonderful HEART.


    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ciao bella!

  31. HOLY SHIT Sibyllae!!!

    OMG...what a WONDERFUL suprise!!!

    I honestly thought you left the blogworld forever!!!

    Can I just tell you HOW happy I am to see that you have RETURNED!!

    YAY!!!! Sibyllae is BACK!!!

    And YES...I will definately stop by your new digs for a visit!

    I'm so excited!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know how you are, dear lady. And it's just perfect that you chose THIS post!

    Happy Anniversary to you!

    AWESOME seeing you again!

  32. Welcome Domestic Diva!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

    HA!!...isn't Miss Giggles the cutest??

    Hey, listen...two things...I LOVE your avatar (is it Elizabeth Taylor?). And secondly...your blog name ROCKS!!

    What a CLEVER name!!!

    I will most definately be stopping by within the next couple of days to visit you, ok?

    Thanks again for stopping by and introducing yourself. It's so nice meeting you!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  33. Howdy Mr. Farty!

    Welcome!...and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

    Nice meeting you!

    Hey...I've seen your HYSTERICAL avatar at several of the blogs I visit...and everytime I see it, I laugh my ass off!

    What a GREAT one!!

    Can't wait to stop by your place and visit ya! I have a feeling I'll find some wonderful humor there!

    Again...nice meeting you, buddy.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    And enjoy your weekend!

  34. Hi Ron and Happy Birthday!
    I got a post from Leesa about your blog and it has been sheer pleasure ever since!
    I'm a Chicagoan living in Paris and writing songs about everyday life.
    When I read your work, I realized we are definately like minded but also people who express their thoughts and share.
    If everyone could learn to communicate
    (agreeing is not necessary) I think our world would be a better place.
    Hope to stay in touch, people like you inspire me.
    All the best,


    You are an amazing, funny, insightful blogger and I hope that I'm wishing you the best for many, many years to come!


  36. Happy Birthday. I never really comment but today I will. I am so enjoying you. A wonderful writer. Namaste'

  37. Good Morning Annonymous!

    Thank you very much for reading here and taking time to leave a comment!

    It's so great to meet you!

    OMG...I can't believe that you're from originally from Chicago, because that's a city I've never been...but actually think about LIVING! It seems like a very organized and productive city.

    Hey...and how WONDERFUL that you're a song writer and living in PARIS! I bet the city fills you with MUCH inspiration!!

    I just think this is the COOLEST thing, meeting all these great Americans who are now living in France.

    Leesa, Barbara...and now YOU!!!

    (and I'm actually going to meet Barbara and her husband this month)

    Isn't it amazing to think about how the Internet/Blogging has the ability to connect people who other wise may never meet?


    Anyway...thank you very much from taking the time to stop by today and sharinging this Anniversary.

    And yes...I'm SURE we'll stay in touch!!

    Thank you for leaving your Myspace info. I will stop by to visit within the next few days.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  38. Good Morning to you Lady Nitebyrd!

    Thank you SOOOOOOOO much!

    And DITTO to YOU!

    I remember reading your blog for the first time and just KNOWING that I was meeting a very special lady. I believe it was the post you had with the photos of Keith Ledger and Susanne Pleashette.

    (sorry about the spelling of her name...but I always fuck that up!?!?).

    Anyway...I instantly felt that you had a warm and compassionate heart. And in getting to know you this past year...I was right!

    You're an AWESOME soul, dear lady.

    And it's a freaking pleasure knowing you.

    Thank you for your presence here. Because your bring a shitload of JOY!

    Love you!

    P.S. Nikki says HI!
    P.S.S. And she can't keep her clothes on!

  39. Good Morning Shyloh!

    What a WONDERFUL name you have!!

    And it's so nice meeting you!

    Thank you very much for commenting today, that's very sweet of you.

    So glad to hear you enjoy Vent and all the terrific people who come here.

    I totally understand and respect that some people simply enjoying reading. I too am the same way with certain blogs that I visit.

    So it's a pleasure having you here anyway you enjoy.

    Thanks again for your presence here and for sharing in this anniversary!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    And Namaste' to you!

  40. I came by last night and saw this, but didn't want to just say something quick and flashy. A guy like you that is so thoughtful, kind, funny, warm and caring, insightful, honest, (is your head getting bigger yet?) etc... deserves more.

    It really has been a tremendous pleasure getting to know you my friend. Not just lip service either, I really mean that.

    I always look forward to seeing a new post from you, because they're such a treat to read. The interaction you have with each of your readers sets you apart too. I liken it to going to a good friends house and sitting on a really comfortable couch. You know the kind that just makes you feel like you belong. That's what I get here.

    I'm coming up on a year in a few weeks too and hope to meet more great people like you during the next year(s).

    Happy Bogiversary!!!

    P.S. here are a few extra exclamation points just for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Hi Mr. Jeff!!!!!!!!

    (exclamation points)


    Oh, ALWAYS kill me with your brilliant WIT!

    Thank you SOOOOO much for your sincere and touching words, buddy!

    Ya know, I have so few male readers, so it's been an absolute pleasure to bond with another guy.

    You're a very special man, my friend. You have a wonderful gentle, yet powerful quality about yourself...and a super BIG heart.

    You're considerate, compassionate, and ALWAYS accepting of everyone.

    You a GOOD man.

    Now I know you like to keep your ego in check, and that's really admirable of you, but I've got to tell you something....

    You're a freaking FABULOUS writer!
    You ARE!! You have a God-given talent, that's exceptional. You use words like an artist painting a picture - and your pictures are always razor-sharp clear.

    And regardless of what it is that you're sharing...I always FEEL everything that you express, as if I'm THERE taking the journey with you!

    So thank YOU, Jeff...for sharing your gift with not only me...but with all the readers who come to your warm and welcoming blog!

    And I look so forward to celebrating YOUR anniversary...and many more years of inspiration and laughter!

    Thanks for stopping by today, bud. And for sharing in the celebration!

    Have a GREAT Sunday!

  42. it coincident or what.. :D
    first time i come to read your blog, it was the anniversary.. so
    Happy Birthday!

    i just start up my blog, in my mind when i create the post, i want to make the blog where i just write anything and leave it.. then start new one.. but now i think i want to continue write on that blog over and over again..

    you have nice blog though.. :D

  43. Good Morning Izzat!

    Welcome!...thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

    It's very nice meeting!

    And isn't funny how we start a blog feeling one way, and then as it moves forward...we feel another way?

    That's one of things I love about's always moving...always incarnating.

    I just quickly stopped by your blog to check it out and I really liked the layout. It's clean and very simple. Nice!

    Thanks a bunch for sharing in this anniversary/birthday celebration, Izzat!

    And please stop by anytime, you're always welcomed!

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  44. Gee...has it really been a year? Congratulations!

  45. Congrats on your blogiversary! Impressive!!

    I can't imagine having a blog that's closed to comments. Comment interaction is such a huge part of the blogging. I'm glad you didn't go that route.

    I've really enjoyed your blog, and I'm so glad to have met you. :o)

  46. Hiya Greenwoman!!!'s so nice of you to stop by and say HELLO!

    Yes...I can hardly believe it myself. ONE YEAR!?!!?

    This blog has been one of the most joyous events in my life. And the BEST part...are ALL the awesome people that I've met!

    Hope all is well for you and that you had a WONDERFUL summer!

    Gosh...can you believe it's almost FALL??


    Thanks again for stopping by today, Greenwoman!

    It's so nice seeing ya!

    Enjoy your evening!

  47. Howdy Rhea!

    THANK YOU, dear lady!!!

    GOSH, me too...I can't even IMAGINE what this blog would be without comments?!?!?

    I mean...what the HELL was I thinking??

    So thank god for CHANGE, right?'s been an absolute freaking JOY getting to know you, Rhea. And I can't thank you enough for your presence here, and for what it ADDS!!

    So, this is HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you TOO!

    Hey...and since I've changed back to the orginal commenting format, now I can see your NEW AVATAR!!! I meant to tell you that on the previous post!!

    It's really GREAT!

    I've missed seeing eveyones avartars!

    Thanks so much for stopping by today, Rhea...and for sharing in this celebration!

    Have a great evening!

  48. Imagine Barney Rubble singing:

    Happy AnniVENTary!
    Happy AnniVENTary!
    Happy AnniVENTary!


    It's your anniVENTary and you have Doughnuts?!?!?!?!?!?!

    No CAKE?!?!?!?!


    OMG the exclamation points are contagious!!!!!!!

    All kidding aside... I just wanted to say that I pink puffy heart you, my dear.

    I've "met" a kindred spirit in you and I'll be forever thankful for that.

  49. Oh GOD! AND..... it's a plain doughnut... no chocolate sprinkles? or glaze? No COFFEE!!!

    On a plain tissue?

    Nope, that won't do.

    I'm going to have to fix that, I am...

  50. Thank you Anndi!!!!

    And it's sounded JUST like Barney Rubble!!! the hell did you do that??

    I know...aren't I a HORRIBLE host?

    No cake, no chocolate sprinkles, no coffee, no WINE!!!

    I think I need to go back to Charm School, don't you??

    And yes...aren't the exclamation points addictive?!!!!!!!!!

    They give my words FEELING!!!!

    Anyway, dear Anndi...thank you for your kind and touching words. And I too feel a kindred spirit with you! Whether it's the LIBRA THING or's been a great joy and pleasure in getting to know you!

    So thank YOU!

    And Happy Anniversary, Anndi! blow out the candle!

    Fred Flintstone

  51. Happy Anniversary, Ron Dahling!
    Sorry I'm a little late, but you know why...

  52. Hi Debi!

    Thank you!

    And thanks for being a part of all the wonderful humor and fun here!

    You always add so much!

    It's great seeing you again, Debi!

    Happy Anniversary to you, too!