Before we begin our Friendly Friday march, I thought it would be nice to look at the origins of our band. Most of you will remember that the band originated on an "I Love Lucy" episode called " Lucy's Last Birthday."
Lucy was feeling dejected because her husband, Ricky, supposedly forgot her birthday so she went for a walk to be alone. While she was sitting on a bench, hiccupping because that is what she does when she cries, the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, chances upon her. They mistake her for a drunk and in need of help. They invite her to join the band. Even though they were misled by her hapless appearance, they meant well and thus started a tradition here at "A Revision" of visiting the apparently friendless blogs and inviting them to be a part of our band.
In the original band, individuals were asked to witness to what the Friends of the Friendless Band did for them. I asked the trombonist and instrument repair man, J. Andrew of Past Tense, to stand up and say a few words about the FFMB.
Last Summer I started a blog - mainly for me to have a way to collect some of my poetry. I never dreamed that it would become such a big thing to me!
I don't know if someone nominated me, or if Carol ran into me, but I remember the day I got the comment telling me that I had been invited to be a part of the "band."
What happened was that I quickly became friends with many people that I never had seen before.(and probably never will) It was amazing how fast that you felt like you really knew the people.
Being in the group, I then felt more confident to meet other people around the world.
My poetry went toward Japanese themes, such as haiku, tanka, and haibun. I've had work published in two different journals, and have many plans for the future.
I have to say that I wouldn't have taken those steps without the experience that I had in the "band."
It will always have a soft spot in my heart and I'm looking forward to what we do next!
Thank you Andrew.
Andrew is an integral part of the FFMB. He is a regular visitor to the other band members' blogs as well as the Friendly Friday sites. Then he fixes all the broken instruments on his own time at no charge. What would we do without him?
I will be asking different members of the FFMB to help me out on other Friendly Fridays, so be on the watch.
The featured site of this Friendly Friday is Ben-Gal of A Particularly Persistent Point of View . I like that ...
- she is talking to the dark side of her psyche, Tiger.
- Tiger holds his character throughout the blog.
- she has interesting topic headings such as blogging and computers, creativity, health and well-being and more.
- I can't help but imagine how interesting it would be if Tiger met Buzz!
You'll enjoy Theresa and Dom's Photoblog as well. They are the first couple to be in the friendless march.
Do you have your banner?
I need more friendless sites to visit!
For those wondering how the band works:
To join the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have two piano players, a harpist, trombonist and french horn player plus a variety of more so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which I list. Leave friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique. These sites have less than 5 comments/post. Leave me a comment with their address.