Some of us have stuck with the same site name for a long time. (In twenty-two years, I've only had two, though The Vent is largely unchanged after all these years.) Others have vanished for a while, then resurfaced with another name after a decent interval.
"Blog d'Elisson" goes back a long way. Eventually, Elisson [Steve Krodman] decided on "Lost in the Cheese Aisle," and it endured — until the moment when it couldn't anymore:
When I decided to start this blog — my third! — I had to select an appropriate name for it. I decided on the one you see above, but several others were under consideration:
Thus, the new name:
Unsentimentally, he says:
Here's what you need to know about ALS: It is incurable, and it is inevitably fatal. The only question is how long it takes to kill you.
Here, Elisson seems to be channeling the late Christopher Hitchens:
Friends and relatives, obviously, don't really have the option of not making kind inquiries. One way of trying to put them at their ease is to be as candid as possible and not to adopt any sort of euphemism or denial. The swiftest way of doing this is to note that the thing about Stage Four is that there is no such thing as Stage Five.
Lou Gehrig had no idea that his speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939 would transform him into the Stuff of Legend, the subject of a motion picture (The Pride of the Yankees, 1942), and a cultural merker thereafter; so far as he knew, he was just a guy who played first base. It's that everyman quality that led me to work a Gehrig reference into a novella set in the My Little Pony universe:
"Lou Gehrig," a comedian once joked, "actually died of Lou Gehrig's disease. Now what are the chances of that?"
And now, at sixty-four, I have outlived both Lou Gehrig and Christopher Hitchens. I am forced to consider that my own number will be up soon. I figure the best I can hope for is to go out with my dignity and my sense of humor unimpaired. Fortunately, I have role models like The Man Who Was Elisson.
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